Happy New Year Friends and Family! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family. We have enjoyed having daddy home and are a little sad to see him go back to work! We have been so thankful for our family time.
Do you usually make New Year resolutions? We normally don’t. We do normally say (every single year) we need to start eating healthy and working out more. Never really works out, though. This year we are doing things differently. We are taking the month of January to mull over what we want this year to look like. We want to make radical changes in our lives. We want to dive in and turn our lives upside down for what God wants us to do. I am excited about the things He is doing in our lives and what He is going to do. What are your plans for 2014? What is God doing in your life?
Last week was a life-giving, restful, joyful week. We took full advantage of the wonderful weather to be outdoors. We went on picnics, hikes in the woods, and nature walks. We took afternoon naps, we played with new birthday toys, and we talked about Jesus and what it means to ask Jesus into your heart.
God has been stirring in us a desire to live our lives for Him, simply and with intention. To fill our boys with contentment, love for others, wisdom and knowledge, creativity, and self-reliance.
I am excited about what God is doing and will do in our family.
Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.
Last month we had a little impromptu photo shoot sitting on Brooks’ bed. They were both in a good mood and we had just come home from meeting Mimi and Poppa for lunch. You can’t really tell, but their shirts say “Captain Adorable”. Below are some of the outtakes, and this is a pretty typical set of what I get when I try to get a picture of the two of them. One of them will look and smile, but the other will look silly or look away. They will look at each other and start wrestling, or they will look at each other and yell, which is their favorite thing to do. It amazes me how in cahoots they are with each other, even though Noah is so little and four years younger than Brooks. They make me laugh and smile every day, and I am so thankful for them.
Homemade applesauce is surprisingly one of the more time consuming baby foods to make. It takes a while to peel and core all the apples. Once the prep work is done, though, putting it together is quick and easy, especially when you use a slow cooker!
You will need:
Apples, various colors and kinds (8–12)
Teaspoon of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
Cinnamon (optional – would only use with older babies)
I made my applesauce using a slow cooker, but you can also make it on the stove top or in the oven. I use the slow cooker because you can start it in the morning and it is ready at the end of the day (and your house smells wonderful).
First, peel and core your apples. I used several different kinds of apples and also a couple of pears. Add in lemon juice and brown sugar (and cinnamon if using). Stir around to coat. Let cook on low for 6-8 hours, stirring ever so often. Applesauce will be mushy when done. Transfer to a blender or food processor to reach desired texture.
Once cooled, store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or spoon into ice cube containers to freeze.
To get the standard applesauce texture, don’t process too much! I figured this out the first time I made it. If you process it for too long it doesn’t have the texture of applesauce. It was still fine to use and tasted good, but the rest of the family didn’t want to eat it because it was smooth and didn’t look “right”. I forced them to eat it anyway!.
These are general guidelines that our family has followed with our children and based on talking with our family doctor. Please consult your healthcare provider or nutritionist and do what is best for your family and situation!
The boys are having the best time this summer swimming and playing in the sprinkler. I was trying to get a few pictures of them in their suits and Noah would not stop sticking his tongue out.
Brooks loves Noah so much he can’t keep his hands off of him. He is always hugging him and trying to wrestle with him. He made up his own word to call him. I’m not sure of the spelling – Jzujzey? It sounds like he is saying a “J” and a “Z” at the same time with an uzzy at the end, but in place of the z’s its the “J” and “Z” sound again. Anyway… I asked him what it meant and he said “it means kiss and hug”. Could he be any sweeter? He amazes me every day!
Brooks is not alone in his adoration. Noah gives it right back. They are always right beside each other, and no one can make Noah laugh like Brooks can. I am excited to watch their relationship grow as Noah gets older.
My heart is bursting with thankfulness to the Lord for these two boys. “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.” Psalms 127:3