Okay, you!


I went into Keeghan’s room this afternoon to collect him from his nap. (I know, great story hook, right? But that’s what happened. I walked in and there he was all cute and snuggly, curled up with his blanket.)

Keeghan: We gonna go get Ian?
Me: Yes! It is time to go get Ian! Want a hug?
Keeghan: Go ride stroller. Okay, you!

He stood up and flung his arms around my neck, and I gave him a hug.

Keeghan: I want to change the diaper.
Me: You need a diaper change?
Keeghan: We always change the diaper.

Well. He settled my hash.

In other news, Ian’s lunch box came home with a hole in it yesterday, which MIGHT have happened when he threw it up in the air and it landed on the tile in the cafeteria, but he doesn’t think so. Also, he has a gift for the family which he informs me is “definitely not a clay luminary” and also does not “have a hole where you put in a candle.” In that case, the suspense is killing me.



Just makes me smile

A lot of the houses are decked out around here, and because I went for my walk really early, I was able to see some of the lights still on. It makes me feel so cheerful to see those little lights. We aren’t outdoor decorators ourselves, but those little lights just tickle me, like baby giggles, because they are so pretty and cheerful.

Nothing beats home made

WE are still decking those halls around here… we had a crafty decorating spree that involved some salt dough (yeah, that’s 1 cup of salt, 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of warm water and knead it until your arms get tired. Bake at 250 for 45 minutes per 1/4 inch of thickness, and be sure to seal it with a craft sealant when it’s completely dry.) and a lot of acrylic paint. I know we have a bunch of ornament kits left over from last year, but I can’t find them, so we went with this instead. I had a tiny snowflake cutter and a spool of holiday ribbon that happened to go with the dining room curtains, so I made a garland for the chandelier. It’s about 2 dozen snowflakes, give or take a few, and 3 yards of ribbon. I just threaded them onto the ribbon, spaced them evenly, and started tying knots through the holes at one end until I got to the middle and then repeated from the other end. You should adjust to your preferences. It was a quick, fun way to deck out the dining room a little while the kids were having way too much fun with paint.

On another note, those mini Reese’s are one of my favorite holiday foods. Peanut butter cups are like… my Kryptonite. I LOVE peanut butter cups. From their festive holiday wrappers to the last crumb of sweetened peanutty goodness, I just cannot get enough. Which is why I am so thrilled that I LOVE this Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie, which is Phase 2 compatible.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (Makes 2 servings)

image courtesy of Carissa GoodNCrazy via Flickr Creative commons

1 over ripe banana
1 scoop protein powder (unflavored, unsweetened)
2 Tablespoons Special Dark cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon Splenda or sweetener of your choice
1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 cup cold coffee (if you’re watching your caffeine, water works.)
1/4 to 1/3 cup ice cubes
2 Tablespoons natural peanut butter, no sugar added

Put it in the blender until smooth and enjoy.

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The “kids’ tree”

Every year we still put up the little tree even though we also do a big one. The kids are allowed to decorate it, and we normally invite friends to help and we make ornaments for it. Some years, the poor little tree looks like it can’t hold up everything we hang on it by the end of December.

Personally, as soon as that smile shows up I feel like my work is done.