Did You Know?

I was unaware of the fact that green beans spark in the microwave. Since I'm forcing my child to eat something that I myself don't eat, I've recently learned this. Also, no forcing is involved. He loves the stuff.

The Cookie Making Adventure

How To Make Cookies With Your Nieces
While Watching Them At Their House

1. Buy this awesome Crayola cookie kit on clearance after Easter.
2. Add the small amount of wet ingredients to
the ridiculously large amount of dry mix.
3. Use a spoon to mix.
4. Give up using the spoon and just do it with your hands.
5. Divide the dough into four parts, mixing the
three primary colors into three of the parts.

6. Let Alyssa Kate mix the primary colors
to make the secondary colors.

7. Have her pose for the camera.

8. Put all six colors (plus "white") into separate bowls for creating.

9. Let Alyssa Kate make the sun on a paper plate.
10. Try to move the sun onto the cookie
sheet, subsequently mangling the sun .

11. Decide to just let her make the
cookies directly on the cookie sheet.
12. Hand some dough to Caroline to let her mash.
13. Continue helping Alyssa Kate.
14. Look back at Caroline to see nothing in her hands. Ate it.

15. Check on Jake. Yep. He's good. Just shaking some Cheerios.

16. Realize there is a ridiculous amount of dough
here so decide to make a cookie pizza.

17. Let Alyssa Kate fill the tray with... a polka dot cookie, the sun, ("Caroline's" flower), a layer cookie, a ladybug, a green snake, a flower, and an orange snake.

18. Pick your favorite - the smiling ladybug.

19. Go to put the cookies in the oven.
20. Find out the cookie sheet doesn't
fit in the oven in their new house.
21. See if there's any way to move the cookies to another sheet.
22. There's not.
23. Try cooking the cookies with the door part
open, rotating the tray every 5 minutes.

24. Check on the girls. They're oblivious.
25. Realize the door-open strategy isn't working
because there is no heat left in the oven.

26. Check on Jake. Still good. Eatin' a puzzle.

27. Think (knowing exactly what's going to happen), "Maybe if I put these partially baked cookies in like this, they'll finish baking before sliding down the tray."

28. Not quite, genius.
29. Set cookies out on counter, hoping for
them to harden to eating quality.

30. Share the yummy and successful cookie pizza.
31. Put everyone down for a nap.
32. Realize after cooling that the cookies are
not edible since the bottom halves are still gooey.
33. Carefully move the cookies to another cookie sheet.
34. Finish baking.

35. Be excited that, four hours later, the cookies are now edible.
36. Try to recognize what each one was supposed to be.
37. Use the rest of the neverending dough
to make some swirly cookies.

38. Swear to check the pan size beforehand next time.

13 Months Old!

I debated whether or not to continue the monthly Snoopy pictures. I've rolled my eyes at people who have continued the pictures after a year. However, I decided I didn't want to give it up yet. So deal with it.

He only wanted to smile with his tongue out.

The happiness and drooling still continues.

He can almost do a full sit-up on his own.
Especially when we hold his legs down.

He now has 8 1/2 teeth.
4 1/2 on top.

And four straight-up-shaped-like-a-W on the bottom.

As of late...

The child has finally caught up with the rest of earth and was 70th percentile on height, 50th on weight and rockin' the 98th percentile on head size. And he got his 12 month shots and got this super great camo band-aid because he was so tough.

Our trees in the backyard bloomed!

He has returned to the age of chewing on his socks and feet.
That age being 6 months old.

He has started to pull up on the coffee table.
Sometimes he stops to take a bite out of it.

And sometimes he finds the newspaper
or magazines on the coffee table.

He isn't crawling or walking or anything, but started his physical therapy last week. They said they think he's going to progress really quickly, and I agree. He's started making progress on his own at home too, with the trying to stand and pull up, and moving around faster on his belly non-crawling style (such as pushing backward across the room, or rotating in place.)


There were several essential photo taking opportunities today.

This morning his eyes were super shiny at breakfast.

He's so happy at breakfast time.

I love Cheerios!

I bought the shirt he wore to church today back in the fall, hoping he could wear it sometime in the fall, since it was 6-9 months. It got too cold before he could wear it, but it shockingly still fit when I tried it on him today. So yay! I had to get some pictures of him in it. Yay argyle sweaters!

Mwahaha. I got what I really wanted... the lens cap!

Nothing makes me happier than a lens cap.

It's the most fun when you shake it around speedy quick.

I will smile if you let me hold the lens cap.

I will be sad if you take it away.

This afternoon, I pulled Jake around the yard in his wagon just for fun.

Wagon? Still love it.

Wait. What's Jack doing?

Don't I look a little suspicious?

Hey! I can lift this thing with my foot!

Whee! We're in motion and this is fun!

It Happened Again

This was the first time.

Happy Easter!

"He is not here. He has risen, just as He said!"
Matthew 28:6

Last night we went to our church's HUGE musical production of the life of Christ that they do every other year. It was incredible!

The crowd on Palm Sunday.

The Crucifixion

The Ascension of Christ

We had a weekend long Easter celebration 'round these parts. We went over to Jon's parents' house for Easter dinner on Friday night, because it was the only time the whole family could be there.

Jake loves his cousins.

Jake and Alyssa Kate
I'm sad that it's blurry.

Jake and Caroline

Then we went in the backyard to hunt some eggs.

I found one!

Wow! This basketball is shaped like an egg!
Or is it an egg that looks like a basketball?

Egg hunting is fun!

Checking out the findings.

Look Mama! A football!

Jake's bounty. Including a green dyed
egg with a J on it from Alyssa Kate.

Jake and Daddy lookin' sharp.

Mimi made cute Easter basket cupcakes for dessert.

Eatin' some Easter ham.
I edited his bib from last year...

One month old goober

Then Saturday afternoon...

Jake likes his bunny ears.

Jack wondered where his bunny ears were.

Hey up there!

And Sunday after church...

I'm ready to pounce on you!
Oh, and this is my Easter basket from Mimi!

He got two swimsuits, a play outfit, and a stuffed bunny.

Sometimes it's fun to ride your Easter basket.

He enjoyed it a little more than last year.

It's funny how baggy this 12 month shirt is!

Baby GQ

Hey Mama.

The Easter Bunny came to our house too!

Checking out the gifts from E.B.

Can we go take these for a test drive?

Jake was more interested in playing
with Snoopy than posing with Snoopy.

Snoopy shrank since last year.