Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The new baby in town

We finally did it. 
We made it to meet the new baby.
She's only 2 months old.
And is currently estimated to weigh in at roughly 440 lbs.
Welcome to our zoo, Baby Lily!

Interesting comparison.  Can you imagine birthing a 200 lb baby who would walk 30 minutes later?

Sweet Pea actually had a lot more fun watching Baby Lily than she appears to be having here....

 And what's a trip to the zoo without checking out the sea lion who spends all day swimming loops past the window to say hi?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Goals for 2013

Guess what! I just found this little gem. From a year ago. Oops! 

**written Jan 22, 2013**
Yep, I know what day it is.  And I know that we're nearing the end of January already.  But these have been percolating in my head and I need to get them written down.  (sidenote:  I need to follow-up on my goals from 2012 and assess how things turned out!)

1.  Read at least one Bible verse each day. My Bible reading goals often start out lofty, and being a mom of littles, they fall by the wayside all too soon.  I know one verse is so little, but it's at least a start. If I can read one verse and really dwell on it for a few minutes, that's better than not taking the time at all.  Hopefully it will evolve into even more, but that's where I'm going to start.

2.  Read (at least ) 12 books.  With at least 3 of them being non-fiction again.  That was one of my goals last year (that I met!) and I'd like to keep it for another year.  It's a good reminder of what I'd like to accomplish in spite of how busy life can get.

3.  Continue trying at least one new recipe each month.  Possibly explore some more meatless options.

A Conversation with Honeygirl

I would love to have a conversation something like this, with each of my children on each of their birthdays.  Yes, yet another idea curtesy of Pinterest.  Although I came across the idea prior to the last set of birthdays, I failed to put it into action.  So when Honeygirl and I were on a little Mama/Daughter date Sunday, I decided I would ask a few questions.

My favorite food is: Tacos!
For breakfast, I would prefer: French Toast
The best show on Netflix is: Barney
My favorite movie right now it: Cars
My favorite thing to learn about is: Hotels (me: do you know anything about hotels? Honeygirl: nope)
The thing I do best is: play with my sister when she is sad
If I could go anywhere in the world, I would go to: Black Lake Bible Camp
My favorite color is: Pink
When I grow up I'm going to be a: Nurse
My favorite song is: Jingle Bells
My book I'm loving right now is: any of the Fancy Nancy books
Three words that describe me are: happy, funny, active (I like to play outside and with you!)
When I was little, I used to: have mommy milk
My favorite season of the year is: summer because it's sunny
The snack I like best is: popsicles
One food I really don't like is: I don't know.  I think I like everything.
My best friend is: Aunt Mary! I like telling her "surprise, surprise!" and "I love you more!"

Friday, January 4, 2013

December highlights

Can you believe the new year is here?  Since I didn't write much in December, here are some highlights:

1. putting the girls in their pajamas and filling sippy cups with warm cocoa to go look for Christmas lights.  They LOVED it!  The particular lane of lights we were hoping to visit wasn't open yet (bummer!), but we still had a lot of fun.

2. Advent books!  A pinterest/ blog idea I stumbled on somewhere... it was a total hit.  I rounded up the Christmas/ winter books we have, and checked a bunch more out from our local library.  Then I wrapped them all up and numbered them 1-25 and put then under the tree.  Each night, the girls picked the next number as we counted down to Christmas.  They thought this was great and have already asked if we can do it again next year. :)

3. Christmas cookie exchange.  I go to one at my friend Gretchen's house every year.  Such a great way to load up on different kinds of cookies without putting in the effort to make each yourself!  As always, I made my Christmas mint cookies. This year, I totally revamped my recipe and was extremely pleased with the outcome.  Maybe I'll post my recipe for anyone who is interested. :)

4. Christmas with family.  We have the greatest families.  I'm so blessed that we can spend time with all of them - and that we all enjoy it.  No horror stories here!  Christmas Eve was spent with my in-laws and Christmas day was spent with my side of the family.  My sister and her family even came from California to hang out with us.  It was fun watching my girls play with their cousin, and we all enjoyed the chance to connect.

5. Zoo Lights:  Honeygirl has been talking about going to zoo lights since her birthday back in October.  That's approximately when they start putting all the lights up at the zoo to prepare.  And I must say they do a fantastic job.  This year we even rode the train, which we haven't done before.  And we lucked out with a dry (but rather freezing!) night.  Yay!