Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Elijah Shark!!


My guys really like nature shows.  They love the crocodile hunter and the Kratt brothers.  And, lately this love has dominated their pool-time play!  In the picture above James has caught the predator of all predators, the king of the ocean, the meanest and scariest of all the sharks...  He has caught the Elijah Shark!!!  James handles this wild and ruthless animal as if he were a mere kitten.  He is so calm and careful ~ every move calculated with perfection.  He appears to have no fear at all even though his life is very much in danger.  He is so brave!

I love listening to James teach his imaginary audience about the animals.  He is so cute!

And, here is the Elijah Shark enjoying a little snake snack...


Things got a little exciting in this particular episode!  The Elijah Shark, when released, turned on James and swam after him!  Thankfully, James is a good swimmer and the Elijah Shark did not catch him!


Just another day at the office for this crew!  Gotta love it!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Snickerdoodles


I'm catching up on posts today! :-)  I don't know what has come over me!!!  But, while I am on a roll,  I am going to post one more!  The boys and I made snickerdoodles this afternoon.  As I watched 8 little hands rolling dough in cinnamon and sugar, I remembered that I had written a post about making snickerdoodles with them years ago ~ I mean like years and years ago!!!!  So, I searched my blogger and found it.  I never published it???  I have no idea why!  So, here it is many years late!  Oh, how fun to see my two big boys looking so... well.... LITTLE!!!!! :-)


It rained most of the morning yesterday which meant the grass was wet and the ground was muddy. So, rather than go outside after school, I decided that the boys and I would make cookies together.

Snickerdoodles were a favorite of mine growing up ~which may explain my affinity for Bifferdoodle coffee?? Anyway, I have always loved to bake, and growing up I had only one cookbook. And, this was it. . .

I think that I over the span of my 18 years at home I most likely attempted every recipe in the entire cookbook. But, the one that I kept going back to over and over was. . .

Snickerdoodles! The page is a little yellowed with age, and a good bit thickened by years of being touched by my sticky fingers! I remember realizing one day when I was in 6th grade or so that I had the recipe memorized. I used to love these cookies, but even more importantly my mom always had all of the ingredients on hand. Easy and convenient!


The last time that I made these cookies with the boys had to have been over a year ago, and Joshua was ready, but JCT kept making the wrong sized balls, and he just couldn't grasp the rolling them in sugar without flattening them. I expected to have the same problems this time, but we did not! It was easy, low stress, and they did a great job. In fact, I only made one or two of the cookies. They did most of the work while I supervised and, of course, took a multitude of pictures.

Forming the dough into balls. . .


Rolling the balls in cinnamon and sugar. . .


Having fun doing it together. . .


Joshua thought that it was fun to throw his cookies on the cookie sheet. . .



I love sweet little hands reaching for something homemade!



After we got our cookies and our milk we settled in for reading time...



A word about this book. . . I really like it! It is a sweet tale, and I have already had to choke back tears through an entire chapter! We are nearly finished with it, and I almost hate to see it end ~ although I have something really fun to read next!


Sweet memories!  Oh, how young they look!  Makes Mama's heart a little sad....  Unfortunately, what they say is true...  They grow up too fast!  The days are long, but, man, the years are short!!!!!

An Afternoon Thunderstorm...

And, so, I sat coffee in hand.  I had just begun reading chapter 12.  It was the second chapter I had read aloud this afternoon.  The boys were busy playing legos quietly and listening to Mama read.  It was then that I heard it, the distant rumble.


Is there anything more soothing than an early afternoon thunderstorm?

A few seconds later lightning flashed, and the boys smiled and moved away from the window. The rumbles slowly grew closer and closer, and the rain fell harder and harder.  The once still pond became wild with the ripples of dancing raindrops penetrating its surface.  I continued to read and sip, read and sip.


Pure bliss.

Slowly, gently, the storm rolled past.





But, the peace it brought to my home did not.

This Morning I'm Pondering This...

From a collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions...


"I thank Thee for personal mercies,
a measure of health,
preservation of body,
comforts of house and home, 
sufficiency of food and clothing,
continuance of mental powers, 
my family, their mutual help and support,
the delights of domestic harmony and peace, 
the seats now filled that might have been vacant, :-) 
my country, church, Bible, faith.


JCT's Alone Trip with Dad

Erik takes "alone" trips with the boys.  When he asked James where he wanted to go, he said he wanted to go to Orlando to visit his cousins!  So, this past weekend he and Erik flew to Florida for a fun little trip!



JCT loves sea animals.  He has always been fascinated with sharks and whales.  When he was 3 and most mothers were reading their children Green Eggs and Ham and The Velveteen Rabbit, I was curling up on the couch with my little man reading Close Encounters with Sharks in Their Natural Surroundings.  Yeah.  He has always been his own little person, and I love him for it! :-) All that to say, he wanted to go to Seaworld with his cousins!  He had a blast!



On the way home...


Joshua waited in the rain for his little brother to return home!  I think he may have missed him a tiny bit!




Sweet friends...




Before James left I overheard him boasting to his little brothers about all the wonderful things he would bring home to them.  He did not disappoint.  Nothing brought him more joy than opening his suitcase and presenting his gifts to each of his brothers....


The boys loved their happies!



 A successful trip! :-)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Duke Basketball Camp

All packed up and ready to fly to North Carolina...


The coolest Pic of the trip....



Joshua and Erik met up with Pop, Jason, and Caleb in Durham.  The fathers and sons had a blast together! And, I think they ate pretty well, too! Joshua is still talking about Elmo's??

Anyway, Coack K, who they said took lots of time with each person in line...


Though Erik bleeds baby blue, he has great respect for Coach K.  He really enjoyed getting to meet him.

Joshua with the ball ~ playing at Cameron...


Joshua and Caleb...




Listening to Coach K speak. Joshua and Caleb are right to his left...


Camp...


 Joshua had a blast, but I think he was glad to be home...


Erik, too...


Joshua's signed balls...



Joshua fell asleep in a chair, without eating dinner, at 7:00 the evening they came home...


I think he was a bit worn out!

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Little Everyday Things...




Sometimes I like to step back and look at my life from a different perspective.  I like to see the details and not just the big things that overwhelm and consume most of my thoughts.  There are so many things that are just ordinary things, but in a few years they won't be ordinary anymore...

They'll be nonexistent, and I know most I'll miss them...

Terribly.

And, I'll wish that I could go back and experience them just one more time.  Like one of Jack's sweet kisses or the sound of Emery's baby giggles or my big boys coming in the back door with sweat dripping from their brow and mud caked on their John Deere boots.

We all have our things, the things that make our life uniquely ours.  I live in the country with a house full of red headed boys and one little redheaded girl.  Think about it.  Take time to stop your day and ponder the things that make your heart light.  Then, celebrate those things, and thank God for giving them.

I am fully thankful.  I walked around the house today and took pictures of any little thing I saw that was a reflection of this stage of the journey.  I do this every now and then taking pictures of the things that are usually overlooked.  Such as...

Joshua and Elijah both brought me one of these today...


 "Look, Mama, it's a heart for you!!"

My gratitude journal...


Going back and reading old entries makes a weary soul feel full again!

And, this has been out on my counter all day.  I'm pondering these...


Trying to focus on character and not just academics.

Miss Em curling her toes...


I love this sign that hangs by the back door...


Muddy boots...


One of my favorite trees...


The walkway to the gym ~ completely muddy...


I'll miss these sunbleached and worn completely ragged trucks one day...



The crabapples...


Garden fresh tomatoes...


Elijah doing the fish face...


Eriky trying to do the fish face...


A bit of spilled milk...


Dirty floors and the claw foot couch my sweet husband surprised me with last weekend.  He got it for well under half the original price!


And, Jack's sweet little curls...


Just a few of the things that make my heart sing!
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Hi! I live in a sweet country home overflowing with love, laughter, and little ones. I have been blessed to journey these days beside a man that I love, respect, and admire. He is my soul-mate and best friend. Together we are seeking to raise our seven children to be lovers of God, to be wise and discerning, and to be all that our sweet God created them to be. I am in the goldfish and cheerio stage of life, but I am keenly aware that these days are slipping right through my hands. This blog is my attempt to keep our memories safe for years to come.

 

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