Thursday, July 21, 2011

Things I Love Today

It seems there were a string of moments and things that I just loved today! So, I had to share with you a glimpse of this. Nothing spectacular in its grandeur; just the little things that add up to so much.

Though these mini books are generally filled with wisdom and poetry geared toward adult comprehension solely, Jared loves these little books in their child-sized and often colorful appeal.

It has been a while since we last went hiking, which is unlike our family, especially during these Summer months. The boys were elated!

We gathered rocks for making magical earth necklaces. Here is Jared's. 

Looking proudly at the stones of Earthly protection and magical power. ;o)

Here's Dylan's chosen stone combination.

Washing the boys' bedding. Lovely sight.

Jared's lavender pillow. Lovely scent.

My 5-minute creation of lacing cards for Dylan (the 3-year-old version of sewing) made from a file folder, a hole punch, and a shoe lace.

Jared's focus on geography and his interest in associating other cultures with actual locations on Earth. He dug for this floor puzzle to go even further into his carto-curiosity.

As I was preparing dinner, Jared showed up with a bouquet of sweet peas from our front yard. What a chivalrous young man. I bet he will be such a romantic, which is more than I can say for his Daddy... just kidding. Hahahaha.....

Dinner was a cold wheat berry chick pea salad. Light, but satisfying for a hot Summer's eve. I added a diced tomato, shredded carrots, carrot tops, and garlic, all from the local market. I spiced it up with some olive oil, salt and pepper, and Italian seasoning. The kids loved it, Daniel loved it, and I loved it. Can't lose with that kind of universal satisfaction.

We decided to bake some cupcakes just for the heck of it. The youngest boys both helped with their preparation. Once they were in the oven, I realized we had no frosting, so I whipped together some butter, cream cheese, agave nectar, and lemon extract. It did the trick, deliciously! Jared facilitated the decoration process to top these moist delights. Then within a matter of minutes, there was but one left on the platter. Dylan kept insisting it was a birthday party. Lovely taste. 

Some days are just so fabulous in their simplicity. Today was one of those days for me.



  1. What a fun list! I am looking forward to fall to bake some things with my little one. For now though it is too hot to have the oven on! :) Your cup cakes look yummy!

  2. I certainly don't want to speed up summer to get to fall, but I am already looking forward to it. The colors, the smells, the celebrations, the harvest, the start of a new school year.... There is so much to enjoy and to look forward to. Baking is much more frequent in Autumn for us, too. By the way, thank you, they were pretty yummy.

  3. What a fabulous day! -Jenna