It’s been bitterly cold in Maryland. We’ve all stayed bundled up much of the time while we get days of snow and cold. It snowed a bit yesterday, just enough to re-coat the ground with a sparkling blanket of white.
Here is M&M after Mass exploring the way the snow crunches in the shade.
Every day after a bit of snow, we see the birds have been busy outside! Cutest thing to imagine them hopping around in the cold.
Max is also exploring… this time it is his daddy’s rosary as we head back to the car after Mass. When he woke up from a cat nap in Mass, he was handed the rosary and gripped it tight, not to let it go… and he really never did until we pried his fingers open!
Have a great week and stay warm!
MM, You are such a fun and hilarious little girl! You make us laugh and we never know what you will say next. … not too long now and your daddy will be here to give you a BIRTHDAY HUG in person!!!!
in a pile of school work..
“I miss you daddy”
“Here’s a Big hug”
“I Miss you Daddy”
Obviously, MM drew this a long time ago, probably soon after daddy deployed. She doesn’t draw like this anymore. But still, it’s adorable and I know it melted her daddy’s heart.
to leave you with while we pack up our things and move into a new home in a new place. Luckily, this home is not two days from family. We will be closer and can be together in less than a days drive.. much better than the 16 hour drive we made living in Texas. Thank you for your prayers during this move.
M&M went to preschool for a month while we were settling back into our school routine. The preschool is over now for the summer and they closed with a cute ceremony last Friday. She has had fun painting, writing, reading, and playing with other little 4 and 5 year olds. This is the same preschool I worked in before we joined the Army life. I love the ladies who teach there. We were very blessed to be able to let her attend the last few weeks of the preschool while we were adjusting to deployment.
( A happy post)
Every time we stand up to sing in Mass, our almost 4 year old wants to follow along. She has been pointing out G.O.D-God for almost a year now. It is so cute to be following the words and all of a sudden a tiny finger points to the letters, G.O.D. and a delighted little face looks up at you to read the letters, G.O.D-God to you over and over. Since this first word, I’ve been showing her others as well for her to find. God stands out to her the most. Its really so cute.
We’ve started showing her sight words on flashcards and covering up the pictures. Either she has some of the “order” memorized, or she really is beginning to read. She got so many words by sounding them out. I was really more just giving her a challenge rather than a task. She wants to do her “work” like the older kids, so , I giver her “work.” My husband says I should give her Spanish! He’s probably right, she’d love it. I’ll bet there is an app for that!
She’s also so hilarious with wanting to “work out” she’ll do crunches and sit ups and absolutely loves jumping jacks. Lately the kids have been trying out the taebo for kids DVD I got them. M&M stays right with it, while the rest of us stand back and enjoy watching her!
With her birthday a month away, and with Cheryl’s recommendation…. I think I’ll make her one more bishop before she’s too big to wear them!
M&M has been put in braces ( or shin guards) to keep her from toe walking. So far so good since she already knew her brother and sisters wore them to play soccer. She has to wear them as long as she is awake. She also gets Physical Therapy twice a week now to try to help her feet stay on the ground.
We walk around the house saying, “heel-toe, heel-toe.”
We asked M&M if she could hold up three fingers.. she smiled and looked at her fingers and looked at ours.. and couldn’t figure out how we got all three fingers to stand up? Then we showed her the way you show three in sign language.. no problem.. She’s now three and can show us! All day yesterday she would ask me, “am I three now?”
The Italian Wedding/Creme cake was such a hit last month for Cookie’s birthday, I made it again with a few alterations… ( I left out the coconut and nuts in the icing)… because when you are three… you want pink sprinkles!
Here is the recipe you asked for! It was handed down to me by John’s mother. It was her mother’s recipe!
Italian Wedding Cake
1/4 lb white chocolate
1/2 C boiling water
1 C butter
2 C Sugar
To the creamed butter and sugar, add one yolk at a time, then the melted chocolate and 1 tsp Vanilla
Next few ingredients you need:
2 1/2 C flour
1 tsp soda
1 C Buttermilk
1 C flaked coconut ( optional)
1 C pecans
( unless you are three, then add sprinkles :))
Sift the flour and soda into the wet ingredients alternating with the buttermilk.
Add the nuts and coconut
Beat the egg whites, then fold them in.
Spray and flour the pans, fill and bake for 35-45 minutes at 350 degrees.
1 Box powdered sugar
8 oz cream cheese
1 stick of butter
1 C pecans
2 tsp pecans
.. to pray for yourself…
M&M has always been good at listening to bedtime prayers from her big sisters and brother all while trying to
not get hurt wiggling so much be still in the dark while kneeling. Many times, she will try to repeat some of the prayers she heard prayed before her. As I mentioned in a previous post, 5yo sister, Bluebelle, has been praying for her little sister. Tonight, when it came time for M&M to pray, we heard…
“Dear Jesus, please help me grow faster so I can be nice”
Here is M&M in Mass with her Guka ( John’s dad) at Moonbeam’s FHC Mass. She actually does know how to be still some of the time.
Lucky for her, she is getting older.. she is only a week away from her 3rd birthday!
My sister asked me to take a picture of MM like this so she could create a baby shower invitation for a co-worker. She saw the idea on an expensive card website and thought we could do it using my camera. The caption will say something like..
” Have you heard ??? A shower is on the way.. etc…”