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I can tell that my little one is feeling a bit under the weather, and if attitude is any indicator, my toddler is about to succumb as well.   I’m looking forward to slowing down for a few days, snuggling in and doing nothing but reading Little House books and holding my babies tight.  I know that my life already seems a lot slower than others,  but I tend to get ahead of myself and not take time to rest and renew with my little people.  Before I retreat to my cave of midwinter mommy-ing, I thought I’d share a few pictures from the last few days…

A little nature tray.  Not a great photo.  Some of the contributions are older, some more recent.  All discoveries by the kids.

Giving dead bananas new life!  Banana bread is a huge favorite around here.

My girls and I made this out of scraps from the fabric for our quilt.  It only took about an hour, we didn’t measure anything…just let it be perfectly imperfect.  I love it.  The best part was letting the girls pick the order of the fabrics and holding little F on my lap while sewing it on the machine.

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I’m generally a “can do” person.  I see things others do an I think “hmmmm I bet I could do that!”  I credit my Mom with this positive attitude and outlook on life.  It has come to my aid many times over the years and helped me to excel at things (with the necessary dosage of elbow grease, of course).  However, in one area I think I may need to admit defeat.  Here is my confession:

I can not for the life of me make a cake.  Believe me, I’ve tried!  I love to bake and to work around the kitchen, and generally I am a pretty good cook.  When it comes to cakes, I don’t know what happens.  They almost always stick to my nonstick pans, despite me greasing them up an/or using parchment paper.  After that they begin a slow crumble while I feverishly work to get them assembled.  Then they further crumble while I try to frost them, little bits of crumbs mixing with the frosting to decorate the cake.  UGH.  I had such a horrific cake wreck last year on my husbands birthday that I called my cousin in tears, telling her I wasn’t sure what message my dilapidated mess would convey to my dear husband (“you WRECKED my life”? “I think you are a disaster”?  Too horrible to think!).  I jokingly told her I wasn’t sure my marriage would survive such a disaster of a cake.  She came to my rescue with strawberries and whipped cream to hide what was now 2 halves of a cake.  I should have taken a picture.  If my skills weren’t so pathetic and sad, it would almost be funny.  So now, of course, it is Valentines Day, and its been just long enough since my last cake wreck that I was feeling stupidly confident.  “Lets make a cake and surprise Daddy!”  I wish I could surprise him with a beautiful Valentines cake.  As it is, we may have just enough time to cut out paper hearts to stick all over it to disguise the monstrosity that lies underneath.  I will continue to live in fear of baking cakes, asking my relatives to bake birthday cakes for my kids, or even ordering them from a bakery!  Admitting defeat.  One thing I simply cannot do: Bake a cake.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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We’ve had a few wild and crazy days (emphasis on the crazy!).  February is indeed here, with all of its lovely cabin-fever charm.  It has definitely been a challenge to keep the kids directed towards meaningful pursuits and away from using one another as entertainment.  I have to say I am incredibly thankful for the SNOW we had this week – it has proved to be a hot commodity with my children, a happy diversion.  Today alone they have been out at least 5 times each, coming in to warm up for a bit before heading out again.   I know I say this a lot, but my heart longs for Spring!

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