Mom's Cookie Artwork

You guys! I am so excited to share this with all of you! My mother, let me tell you, is an amazingly talented woman. She is the one who inspired me to become an artist. A few weeks ago she told me that she had been inspired by my food photographs to create a piece of art. This is what she came up with, and I LOVE IT! I am trying to decide where in my kitchen/dining room to hang it. Isn't it amazing?! 

This was the inspiration for her drawing..

I love you, Mom! 

Our taxi is not totally clean

In fact, not many toys in our house are clean. Most things have some level of crud on them. Slobber, dried food, you name it.

I was sitting on the couch last night relaxing, something I do not often do. My husband was at a movie with a friend. The boys were in bed. I looked around the room at the toys that were sitting out, and, aside from realizing that most of them were dirty, I realized how incredibly blessed we are. Our boys have everything they need, and then some. It is so important to me that they understand how blessed they are, how blessed we are.

Since having children, I have struggled with Christmas. All of the expectations surrounding this season make me feel heavy. It becomes so easy to lose sight of what is truly important, and I hate that. I don't want that for my family.

We make an effort to do good deeds for others, especially this time of year, to detract from the "I wants" that we see all around us. I want Christmas to be fun for our boys, and I'm confident that it is, but that doesn't mean we have to shower them with a ridiculous amount of gifts. And we don't. That is not what Christmas is about. It is about Jesus! And celebrating him!

So this is a little reminder to myself to keep focused on that because truly, it is the only thing that matters.

The spendy little nut

Have you purchased pine nuts recently? I literally started choking when my husband read the price off the receipt. $15! Fifteen dollars! FIFTEEN DOLLARS! For a 5-oz. jar of pine nuts! What the heck?

I did 20 seconds worth of internet research and learned that most pine nuts come from China, where there has been a poor harvest for the last few years. That, combined with this crunchy little nut's supremely high demand is causing these crazy prices.

Elijah saw me taking a photo of this jar tonight and asked if he could have a nut. "NO! I mean, ok, just ONE."

I will be using every last one of these babies. Yay, more pesto!

A different sort o' week

An unusual "feel" has surrounded my week. Some contributing factors:

My heart-wrenching and head-scratching salamander incident. (It is very sad. Perhaps too sad to share.)

The awesomely frightening movie I saw with a very good friend, which has caused me to avoid using the restroom in the middle of the night (too dark and scary!) therefore causing me to wake up in the morning with an aching bladder.

I got out of the house! Sans children! And it didn't involve work!

The abrupt change in the weather.

The wind, oh my goodness, THE WIND!

Daylight is now gone by 6:00 pm.

Elijah hasn't coughed much.

Today was my last day of work for the week. EEEeeeeeeeee!!!

My plans for tomorrow are out of the norm and sooo unbelievably exciting!

I wore non-maternity pants to work for the first time since November 2009.

I drank a cup of Nighty-Night tea every night before bed. That means I consumed more tea this week than during the rest of my entire life.

Coincidentally, I slept very hard every night this week. "Pip" and "sleeping hard" are not words that often mingle with each other.

And of course, the week leading up to Halloween always allows for some uniqueness. Costumes, parties (we are bringing Elijah to one tonight!) and a more than usual amount of treats.

Did I mention that I'm excited about tomorrow?