Friday, December 28, 2012

baby in a basket


almost 11 months old.
still not crawling.

you think about it.
you even get as far as rocking forward but at the last second you chicken out and plop yourself right back down on you well-cushioned tush.
your dad tends to worry just a tad about his kids hitting the proper milestones at the proper time-
so for his sake, give mobility a try.
[for the record, i am not concerned at all. a baby who doesn't crawl is a baby who doesn't make huge messes:) ]

can't believe in one month i'll be planning your first birthday.
how is that possible??
what will i do when i don't have your squishy baby body to love on all day?
[and don't anyone dare say 'have another baby!'   not yet people. not yet.]

love you ever-rue.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

holiday goodies

i have an unhealthy obsession with treats, snacks and goodies.
i love to eat them but love to make them even more.
it's probably my second favorite thing to do.
[my numero uno fav thing is to take care of smelly, rude, intoxicated patients. obviously]

so when jank asked me what i wanted to do on christmas eve i quickly replied,
'work in the kitchen with christmas music playing'
and that's what i did christmas eve day.
jank entertained evelyn, kate helped me and it was a darn-near perfect.

here's the pics and recipes for what i made.
[just in case you're interested. if not, this post is now over for you.]

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from the jancers

these were soooo easy and sooo good. link to recipe here

super easy. you microwave these bad boys. link to recipe here
a tip for easy cutting- use a well-buttered pizza cutter. 
works like a charm.

bread is my nemesis.
i can never get it to turn out right.
so i went for store-bought this time around.
plus, kate inhales these rolls [she'll eat a package in two days]

all growing up my grannie and grandpa haskins had a container of shelled nuts 
sitting out just waiting for the grandkids.
 i don't have many memories of my childhood, but i remember clearly sitting on the floor of 
their little house cracking nuts. 
those were good times.

we celebrated christmas with our friends who have a family tradition of singing happy birthday to jesus.
they make a cake, light candles, sing happy-birthday... the whole she-bang.

at first i thought it was silly, but the kids absolutely loved it.
lighting the candles, turning down the lights, and seeing the kids faces full of wonder and happiness was such a wonderful moment for me this christmas.
it's a great way to remind us what christmas is all about.

these truffles are rich, so i made them itty-bitty because i know not 
everyone likes chocolate as much as i do [such a shame]
i halved the recipe [still made 4 dozen!] and made the truffle diameter about 3/4 inch. 
link to recipe here

a crowd pleaser for sure.
and kate loves to put sprinkles on things.

i found these candy cane sticks at wal-mart.
a box for 98 cents. can't beat that.
wrapped up and placed on each plate....
easy, peasy and cute. 

ps. thanks to my parents [especially my dad], 
who taught me that presentation matters.

you guys are just so smart.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

merry christmas

we had a wonderful christmas this year.
the girls were spoiled by family and friends, and of course santa.
we were able to spend the entire holiday together for the second year in a row
[yeah for coworkers who were willing to work so i didn't have to!]
it's so nice to have time together as a family-
to be reminded about the things that truly matter.
i love this little family of mine.

hope everyone's christmas was lovely.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

all's well.

life has been crazy [but good!] the last few weeks.
i am soooo very far behind on my blogging, it's now to the point of ridiculousness and i have to ask myself, is it even worth trying to catch up??
of course the answer is yes. otherwise i won't have the memories, but it will take me a bit. i think that'll be my new year's goal- get caught up on the bloggity-blog. so forgive me if things are a bit out of order and chaotic.

here's a rapid-fire recap while i sit here at work enjoying the wee hours of the morning when our ER actually slows down a bit:

-christmas is coming and we are almost ready.... just a dollhouse to build and paint [jank thinks it'll only take one night- silly, silly man]. our elfie, simon, visits us everyday and he is the highlight of kate's life right now.

-we went to utah last week for ashley's wedding [jank's sister], kate was a flower girl and enjoyed every second of dressing up like a princess.

-while in utah we got to spend time with good friends and family and play in the snow. snow! how i've missed your beauty. the freeeeezing weather, i can do without. but beautiful, flakey snow-- yes please!

-we got to meet bb and tyler's new baby boy, camden. still can't believe my sister has 3 kids. THREE. oh how i miss living close to those kiddos.

-evie still isn't crawling. she sits and reaches but doesn't even attempt to get up on her knees. fat, lazy, adorable baby. she was sick for a while. stupid cold/flu season. but is all better now and she's back to being fantastic in every way.

-kate is getting ready for her christmas program this thursday night. she's been singing jingle bells and frosty the snowman NONSTOP. it's terribly cute and terribly annoying.

that's all i have for now. more to come later.