Sunday, November 28, 2010

Seedling turns One!

Hard to beleive it's been a year already!

The question I was repeatdly asked was "so what are you going to do on her birthday?".  I responded with "we're going to stay home and have a lazy, quiet day", and I felt that most people seemed disappointed.  I can tell you that we were not!   We had the opportunity to spend the whole day with Seed, unintrupted, unscripted, to just enjoy being with her, to reflect on her first year, and to pray into her next year with us.

Alright, the "quiet" part kinda happened ... and we did not forgo the birthday celebration.  Seed and Sprout decorated the kitchen with chocolate and butterscotch finger paint, while Speedy and Sunshine each baked and decorated her a small cake.

And she loved the cakes so much, that she stood up in her chair, and began dancing!

This project has been in the works for some time, but I did not want to spoil it. 

I haven't knit anything since I was seven, when my mother taught me to knit a scarf.  I have thought about trying to learn again, but finding the time/energy for somthing I don't really need to be doing ... yeah, it's just not going to happen.  Then Sunshine recieved a knitting loom as a gift.  Ah - this I can handle! Yes, you could call it cheating, and I would not agrue, but this was still quite an undertaking.
Two buntings for two new precious babies. I chose red and white so that they would be unisex, and had intended to add a flower/car emblishment when babies came, but life got in the way, and I decided best get the gifts to the babies before they outgrow them.

They are far from perfect, but full of love.

These also fit our cabbage patch dolls perfectly for when they are outgrown!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Getting back into "the swing of things" has not been easy.  I am having a hard time trying to do too much, but not getting anything done. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

For me, this comes down to priorities, organization, and schedule. 

Prioritizing is never fun for me.  I find this difficult because there is not usually an obvious, frivilous drain, or an easy solution!  It means really praying into what things need to be given my time an energies, and what things are not as important.   Yes, it means "giving up" doing some things that I value, but I find I am able to value my other priorities even more.

Organization can really make or break my priorities.  A house worthy of Better Homes and Gardens is not one of my top priorities, however, it does need to maintain some stanard for me to focus on my priorities.  If I fail to organize, I can spend all my time cleaning and "fixing" (which can be neverending) and never get around to my priorities.

Lastly, every time I make a shift in priorities, I realize that my whole household feels these shifts, and it can take some time to cement into our schedules.  I try not to overschedule our time, but the more consistant I can be, the more the children will know what is expcted of them (routine = less disclipline), and again, our main priorities are more likely to be met.

This week, I am my work in progress.  This does not mean I don't have a few other projects in the works, but whether or not they get completed really won't matter to anyone other than myself.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010



The first time I attmpted this was with a room of 2-year olds. It was so much fun watching them taste (and spit across the table) the ingredients before we rolled it.  Amazingly, they all tried it again once it was asssemble, and even more amazing - they ALL liked it!

(I still remember hearing the parents' comments:  "You got my child to eat WHAT?", and "He won't eat rice at home for us", etc.)

I stuck with fillings I knew they loved: carrots, cucumber, and tomato.

Still, I find myself shocked that my four children love this same sushi.  I have never gotten really creative with fillings, although they loved the imitation crab meat in there, and we do keep ginger and wasabi on hand to compliment the rolls.

Find other real food appetizer recipes at Whole Foods for the Holidays: A Real Food Progressive Dinner, hosted by Kitchen Stewardship this week.