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May 20, 2016

Bright eyes

Isn't this just so funny?  My husband is a quiet person, rarely makes silly faces.  Bright and round eyes for both these guys!
 8 months old now and crawling all over the house
 Rob's brother went fishing and shared some of the fish with us...it was so good.
And Paul loves applesauce!

May 9, 2016

Bright week...

My sister from Canada and her husband and 2 kids...and one on the way...were in town for Bright Week.  Friday was St. George's day, we had a procession around the church after service.

Tomorrow is Natasha's 6th birthday...we gave her a tea set from IKEA, which the girls used to have an indoor picnic because it was raining outside.
Picnic... can you see the few pizza crusts on the table?  listening to mandolin music.
 Inside the play cabin...I ♥ the warm glow.

May 2, 2016

Pascha

7 month old Paul's first Pascha...sitting in between his cousins during the service
Natasha holding her candle carefully
Kissing my Godson with his mama, my dear friend
Lunch at Mom's house...
My mom has a beautiful smile!  ♥
Emma climbed the tree and blew bubbles, and the other kids caught them
And then an egg hunt
Checking out what's in the eggs
And Paul had his first chicken bone!
 This morning after Liturgy...procession around the church!
Christ is Risen!!!

April 25, 2016

Balloons

Celebrating two birthdays, first of all, our friend's little boy, who turned 2 on Friday...and then my husband's birthday on Saturday.
I made Rob a German chocolate cake...wacky chocolate cake with this frosting (thank you to Vegan Heartland for the recipe):

Coconut pecan frosting
  • 1 (14 oz.) can coconut milk (I got mine at Trader Joe's)
  • 1 cup pecans - chopped
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pour the container of coconut milk in a medium sized saucepan. Simmer until the liquid is reduced to about half, maybe 5 minutes.
Stir together the corn starch and water until well combined. Add milk, along with the sugar, oil, and salt. Cook over medium heat until the mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in the pecans, coconut, and vanilla. Allow the frosting to cool for 30 minutes until spreadable.
To assemble the cake - place one layer of the cake (with the top facing down) on your serving plate. Spread 1/2 of the frosting on top of that layer. Place the second layer of cake on top of the frosted layer and spread 1/2 of the frosting on the second layer. 

 Kisses from Grammie.
Rob's been working on building a outdoor oven...for bread and pizza!  Hopefully it'll be done in a week or two.

April 18, 2016

Health

Little cup of water.  Like it's the best thing ever.
I've been watching this...trying to do more to make our overall health optimal.  It's hard to change your lifestyle, but I do like most healthy foods and going for walks, but I still love marshmallows, French fries, root beer, and can't run a mile...so exhausting. 
https://go2.thetruthaboutcancer.com/agq/episode-6/
From:  http://mouseshouses.blogspot.com/2016/04/buskers.html I like to think a little music is good for you, too.  Rob's been playing the mandolin a little less lately, because he's been building an outdoor oven!  Hannah's been playing some lovely melodies on the piano...and little Paul loves to try to play, too.
Squishing the avocado on his shirt....oops!
 Breakfast this morning...
And today someone is officially 7 months old!  2 teeth.  Olivia helping me out, this morning...  crawling around the house, just using his arms, saying "ba ba ba" loves to drink water and mama's milk and eat sweet potatoes, avocados, bananas, cantaloupe, and shoes...if he can get there before I do.