Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Below you will find JuneBug and Me in our second attempt at cooking together. Both he and I were better this time around. Probably because we knew what to expect from each other.

Apron is on and we are ready to start cooking.

For the first cup of chocolate chips I thought I would go ahead and let him pour them into the bowl after I measured. Well a few went in the bowl and the rest went on the floor and counter. He is picking them up in this picture.
Here I am helping him pour in the second cup. You could tell he is my son because he knew by instinct to eat as many chocolate chips as you could without Mom seeing.
I think he likes helping Mommy bake. :)

JuneBug especially enjoys the rewards of baking as this video shows.
Lick it clean!
The chocolate makes him look all the more tasty.
He had a bath immediately following this photo.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Goodies from the Kitchen

I've always thought it was important (and fun!) to have children helping in the kitchen. Thus when JuneBug was stuck to my skirt and I had these muffins to make I decided to let him help. Well, maybe 16 and 1/2 months is a little to soon to start...

I no sooner had put him up to the counter and handed him a measuring cup then he had it in his mouth. Into the dish water it went!

Not long after that Junebug was "helping" stir the flour. He wanted to put his fingers in it...and taste it... and well lets just say more measuring spoons went in the dish water.

Still somewhat sane I decided it wouldn't hurt to let him add the cinnamon. Thankfully that went mostly alright and ended up being cute.

After putting together the wet ingredients and then removing all spoons and forks from JuneBug's reach (and cleaning up egg yolk and zucchini from I-won't-mention-where) I put it all together. JuneBug just watched.

The muffins are ready for the oven and I'm ready to pull my hair out trying to get JuneBug to look at the camera. This was the best that I got:

When they came out I was still trying to get him to smile at the camera.

I probably shoudn't have given him the muffin, it didn't help.
Finally Papa came home and got his attention.
So if we offer you a Blueberry-Zucchini Muffin in the next couple of days...just don't ask questions.
*Also pictured above is a batch of Chocolate-Cranberry Sweet Buns, which turned out, not as I expected. I thought that they would be sweet sweet but they weren't. Unlike the B-Z muffins, these need a tad of sugar in them! Other than that I think I'll make them again.

A Psalm Sing

Well, I didn't get many pictures of the Psalm sing because, frankly, I wasn't in the mood.  Thus the few pictures here will have to suffice for posterity's sake.

Pastor McCurley gave a biographical address on John Calvin. I learned quite a bit and you can listen to it on Sermon Audio. (That is, as soon as it is put up. Stay tuned!)

After I took this picture the crowds came pouring in. So in reality there were a lot more than this picture shows, about 81.

Somebody special had a birthday and it is hard to believe I've known him since he was 3!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Family Visit

Well it's here and it's a big one!

Grandpa beginning to unload our....PIANO! It came all the way from Ohio, along with a bed and bunk bed frame.

JuneBug had fun playing with the packing equipment.

Anything long and thin becomes a sword!

Playing with his new John Deere camera in his crib, JuneBug was out of the way while we moved in the guest/future JuneBug bed.


Getting ready to make the bed so our visitors had somewhere to sleep!
After things got a little settled Grandpa had to call his brother to let him know they arrived safely. In the following pictures JuneBug was giving his Gr-Great Uncle an update...

Infamous "Morton Maiden Mirror" pictures

On Saturday we visited the in-laws and had a sneak peek at the new puppies. Later in the afternoon the E family dropped in to have a look too.

Mamma Belle and her six babies at 3 days old. They are split evenly with 3 boys and 3 girls.

Everyone had an opinion on which puppy the E's should get.

Here is a sale pitch on one puppy.

Belle is always one to chase anything you throw, even after birthing 6 puppies!

Junebug wanted to play too so he had to find a stick.

He was successful in finding a twig, but I'm not sure Belle wanted to chase it. Especially when it landed right in front of JuneBug. :D
The next day we had to say goodbye.

JuneBug loves to lend a helping hand. It is precious how he notices when someone needs help carrying something. He is especially helpful with the laundry.

Packing up

Getting some last minute cuddle time.

"Driving" Grandpa's truck

"Talking" on the CB radio

One last squeeze!

Smile with Grandpa!

Give him a hug...

and a kiss...

now a high-five.

"Love you and thanks for everything"