Monday, January 30, 2012

If I Could Buy You A Gift: Book

Do you ever run into something that you wish you could buy for every one of your friends? Maybe all your girl friends or mom friends or married friends or college friends. I feel like I have an entire list of such things from books to jewelry to house hold goods. If I had the money to do it, I would. I often feel like sending notes to friends saying, "If I had the money, this would be so perfect for you!" But is that odd? It's the thought that counts, right? Sometimes, anyway.

book cover

 Today, if I could buy a gift for all of my mom friends, it would be The Coffee Mom's Devotional by Celeste Palermo. It has quick little devotionals throughout the book that aren't cheesy. I feel like so many of the devo books I find are a little beyond my cheese taste, but this one is great. I often laugh out loud while reading it. I have to admit that when I first ordered the book (found on the Vineyard Women's recommended book list) Ella was pretty little and the mom connections didn't make all that much sense in my new-mom status. As time has progressed, though, I understand so much more of the mom issues she brings up. It really is relaxing to read it and feel like I'm connecting with other moms and Jesus at the same time. So yes, if I could buy you a gift today, this would be it.

To snag a copy for yourself (which you could either read over & over or read & lend to another mom friend) check out these spots:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Where Do Babies Come From?

A few days ago, Ella & I were snuggling in her bed while reading books and giggling. She's been noticing my wee baby bump more and more these days and was rubbing my belly as we read. I've told her that the baby can hear her now, so she's been singing to her little brother or sister. After a very sweet rendition of Twinkle Twinkle, I asked her if she knew how the baby got into mommy's tummy. Without a moment's hesitation, she replied, "From drinking milk."

So there you have it! Be careful when drinking milk, my friends. You just never know what could happen.

photo from The Farm Chicks

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cookies with Mama

Right before Christmas, Ella helped me whip up some sugar cookies. She loves to help in the kitchen, which means that I sometimes have to wait until she's sleeping to get my bigger projects done. This morning she helped me make a cranberry coffee cake. It's baking at this very moment. I'm looking forward to a taste a little later!

before I could stop her, she tried grabbing the cookies...
so our first batch was a little crumbly, but the rest turned out just right

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mama's Pedi

After a (brief) yoga session together this morning (since the girlie
can only handle so many mountain poses & downward dogs before wanting to play again), Miss Ella & I decided it was time for a pedi. First I painted Ella's. Then she asked to do mine. Why not? I was pretty impressed that there wasn't an even bigger mess. We loved it!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Cute Words & Oatmeal Sensory Box

My dear Ella has been saying the cutest things lately. She's putting sentences together now and thinking about what they mean, which constantly surprises me. Here are a couple examples from the last two days.

Last night the two of us were playing downstairs. She was exploring her oatmeal sensory box (as seen below) along with one of her favorite dolls Lila. I say "doll" but she's really a tall, skinny, metal lawn ornament that I think is supposed to be a lady bug. I tried packing her away for the winter, but Ella just wouldn't have it. So now she stays in the basement for play times. Anyway, I was in the Annex and could hear Ella talking. She said, "Naughty, Lila, naughty. Bed." Then, right before I heard the door shut, she said, "I love you." When Ella came in the Annex, I asked what had happened. She told me, "Lila naughty." When I asked why, Ella responded, "Lila eat oatmeal." It's true, Ella isn't supposed to eat the dried oats in her sensory box. Apparently, neither is Lila.

This morning when I went to get Ella up, she gave me a giant hug, looked up, and very carefully chose her words when saying, "Ella's favorite mommy." I often tell her she's my favorite girl, but she came up with the mommy phrase entirely on her own. What a sweet girl.

And just now I was up in her room following a timeout. I got down on my knees so I was on her level and told her to look at my eyes. I said it's important to obey Mommy. After a second, she was still looking at me without saying anything, so I asked, "Are you listening?" She quickly responded, "What?" So obviously she wasn't listening at all. I really tried not to laugh, but I couldn't help it. I gave her a hug and hoped it wasn't a reflection of her listening skills once she hits her tween years. Yikes.

I mentioned that Ella has an oatmeal sensory box. This is one of the things I put together for her this week in my search for toddler/preschool appropriate games, crafts, and activities. Now that I'm on break from classes, it's really nice to be able to focus my time on things for her. I've scoured the internet and have been pinning ideas on Pinterest like crazy. I really liked the idea of these sensory boxes for the cold days that Ella can't play outside in her sandbox.

I got the idea from the Pink and Green Mama blog. As a former art teacher, she's got tons of ideas that we could do for days and days. I started with the sensory boxes. I already had a few shallow tubs, so I bought two tubs of oats and a few $1 animals at Target. The other toys were things we already had. I also bought a $1 plastic table cloth to go under the box for a quick clean up of spilled oats, especially when we're playing in the basement on a rug.

Ella has spent lots of time at her oatmeal box already. Sometimes I play with her and sometimes I let her play alone. It's fun to see her be imaginative with it.

I made another box using rice, which I'll post a little later. That one has a different theme. The nice thing is that we can always change the themes if we want.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Photo Friday: In the Snow

Good thing we were out in the snow yesterday, because today it's gone! What an unusual winter we're having.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

And The Winner Is...

I feel awful since I said I would make the announcement on Monday, then Tuesday, and now it's Wednesday already! However, as I mentioned yesterday, the winner had been randomly selected on Monday, but I never had a chance to actually post the outcome. There were 14 comments (one didn't actually show up on the list and I added it as number 14), so I plugged that into the random number generator online and came up with...

Comment number 9. And comment number 9 came from Joy! Congrats, Joy! You'll be getting a box of fresh biscotti from The Little Yellow Kitchen, a handmade coffee cozy, and perhaps another little surprise. Send me an email or Facebook message with your address and I'll get your box to you as soon as possible! Thanks to all who entered our very first giveaway. It was fun to read all of your holiday traditions. I certainly got some ideas that I might be using in the future!

In other news, Miss Ella let me put her hair in pigtails yesterday! This was quite the accomplishment since she usually doesn't even let me put a bow in to keep the hair out of her eyes. I knew it wouldn't last, so I took lots of pictures. 

And within two hours (which was much longer than I had anticipated!) they were out. At least I have these pictures and the hope of what we may be able to achieve on a daily basis one day. Yes, one day, my little girl will let me do her hair. I'm looking forward to it.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Check Back

I know I said that I would announce the winner on Monday, but I didn't know at that time I wouldnt have access to the computer until today. Pete's been working on a presentation and took the computer with him, so this comes to you from my iPhone. The winner has been selected, though, so be sure to check back later today to find out who it is!


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