Posted by Leah (Parrish) Millan at 7:12 PM
.... and that was Olivia's first SHOPPING trip :) You know, sometimes I start slipping into the "caretaker" rut where all my focus is centered around keeping the children safe, fed, rested, and clean. That kind of attitude is like building a great house and failing to fill it with comfortable furniture and hand-picked accessories.
In recent days, my heart has been very burdened about the fact that I need to build and nurture a relationship with my children. I need to know them. My mom and grandma were great about this. My mom has always known exactly what I have been "into" at any given phase in my life. When I was little and loved He-Man, she bought me He-Man crayons for kindergarten. My grandma took me to Germany with her when I was 11 and then once again when I was 13. I never felt like a tag-a-long. I was my grandma's companion. I want my parenting to be more than just 4 walls and a roof. I want it to be filled with warmth and fragrance.
Posted by Leah (Parrish) Millan at 6:39 PM
(Note to Grandma: I am aware that highly acidic foods such as lemons and limes are bad for tooth enamel... this was just a photo op and I do not feed that baby lime juice every day :)
Posted by Leah (Parrish) Millan at 11:24 AM
Here's the dynamic duo having a little post-nap jumping session. I will sometimes stick AJ in Olivia's bed when it's time for her to wake up. She loves it. . .and then gets fed up and asks that he be removed from her bed. They were cracking me up! I didn't get the best part on video, but you still have to appreciate those giggles!
Posted by Leah (Parrish) Millan at 8:03 PM
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix ingredients together, form into 1 inch balls, press with a fork, and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes.
This is not the most delicious peanut butter cookie I've ever tasted. It is a little grainy from the sugar, and it turns out either soft (if you bake it closer to 8 minutes) or crunchy (closer to 10 minutes)-- no complex chewy/crispy texture that I tend to favor. They are, however, very yummy for being so ridiculously simple and easy. Alex, Olivia, and AJ certainly weren't complaining!
Note: Some of the reviews I read about these cookies complained that the dough didn't hold together too well. I mixed the ingredients with an electric mixer and had no problems with the dough.
Posted by Leah (Parrish) Millan at 7:46 PM
I never would have guessed that my 100th post would be a potty training update! How appropriate!
Thus far I have learned that not all PP is created equal....
1. There's the elusive "actually-made-it-in-the-potty" PP
2. The "almost-made-it-to-the-potty" PP
3. The "I-just-sat-on-the-potty-for-10-minutes-and-then-PP'd-somewhere-else-within-2-minutes-of-getting-off-the-potty" PP
4. The "I-PP'd-in-my-brother's-closet" PP
5. Finally, my personal favorite, the mysterious "Olivia-where-did-you-go-PP??!" PP
Posted by Leah (Parrish) Millan at 6:00 PM
AJ.... I think you are liking the mohawk a little too much!
Posted by Leah (Parrish) Millan at 7:29 PM
And how can we forget little Buddy AJ? Here he is contained in his jumpey. I tried to upload a video of his bouncing, but ye ol' fashioned blogger won't let me do it. A still shot just doesn't do him justice in this thing. He's hilarious!
Posted by Leah (Parrish) Millan at 7:42 PM