Posted by: reball | April 7, 2010

You Have Your Hands Full

Today, I’m going to be brutally honest.  I HATE when people stop me in the store and say and I quote, “Are they twins?”   I could send both the boys to Harvard if I had a dollar for every time I’ve been asked that question!

I’d love to answer,  “No they came from the same womb on the same day 5 years apart.  1’s just small for his age!”  or  “No, they just look the same, weigh the same, and have the same birthday!”  My true answer is always a bit softer, kinder, more gentle…”Yes, they are!”  It’s always followed by the next question that I also despise!  “Are they identical?”  You’re looking at them you tell me! 

There are also the kind folks that say, “Boy, You have your hands full!”  What gave it away?    Here’s your sign!

 I know I should take it as flattery that people are interested in my little duo!  I understand that they are absolutely irresistible and the two most handsome little devil’s around. 

BUT-  Have you ever tried to make it through Walmart with two shopping carts all the while you are stopped every turn you make by another adoring old woman?  It’s quite tough and time-consuming.  If you’re a mom I’m sure you understand that these types of trips have to be planned around meals, sleep, and dirty diapers! 

Phhhhew!!!  I’ll step down off my soap box and give it a rest!  Just remember the next time you see some haggard looking, worn out, mother dragging 2 carts, 2 babies, and a grocery list she has things to get done & her hands are full!  Oh, and it’s probably me!

With all the love I can muster!

Twinmama & Yes, they’re twins!

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Posted by: reball | April 4, 2010

 

 
Today has been a splendid day!  I admit it started pretty early! 
We had to be at the church for the sunrise service!
 
 
We hope that you are all surrounded by the love of family and friends on this most special day!
Take time to thank Jesus for the amazing sacrifice that he made so that we may be forgiven!
 
Posted by: reball | April 3, 2010

Easter Basket anyone?

Wouldn’t you just love these in your Easter basket?

Posted by: reball | March 30, 2010

A day of clean starts and fresh beginnings!

Easter has always been an exciting time for me.  I love to go to church and see the lilies adorning the windows.  I love the feeling of love that fills our little country church during the sunrise service.  The sight of the first rays of sunlight shining through the stained glass windows!  It’s a very special day filled with clean starts and fresh beginnings!  The promise of forgiveness and hope! 

We never really got into the easter bunny and all that he entails at our house growing up.  We did get a special outfit to celebrate the day complete with white shoes.  They were usually sandals and were unacceptable to wear until Easter.  You see white shoes should never be worn before Easter!  Or so believed my grandma!

I don’t have little girls to buy pretty flowery dresses or white sandals but I do have my two sweet little boys!  They won’t be wearing neck ties or sweater vests this year.  It’s not really our style.  They will be wearing these two adorable little outfits though.  Daddy probably won’t approve but I think they will be little charmers in them!

However, you spend your Easter remember that Jesus died for us so that we may have a fresh start with our sins forgiven and forgotten.  May his love surround you and you truly appreciate the sacrifice that he made for each one of us! 

 

Posted by: reball | March 25, 2010

Snicker, Doodle, and Farmboy

 

Today, I’ve been blessed with my niece Snicker. She’s the cute little blonde on the right.  You may know her from www.farmgirlfollies.com .  She’s definitely a great helper and a special girl!  Her sister Doodle and brother Farmboy had to take a trip to the doctor. 

We decided to make some cookies to share with them when they returned.  Believe, it or not we’re out of butter so decided to try a recipe for Snickerdoodles.  Ironic I know!  Anyhow, they passed her taste test and are sure to please any hungry tummy!

Here’s our recipe:

Snickerdoodles
1 C Crisco
1 1/2 C Sugar
2 eggs
Cream together and add the following:
2 t Vanilla
2 t Baking Powder
2 3/4 C Flour
Mix well.  Roll into balls and then sprinkle or roll in Cinnamon Sugar.  Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Enjoy!
Posted by: reball | March 23, 2010

Opinionated Little Eaters

I’ve been struggling to find foods that the boys are willing to eat.  It seems absolutely ridiculous that they are so picky when it comes to vegetables and fruit. They are only 15 months old for Pete’s sake!   I love almost all fruits and veggies.  They have differing opinions on their tastes already!  Their father is also an extremely picky eater!  I don’t even want to consider the possibility that this is an inherited trait!

So, what do you think?  Is food preference a strictly personal behavior based on likes and dislikes or could it be inherited?  I guess ultimately it doesn’t really matter!  I can’t force them to eat anything.

I am however, getting a little smarter.  I realized that they hate the taste of bananas whether in the form of mashed, pudding, etc.  but they do like banana bread.  I decided to try incorporating carrots instead of bananas to see if that might still please their palates.  It was a home run!  A snack treat my toddlers adore!

I couldn’t find a recipe that sounded quite right so I adapted a couple and put my own spin on them.  Here’s the recipe:

Carrot Bread
¾ cups Pear Or Apple Sauce
⅓ cups Vegetable Oil
½ cups Brown Sugar
¼ cups Sour Cream
4 whole Eggs Beaten
3 teaspoons Cinnamon
½ teaspoons Nutmeg
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 cup All-purpose Flour
1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
3 cups Carrots, Grated
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a bread pan.
 
Stir together the pear/apple sauce, oil, brown sugar, sour cream, and eggs until well combined.  Sift together cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, baking soda, and flours. Slowly add to the egg mixture. Stir until just combined. Gently fold in the carrots. Pour into the greased bread pan and bake for 60 – 65 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. 
 
For the boys I simply slice and then cube the bread.  It’s easy for little fingers to pick up and enjoy!
Posted by: reball | March 23, 2010

They Keep Going & Going…

Ever feel tired, worn out, used up, exhausted, like you can’t go on?  Not these two!  Even without sleep they are still like miniature versions of the Energizer bunny!

I just wish I could market some of that energy!  I’d be a millionaire mama!

Posted by: reball | March 22, 2010

Hail, Hail the gangs all on my lap

We’re having a March thunderstorm with the added bonus of hail!  I’ve spent my evening consoling two little munchkins and their pup- Bourbon!  He’s terrified of Thunder.  He doesn’t mind gun shots at all but when the thunder starts to roll he runs for the comfort of my lap!  It seems his “spot” has been filled by two little hineys.  We did make room for him to cuddle up beside us!  I do have a big lap but…we ran out of room with 50 pounds of boy and 70 pounds of dog!

Posted by: reball | March 19, 2010

Oh, I love thee Spring!

Spring has sprung!  It’s official we have sunshine and warming temperatures!  There are daffodils poking through the soil and birds everywhere!  The boys and I have been so busy lately doing all of those things that we’ve been longing for all winter!  We’ve planted seeds in the greenhouse and have lots of delicate little sprouts up already!  We’ve cleaned the gravel out of the yard from papa’s snow plowing!  But most of all we’ve been busy playing in the grass and dirt! 

Last year the boys weren’t yet walking.  It’s so amazing  to see two little guys running through the yard or walking beside me!  We transplanted  day lilies and they loved that experience!  Mr G decided he really likes the taste of dirt and as for Mr M he’d rather just roll in it! 

They are becoming quite independent!  It’s funny to think about all of the things we miss in our hurried lives.  Things they are noticing for the first time like the birds flying or a stray leaf our rakes missed last fall!  They are learning so much from being outside! 

So, if you don’t hear from us for a day or two here or there it’s because we’re off exploring!  I hope you take time to go exploring and see something new too!

Posted by: reball | March 15, 2010

Two Little Bears

As I reread this post I realized that I’m making my oldest son out to be not so appealing!  That wasn’t my intention at all!  So, before you read any further realize that I love him more than my Diet Coke and that’s saying a lot!  Actually, there is no limit to my love for either of my rascals!  So, take my words lightly!  I’m just seeking some helpful advice!  And nanny…I don’t want any phone calls telling me how horrible I was to write about this!  You witnessed his attitude today!

The  boys have been testing their boundaries lately.  I’m kind of at a loss on what action I should be taking.  On one hand we have the poor “victim” every time.  It’s definitely Mr. M.  He wears his emotions on his sleeves.  He goes from happy and smiling to  heart-broken and in tears in moments!  It can be a bit frustrating at times.  Probably, because he’s so much like his mama in these aspects!

On the other side…we have the bully Mr. G!  He is mean, bossy, and controlling.  If he doesn’t get his way he’s aggressive. He let’s you know he’s not happy by hair pulling or not so loving smacks in the face! 

I can use all of the suggestions I can get!  I try to tell G that it’s not nice to hit and we have to love each other.  I just don’t think that it’s sinking in.  He does know that I’m not happy about his actions.  However, I’m not sure he really cares a whole lot!  So, how do you recommend disciplining a 14 month old little boy?

One minute he’s the mean little turkey and the next he’s all love and kisses!  I know it’s all part of growing up. Staking your claim in this world.  Exerting your own opinions!  Right?!!!

I tell them repeatedly, “Mommy loves you no matter what you do!”  ~But it sure is a lot easier to love ’em when they’re good!

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