Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cloud 9

Had an ultrasound this morning....

Adam is finally going to get a little BROTHER!!!

We're walkin' around on clouds over here. :o)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentine's Day 2011

Well, I guess I can't let Valentine's Day come and go without tellin' you all what we did!

Yesterday morning when the kiddos woke up, they all got a little felt "Valentine bag" of treats, which I fully expected would be gone by noon, and I was right. ;o) Even Brynn got in on the action, and by 10:00, I had chocolate-marshmallow heart candy ground into my carpeting. The kids had all made Valentines for each other which they had stuffed into eachother's bag. (We hung the bags by the fireplace, right where our Christmas stockings had been.) This is the first year that Abrielle really has a clue about the holiday, and I guess we broke her in right, because at lunchtime, she prayed, "Fant you, Dod, fow Balentime's Day tanny." (She *can* say those c's and g's now, but they're so much work to articulate without coaching...) ;o)

Anyway, John had to work of course, so we had a normal school day, except that we had a minor incident of a big brother tormenting his next younger sister with squirting water at her from the iron. (It wasn't hot, but she didn't know that.) Such a wonderful pause in our otherwise lovey-dovey day. (They're siblings, what can I say?) LOL!

The big thing that happened was that Brynn really took off walking today! She started the day off only taking 3-5 steps, and ended it with her walking from the livingroom into the kitchen to welcome Papa home from work. It was his favorite "Valentine gift" as she was all smiles and saying "Papa!" on her way to see him. So cute.

Then last night we decided to all get gussied up, and eat downstairs in front of the fireplace. We have a diningroom table down there that we pulled over, (away from the far wall in the picture), put a table cloth on, set, etc. Aleksa was in charge of that. She did a very nice job, too. Pretty centerpiece, candles, etc. Liana had put red heart lights on the mantle as extra ambiance (those had actually been there for several days. The little girls LOVE those.) We had shrimp (major craving over here for that recently), and chicken enchiladas (John's favorite) for supper. Adam made angelfood cake for dessert... with strawberries and whipped cream. Num.
(click on the photo to enlarge...)

After supper clean-up we hung out a bit, and then after the kids went to bed John and I watched a movie together which would have been all cozy and intimate, except that Abrielle could not sleep, and so it was the three of us cuddling on the couch. :o)

Aside from the usual roses (he gets me some every year... *swoon*...), we also got a new garbage disposal. !!!. You can tell we aren't newly-weds anymore, 'cause I was MIGHTY excited about that! John also got flowers for the kids, which the girls L.O.V.E.D. I think Adam sorta made a sword out of his or something... it didn't last long! lol!

It was a happy day for us... Hope you enjoyed showing your family you loved them too!

Friday, February 11, 2011

To the rescue!

It's been a long week over here... I've been down with a chest cold, and have had very little extra energy.

On Wednesday, however, a friend had heard about that, and came over early that afternoon to wrangle the kids and help me with school. She sat and quizzed the girls with their music theory, and did who-knows-what-else with them, while she shooed me away so I could go take a nap.

I woke up feeling so much better, and while she and my kids were all off playing who-knows-what downstairs, (I did see that our guest had been gussied up in one of the girls' dress-up dresses!), I made supper without interruptions! It was amazing!)

Good friends are such treasures... So thankful for her! It was a gentle rebuke to me, though... "How have I been a friend to someone today/this week?" What about you?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

V-Day countdown!

So excited.... Valentine's day is less than a week away! Gotta iron out the Big Plan with the kiddos. This will be the first V-day that Abrielle will have a clue, so I'm excited to make this one special... (though, if you remember, I try to make 'em all special!)

Wednesday, February 09, 2011


Ah, one of the more fragrant days over here...

Aleksa just walked past the bathroom in time to see Abrielle spilling her little potty all over the floor, and Brynn crawing on into the bathroom and sitting in it.

Bathtime at the Fisher house!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Keeping Abrielle busy

As soon as Brynn goes down for her nap, Abrielle gets to do a "project." It also means she gets to listen to a cute nursery rhyme cd. Today she got a giant coloring page/crayons, and since that didn't take her long, she got to pull out some playdough too. The big girls don't like to be too far away when there's fun happening, so they joined her at the table to do their math. Today I'm supervising with my laptop here with me. :o) Adam is in the livingroom doing his own thing. He concentrates better away from distractions.

Keeping Abrielle busy (safely) is one of the toughest challenges I have right now. Thankfully, though, with Brynn still taking morning naps, it makes that job a little easier. Abrielle loves getting out the paints (of any kind), doing baking projects with me, coloring, pasting, reading books, etc. She's also been on a "play with dolly" kick lately. It's fun having a three-year old in the house to be able to do this "little girl" stuff with. :o)

Friday, February 04, 2011

Breakfast Bliss

This week our "breakfast chef" has been our sunny Aleksa. Each week the big kids rotate who cooks the morning meal, and that person also helps with other misc. cooking during the week as needed. We've been treated to fruit smoothies, pancakes, peanutbutter granola, oatmeal, sausage/cheese muffins and probably something else I can't remember right now. They enjoy their cooking time, and have learned a lot in the process.

With the Chef in the kitchen, it also frees me up to feed and diaper the baby, check my email, get things ready for school to start, dress the Littles, make the bed, straighten up a bit, start a load of laundry etc. before we all hit the floor running once school starts. Of course, the whole house looks like a hurricane has hit by the time 3:00 rolls around, 'cause we have these little cyclones called the 3yo and 1yo. We're constantly picking up after them, even during school, but alas, they're fast, and determined, and enjoy watching Mama crawl around on the floor. Or something.

Anyway, back to Leksa's fabulous cooking. She's on my mind right now because not only is she making the pizza crust for tonight's supper right now, but she also has the bread machines (I have two) running. She's making some delicious cinnamon bread for tomorrow morning's breakfast. Num-o.

I love Saturday breakfasts... John is usually zooming out the door headed to work when we are getting our breakfast going (his breakfasts are grabbed out of the freezer and nuked lately... usually leftovers of what the rest of us have already enjoyed during the week), so when we can all sit down to eat together, my domestical self sighs with contentment to have everyone's feet under the same table. I actually am usually the Saturday morning chef, but today Leks was on a roll with her pizza dough, and having a great time getting floured up. I wasn't going to argue. ;o)

When John and I were first married, we loved cold cereal for breakfast. Every single day. If we did that now, we'd go broke, completely. Though, I have to tell you that last month John did some grocery shopping for me once and came home with like TEN boxes of cereal. The kids were in heaven. Cold cereal is definitely is not the norm over here. I still do miss my bowl of Life, but when we get it, it's for a snack more than a meal... My family can eat two boxes of cereal in one meal really easily.... because "just one bowl" doesn't fill anyone up. Not after being used to pancakes or oatmeal every day!

Another thing we do to keep the costs down, is that we older folks drink a cup of tea every morning, (occasionally hot chocolate),instead of juices. The Littles drink milk. I try to only buy juice for weekends. Much cheaper that way. Besides, the kids and I have sort of spoiled ourselves with our tea... It's one of our simple pleasures to sip tea over a nice breakfast with great company to chat with. We have some of our best talks over breakfast, and do our daily Bible study/reading then. While we do spend more time in preparation and eating, I consider our breakfast time sacred family time... One of life's simple pleasures that we would have completely missed out on if we had a much smaller family and could have continued our cold-cereal-while-watching-tv newlywed mode...