Tuesday, November 30, 2010


 Gisèle used the word "y'all" today, for the first time.  She just slipped it into her sentence casually - "Mama and Daddy, I didn't draw y'all at school today.  I drew princesses."

There's the proof -we have a true Texas girl.  Guess the next step is buying her some cowboy boots!


Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving - and Cranberry Sauce

We had a great Thanksgiving!  It was just the 4 of us.  Jamie took care of the kids all day so that I could get dinner prepped.  It was really relaxing for a Thanksgiving day.  I timed everything well, so it all was ready when it needed to be.  And everything was delicious!  I made my own cranberry sauce, and I made a great pumpkin pie using a recipe from here:  savory sweet life.

Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, roasted brussel sprouts, deviled eggs, cranberry sauce, and rolls.

Yummy pumpkin pie!
Miles loved the pie!

Homemade cranberry sauce

 The cranberry sauce was made using what I had on hand, and it was delicious!  (It made a bunch, so after having leftovers for a few days, I made muffins out of the rest - and they were awesome.  I used my standard muffin recipe, but instead of making the fruit jam for it, I used cranberry sauce.  I also added the zest from 1 orange to the dry ingredients.)  Here's the recipe for the cranberry sauce - all measurements are approximations.

Cranberry Sauce

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
16 oz fresh cranberries
1/2 a large apple, peeled & diced (I used a Fuji)
1 orange - use the zest from half of it, and the juice from the whole thing
1 lemon - use the juice from half of it
a splash of brandy
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
2/3 tsp cinnamon
a pinch of kosher salt

-Stir the sugar and water together in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil, then add the cranberries.  Return to a boil, and then lower to simmer.
-Add the rest of the ingredients, and simmer 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Friday, November 26, 2010

Best Friends

These two adore each other.   Sometimes I watch them together and ask God what I did to deserve such sweetness and love in my life!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

Obviously I'm behind on posting!  These were taken at the pumpkin patch just before Halloween.  Gisèle had a blast picking out pumpkins and jumping in the bouncy house!  She picked out a little pumpkin for Miles, a medium-sized one for herself, and a big one for Mama and Daddy to share.


Monday, November 22, 2010

Better Late Than Never?

Miles really liked his birthday cake!  The frosting, at least!  We had some friends over for cupcakes, and then we all watched Miles dig in to his own cake.

He loved watching and hearing everyone sing to him!


Friday, November 19, 2010

Starting to Walk!

He's taking a few steps at a time on his own now!  Miles is such a happy boy.  He's also a cuddlebug, which is adorable and exasperating all at the same time.  He loves to be held and to sit next to me when he's playing, and fusses when I leave the room.  He doesn't have separation anxiety when it comes to church or school, though - he's fine on his own then.  He's talking all the time all of a sudden, though only a few words are recognizable.  His favorite thing to do is point and say "Dat?" so that we'll tell him the name of whatever he's looking at.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010


So, yeah - he likes it.  :)


Sunday, November 14, 2010

My Man and My Little Man

See the resemblance?


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