Archive | December, 2011

Elijah’s Birthday Bash in Photos

24 Dec

What a face. Love, love this boy!

 

Cute Happy Birthday Eli made out of crepe paper by Aunt Bekah.

 

 

 

 

Eli really enjoyed opening presents (such a blessed little boy). No he isn't wearing a dress in the picture it is an art smock that I made him.

 

Hands down Eli's favorite gift was his John Deere tractors from Uncle Josiah. He and his cousin spent most of the evening pushing them around.

 

They look like trouble don't you think?

 

Although not pictured we enjoyed a lovely homemade Thomas the Tank Engine cake.

 

So thankful to have such a sweet boy in our life. The past two years have utterly flown!

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Christmas Week Menu Plan

19 Dec

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It is hard to believe that there is less than a week left before Christmas.  With our big move this month I think it is just now starting to feel like Christmas the past couple of days.  Hopefully we will actually be able to put up our Christmas tree tomorrow.  We spent a delightful evening yesterday Christmas caroling.  The Christmas Spirit is definitely alive in our home despite the lack of decorations.  🙂          

Monday:

  • Breakfast: Leftover French Toast Apple Strata: This is a wonderful dish to make around Christmas.  It can be assembled the night before and then put in the oven in the morning.  (I often make it when we have house guests.)  We may end up making it again on Christmas day. 😉 
  • Lunch: Leftover Chicken and Mushroom Stew over Rice.
  • Dinner: Leftover Roast-I made this the other day and for some reason it took forever to cook so we ended up making pancakes for dinner.  Everyone has those days right?   
  • To Do: Make Homemade Bread-I found all of the parts to my mixer yesterday!  Hooray! 

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday:

  • Breakfast: Chocolate Banana Bread
  • Lunch: Leftover Soup and Grilled Cheese     
  • Dinner: Leftovers

Friday:

  • Breakfast: Yogurt, Granola Bars
  • Lunch: Leftovers
  • Dinner: Christmas Party    

Saturday:

Sunday:

  • Breakfast: Homemade Cinnamon Rolls, Fruit  
  • Lunch & Dinner: To Be Determined (still nailing down our Christmas plans)  

To My Son With Love on Your Birthday

12 Dec

What a precious gift you are Elijah.

Dear Elijah,

It’s hard to believe you turned two today.  It seems like only yesterday I held you in my arms for the first time.  Never could your Daddy and I imagine how having you would change our lives in such a big way.  You are such an incredible DELIGHT and JOY in our lives.  Every single day you make me laugh and teach me something I didn’t know about myself.  In many ways it is hard to believe we celebrated your second birthday today.  On the other hand you fit so well into our family that it is hard to imagine just what life was like without you in it.   


How fun it is to watch you grow and change so quickly before our eyes.  This year you have learned to walk, run, jump, and climb just about anything imaginable.  There is no fear in you at all.  No wonder we have been to the ER 3 times this year! You are all boy and I absolutely love every 34.5 inches of you for it.  🙂  Some of your favorite things right now are tractors, farm animals, trains, and everything else that goes.  You live life to the fullest and are quite the little talker.  Your Daddy and I love hanging out and talking with you.  You always have so much to say about everything.  This year has brought so many adventures.  You love going places and exploring almost as much as your mom and dad.  Some of our favorites have included hikes, trips to the park, and long walks to the library. 

You are such an incredible delight to our lives Elijah.  You have really helped me to realize the truth of God’s Word when it says that Children are a blessing.  Truly you are such a blessing to us.  Year two was amazing as I watched you turn from a baby into a little man.  Thank you so much for being a part of my life.  I can’t wait to see what the next year brings. 

I love you,

Mommy

Happy Birthday Elijah! I love you!

Menu Plan Dec. 5-Dec. 11

9 Dec

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As most of you probably already know we have MOVED!!!  We are super excited and are loving our new church home.  Sorry for the break in blogging (my longest ever).  Life was way to crazy during the move to keep it up.  We moved last Saturday.  Life is still pretty crazy for us but I do see the light at the end of the tunnel.   As far as our menu goes it’s been pretty interesting around here.  🙂  I don’t know the last time I have been this creative in our cooking.  I’ll start to make something and realize oh wait I haven’t found the potato peeler yet.  Anyway here is what our super simple menu has looked like this week:         

Monday:

  • Breakfast: Coco Wheats, Yogurt, Banana   
  • Lunch: Grilled Ham and Cheese, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Carrots
  • Dinner: Fancy Smancy Dinner out with a bunch of area pastors and their wives.  (It was lots of fun.) 
  • To Do: Soak Oats overnight for breakfast

Tuesday:

  • Breakfast: Soaked Oatmeal, Yogurt.  
  • Lunch: Lunchmeat Sandwiches (These were a real treat for us this week.  We usually don’t buy lunchmeat since it is so expensive.)  
  • Dinner: Spaghetti, Side Salads, Rolls.

Wednesday:

  • Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, leftover Soaked Oatmeal, tea
  • Lunch: Lunchmeat Sandwich, Veggie Sticks
  • Dinner: Chicken Casserole-A super sweet lady in our church sent it over via her hubby.  I was so thankful!  I had been trying to figure out what in the world I could fix and he showed up with a casserole.  It was delicious too! 

Thursday:

  • Breakfast: Coco Wheats, Yogurt, Banana.
  • Lunch: IHOP-No your eyes aren’t fooling you we went out for brunch.  🙂 
  • Dinner: Crockpot BlackBean Chili over Spaghetti 

Friday:

  • Breakfast: Yogurt, Granola Bars
  • Lunch: Beef Skillet  
  • Dinner: kale, potatoes, sausage, leftover rolls. 
  • Snack: Popcorn (if I find the popcorn maker) 😉 

Saturday:

Sunday:

  • Breakfast: Pumpkin Chip Muffins, hard boiled eggs, bananas.
  • Lunch: Beef Patties, Noodles, Green Beans. 
  • Dinner: TBA Eli is having a family birthday party!