Friday, December 27, 2013

{these moments}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual, inspired by SouleMama, capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. 

A few moments from our Christmas morning!


 This is what the Christmas Cold (or flu...) looks like here...  beds are made in every little corner...

and new rocker boards become resting places!

Hoping you all had a wonderful, peaceful, joyful Christmas Day, too!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Just Like That

Bunny weaned herself a couple weeks ago. She is done. Just like that.

I had gotten her down to just one nursing at bedtime a few months ago and was pretty resigned to thinking I would have to lessen and lessen the time I let her nurse if I ever wanted her to wean. 
Then the other night, she said she wanted Katie (my 16 year old sister) to put her to bed. They are best buds, but I totally expected her to come looking for me after she got bored with Katie's stories. You know, when she was REALLY ready for bed. But when I got little sister to sleep, I went to check on her and found her sleeping sweetly next to Katie, like it was no big deal at all. Just like that.
The next night I snuggled her to sleep and she didn't even ask to nurse. After a few days, I dared to ask her about it. She simply said, "I'm all done nursing. I still like to snuggle though." Just like that.

I am still in a little bit of shock over it. Not sad. After all, 3 years and 8 months of nursing is a good run. I find myself just kinda in awe. So we had a weaning party to cement her new status as a big girl. Weaning parties date back to old testament times. When Abraham's son, Isaac, weaned, they had a feast in celebration. We baked a chocolate cake and the big boy cousin came to celebrate with us and spend the night. She is very proud. I am pretty proud too. And we turn to a new chapter of her childhood. Just like that.

I used THIS RECIPE, but I made a strawberry cream cheese filling rather than more chocolate.

 I absolutely love healthy junk food... I also have developed quite a fondness of dark chocolate.
This cake is a win on both.

Bunny was very excited to dig in.

It was DELISH!
I can't wait for the next birthday, graduation, anniversary, or flag day to make it again...
Any excuse really.

Less than a day later, it was gone. Just like that.

Friday, December 20, 2013

{this moment}

Little Sister, this past week, at 17 months.

 Big Sister 1.5 years ago at 27 months.

A love for blueberries is a family thing!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Enchanted Childhood Preschool ~ The Letter "C"

For "Letter C" week, we studied Mary Cassatt. The children LOVE that she loved to paint babies and children!  After reading about her, they painted with watercolors.

C is for cloud!

Scenes from the classroom

Thursday we made sure to give thanks.  It is alway a blast to see what the kids say ther are thankful for!