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!

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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.

linky love

today I’ve come across a bunch of wonderful things that I just must share!

beautiful plate with a Mr. Darcy quote on it. I can hear and see Colin Firth deliver the line…can’t you, fellow P&P lovers? I totally printed the photo and am putting it in a frame on the shelves above my bar tonight.

adorable crocheted headwrap loveliness! I am NOT crafty in this way at ALL, but I have some awesome friends who are and have offered to make me one or two of them after I begged on Facebook today. 😉 Conventional headbands give me a horrible headache, so I thought this would be perfect, besides being freakin’ cute!

a beautiful post with a lovely thought about God waiting to bless us us. I have only met Jenny once, but she’s a sweet woman and I love reading her blog about their family life and her creativity. Having a dear friend find out she’s expecting this week after 2 1/2 years of trying, this blog post brought a smile to my face and a lump in my throat. The verse Jenny used at the end of her post is one that God gave me in a time of waiting and wondering if and when He would do something big in my life. I ❤ Isaiah 30:18.

homemade granola bars with GINGER? Yes. please. I like the formula of this recipe so you can tweak and add things as desired. I do a lot of tweaking when I cook and bake. A lot.

dark chocolate and orange scones. Yeah, I’m definitely making these to take to MOMS group on Tuesday. Can’t wait to try them!

And that’s all she wrote, folks!

4/52

blue eyes. mine, not frank sinatra’s. 🙂

I’m your quintessential blue eyed, formerly blonde haired girl.

My hair has gotten darker and darker through the years, much to my dismay. As a kid I was tow-headed, almost white blonde in the summer, strawberry blonde the rest of the time. As I’ve aged, my hair has gone from that to dishwater blonde, to squirrel gray ashy-blonde, to my dabbling in a multitude of colors because I get bored with what the good Lord gave me.

But my eyes, well, they’ve stayed true blue. 🙂 As if anyone’s eyes change color after 28 years!

foto friday: the many faces of jack

my son has many expressions. when he first meets people or is in a new situation, he has this furrowed, concerned brow that makes you think he’s mad or concerned. when you finally realize what he’s trying to communicate to you, he gets this excited, happy smile and he nods.

this week he learned the word “stuck” and now says “RAWR” when you ask him what a lion says or “OOH OOH” when you ask him what the monkey says. 🙂 its pretty cute.

the bottom right photo is titled: its a party in my mouth!

I promise my next post will be writing. I’ve not been super inspired recently, which means I need to write more. For me, writing begets writing and creativity begets creativity. mostly I’ve just been trying to get through the “dog days of winter”. Spring will come, right? 🙂

3/52

silhouette on a cold winter day

this week we’ve stayed inside A LOT. With temps in the negative range almost every day, or at least negative windchills, along with J-Boy being sick most of the week, not much could induce me to leave my cozy house. In this picture I’m cozily clad in all manner of fleece and wool, standing in the window of my bedroom as the winter sun shown bright one afternoon.

one thing winter in Minnesota has going for it is that on the coldest days, the sun always shines. I think its a grace of God that its not both FRIGID and DREARY together. If its warmer, its cloudy; if colder, its sunny. Today I’m hoping to “blow the house dust off” my stir-crazy self, even if just for a Target/Starbucks run. By myself. 🙂