A few weeks ago, I wrote about how Ben and I are trying to be more intentional to spend recreational time together. We’ve been loving our time together experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. Our one rule is that whatever we make has to be something that the boys wouldn’t eat, but we like. I’ve been perusing Pinterest to create a new board with options. There are so many delicious looking recipes that are out there, but these are the ones we’ve made so far.
Red Wine and Garlic Mushrooms.
Creamy Black Bean Salsa
Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
Portabello Pizza Mushrooms
Other recipes that have made our “To Make” list are: Dark chocolate and Pear scones, White chocolate and apricot biscotti, Won tons, Bananas Foster. Any other suggestions that you think we’d enjoy?
Prepare yourself for squishy cute baby goodness today. Torren reached his four month day on Sunday. He’s growing up too fast for this last time momma. Every time he accomplishes something new and exciting (like rolling over- woot woot!), I laugh and cheer and secretly want to pin him to the ground and keep him my baby forever. But I might get dirty looks from others if I do that. It’s possibly worth it.
So with no further ado, let the squishy cuteness begin.
Nothing beats squishy baby rolls. They make me happy.
My little guy is already into size three diapers. Gone are the wonderful tell tale stripes that let you know if the diaper is wet. Back to guessing and pinching for this momma.
Devin wanted in on Torren’s photo shoot. The love he has for his little brother makes my heart glad and I pray that the memories of his shows of affection will stay with me through the teenage years. At least I have photo evidence of it to remind me and them.
Devin has massive feet. He never fit the cute little booties I bought for him and went home from the hospital in size 6 month Robeez. Torren looks to be following in his (rather large) footsteps.
After Torren’s shoot was done, Devin asked for one of his own. He set up the chair, got the book, sat down, and let me know he was ready. “All set, Mom”. I love this boy.
He wanted another picture of his “reading” to Torren. He was very careful to make sure that the picture in the book had no bad guys so Torren wouldn’t be scared.
These two make my heart happy. If only they’d stop growing so fast.
I cannot live without Quiet Time. My day is usually broken into two parts- pre-Quiet Time and post-Quiet Time. Mornings are busy with us either going out and about or busy with us cleaning the house. Quiet time gives us a designated time during the day for everyone to spend time alone recharging for the rest of the day. I find that a little peace in the middle of a turbulent day makes all the difference to keep mommy being kind and not cranky. No one likes cranky mommy.
After Quiet Time, I’ve started a new designated time- Table Time. Payton’s first report card noted that he had some areas to work on, namely developing his fine motor skills (ie. holding a pencil, using scissors) and letter/sound recognition. The teacher in me kicked into gear and we have been enjoying Table Time ever since.
Table Time consists of the three of us coming to the table to work on a skill. Sometimes I read a story that features a certain letter (ie. Fran’s Firetruck for the letter “F”) or sometimes I have worksheets that help the boys practice their letters. I should say Payton practices his letters as Dev mostly just colours on the page.
But that’s okay as Dev is now consistently able to spell the first four letters in his name. It’s that darn “N” that keeps giving him trouble.
This past week we spent a Table Time creating a town on a piece of paper with stickers. Getting those little stickers off is tricky for little fingers and great for hand-eye coordination. Torren hangs out in his chair beside the table adding comic relief with his bubble blowing and happy chatter. Soon he’ll be joining in.
Both Payton and Devin have developed their skills ten fold since we’ve started Table Time. Payton’s teacher remarked on his progress which made this teacher/mommy heart so happy. Now if I could just get the hang of drawing Optimus Prime, I’d be even better.
What do you do with your kids to reinforce what they’re learning at school? I’ll take all suggestions!
I just had to add this picture. While picking out books at the library yesterday I came across this book. Evidently our family has been being followed and documented. Creepy.