Coloring Eggs

I have mentioned several times how busy we’ve been. It seems like it’s been months since we’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! 🙂 Sorry for those of you who won’t get it! 🙂 

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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10 months and bad to the bone!

Bekah is somehow 10 months old today! I always feel like 10 months is a pinnacle month. The baby is quickly becoming NOT a baby and entering into the “toddler” stage of things. Our pre-toddler is quickly getting to full-toddlerhood, and I just don’t know what to do! She’s so precious, but you already knew that! 🙂 She isn’t walking yet, but is getting closer! We were given a baby walker that she pushes all over the house and looks adorable doing so! She has a LOVE of the dog’s water dish (and likes to sneak off to play in said water whenever possible, especially on Daddy’s watch!). She LOVES being with Cora and Ben, and we’re loving watching her interact with them. She is almost over her bottles, which isn’t saying a whole lot because she has NEVER been into her bottle, oddly enough.

The photo below is of Bekah at her cousin, Haddie’s, 4th birthday party. I helped my sister with the party and all the girls got tattoos! 🙂 We even gave Bekah one and thought this one would be especially cute on her! 🙂 Ah…she’s growing up so fast!

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Dedication

Bet you thought this would be another post about Cora! 🙂 HA! Nope, this one is about Rebekah. We have dedicated Cora and Benjamin to the Lord as infants and wanted to do the same for Rebekah. I think we waited the longest on her, but we got it done this past Sunday! We decided to just go nuts and add her dedication to the crazy birthday weekend! Why not? We had such a special day celebrating Rebekah and dedicating her to the Lord. Our good friend and fellow pastor, Kevin, performed the dedication (and then had to leave to go lead his own church service!), and we were thankful for his service in this! We pray for Rebekah that she will want to follow the Lord and accept him as her Savior at an early age. We have chosen life verses for all 3 kids, and the one we picked for her is Psalm 34:8. It says, “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man (or woman!) who takes refuge in him!” Our prayer for Rebekah is that she will see that the LORD is good, and she will always take refuge in him. After church we all went out for lunch at one of favorite restaurants! It was nice to just relax and be with family and not be responsible for any of the food! HA! We love our Bekah and are so blessed to have her as a part of our family!

A photo I took before church...I sure do love these little muffins!

A photo I took before church…I sure do love these little muffins!

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Mimi and Grampy!

Mimi and Grampy!

Ma-ma and Pops!

Ma-ma and Pops!

Great Grandma Marie!

Great Grandma Marie!

We are fam-i-ly!

We are fam-i-ly!

Sisters!

Sisters!

Ben is always so proud to hold Rebekah!

Ben is always so proud to hold Rebekah!

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Update: Rebekah weighs 22 lbs and is 29 inches long! She was deemed healthy and beautiful and “squishy!” 

Bekah is 9 months old today! I’ll be taking her to her well-check tomorrow so will have her new stats later, which I’ll just add to this blog later! She is, of course, growing like crazy, as babies are want to do! This past month she has continued on adding to her diet. She loves avocados, and we gave her some mashed potatoes, which she inhaled on her own (I put glops on the table in front of her, and she gobbled them right up!). I’ve  started giving her whole peas, which she is also having a lot of fun eating on her own! It’s so interesting to me, the differences in each of the kids. She is zipping right through her milestones. Cora was more  “by the book,” Ben does things on his own time, and it would appear that right now, Bekah is our over-achiever! It’ll be fun to watch as they continue to grow to see how these early things play a part in their personalities later in life! Oh, and Bekah is waving now when you wave at her, and she is a pro at pulling herself up in a standing position! I said last month I expect her to start walking this month…we shall see!

Rub-a-dub

Rebekah has been sitting up like a champ for quite a while now. As soon as the other 2 were sitting up I stopped bathing them in the kitchen sink and used the regular bathtub. For some reason, I’ve waited longer with Rebekah. However, last week it was obvious she has outgrown the kitchen sink, and I figured it was time to graduate her to the regular tub! I have no idea why I’ve waited so long…Anyway, last week she got a wee bath with Cora and Ben at my MIL’s house, but yesterday I gave her her first bath, by herself, in the great, big bathtub! She LOVED it!!!! I seem to remember both Cora and Ben crying when they moved to the big tub, but not our Bekah! She took right too it, tried to crawl around, wanted to pull the plug, etc. She had a great time! Cora helped me bathe her, and in the sweetness that is Cora, she says, “Mommy, I need to help you do this so I can learn how to be a good mommy.” I about cried. I said, “That’s right! And one day you’ll be a great mommy!” A few minutes later Ben woke up and came to find us. Cora says, in her little mommy voice, “Ben, you need to be in here and help! We need to learn how to be good mommies and daddies! Roll up your sleeves and help me with Bekah.” Oh, I just melted, right there.  I love my children. God has blessed us richly with them, and he reminds me everyday, which I’m glad!

We think she really looks like Ben in this photo!

We think she really looks like Ben in this photo!

Ooo! Cool toys I've not played with before!

Ooo! Cool toys I’ve not played with before!

Our little momma in training

Our little momma in training

Such beautiful eyes, just like her big sis!

Such beautiful eyes, just like her big sis!

Snow Day!!!!!

Well, this winter has been a doozy, huh? I mean, really, it seems no matter where you live in the U.S. you are getting abnormally cold weather and way more snow than you’re accustomed too! The same is true for us. Even though we live in a the snow belt of our state we have had so much more snow than usual, and the temperatures are just so darn cold!!! The school kids have had more snow days then I think ever before, and Cora has not been happy with all the preschool she’s missing. I’m only able to appease her by saying the big kids also don’t have school. Now when I tell her she won’t have school she says, very forlornly, “even the big kids don’t?” She has also been wanting to go out and play in the snow, but with it being so cold it’s just not been safe. And, the snow we’ve had has been that powdery, non-packing snow and not overly fun to play in. However! The other day everything came together, and it was the perfect day to play in the snow! The night before, and morning of, we got dumped on–my husband figures about a foot. And the day itself was in the mid-30s, so the snow was perfect for packing (making a snowman!), and since it wasn’t bitter cold, and the sun was shining it was just the best time to bundle them up and send them out! David took them outside, and they all 3 had a blast! I took pictures from the porch as I had to keep an eye on Bekah…As they played outside I made hot cocoa inside to be ready to warm them up. I’m so thankful the Lord provided such a gorgeous day, and we were able to have them go outside! It did us all good!!

Ben wasn't too sure he wanted to go in the snow. But, David carried him down and in like 2 seconds he was having fun!

Ben wasn’t too sure he wanted to go in the snow. But, David carried him down and in like 2 seconds he was having fun!

Snowball fight!!!!

Snowball fight!!!!

I sure do love these 3!!

I sure do love these 3!!

Is it good Ben?

Is it good Ben?

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Cora making a snow angel

Cora making a snow angel

Building the greatly anticipated snow man!

Building the greatly anticipated snow man!

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Oooo! Who's that handsome man in my yard???

Oooo! Who’s that handsome man in my yard???

I LOVE the pride shining on Cora's face over her snow man, which she named Frosty, naturally!

I LOVE the pride shining on Cora’s face over her snowman, which she named Frosty, naturally!

I threw a hat on Bekah's head and took her outside with me so I could get a good photo of snowman and his creators. It really was so warm (or felt that way!). No worries, she wasn't even out 5 minutes!

I threw a hat on Bekah’s head and took her outside with me so I could get a good photo of the snowman and his creators. It really was so warm (or felt that way!). No worries, she wasn’t even out 5 minutes!

She's so beautful...

She’s so beautful…

This is how Molly and Bekah spent the time...looking sadly out the door wishing to be out with everyone!

This is how Molly and Bekah spent the time…looking sadly out the door wishing to be out with everyone!

Warming up with hot cocoa!

Warming up with hot cocoa!