Coloring Eggs

I have mentioned several times how busy we’ve been. It seems like it’s been months since┬áwe’ve had time to just sit and breathe. I guess we’re just in a season of busy right now, and I hope it ends very soon! In any case, with Easter being 2 weeks ago everything leading up to that added to the busyness! It was a few days before Easter, and David asked if the kids could color eggs. Oh. Sure. Honestly, it hadn’t crossed my mind, which is weird, because I grew up doing it. This is just how frazzled my brain has been. Because it was so close to Easter we weren’t able to find the coloring kits, so we just used food coloring with water and vinegar, and I’d say it worked just fine! And, I do believe that’s how my mom did it when I was growing up. The kids had a lot of fun coloring the eggs and did a great job! We get farm fresh eggs from a lady my dad works with so they aren’t snow white. I picked out the lightest ones we had and it lead to some interesting results! One of the eggs is naturally a light sage green, and Cora put it into the green food coloring. It turned out such a beautiful, vibrant green! The purple dye didn’t do so well, though and just made the eggs look browner. Oh well! Live and learn, right? Next year I would like to try doing egg coloring with natural dyes from different foods. I think it could be a fun science experiment!

Again, my children's personalities shine through. Cora very meticulously putting her eggs in the dye, waiting a good long time to get them just the perfect color...

Again, my children’s personalities shine through. Cora very meticulously putting her eggs in the dye, waiting a good long time to get them just the perfect color…

Bekah munched on snacks and watched this year...

Bekah munched on snacks and watched this year…

Ben preferred to plop the eggs in and almost immediately bring them out!  We had to really encourage him to keep the eggs in the dye at least 5 seconds!

Ben preferred to plop the eggs in and almost immediately bring them out! We had to really encourage him to keep the eggs in the dye at least 5 seconds!

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Don't you just love that green one?

Don’t you just love that green one?

RaasssPberries!

Ok, only a few will get the funniness of my title and will be able to say it correctly! ­čÖé Sorry for those of you who won’t get it! ­čÖé┬á

ANYWAY! Here are my children enjoying raspberries. To each her/his own! The personalities of my children shine through…

Cora: always neat and clean and rarely gets anything on her face or clothes!

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Benjamin: often has stuff on his face and clothes, though he’s getting much better at eating a bit neater!

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Rebekah: Eh! She doesn’t seem to care too much how much food she gets on her face…hands…arms…clothes (had to throw this shirt away I couldn’t get the stains out!), high chair…table…floor…dog’s head…

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A Birthday Party!

On Saturday we had Cora’s greatly-anticipated Hello Kitty birthday party! She was SOOOOOOOOO excited to have her party with her friends and cousins!!! She could hardly contain herself! We had invited all the girls from school (about 7), her ┬ácousins and also friends from our small group. All said we had 17 kids (and that included Micah and Rebekah). The kids seemed to have a lot of fun, they were so well-behaved, and Cora was showered with a lot of wonderful gifts. I was shocked at what such┬ánice things she got! She was blessed greatly by her friends!

Cora and I printed off some Hello Kitty coloring pages for her friends to color. It seemed to be a big hit!

Cora and I printed off some Hello Kitty coloring pages for her friends to color. It seemed to be a big hit!

Bekah with Grampy!

Bekah with Grampy!

My dad built this awesome soccer goal for Cora! It was a lot of fun for the kids to use at the party too!

My dad built this awesome soccer goal for Cora! It was a lot of fun for the kids to use at the party too!

"Pin the Bow on Hello Kitty"

“Pin the Bow on Hello Kitty”

I had planned another game, but it went over like a lead balloon, so we did "ring around the rosey" and "duck, duck, goose!" Those went much better!

I had planned another game, but it went over like a lead balloon, so we did “ring around the rosey” and “duck, duck, goose!” Those went much better!

I love these Hello Kitty ear muffs!

I love these Hello Kitty ear muffs!

Blowing out her candles

Blowing out her candles

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Micah! Last year at this time we were anxiously awaiting HIS arrival!

Micah! Last year at this time we were anxiously awaiting HIS arrival!

Our always-a-ham Ben!

Our always-a-ham Ben!

Sophia, my beautiful niece with her youngest cousin

Sophia, my beautiful niece with her youngest cousin

Riley! He asked my sister, "will there be running at Cora's party?" Yes, there was running... :)

Riley! He asked my sister, “will there be running at Cora’s party?” Yes, there was running… ­čÖé

The usual, obligatory cousin photo! Haddie had celebrated her 4th birthday the day before and Micah will be turning ONE this week!

The usual, obligatory cousin photo! Haddie had celebrated her 4th birthday the day before and Micah will be turning ONE this week!

Birthday Celebrations

Thursday was Cora’s b-day, as I mentioned last week! We had a lot of fun for her big day. We got donuts for breakfast, and she requested pizza–ordered, not made by me–for supper. We invited Grandma to join us, and then after supper Grandma┬átreated us all to ice cream! I think our birthday girl had a great day, and she said she had a fun day and felt special at the end. We had a lot of fun celebrating her too!

We started the day by giving her her gift from us--a camera! She was SO EXCITED!!!

We started the day by giving her her gift from us–a camera! She was SO EXCITED!!!

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Happy 5th Birthday!

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday DEAR Cora! Happy Birthday to you!

I can NOT believe I am not the mom of a FIVE YEAR OLD!!!!!!! HOW has this happened????? Where have the last 5 years gone? How is this even possible??? But, here we are, March 27, 2014, five years after Cora was born! What a wonderful 5 years it has been with her. She is such fun, such a delight, such a sweetheart. We feel so blessed to have her as our daughter. To have her part of OUR family! She is sensitive to the needs of others. She’s a good friend and sister. And, she is just so much fun!

I have really enjoyed this past year. Cora has reached a point of such maturity. She’s more self-sufficient and more capable to help in ways that are actually helpful! It’s fun watching her personality develop, her likes and dislikes take shape (and sometimes change on a daily basis!). She is really into picking out her own outfits, doing everything on her own and wants to help out with everything!

We have also noticed a real softening of her heart toward the things of the Lord. We can see the wheels turning, and her questions about Jesus and how we’re to live are becoming serious and more introspective. We pray she makes the choice to follow the Lord at an early age.

We will have a day full of stuff Cora loves today–I’ll write about it later. Saturday we’ll celebrate her with a party with her friends, cousins, aunt/uncle and grandparents! I’m excited about that! Be prepared for a blog post full of Hello Kitty birthday fun!

To you, my dear daughter. I love you more today than I ever thought possible. I’m so proud of you! You are beautiful, both on the outside and the inside. I can’t wait to see what all the Lord has in store for you. I love you so very much!!!! HAPPY 5TH BIRTHDAY CORA ANN!

This was yesterday at preschool. She has her helper badge on AND the birthday badge! She was SO PROUD of them!!!

This was yesterday at preschool. She has her helper badge on AND the birthday badge! She was SO PROUD of them!!!

The Festivities Begin

Cora LOVES Hello Kitty. And so, we’re going to have a Hello Kitty birthday party on Saturday! More on that later…However, we’ve already started some of the festivities and preparations. At preschool each child gets to be helper on the school day closest to their birthday. That just happens to be today for Cora! And, they get to bring the snack, which of course is always a more special snack than usual. I thought it would be fun to make Hello Kitty cookies for her to take as the snack, and the rest will be taken to her party on Saturday. I will say that I understand now why one pays so much for decorated cookies. Very time-consuming. I have done a lot of cakes, but these were my first cookies I did more than slap some icing and sprinkles on. In fact, Cora said, “Mom! Can I put the sprinkles on?” She was so perplexed we were not going to be doing sprinkles! HA! In any case, I got most of the decorating done before Cora was home from school but left the eyes and nose for her to help. We had a good time, and she was so excited by the outcome. I have to say, for my first cookie-decorating attempt I was pretty proud, too! Oh…and it took me a couple hours to do 25…I think I have 34 left to do for the party. I may resort to sprinkles…

Make sure you have a very lovely assistant!

Make sure you have a very lovely assistant!

They came out a bit puffier than I was expecting...oh, and these are just good ol' sugar cookies.

They came out a bit puffier than I was expecting…oh, and these are just good ol’ sugar cookies.

I made a thick glaze and shmeared that on each cookie for the trademark white Hello Kitty. It was smooth and hardened pretty a quickly, which is what I wanted.

I made a thick glaze and shmeared that on each cookie for the trademark white Hello Kitty. It was smooth and hardened pretty  quickly, which is what I wanted.

I bought black gel icing and used that to out line the head, the bow (which consisted of 2 big circles and a small one in the middle) and the whiskers. This is what took so long. When I do the rest of the cookies I'm going to cut the tube so the opening isn't so big.

I bought black gel icing and used that to outline the head, the bow (which consisted of 2 big circles and a small one in the middle) and the whiskers. This is what took so long. When I do the rest of the cookies I’m going to cut the tube so the opening isn’t so big.

Then I made pink frosting and used a large star tip for the big circles of the bow and a smaller star tip for the middle.

Then I made pink frosting and used a large star tip for the big circles of the bow and a smaller star tip for the middle.

My LOVELY assistant then put a chocolate chip for each eye and a Lemon Head for the nose. I put a dot of the glaze down first to act as glue.

My LOVELY assistant then put a chocolate chip for each eye and a Lemon Head for the nose. I put a dot of the glaze down first to act as glue.

The finished product! I know the Lemon Head is a bit big and round, but it works well, is the right color of yellow and according to Cora tastes GREAT!

The finished product! I know the Lemon Head is a bit big and round, but it works well, is the right color of yellow and according to Cora tastes GREAT!

A New ‘Do

One day about a month ago Cora decided she wanted her hair cut. I asked if she just wanted a trim, no, she wanted it CUT! Short, I asked? Yes, she said! So, we talked to Daddy about it, and we decided it was fine, as long as it wasn’t too short! She and I went to the trusty ol’ Internet, and I pulled up images of girl haircuts. From there she and I chose her favorite 3. We printed them out and took them to Daddy, and the 3 of us chose a style. Amazingly, we all agreed on the same one! I planned to take her that Friday (which was a few days later), but we were all hit with a horrendous, short-lived, but mighty terrible stomach virus, which totally derailed ALL plans of anything! Last week I FINALLY made another appointment and took her to get her hair cut! I also got mine high-lighted, but that’s not nearly as exciting. All I can say is, I have a beautiful daughter! This hair cut makes her look so much older, she’s no longer a little girl. How is it she’ll be FIVE at the end of this month? She LOVES her new ‘do! The first few days she would sit and twirl the hair with her fingers. When I asked her about it she said, “Well, it’s just so twirly!” We think she’s precious, and she’s received MANY compliments. I’m so proud of her for picking out such a great style for herself and being so mature through the whole process. Sigh…she IS growing up, isn’t she? Here are the photos!

Before

Before

After!

After!