its kind of cheating again. 🙂 But I have a total dearth of inspiration and ideas this week. Golly I can’t wait for it to be warm enough to GET OUTSIDE!!!! It has been in the single digits with below zero windchill all week, but thanks be to God (I am so serious), its supposed to be warming up to over 30 degrees come Saturday. Oh. Yes. Please.

This was one of about three days this week that I actually put full makeup on, due to it being so cold that going anywhere freezes your brain as well as your extremities. Okay, not REALLY, but you catch my drift. And yes, I’m wearing another adorable headwrap from the lovely Joy Phillips. 🙂

Winter, as a Facebook acquaintance of mine put it, is my sanctification. The days are cold and long and eventually you honestly get a little tired of finding things to do inside. BUT spring is coming, praise be! In just over a month we go to Lake Tahoe for a ski trip and not long after we return to our chilly climate, the snow will melt into epic, lake-like puddles and the grass will start its brave shoot upward. Then the leaves will uncurl from the naked branches and our backyard will return to a shady haven in the summer heat. Bring it on!

Until the warm up commences, I shall remain,

Frozen in Minnesota.

all in a days work

this morning, Jackson put on Mr. Potato Head’s glasses on his own (too big for them) face, told me bye-bye in his adorable baby talk way: “BA-BA!”, kissed me good-bye, waved and marched down the steps to, presumably, go to work. What in the world?!

Jack at Work

Then he got his snow boots from the closet and brought them to me, so we put them on his feet and he tromped around and finally went downstairs to see what he could see.

In just the last week his vocabulary expanded to include bye-bye, please (he’s been singing this forever, but would never say it), and night-night. 🙂 While this stage is proving to challenge me in new ways because of his fragile emotions when I don’t understand what he wants, I am totally eating up every new thing he learns and does. What a wonder!

foto friday: cheating.5/52

i didn’t mean to have this be my foto friday, but instead of another week of posting my friday pic and then my (belated) 5/52 of project 52 picture, I’m combining them. I knew you cared. 🙂

Anyone who knows me well knows I love to bake. So when there was going to be a bake sale at an adoption fundraiser for our assistant pastor’s family this week, i had a good excuse to bake and not have to eat it! 🙂 Hooray!

Baking is my first culinary love. My daddy taught me to bake chocolate chip cookies, biscuits and cinnamon rolls while my mom helped me figure out bread and let me have free reign in the kitchen at a young age. She tried valiantly to teach me to clean as I go, but it always ends up looking like Hurricane Johanna swept through after I’ve had my way with the mixer.

In the photo, you can catch a glimpse of banana cupcakes with fudge frosting, my favorite cookie of all time: chewy chocolate gingerbread, and big, soft, sugar cookies. I promise you will not be sorry if you make any or all of these recipes as some point in your lovely life.

I also have a thing for cutesy retro aprons – a friend made this one for me as a wedding  gift. I have a fun collection and really should learn how to sew better so I can make  some more.

And the awesome thing in my hair? Another gift from a very sweet friend! Since I don’t  knit or crochet, I all but begged on Facebook for someone to make this (you saw the    link in my last post), and the ever fabulous Joy Phillips took pity on my poor, craft-    less soul and bestowed her skill upon me. I am in love! The headwrap will be getting        much use, I assure you.

have a happy weekend all! Maybe one of these years I will post in the middle of the  week.

the boy

lately, Jack has been cracking me up with his newest antics, words and expressions.

take last night for example: i took him to the grocery store because we were in desperate need of refilling the fridge with edibles. While there, sitting in his perch on the front of the cart, he kept saying “Dah, dah, dah!” and pointing at the ground. I deduced that he wanted to get down and walk alongside me.

So I let him, with strict instructions that he had to still hold on to the cart and stay right next to me. We proceeded to cross the store in the front, from one end to the other, to find something we needed, with my little man strutting proudly in front of all the smiling cashiers.

I think this must have been going through his mind as he grinned happily and jabbered away: “Hey! Look at me, people! I’m the shiznib big boy that can push a cart. My mom LETS me. ’cause I’m cool like that. Holla yo!”

You seriously would have thought I gave the kid candy and a new puppy, letting him stand beside me and march through the store (at a much slower pace now, I must add). 🙂 It was adorable.

He also has a mind like a steel trap with double deadbolt locks attached. Holy moly…ONE night I gave him a piggy back ride and we galloped up and down the hall together. Guess what he wants to do at least twice a day now?

You got it.

He comes up to me, pats my back and says, “Up? Up?” and points down the hall. What have I started?!

His vocabulary is growing, as are his observation skills. The other day we drove to church and he pointed out a truck in someone’s yard and said his version of the word, which sounds something like “Truh!” I thank the good Lord that he has the T+R sound down and that we don’t have a child that accidentally curses when he sees a large vehicle. ahem.

This spring and summer is going to be a blast, I already know it. As fun as life is with him surviving a Minnesota winter cooped up indoors, I think it will be doubly fun to get out and explore the world beyond our four walls together.

And I leave you with this hilarious picture – I have NO idea what is going on here, but it is pretty funny.

i have no idea what just happened, but I love this.