Wednesday, December 6, 2017

9 Months

This past Sunday, Buirlen Elder turned 9 months. He is now walking around furniture, experimenting in the world of climbing, scooting everywhere like a baby chimp and making us smile a lot. He loves to play peek-a-boo with Daddy and drag around Mamma's hairbrush. He has also been jabbering a lot, his favorite word being Da-da-da-da-da. All in all, I'd say it's been a splendid 9 months. He's a keeper. 

Oh, and yesterday I attempted to get this post done. I got the sign made, took the pictures(with a rather unwilling model) and managed to get it all posted. Not long after my brother pointed out that I had put the wrong month on the sign, so the above pictures are technically take 2.... Oh boy, life is interesting. 

Happy Wednesday!

"Be silly, be honest, be kind." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, December 4, 2017

Puff Pastry and Other Stuff

     Monday is over halfway over now and the weather has been unique. Between the rain/snow/hail we have been getting, the roads should be interesting to drive on. Regardless of the weather patterns however, this weekend was lovely. Katy and I love to watch "The Great British Baking Show," and felt the need to try our hands at something creative in the baking department. So, on Saturday, we spent the afternoon making lemon, raspberry, cheesecake, puff pastry tarts.

I wore my pearls to add a touch of Julia Child to the afternoon. 

The recipes ready to go. I even have a British cookbook with my name in the title. 
Lemon curd, Raspberry coulis, and puff pastry.

Starting the dough. Nettie got in on the action. 

Pounding our butter. 

It was exciting when it worked out like it was supposed to. 

Roll, fold, chill repeat. And if you're Brody you take a snooze. 

Katy is a tad busy. 

Babies and raspberries.

We achieved the layers of puff pastry, but I think we may have overworked the dough because it wasn't quite as delicate as I think it should have been. But so fun to try non the less.

Also, last Thursday, Luke's sister, Martha, and her family moved and our now just a couple of hours from us. So we got to see them and their new house. They also came to town for the weekend, so fun was had. 

Giving Auntie Martha a hug.

Cousins are fun!
Relaxing with Grandpa

Is it a pond, a skating rink, or our driveway on this blustery day?

The other day Andrew, Katy and the kids were over and all the kids were playing in the bedroom. Nettie comes out and asks if she could use my toothbrush. I told her no and that she should use a pretend one. She replied, "But i already did."....Oh boy

So there you have it. Enjoy the rest of your day!

"Simple pleasures are life's treasures." ~Unknown

Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Adventures of Life

    We are now 2 days past Thanksgiving, the boatload of snow we had earlier in the month is mostly gone and the weather see-saws between winter and fall. This afternoon we decided to make pancakes and bacon...A very Saturdayish thing to do.  

Jordan popped by on his break to enjoy them with us. 

A couple weeks ago my parents came up for a visit. 

Looking at pictures with Poppy

 My dad shares my love of color and has thus far kept Buirlen supplied in a swirl of colorful tie dye. We like it!
While my parents were here, my dad's cousin Viv was also in town visiting her family, our good friends Andrew and Katy. So we had dinner together. 3 generations of cousins around our supper table. 
Ama and Buirlen and Viv and Brody. 

Grandpas are such a good thing to have in one's life!

Poppy Shearer

Grandpa Williams

Last weekend, my good friend, Larisa, traveled North to attend the Sound of Music with me. It was a lovely production. Buirlen stayed home with Daddy and his cousins and had a grand ole time. 

Having fun with Uncle Jordan.

Jordan and I were discussing the other day about how, when we were kids, we would imagine that the specks of dust floating in a beam of sunlight were horses and we would then ride the the horses by jumping around in the light. I have no idea how this got started, but it made me all sentimental this morning to watch Buirlen discover the specks of dust floating in the mid morning sunlight as it streamed into the living room. 

Playing with Daddy....Mr. Buirlen is starting to walk around furniture.

A visitor 

I was feeling in the mood to be festive the past couple of days. So I made a pot of spiced cranberry punch. 

The boy with the wild hair. 

Happy Saturday. 

"Find Joy in the ordinary."~Unknown

Monday, November 6, 2017

8 Months

 Buirlen Elder turned 8 months this past Friday. This has been a BUSY month for him! He is officially crawling....Which makes sweeping the floor an Olympic sport, dust piles look like they must be a lot of fun! He is also able to get himself back up to a seated position from his belly and is pulling himself up on furniture. Music still soothes his soul and he will let you know if you aren't sharing whatever your eating fast enough, ice cream and spaghetti are favorites. He's a social butterfly and we are continually reminded of how awesome it is to have him in our hearts and home.  

Our niece Mara made the sweater for him. The Lovely Keren Ruth and I were commenting on how he looks like a little Irish sheep farmer in it. He just needs a border collie, cap, and some galoshes. 

Supporting the local lumberyard where our favorite Lumberjack works. 

Graham crackers are delicious...and make a nice paste to smear everywhere. 

Sunday evenings are for relaxing. 

The little explorer

Cousins and best buds. 

"What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family." ~Mother Teresa