Archive for January, 2012

Dear Aunt Kendra

My mom made a sign for me to hold wishing you a happy birthday, but I didn’t feel like holding it, or looking at the camera (or even being in the same room as the camera…), so instead you get a bath picture. With a mohawk. Don’t you think
You got the better end of the deal?


I hope you had a happy 16th birthday even without the sign! Love you!

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Visiting with Lolly


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Jacob’s New Word

I put him in his chair yesterday and as usual, Bailey came running over to see if she could coax him into sharing his lunch.  Before I had a chance to banish her to the dining room, Jacob decided to do it for me.  



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There is one baked good that I always defer to Keith – chocolate chip cookies.  For some reason while we were dating I tried to make them for him several different times and each time they came out horribly.  One day he suggested we begin the hunt for the perfect chocolate chip cookie, so I did a bunch of research and found several recipes for us to try.  We quickly found one that we both loved and ever since he has been the baker of chocolate chip cookies in our house.  This past Sunday, he decided it was high time he taught Jacob this important skill so he pulled out all of the ingredients and they got to work!


Here is our little baker wearing his new apron that he received from Auntie Kendra for Christmas.  Thanks Aunt Kendra!




More stirring.  I think he is enjoying himself!


Dad adding the flour while Jacob concentrates


Jacob adding the chocolate chips!


And some more.  You can’t have too much chocolate!



A little more mixing…



…and then it’s time to scoop them onto the cookie sheet!

A very pleased little pastry chef!

Sorry this one is so blurry…it was taken with my phone and Jacob doesn’t ever stop moving.  I loved his pleased expression, though so I had to include it.

Like his parents, Jacob has a bit of a sweet tooth so he was quite happy with the results of his labor.  Unfortunately, I had put the camera away by the time the cookies came out of the oven, so you will have to take my word for it.  I think we will start working on cakes next 🙂


For those that inquired, here is the recipe we use (adapted from here):


2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 – 2 cups chocolate chips
flaked sea salt

Sift the flour, salt, and baking soda together and set aside.
Mix the sugars and butter just until thoroughly mixed. Add the egg, yolk and vanilla and stir until creamy. Add the sifted ingredients and mix just until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Chill dough in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400.
Place cookies on a greased or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. Without opening the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 350. Bake an additional 3-4 minutes or until the edges look golden brown.
Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with sea salt flakes. Let rest on pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.

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Our Trip to Texas

On January 13th, my little brother, Andrew, his wife Jamison and their two boys welcomed Baby Elisha Overly in to the family.

Cute little guy, right?  Jacob and I flew to Austin last Monday to meet Baby Eli and spend some time with Nana, Grandpa and the rest of the Austin Brunones.  We had a fantastic time while we were there.

I got some baby snuggle time in to help prepare me for the end of March

Jacob spent lots of good time with Nana

He played with all the cool toys at Nana and Grandpa’s house

We went to Mayfield Park with Uncle Andrew, Isaac and Judah and went hunting for peacocks!

Once we found them, the boys threw bread at fed them bread.

This was the best shot I could get of all three of them.  Boys don’t stand still for very long…

Sadly, all good things must come to an end and we flew home on Friday.

We made a quick stop in Dallas and took advantage of the play area to help Jacob expend some energy between flights.

We had a wonderful trip, and are so thankful we were able to meet and spend some time with Baby Eli!

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For Grammy Ruth

Jacob has just recently started developing attachments to some of his toys.  His favorite is a bear that was made for him by a dear family friend and gifted to him on his first birthday.  He likes to bring Bear downstairs with him in the mornings.  Bear sits with him while he eats, plays and goes about his day.  He even ran some errands with us last week!

Jacob’s special friend was made for him by Grammy Ruth, who also happens to hold the record for most comments on this blog in 2011.  So, in honor of our #1 commenter, I present you with this slideshow of pictures I took of Jacob and his special bear.  Enjoy and keep the comments coming!

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A Baking Experiment

I thought it might be fun to let Jacob help me make some cookies when he woke up from his nap the other day.  We are always looking for activities to keep us busy between nap time and when Keith gets home from work since it is dark here by 4:30 these days.  As I have mentioned, Jacob loves to help in the kitchen, and he is a big fan of cookies, cake, sugar, ice cream, etc so I thought this might be a good combination of some of his favorite things!  I made and chilled the cookie dough while he was napping so it was ready to roll and bake when he woke up.  After letting him get used to the process, I pulled out my phone to commemorate his first cookie baking experience.  He did pretty well for a first timer, but we had to stop several times to wash his hands after sticking them in his mouth to “clean off” the cinnamon sugar and cookie dough 🙂

For those of you wondering, he is eating an animal cracker at the beginning of the video, not raw cookie dough.





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Photo Dump

Sorry for the recent lack of posts.  I have not been feeling very inspired, but I thought I might share some of the pictures I have taken on my phone over the past few weeks for your viewing pleasure.



Caught red-handed!  Actually, by the time I ran to get my phone he had already disposed of the evidence of his latest trick – throwing paper into the toilet and waving bye-bye to it.



Cute little guy sporting leftover bean burrito for the camera after a yummy lunch.



Helping Mom add broth to the curried lentils.



Blond Baby Keith!  Boy does he look like his Dad…










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Our Little Pizza Chef

In addition to his affinity for laundry and vacuuming, Jacob loves to be in the middle of whatever is happening in our kitchen.  He has become an expert at stirring, mixing and many other stove-free tasks.

Friday night in our house is typically pizza night.  I make the dough and Keith takes over from there.  Last week after he stretched out the dough, Jacob helped add the toppings.  As you can see, he took his job very seriously (and he doesn’t like dirty hands!).

At this rate, he should be able to take over dinner one night a week by the time he is 4, right?

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Jacob, Keith and Pepere enjoying one of Jacob’s Christmas presents.

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