the babies

There’s a small hole in the kitchen, right in the corner where the dishwasher meets the cupboards.  Our cat Sam hates the other cats in the house and has taken to squeezing herself into that hole, ending up in the cupboard for hours a day.   The hole is too small for the other cats to follow her, so she feels safe.  Seth is home sick, getting over the flu, but wanted a cat so much that he went to pull Sam out of the cupboard, knocking over a bottle of sesame seed oil.  The cap broke on the floorm the bottle spilled, and so…. guess what…………I’ve already cleaned up half a cup of seseme oil off the floor!!!  Not a pleasant smell, either.  Seth was sent back to the couch without the cat.  In order to clean up sesame seed oil you need:  paper towels, Dawn dish soap, hot water, more paper towels, and cleaning spray that smells stronger than the oil.  (I used Mrs. Meyer’s Lilac)

I have to leave in an hour for a doctor’s appointment but am determined to post these photos.

My brother Nate and his family came out to Connecticut this weekend to visit my brother Isaac and his family, and the baby girl cousins were together!

DSC_0570

DSC_0573

We had a wonderful time sitting around the livingroom visiting each other and admiring the girls.

fullsizeoutput_611d

As soon as I walked in the house and saw them in their matching outfits I laughed.  They were impossibly cute!!!!!

fullsizeoutput_6126

Isaac took all the photos.  Thank you Isaac!

fullsizeoutput_6129

Isn’t it a joy to have a cousin to grow up with?  Cousins are the best.

fullsizeoutput_612d

Seth named this photo “milk and cookies”.  He said Elena was thinking of milk, and Morgan was thinking of cookies.  He asked me which baby I thought was cuter and I said it was impossible to choose and then I asked him which one HE thought was cuter and he thought about it and couldn’t choose, either.

fullsizeoutput_6133

DSC_0603

They’re even cute when they cry.

***********

This morning we were pleasantly surprised by a beautiful snow.

DSC_0615fullsizeoutput_6136

fullsizeoutput_6137

fullsizeoutput_6138

Happy Monday, friends.

You are loved.

 

tiny music maker

IMG_6857

Lately I’ve been feeling blessed by family in so many ways.

Look who came to visit Aunt Shanda today!

IMG_6877

The three of us sisters sat and visited over tea.

IMG_6870

And then I took the baby to the piano and showed her the keys and what they did.

She figured it out easily.

It was a beautiful moment, to see these tiny baby hands making baby music.

IMG_6868

fullsizeoutput_6094

IMG_6866

She absolutely loved it, and so did we, as we watched her delight.

We played a few hymns, including Jesus Loves Me.

Then we took her out to the livingroom and ate cookies (she couldn’t eat one so she had some milk) and then she fell into a sound and happy asleep.  She had an exciting morning.

57125106086__01A93F7C-F915-4ED0-9CCD-561B08C0DC4D

IMG_6874

milk-drunk

fullsizeoutput_6096

We also put her hair in a pony tail.

Ah it’s such fun to play with real live baby dolls!

Thanks Amanda and Cassandra and Elena for visiting me today!

isaac and elena

Rich and David have been in Jamaica since Saturday night and won’t be back until this Saturday night and I’m starting to feel withdrawals.  I was in the bathroom this morning after the kids left for school and actually cried about 5 tears down my face when I decided to text Isaac to see what he and Cassandra were doing today.  I ended up going to their house for four hours!  It was warm and cozy.  We visited.  Isaac and I went to Chipotle to get food for lunch and he drove and paid.  We took the food home and ate in the livingroom with sunshine pouring through the windows and the Great British Baking show on in the background.  I held the baby all through her nap.  It was the most relaxed I’ve felt in a long time.  I’m still half asleep, typing this.

fullsizeoutput_5c3e

fullsizeoutput_5c3d

so blessed.

autumn photos

56139620001__7FBAA31F-FDB8-475B-9FFE-611AB899B538

Last week Amanda and Cassandra came and we went for a walk outside.  Look how baby Elena is looking at her aunt.  She knows that we will have fun together through the years.

IMG_2565

fullsizeoutput_5bbf

IMG_2574

Such a delightful warmth in the arms.

IMG_2577

Diaper change before we go!

DSC_0002

Cassandra is trying to remember how to put the baby wrap on.

fullsizeoutput_5bc9

sisters

DSC_0003

DSC_0012

DSC_0013

IMG_2580

fullsizeoutput_5bc4

Sweet mama with her first baby.

fullsizeoutput_5bc6

We sat for a while and enjoyed the view off the mountain.

fullsizeoutput_5bc8

fullsizeoutput_5bcc

fullsizeoutput_5bcd

fullsizeoutput_5bce

fullsizeoutput_5bd6

Elena is two months old now.  Since I took these photos she’s grown even more bright and aware.   Babies change quickly….and so do the leaves on the trees.  There is more red out now to join all the yellow of a week ago.  Some of the trees have already lost most of their leaves.

I couldn’t get her to look at me so I turned around to see what was so interesting.

IMG_2589

I was so tickled to see that it was a mirror!

fullsizeoutput_5bd8

Another diaper change, lunch, conversation, and it was the end of our sister morning.  We loved every minute.

*****

IMG_2838

IMG_2836

IMG_2843

Grace is the gift of feeling sure that our future, even our dying, is going to turn out more splendidly than we dare to imagine.  Lewis Smedes

IMG_2837

56183194585__FF6F7F37-45F0-4199-BEC7-1C73308E7312

IMG_2905

(poor moulting chicken)

IMG_2948

“Mom, what makes a rainbow?” asked Seth.  “Sunshine and rain,” I answered.  Sarah added, “And tiny evaporators.”  We were going to music lessons.  I stopped the car three times to take photos.

IMG_2961

IMG_2967

It is good that the heart be established by grace.  Hebrews 13:9

 

SaveSave