Posts Tagged 'Family'

Decorating Cookies

For the first time in the history of this family, we made rolled cookies and decorated them.  I don’t know why we have never done this before…  It is not hard, a bit time consuming, but so much fun! 


We started this project last Thursday evening, with mixing the dough.  The next day we rolled and cut.  There was lots of snitching.  I was almost afraid we would not have any cookies.  ;-0

Yesterday, we took time to decorate them.  It was so fun to see the kids creativity and individual personalities come out:  The colors they chose, their skill level, and the cookies they most enjoyed decorating.

100_4522Adam was studious, and concentrated hard on his work.  He decorated long after the others had tiered out and gone to play.

He decorated a cookie with each member of the family in mind.  It is fun to see him growing and thinking of others.

Daniel wanted so much to be involved.  I gave him three cookies, and a knife.  He would frost the cookie, say it was ugly, and lick the frosting off.  Then he would frost it again.  He kept himself occupied some time in this manner, until the gingerbread man broke!  He ‘glued’ its leg back on, with frosting, and then put a puddle on it, made of several colors.  he really liked that one, and saved it to show daddy.

100_4521After dad had seen his handy work, he fed it to Gideon, who objected not in the least!  We ran out of frosting, before we ran out of cookies.  I am debating  mixing up some more, and enjoying this together time again or just enjoying the unfrosted cookies with guests…as we clearly can’t serve these to others.

Gotta Love ’em!

<- Daniel, showing me what is left of his last cookie.

Happy Birthday: 34 years and 1 month

100_4220Last month Manny celebrated his 34th birthday with Mud Pie and Elk Hunting a long hike.  He had a good time out in the mountains, but got lonely for his family, so came home and took the two oldest boys back out with him.  They all had fun, but came home so dirty, I didn’t even want to talk about it.

So, why are we celebrating again?  Well, it seems old age has some advantages.  He has no idea how old he is.  In the weeks before his birthday he was asked his age several times, and each time he told the person something different.  These false ages ranged from 27-36 years of age.  The funny part is that he had no idea he was lying to anyone.  Of course, the kids always caught him, and informed him of his mistake.

Now, when someone asks him his age, he looks around for one of the children…to find out how old he is.

Happy Birthday, and a month, Honey!  I love you!

The Many Sides Of Daniel

Daniel can be delightful, but tell him something he doesn’t want to hear, and you’ll have a bear on your hands.


He can be sweet and loving… ready with a hug,











silly, sad or rude!










Maybe I’ve been taking pictures too long?

An Interview with Daniel

This morning, I thought I would find out what kind of Birthday Cake Daniel would like to have, since his birthday is coming up next week.  This is how the conversation went:

Me:  Daniel, you have a birthday coming.

Daniel:  That is because I am getting bigger.  Look my hands are big.

Me:  They sure are big.

Daniel:  And I am strong too.

Me:  Yes you are.  Hey, I was wondering what kind of cake you would like to have for your birthday.

Daniel:  Yes.

Me:  What do you mean.

Daniel:  I want cake.

Me:  Okay, but what kind?

Daniel:  The kind we eat.

Me:  What flavor.

Daniel:  Like we had before.  Chocolate, Carmel, yummy.

Me:  Like Daddy’s? [Daddy had an Ice-cream Pie]

Daniel:  Yah, and the other kind!

Me:  What other kind?

Daniel:  Like you made before.  The big one.

Me:  Do you mean Banana Cake, or Chocolate Cake, in layers?

Daniel:  Yah!

Me:  Pick one.

Daniel:  One!

I guess I’ll be making the decision, and evidently, he will enjoy it.  🙂

A Typical Evening


Before I thought Adam was old enough to do more than look at pictures, Manny began reading to him from the Bible each evening.  Now this reading time encompasses all the boys.  Over noise and playing, he reads; stopping at appropriate times, to ask questions or invite discussion.

It amazes me, that a man who always wants to ‘get to bed early’ will spend and forty-five minutes reading to his children, especially, when the text could be read in ten minutes, or less.  🙂


This time is one of the high-lights of our days.  Everyone gathered, and no chores to be done; relaxing yet lively. 


You Are…

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
– Jim Rohn

Who are the five people you spend the most time with?

  1. Adam
  2. Benjamin
  3. Caleb
  4. Daniel
  5. Gideon

What is the average?

  • This is rather a scary thought for me:  I am a 4.8 year old boy.
  • I love trucks and roads. 
  • I am emotional, hungry and tired.
  • I am always asking for more food. 


Gideon had just stacked the little cups, helping to put dishes away, and being very proud of himself, was busy announcing to the world, “I did that (clap, clap), I did that.”  He pointed his work out to everyone who walked by.

When I opened the other side of the cupboard to stack the plates, he saw me, and looked intently for a moment, not sure of what he was seeing.  Then he looked outside the cupboard.  I followed him, and a game of peek-a-boo ensued.  Back and forth we went, smiles broadening with each new “peek.”

Now, he tries to be there, when ever I am putting dishes away, sure that chores are a ton of fun.

January 2020
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"Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass." ~Psalm 37:4 & 5

Confident Endeavors

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

- H.D. Thoreau