Category Archives: Little Brother

Ice Smashing

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Don't Just Pin It - DO it!
One of my favorite aspects of pinterest is access to fun ideas for activities for my kiddos. I like activities that are simple to set up, cheap, and fun for my boys. I had seen this pin for a huge ice block a while ago, and saved it up for the hot days of Texas summer. Since the temperature broke 100 this week, I decided to create one of my own. I basically followed her directions, except I took a few days to make the enormous ice cube, just adding water and little bugs and animals whenever I thought about it. One afternoon we were playing outside, and the boys started complaining about being hot, so I grabbed the ice block from the freezer, ran some warm water over it to pop it out of the container, and took it outside.
IMG_7063Hammers were procured and the boys went to town!
IMG_7067 IMG_7068It didn’t last very long, but they had a lot of fun whacking the ice and finding the treasures inside.
IMG_7077 IMG_7074We will for sure do this again! It’s basically free, so easy to set up, and the mess is outside! Best of all, my boys enjoyed it so much! Of course, they like anything that involves hammers and smashing stuff, and the ice is good for cooling off.

2 {Allergen-Friendly} Recipe Reviews

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Levi’s multiple food allergies have pushed me to completely change the way I cook, and also to explore new recipes. I always wish I could know if a recipe will work before I try it out, especially because the special ingredients can be pricey. So, I’m probably going to attempt to review new recipes every so often, in the hope that it will help someone in a similar situation.

Zucchini Brownies

This first recipe, I’ve made a few times now. It’s surprisingly delicious. They don’t taste exactly like traditional brownies, but I really like the flavor and texture. I’ve even taken it to a church meal and only came back with crumbs, which means they must be good brownies.  I amend it to be more chocolatey (of course), and add 1/2 cup cocoa to the batter. I really like the spice flavor that this recipe gives to the brownies. These were Levi’s first brownies. And I think I’ll be making them often for quite a while. I also like that they’re a bit more healthy than regular brownies.

Pumpkin Bread

This is a new recipe that I actually just tried tonight. It was pretty good. The flavor was not quite what my family likes, but the texture was really good. I think next time I’ll add more of each spice and maybe include some ginger, as well as a little extra salt and probably some more sugar. I just glanced at a few other pumpkin bread recipes, and they all included more spices and more sugar. I think this recipe is a good starting place, and am thankful to have found one that makes a good bread.

 

 

In both of these recipes I use a “flax egg” instead of the egg. A flax egg is ground flax seed and water mixed together. This makes something with an egg-like consistency, and has worked pretty well for me so far. Flax seed is also supposed to be really good for you, so that’s an added benefit.

 

Levi’s Second Birthday

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We had such a wonderful time celebrating Levi’s second birthday! He is still figuring out what birthdays are, and it was fun to see his excitement and enjoyment of his special day. We began the day with birthday pancakes…Imageand cuddles with his favorite people.

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He loved opening and playing with his new toys.ImageImageBest of all, Grandpa and Grammie came for a visit! What a sweet blessing to get to celebrate with them!

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Happy birthday and love you sweet boy!

To Levi, on His Second Birthday

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My dear son,
You are two now, and what a precious gift it is to be your mother! You are my lounge buddy, the one who always wants to cuddle. You light up our days. You love to dance, and your flair for the silly makes us all laugh. Your smile and laugh are always shimmering in your eyes and cheeks. You love reading and cuddles, Batie and Muntie. You are deliberate and careful in all that you do. Sometimes you deliberately color yourself instead of the paper. You love animals, and can name almost any one you see, even the bugs. You’ll gladly eat almost anything but you especially like fruit, bananas in particular, sausage, waffles, and spaghetti. I enjoy hearing you sing at the top of your lungs and and do your silly dance. You’ll sing with music or without it, using real words, or making up what you want. You adore your family: from racing around the house in delight when aunties, uncles, or grandparents show up to joining Luke in time out because you miss him to asking “Hold u, minute?”. You love to be outside, but not by yourself. You love your brother and sister, copying Luke and “dissing” and hugging Anna. I love that you like to help take care of Anna, empty the dishwasher, and dust. You are such a sweet boy, and I’m thankful you’re part of our family!

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