Monday, October 27, 2008

Life Lately

This is my nephew Cole. He's four years old. I asked if I could take his picture and this is what he did. He's so cool.

Here's the dessert the kids & I made for my mother-in-law Juanita's Halloween party. Graham made the "fence", Caris made the scarecrow, Malachi made the haystacks & then he & I stacked the pumpkins all around.

My Mom invited me over for dinner when Megan was in town last week. She made us THE CUTEST drinks - PINK hot chocolate in these adorable cups, with pink & white jelly beans in the drink and on the plate, whipped cream and pink sugar. Do you think we are just a little bit excited that my Mom's breast cancer treatments are OVER?

I took Canaan along with me to dinner at my Mom's. He was playing here and being so silly.

Here's the gang after pumpkin carving at the party. Top Canaan & Malachi, bottom cousins Cole and Brea, Caris, Korean friend #1, Graham, Korean friends #s 2 and 3 (I'm sorry, I forget their names).

Christian & Canaan, both in the pajamas Grandma bought them and both thinking Christian's sippy is quite intriguing.

I love sleeping babies. And toddlers.

Look at the smile on this kid's face. Do you think they just won a big game? They did not. They have, in fact, lost EVERY game of the season by a landslide. I absolutely LOVE that my boy has such a good attitude. He is competitive and one of the best players on his team, and he really wants to win. But if they don't, he still smiles. He is a very good sport.

I am SO GLAD that this phase seems to have died down. For a while, I found Canaan in the refrigerator like this no less than 10x a day. It was enough to make a mommy batty!

This was Bible hero dress-up night at Awana. Caris was Mary and I was Sarah. Graham and Malachi didn't dress up - party poopers! I stopped to pick up one of Malachi's teammates, whose mother I had never met. I thought she probably wondered where I was taking her son . . .

Malachi with his long locks. He decided that he wanted it cut - SHORT. I like it better long.

Speaking of long, it is so much fun to style Caris' hair! I asked Alif if he liked this one and he said, "It's different!" LOL

Malachi and Graham were on a BIG sewing kick. Malachi made 4-5 awesome pillowcases.

This little boy makes my heart melt!!
And now the post that I had started before I uploaded pics and Blogger would only let me put them up top:

Let me start by saying that my computer is dead. Or sick. I don't know what's wrong with it but for now I basically only have access to Alif's laptop, and that pretty much only during naptime. It's really kind of a good thing. I needed less time online. Well, my family and home needed me to have less online time. Now we're thinking of getting me a laptop. A Mac, actually. Would that be called a Macbook? I'm clueless.

I made the best dinner EVER last night. It was also my first time ever cooking with alcohol. Concidence? Hmm. Here's the recipe - I hope I'm not forgetting anything. It's from Everyday Food magazine.
Irish Beef & Stout Stew
beef cut into 1" cubes
1/4 cup flour
12 oz tomato paste
2.5 pounds new potatoes (the white ones)
2 cans beef broth
1 can (12 oz) irish stout
2 medium onions, cut into 1" pieces
10 cloves garlic, sliced
20 oz frozen baby peas

Toss beef with flour in a big pot. Stir in tomato paste, then everything else except peas. Bring to a boil. Move to a crockpot on low for 4-5 hours. Add in peas & let heat through for 15 minutes or so. OH SO GOOD!!


  1. your pumpkins are so cute! what are they made out of? Liz has a great attitude too her team is losing a lot too though =(

  2. Are you willing to share the recipe for your pumpkin patch dessert? It's so cute, perfect for the get-together we have planned for Friday night! (We had Bible Hero night at our Awana a few weeks ago, too--lots of fun!)

    I just found your blog--I'll be back to visit longer! :)

  3. canaan is such a good looking liitle boy! and that stout stew sounds amazing : )

  4. I wish I could have seen you at the store trying to locate Irish Stout.
    THat desert is soooo cute.
    Loved the pictures.

  5. Hi Kim! That dessert was so easy. Haystacks - melt a bag of butterscotch chips over low heat. Stir in a bag of chow mein noodles. Let cool a tiny bit, then shape into rectangles on a sheet of waxed paper (or a greased cookie sheet) to resemble haystacks. Stack them all around and then put candy-corn pumpkins (we got ours at Wal-Mart for 1.69 a bag) around to make it look like a pumpkin patch. Add a scarecrow to make it look even more like a pumpkin patch. Have fun!

  6. Thanks Emily! Sounds too easy--I was thinking that I could also use Rice Krispie squares for the haystacks, but I like the looks of yours better. We live in farm land, so realistic haystacks are a must. ;)

  7. ok, I love the pink drinks. That is so cute, and what a perfect little way to celebrate. Praise the Lord, I am so glad to hear how well your mom is doing!!

  8. So much fun you've been having!! I'm so glad to hear your mom's done with treatments. And that pumpkin patch dessert is SOO cute!

    Love the new portraits, too. I can't wait to take some good close ups of the boys with my new camera!

  9. Anonymous3:34 PM

    We Have The same Pink cup!