Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Little Things Thursdays: #33

Welcome to The Little Things Thursday!!

If you are new to our link-up, we like to take a minute to look back on the little things that brightened our week. So often we get busy and forget all of the things that we enjoy as we go through our daily lives. This is an opportunity to stop, remember, and enjoy those things! Nothing is too fact, the smaller the better! That's the whole point! If you have a blog, link-up below. If you don't blog, I'd love for you to participate by leaving a comment. Ready?

1. Cousin Day!
We were lucky enough to have Cousin Aly over to play last Friday. She came over and spent the day with us, and the kids had a blast! Mommy also appreciated that they completely wore each other out and all took awesome naps. We're hoping she can come back and play again soon. I love that my kids have cousins so close in age!

2. Building Towers
While all of the kids are still in therapy, Caleb probably has to work the hardest. He really doesn't have much motivation, so when it's his turn to work, there is a lot of resistance. I know that part of it is related to his sensory difficulties, but I also think part of it is personality based. I really feel like we reached a new milestone with him in the last week or two. He now spends a good chunk of his day building block towers. He does it completely on his own without me prompting him to start, and continues to work on it until he gets it to the height he wants. If it falls over, he gets frustrated, but he doesn't stop working on it. I'm really, really proud of his determination and concentration!

3. Birthday Toes
I am so BUMMED! I meant to take a photo of our cute toes, but totally forgot. I finally, finally got to take my friend, Sarah (not my sister-in-law), out for pedicures to celebrate her birthday (which was in January. How sad is that?!) Julie, a super sweet lady from church came over to our house and watched my 4 two-year-olds, Sarah's one-year-old daughter, and the lady's four-year-old granddaughter. That, my friends, takes some serious guts! Sarah and I had a great time getting our toes done, eating lunch, and getting a break from the craziness of life. When we got back, Julie actually offered to watch them again so that we could go out! In my life, that is a very exciting offer!

4. "Um...why are all of my nail polishes in your highchairs?"
Someday I'd love to get inside my kids' heads for a minute to see what they are thinking. I painted my girls' toes this week too, so all of my nail polishes were sitting on the table. I went to make some lunch for them, came back, and found all of my nail polish distributed among their high chairs. I have no idea why they decided to put them there...huh... (See the hand in the photo above? That's Abby, although I think they all participated.)

5. CSA Bag: Week 8
Super blessed with extra groceries again this week! One of Sean's co-workers was out of town, and another co-worker didn't want his milk. Both gave them to us. We really appreciate the extra food as the kids eat an enormous amount even though they are only 2 years old. This week: 10 peaches, 4 corn on the cob, 2 six ounces packages of blackberries, 2 jars of Million Dollar Pickles, 3 half gallons of skim milk, 2 huge beets, 2 green bell peppers, 2 pounds of new potatoes, 6 red tomatoes, 2 heirloom tomatoes, and 2 heads of purple cabbage. Yay! Okay, this week's produce question is: what do I do with red cabbage? Sean isn't a huge fan of it, so putting it in a salad is out. I need something else to do with it...

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  1. Way to go Caleb! I'm so proud of him too for not giving up. Madison has recently started getting into Mega Bloks and they seem to be EVERYWHERE! And I think that the nail polish in the high chair was a tip. Hey mommy how about doing our nails too. :)

    1. It sounds like Madison and Caleb would have a lot of fun together! And yeah, I totally hear you on having blocks everywhere. Ugh!

  2. Aw, cousin time is special and so are pedicures! Have you tried the Sally Hansen Insta Dry for the girls? I promise I will NEVER buy another nail polish again. This stuff dries so fast I could paint Sydney's toes and also didn't nick mine as I usually do.

    1. I haven't tried the Insta Dry yet. I did get some quick drying spray that I use on their toes though. I think it probably works much the same as if I used the quick drying paint. If I was smart, I'd spray my own toes after painting them also...

  3. At our house, we love a "lazy stuffed cabbage casserole." I think a red cabbage would work in this too? The recipe I use is from an old, tattered church cookbook, but this one online is similar:

    (I add cheese on top and sour cream as a condiment.)

    1. Thanks for finding a recipe for me! It sounds like it's definitely worth trying!

  4. I love boiled cabbage, especially red cabbage! I boil it w/ chicken bouillon and spices. Then you can add boiled potatoes and carrots. Also can add kilbasa. I wouldn't know what to do with the beets! -Andrea at Blue Ridge

    1. Thanks, Andrea! The CSA bags always make me work a little harder to be creative. :)

      Beets also stump me sometimes. I generally just slice them up and and roast them with a bunch of other veggies.


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