Olive Mae is 7 1/2 months old now. For weeks I have been meaning to get Olive’s picture in front of the growth chart….and finally got one. When I look at Lola’s picture at 6 months so many memories come racing back. It makes me want to immediately pull out the video camera and just tape everything.
There are days when I get to the babysitter to pick up the girls and walk in, take a glance at Olive playing, and have a huge flashback because she looks so much like Lola did. Girl’s got more hair than Lola did but those eyes and little chin are so precious and alike. Sweet things and such blessings.
Lola at 6 months
Olive at 7 months (Lola-2 yrs)
Hallelujah! I’m so thankful Spring has “arrived.” I will say, today just so happens to be beautiful and sunny. However, there is more snow in the forecast. So lets enjoy this while we can. We don’t have any big plans for this weekend other than the usuals…but I am thankful for that and can’t wait to spend some quality time with our family. Hope yall have a great weekend. :)
Yesterday, after dinner, we took the girls outside to play. While Lola was running around Olive was sitting and playing with her toys on a blanket when all of the sudden….
She said her first word! :) So exciting and precious! Love that little voice!
Hope you all are having a good start to your week. I have been a bit slack on posting lately and am going to work to do better! Because our phones are what we always have with us my picture taking has resorting to always using my iPhone. If it was only as simple to carry around the large Canon camera in my back pocket….things would look alot prettier!
Last week we had 2 snow days and it is now in the upper 70′s. Weather is crazy around here but I am so thankful for these warm, sunny days and cannot wait for spring to be here! I love the time change as we were able to play outside for an hour after dinner last night. Olive enjoyed some fresh air and Lola played chase, falling a ton (shes a tiny bit clumsy). She even stood up one time with a mouth full of dirt, spit it out, and kept running. Wish I got a picture of that one. Hope yall have a good rest of your week :)
P.S. – This post is dedicated to my #1 blog fan, Aunt Marian :)
I am going on day 6 of being home with Lola and Olive. We were out at the end of last week for snow days. And unfortunately now Im home because Lola has been running a high fever for 3 days. I will say this morning it finally looks like the fever might of broke. So, sad to be going back to work, but very glad she’s feeling better.
Either way we have had LOTS of play and snuggle time. Alan and Lola made it out during the snow to make a snow man, which is one of her favorite things to do! Olive and I watched through the window. And then just a day or two later the sun came out and we were able to take a walk. Other than that we have been cooking and baking lots to help pass the time. Lola’s a great helper/mess creator. And Olive just enjoys doing anything with anyone- especially Lola!
Rolling the body
Snowman is coming together!
What are they doing?
I want to play.
Practicing cutting and gluing.
Lola and Olive playing tea party.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Granny and Aunt Emma’s Bday!
Still in pajamas…
Hope y’all are having a good week so far.
We are sending you Valentine’s wishes and hope you have a wonderful day filled with lots of love.
Thumbody loves you!
Sprinkles courtesy of Lola!
Mmm…heart sugar cookies.
On Sunday’s I typically make a large put of steel-cut oats and homemade granola so that our family can eat it for breakfast throughout the week. I originally followed Alton Brown’s recipe, but decided to make some changes. The oats turn out unbelievably creamy and re-heat wonderfully.
Steel Cut Oatmeal
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 cups steel cut oats
- 6 cups hot water
- 1 1/2- 2 cups milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- agave to taste
Melt butter in pot over medium heat. Add oats and toast for a couple minutes. Pour in the hot water and bring to a slow boil. Then reduce heat until you have a nice low simmer. Simmer, uncovered, for 25 minutes. Check periodically to make sure your heat is not too hot or oats will stick to the bottom of your pan.
After 25 minutes stir in the milk, cinnamon, and agave. Cook for 10 more minutes. Remove from heat.
At this point taste and decide if its to your liking. You may want more sweetness or cinnamon. Of course you could also use brown sugar or honey instead of agave to sweeten yours. I love to eat mine with granola…love that crunch on top!
I received this granola recipe from a friend I work with and fell in love. Beware…it’s addicting.
Sue’s Homemade Granola
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup sweetened coconut
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix nuts, oats, and coconut in a large bowl. In a small saucepan combine butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt over low heat, stirring until the butter and sugar melt. Pour the butter mixture over the oat/nut mixture and fold in with a wooden spoon until well combined.
Pour granola onto the baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Pat down gently so you will have chunks when finished baking. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until golden brown.
* You can change many things about this recipe to your liking- different nuts, add dried fruit, unsweetened coconut, etc.
Being a teacher certainly has its perks…snow days being one of them! I was home with the girls for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week. And I would of been home the rest of the week but darn it they made teachers return to work while the students stayed home. Unfortunately the temperature around here has been well below freezing which meant we only played outside for a short bit. Lola enjoyed sledding…but making snow angels and running around like a crazy girl in the snow seemed to be her favorite. Olive was not quite sure what was going on, but she sure was cute in her bear suit.
Unfortunately Alan was sick most of the week, but it did mean he got to work from the house. Lola made sure to give him many check-ups each day with her doctor kit.
Baby bear Olive
Her favorite part, mine too.
Snuggling with Papa
Working a trying to feel better
“My toes are a wonderful thing.”
So now the snow is starting to melt, Alan is all better, and we are headed back to work tomorrow, on a normal schedule. Looking forward to some more flurries in the forecast this week :)
I am extremely behind on blogging but am really going to try and get back to it! About a week and a half ago I celebrated my 29th birthday. It was a wonderfully simple day filled with lots of hugs from my students and dinner with my favorite people in the world, my family. My mom made a delicious chocolate cake topped with vanilla buttercream and chocolate ganache, and also a tray full of confetti cake cupcakes (always loved them growing up)…yum! Lola was eager to help eat it all. It was a great day and I cannot believe 30 is approaching so quickly…time is seriously flying by.
Make a wish!
Listening to Granny’s sweet voice
Loving on our bug at a birthday dinner
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I cannot believe how quickly it has passed by this year. I am still playing my Christmas music and enjoying the decorations…for a couple more days at least.
Olive is still too young to know what is going on. However, this was the first year Lola really understood everything and watching her was the best thing in the world. It truly makes you feel like a kid again, and also puts alot into perspective of what my parents did for us on Christmas. She was so excited when she woke up to find Santa had left her gifts, eaten her cookies, and the reindeer had eaten all the carrots. Her sweet little face lit up with excitement. Olive played nearby with one of her new teethers!
Feeding the reindeer carrots.
Playing with her new pretend make-up
Playing with her new teether.
Snuggling after all the gift opening
Listening to Papa’s stories.
Uncle Jonathan and Aunt “Ginra”
Bells loving on Lola
Such a wonderful time of year.