Friday, April 29, 2011
Sunday afternoon the family gathered at my parents place for Easter dinner. It was a simple, yet lovely event. The kids went hunting for eggs and Easter baskets. The adults participated in a game of badminton and all dined on ham, au gratin potatoes, asparagus, and buns. We were even lucky enough to have Great Grandma Lila with us.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Easter was a lot of fun this year with Van. He was a little bit nervous about the idea of a big bunny rabbit coming to our house in the middle of the night, but once he saw the great loot that was left his worries were gone. I tried to do a minimal amount of candy since I new he would be getting some at his grandparents. Heather, from The Coterie, had the great idea of filling plastic eggs with stickers, dinosaur capsules, and other trinkets. Van also got some new Crocs, paint, a basil plant, Silly Putty, and squirt guns.
On Friday we went to This is the Place Heritage Park to take part in the Baby Animal Days. The kids had the opportunity to see baby farm animals like piglets and lambs. They were even able to hold little bunnies and chicks. Van really wanted to ride the ponies, so I stood in line so he and girls could have a chance. It was a cool, breezy day, but we had fun nonetheless.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Gus is almost twelve weeks old and is growing more and more each day. This week he started sitting in the Bumbo. Not only is he a big boy, but he's a strong boy too.
He's also an incredible sleeper. He's been sleeping for eight to nine hour stretches at night for several weeks now. He recognizes routines and enjoys being on a schedule; he's very good at communicating his needs.
He has become more of a tactile learner as of late and just started sucking on his thumb. He's a happy, social baby boy and we love him.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Van and I made molasses crinkles yesterday. I have fond memories of making these soft, chewy cookies with my own mom when I was a young.
1 cup shortening
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 3/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon powdered cloves
Mix shortening, sugar, molasses, and egg in large bowl. Sift together dry ingredients and add to previous mixture. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Shape dough into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls, roll in granulated sugar. Place on cookie sheet, bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.