Friday, July 30, 2010

Fostering Creativity

Recently I've been enjoying "The Creative Family" by Amanda Blake Soule and it has encouraged me to work towards fostering creativity in Lucas and Lydia. My own creative juices flow freely for projects for myself, but I tend to struggle with being creative with my kids. This book has been so helpful!

Recently, they found a beautiful, yellow, fuzzy caterpillar. They were so enthralled with him I couldn't take him away. Unfortunately a few hours later we found him lifeless.... so sad! They kept talking about this little guy, so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to capture it in a story. I illustrated and they told me what I should write. I thought their thoughts were cute so I wanted to share their first-ever story.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Feeling Industrious

Yesterday, I realize I had a bunch of produce I wanted to use up before the kids
and I visit Grandma and Grandpa this week.
I'm proud to say I had a productive, exhausting day,
but it's so good to taste the result of hard work!

Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake that has since
received a drizzle of ganache-like frosting.

Mother-Knows-Best Carrot Cookies from carrots I cooked down and froze a few weeks ago. Sounds gross, but they are so good! I've been wanting to try this recipe for over a year and I finally did. They are supposed to be frosted with an orange buttercream, but they are so yummy without it I may just skip that step!

A half batch of Bread and Butter Pickles from the cucumbers from my garden.

And lastly, the kids and I worked on some freezer paper stencil T-shirts for Daddy and the Grandpas.... for Father's Day gifts. Hmmm, a bit behind, but luckily we have very understanding men in our lives. I'll post the final product another day.

Needless to say, I slept very well last night!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

From the Heart

Sweet bouquets.....

from a sweet little boy.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Feeling Grateful

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