Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Catching Up on Life with the Boys

Life with my boys has been crazy and good lately. They are both at really fun ages 3.5 almost 4 and 19 months (although Jack is showing signs of terrible twos! No!)

They are goofy and play a lot together which is so nice. We have a nice sort of rhythm going at home. Playing legos, meals, bath times, these are the things of life.

Calvin has been enjoying preschool. I think the social interaction and structure has been really good for him. He comes home with all sorts of new little songs and prayers that are just so precious. I must share this one, for memory sake. I will never forget the first time he prayed for us at dinner, I had no idea he knew it! "Thank you Lord for the world so sweet, thank you for the food we eat. Thank you for the bird's that sing, thank you Lord, for everything." 

It melted my heart and made me so thankful for the partnership of our wonderful preschool teachers.

Oh yeah and Jack is huge now! Time does go faster with the second one. He is growing out of his baby stage much too quickly for me, and I'm sure when baby sister arrives it will go even faster. I need to be intentional about documenting all this, I don't ever want to forget these precious years!

We finally got our first real snow! Not until mid January, weird. Calvin was so excited to make snow angels and a snow man although there really wasn't enough snow for that. I love snow. Weird. Yeah, I guess I do. At least the smiles and excitement it brings to my children and the child inside of me.

Jack wasn't too sure of it yet. I doubt he remembers it last year.

Jack kept taking off his gloves. He didn't really get that whole concept of keeping them warm.

 (Proud moment of admiring his snow angel)

I love that Dan gets just as excited as I do when its time to take the boys out. For all the hard work we parents put in, we also get to have a lot of fun too! There are so many rewards. I can't imagine my life without my kids now. I would probably be more rested and have awesome photos of lots of vacations to share...but where is the fun in that?

Monday, January 14, 2013

Why don't we just commit already?

I just learned what "planned obsolescence" means. 

It means: in industrial design is a policy of planning or designing a product with a limited useful life, so it will become obsolete, that is, unfashionable or no longer functional after a certain period of time.

I learned this terminology from a great book we have been reading called:


Even though I have not known this term, I think we all know its consequences. As apple users we intentionally hold out for the next new product, with the better features. We also know that within so many months or a few short years that the product we buy will become obsolete. It has a 'limited useful life".

How does this mindset translate into our lives? We would all like to think it is exclusive to the products we buy. But after awhile, we begin to think of our lives this way. We consider the relationships around us as such. "I'm not going to commit to this person, because surely someone better is coming along."

I'm not going to get involved in my community or my church too much, because a better job opportunity is surely on the horizon and I don't want to commit myself and potentially get hurt or hurt others. I'm probably moving on soon.

The funny thing is that I've seen this happen time and time again with our generation, and still there are people who have been here for years now. Every year they declare this mantra. But. They are still here. And life continues to happen.

Their minds and hearts are living in the "in-between". It's no wonder they are searching for meaning, for a deeper sense of self and God. How can we reach them in the "in-between"? When they are physically here, but their hearts are unreachable? Are you living there too?

Saturday, January 12, 2013

My Review: Personal Sized Baked Oatmeal



I was looking for a fast breakfast for our family, and I had tried other recipes that were similar, such as PB, Banana and Choc. Chip Bars that have been circulating on the web, but this one is the best so far for several reasons:

1. It uses old fashioned oats, not quick oats, which everyone knows is better for you :)

2. There is no added sugar! Unless you add chocolate chips of course. But even dark chocolate is ok in most people's health book. Lots of antioxidants.

3. In place of sugar is mashed banana, honey and unsweetened applesauce.

4. These individual cups make it easy to customize everyone's favorite toppings.

5. They freeze beautifully and stay intact in the little paper cups. 

Try this recipe! You can adjust the recipe to make it to your taste too. We tried adding natural peanut butter to a few and frozen berries too, both were great. I think I'd like to try adding some coconut next time.

Great family recipe!