Tuesday, December 23, 2008

the holidays and stuff...

Sorry I've been gone. Not that you've missed me too much. It's this darn morning sickness, which, if you've ever had a baby you know, is really all day long sickness. It's gotten me a tad earlier this time and a tad bit more insistent that it be noticed that when I was pregnant with Emory. It's not just you I'm neglecting blogger friends, I'm not returning e-mails or phone calls either. But, hey! We are excited and this is just par for the course, right?

Our holidays have been crazy busy so far, but so enjoyable since Emory is now old enough to participate. She wants Santa to bring her a "blue present" and she's even been brave enough to stand in front of him and ask him for this treasure. She refused to sit on his lap, but sitting on a stranger's lap isn't something we necessarily encourage our daughter to do. What is she really getting? A play kitchen with accessories. The accessories will be wrapped in blue so that she gets her blue present. Her stocking will be stuffed with tons of chocolate candy and lots of girly things like blue bracelets, a pink tiara, and big girl panties!

I'm thinking we'll do the traditional leaving of the cookies and milk for Santa and then make sure the plate with crumbs left behind is still on the table. If I can get my act together to get to the library we'll even read The Night Before Christmas before bedtime. Jury is still out as to whether or not this will happen.

I'm terribly excited about Christmas since we'll be celebrating with both my brother and sister and my parents. Emory loves her family and having them here will be the biggest treat of all. But, there will be great food and lots of it. I'm not sure I'll be able to eat much of it since random things make me sick right now, but we're going to give it a go. And, I was incredibly creative with the gifts this year. I started thinking about it way back in August and I think everyone will be pleased with their goods.

So what's not to love? Lots of food we only get once a year, a two-year-old who is so much fun to surprise with goodies, family we never see but really enjoy, and another blessing on the way. I can truly say, as we mentioned on our Christmas Cards this year: "The Lord has done great things for us and we are glad." (Ps. 126:3)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

why is it...

that when you leave putting on your mascara for last, that the very first thing you will do is sneeze? ARGGHHH!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

the best banana bread EVER!

This is in our church cookbook, for those of you who attend Faith, and I had to badger the author for YEARS (literally!) before she would finally share it. And am I ever excited that when she did, it was to include it in our church women's cookbook. It's baking in my oven as I type and it smells sooooo good. Here is is:

1/2 c. oil
1 and 1/2 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 and 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/3 c. sour cream
2 or 3 ripe bananas (mashed)
1/2 c. nuts (very optional - I don't put nuts in mine.)

Cream oil and sugar. Add salt and eggs, mix well. Combine flour and baking soda. Add flour mixture and sour cream alternately to sugar and oil mixture, mixing well after each addition. Fold in bananas and nuts. Pour in baking pan of choice and bake for 45 minutes to an hour on 350 degrees. I can usually get one large loaf and 2 mini muffin pans out of this recipe without altering it at all. The loaf is for the momma and the mini muffins are for the rugrat. ***The mini-muffin pans come out after 15 minutes. DO NOT bake them the entire 45 minutes!***

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

got milk?

Today during breakfast, I was reading to Emory while she ate. You know, you got a pretty sweet little gig when there is someone who will read to you while you eat your pancakes and syrup. The book she chose was Elmo's 12 Days of Christmas. Which, incidentally, we had to locate first because her daddy hides it. He hates to read it. This has only served to encourage Emory to enjoy the book all the more.

We got to the "10 monsters milking" page where there was a picture of what else? 10 monsters milking cows! Emory pointed and asked, "They are getting milk?" Because, a city girl gets her milk from Publix or Walmart, not some cow in a field. I went into a toddleresque explanation of where milk comes from. "Yes Emory, they sit next to the cows and pull on their udders and milk comes into the bucket. We get milk from cows!"

Fairly proud of my prowess mommy skills which took advantage of this teacheable moment, I watch as she wide-eyed, really studies the page for a moment. She then looks at me and says, "They tee-tee milk?" Gross!