Apparently the whole time we were off galavanting in France (it’s still crazy to me that we even DID it and writing that sentence is crazy to me and so awesome) that it was lovely weather here at home. I love it when Fall holds on to the last lovely warm days with the cool nights and crisp mornings. The pretty colors in the trees but still warm enough to be outside and enjoy it. My favorite time of year actually. Well it was warm the first few days we got home too and we decided to make use of it and go strawberry picking. I had heard of Broxburn Farm before but never actually made it there. And now that I’ve gone, I’ll be back! I loved it. They have a U-pick patch (that is HUGE) of strawberries and raspberries (we got some of both) and then a little fresh vegetable store (totally got some fanatic looking carrots, bibb lettuce, an eggplant, a few HUGE tomatoes and some green beans) and then a cafe that uses the fresh veggies and fruit they grow. All local. I love that kind of stuff. Really one of the things I loved the most about the food in France is that exact thing. The emphasis on fresh and local and good ingredients. That makes a difference in your food! Anyways, I am off on a different tangent, so back to the strawberry picking and the cute littles wandering up and down the rows.
Really these two helped for a bit and then petered out but they had fun running up and down the rows too. We will be back for sure. Perhaps next week if the weather is still good. 😉
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This past weekend we had a family reunion. And I was in charge. And it was a lot of work. HA! One easy thing I did for the kids was to make giant bubbles. Seriously it entertained them for a long time!!! I used the recipe floating around Pinterest that I’ll share at the bottom of this post. I could have taken pictures all day. In fact I did take a lot. Here are just a few….
- 6 Cups Water
- 1/2 cup Dawn Ultra Dish Soap
- 1/2 cup Cornstarch
- 1 TBSP Baking POWDER
- 1 TBSP Glycerin
- I used a big tupperware container.
- Slowly mix the ingredients together and avoid getting too many bubbles in it.
- Then let it sit for 1-3 hours.
- Make sure the cornstarch doesn't just fall to the bottom.
We just let it sit out for two days and they just kept going back to it. To make the big wands we used two straws and they strung some kitchen twine between them. Give it a shot! Your kids will love it!
I love to see Norah and Lucy and their relationship grow. It started when Norah was first born. As they have grown it has developed more and more.
It is wonderful. I also wonder if their relationship is similar to what mine and Kelly’s was when we were young.
I still remember the day she was born and the excitement that I had a sister. It is one of my favorite memories as a child. I was over the moon that I had a sister to share life with. And our relationship continued to grow and develop as we grew.
Norah loves Lucy. She loves her. And Lucy has learned how to navigate the 2 year old mood swings and how to keep her happy. It is a lovely thing they’ve got going on.
It really is my favorite to watch these two. I am happy that they get along. It makes me sad to see sisters not enjoy each other.
Watching these two and their relationship grow fills me with love for them and my for Kelly, who I miss every day.
Aren’t sisters the best?!
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My littlest Norah is an early riser. She’s been worse (as in 5-530 am). Lately it’s 6-630. And after late nights with all the Christmas festivities that makes early mornings and sometimes a cranky toddler. This morning she wanted pancakes to eat. And so I took her to the freezer to find a bag of ones I had frozen. When I first opened the door the first thing she saw was ice cream. And this girl LOVES ice cream. She started shouting excitingly “Ice cream, Ice cream.” Now she is really small and our pediatrician told me to give her anything fatting she wants, but Im not about to start feeding her ice cream at 630 am. So I got out the pancakes and closed the door. She melted down completely. Overtired + being told no = lots of crying.
I took her back into the kitchen so that she was as far from everyone’s bedrooms and tried to distract her with all kinds of things. She wasn’t having any of it. For a small thing, she sure can stick to her guns 🙂 Finally the only thing that snapped her out her crying snotty mess was sitting her on the edge of the counter. Which was in fact, still full of things from the previous nights party. I gave her a bowl of syrup and showed her how to dip her pancake into the syrup. She stopped crying immediately and started dipping. She made a huge mess. Sticky fingers and pajamas and the counter too. After a while she noticed the container of left over veggies and dip and started dipping her pancake into the ranch dressing too. I didn’t stop her. I just got out my camera and took lots of pictures. 5 minutes of Norah in her cute Christmas pjs (and for those of you who are going to ask where they are from it’s here.)
I love doing these little 5 minutes projects where I capture my kids for 5 minutes totally inspired by this awesome blog here.
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I forgot about posting these pictures and just found them a couple days ago. So here they are. Norah with a yogurt. She’s really into feeding herself and it makes a HUGE mess. Most of the time she would rather not eat than let me help her. She wants to do anything that her older siblings do, especially Oliver. And because she is so much smaller than them that if often just not possible. But I try and let her try. I don’t want to squash her desire to be independent.
I could have stepped in and forced Norah to let me feed her. It would have been filled with tears and frustration. She wants independence and the freedom to do it how she wants too. This is a relatively easy mess to clean up in the end.
I’ve been thinking about the choices people make with their lives and how sometimes when they chose to do things there own way it makes a mess in their lives. One of my favorite quotes is from Presdient Thomas S. Monson: “Each of us has the responsibility to choose. You may ask, Are decisions really that important? I say to you, decisions determine destiny. You can’t make eternal decisions without eternal consequences.”
We have to let them make their own choices. The older my kids get the more I realize how less and less control I actually have over them. I can teach them and encourage them and try and show them through example and word the way to go. But they are each going to have to make their own path. Hopefully it will be a path that leads the right way. I am sure they will each make some messes in their lives, just as I have done. But eventually they will figure out what is important and true and where they want to be one day.
We just need to be around to help clean up when they ask for help and even encourage them to clean up themselves too.
Norah will make a huge mess for a while probably. But in the end she’ll figure out how to hold the spoon properly and how to aim it into her mouth. And she might even stop rubbing her hands all over everything once they have anything on them and making everything messier.
Until then, I’ll just keep cleaning up the messes and offering help when she’ll let me.
For those of you who will ask, these were all shot with my 50 mm lens at 1/320 at f/2.8 ISO 1000.
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In the Snow with Lucy.
I love that she’ll just come and do this with me pretty much whenever I ask.