Saturday, March 21, 2020

Catching up


I've been going back through photos on my phone, and the practice of doing that makes me feel so grateful for the highlights we've had this past winter. 


Church with babies is never easy. Sometimes she plays hard in the nursery and crashes right as the service is over. Other times, she falls asleep on my lap in the sanctuary, and I can capture sweet moments like this.


This was her 8 month photo! 

At this time, I wrote, "She's such an active girl, always adventuring to find new pieces of furniture to pull up on and new - anything - to put in her mouth. She's sporting two new bottom teeth and wispy dark blonde hair that's finally growing in quite nicely. We haven't gotten far with solid foods yet, and I think she has my body programmed to feed her the most milk in the middle of the night, so we are up many times. She gives a very stoic face to strangers, and saves sweet smiles and giggles for her brothers. It's early for tv, I know, but she's super into those Daniel Tiger jingles right now. :)"



Right before and after Christmas, Steve and all the boys came down with fevers and terrible coughs. Steve was the first to get sick on December 15th, and over a month later, we still had some lingering symptoms in our house. August got it the worst as he developed pneumonia and had to go on the chalky white antibiotic. Thankfully, that knocked it out right away. And also thankfully, the baby and I never got the bug!





Always eating puffs! I love this stage.


Oh, 2020. . . you sure are turning out to be an interesting year!


This is my phone background. I love looking at this smile!


This was back in January when my nieces' great-great-grandmother turned 105, and we got to see her on her birthday!


 She shares a birthday with our niece, who is 8!



One freezing day, we enjoyed a visit to the Children's Museum!



We still haven't seen the Mo Willems exhibit, but hopefully we're able to when the museum opens again!?



First outdoor scootering experience for Auggie! He loved it!



Groundhog Day pancakes!



This was our 100th day of school. We ate 100 tiny snacks!



And built with 100 Lego!



And the boys drew themselves as 100! They both made suspenders. :)



After his third birthday, we potty-trained August, and it went super well! 



We love this new Kenard Pak book! Spring can't come fast enough!


Adorably watching her brothers bike up and down the street.





I found a recipe for making banana bread in a bundt pan. It was delicious! I typed up the recipe here.



Sink bath baby! 

I'll be back with more March photos soon.

xo
Rachel

Monday, March 16, 2020

Banana bread bundt


I love baking banana bread, but I often have trouble getting the middle to set perfectly without over-baking the ends. When I found a recipe for a moist and rich banana bread baked in a bundt pan, I was excited to try a new method. It turns out, it bakes beautifully! The boys thought the "banana cake" was extra delicious, and I have to agree!


You'll need:

2 cups mashed, ripe bananas (about 6 bananas)
4 eggs
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 (3.5 oz) box vanilla instant pudding
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp sea salt or kosher salt
1 cup shredded coconut
4 ounces chocolate chips or chocolate chunks


Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a bundt pan (or use a baking spray). 

Mix together mashed bananas, eggs, and oil in a large bowl. 

In a second bowl, mix flour, sugar, pudding mix, baking soda, and salt.

Gently stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Fold in the coconut flakes and chocolate chips/chunks. Pour the batter into the bundt pan.

Bake for 60-80 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean, or the cake springs back when lightly pressed.

Let cool for 10 minutes before you gingerly flip it onto a cake plate. (You may need to use a knife to release the cake if it gets at all stuck to the sides.)


Let me know if you decide to try it!

xo
Rachel

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Valentine's


Junia had a nice first Valentine's Day! 💕 No chocolate, but plenty of tiny paper valentines from her brothers for her to eat. ❤️💌


We woke up to Steve making heart-shaped pancakes for us!


I tried my hand at making heart meringues. My first round didn't turn out well, but I thought these ones were cute!


Nine months old, never stops moving, learned how to clap, cruises the furniture, only wants Mommy, sleeps quite terribly at night, fits in perfectly with our chaos, loved to pieces. 💕


I love their little handwriting.



Tiny girl playing in the kitchen!


How is February already ending?!!

XO

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Ephraim turned 6!


Ephraim turned six, despite me pleading with him to stay five for a while longer. We had friends over to celebrate with an outer space party 🚀, and E was really so overjoyed. I love watching him learn to read, and color amazing art, and pretend to be Luke Skywalker with a white tee shirt and khaki pants and a light saber. And I just think he's got all of the qualities of the best kind of friend - I'm so happy he's mine. 🌔👨‍🚀🎂

 

We had a low-key day on his actual birthday, complete with storebought emoji cupcakes, and then waited a few days until Feb 1 for his party.



A fun new building toy from Grandma and Grandpa Z!


Ephraim watercolor painted the moon cake topper, just about an hour before the party, and it was my favorite decoration!


Beautiful space cookies baked by my mom.




Ephraim and his cute friend. All of the kids played hard and had a great time! We filled up on hot dogs and chips, cake pops and meringues. I hope it made a sweet memory for our six-year-old!

XO

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