Saturday, September 18, 2010

Maternity Pictures

I am lucky enough to have a sister in law (Brooke Trogdon) who is a super talented photographer. I got to take some maternity shoots a couple of days ago with her.  I surprised myself and actually had a good time. I am usually pretty shy with stuff like this but it was kinda fun. I am 33 weeks and feel like I am ready to pop. I actually had a doctor's appointment yesterday and he said I'm measuring 3 weeks ahead of schedule. So, we'll see what happens. 

Friday, September 17, 2010

Not-So-Snappy Ginger Snaps

One of Daniel's favorite cookie is ginger snaps. I have been making these for a couple of years now and I must say they are pretty tasty. They are not crispy but soft and chewy and they have the perfect amount of spice. I love to double the batch and make ice cream sandwiches with them. Plus, they make your house smell wonderful.

Ginger Snaps
¾ cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup molasses
1 egg
2 ¼ cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
½ tsp ground cloves
Cream together butter and sugar. Stir in molasses and egg. Add 1 cup of flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and ground cloves. Stir until combined. Add remaining flour. Chill dough in freezer for 15 minutes. Shape sough into 1-inch balls and roll in sugar.

Bake on greased cookie sheets at 375° for 10 minutes.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A day in the life of a two-year-old

So I thought it might be fun to take lots of pictures throughout our day. This is what we did yesterday.
Marston helping me water the blueberries. Yes, one of them got fried on one of the really hot days here so we're trying to bring life back into it. 

Reading books while I do laundry.
Grandma Anderson came over to watch Marston while I got to go to lunch with Daniel. Thanks Grandma! 
Grandma and Marston playing games. 
Marston fell asleep in Grandma's arms almost the whole time I was gone. I took him up to his bed when I got home to give Grandma's arms a rest. 
This is how Marston wakes up from his naps. It takes him a little while before he is fully awake and happy. 
Eating lunch at 2 pm. 
Coloring. He loves to peel off the crayon wrappers.
Playing in the garden. 
On our way to the dry cleaners and grocery store. 
At the grocery store, eating grapes. Love this look.
Daddy finally home. 
Daniel and Marston wrestle every night when Daniel gets home. 
Dinner time. 
After I shoved food in his mouth and he was done. 
On a walk to the park. Marston has to walk on the curb. 
We wanted to speed things up so Daniel put Marston on his shoulders. That was fun for about 1 minute, then Marston wanted to walk by himself. 
Climbing climbing climbing.
Down the slide. 
Bath time. 
He loves that hat we got for free in a kid's meal in Preston during the rodeo. 
Finally time for bed. He always starts off in his big-boy bed but gets out so many times we end up putting him in his pack-and-play. 
Ready for prayers. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


The past couple of weeks have been filled with jet skiing, canning peaches, putting toys away, Dan studying, painting the bathroom, organizing the garage, growing a baby, going to the pool, growing stuff I don't really eat, drinking lots of water, having disputes over the AC, going to the park, painting the mantle, picking up toys, doing laundry, watching Curious George, canning salsa, reading stories, putting Marston in his big-boy bed, taking Marston back to his big-boy bed, finally putting him in the pack-and-play, laughing, and sweating for no apparent reason.

Life is grand!