She doesn't like to be held by anyone but Mommy or Daddy. Everyone else is too scary, apparently. She knows the words kiss, (leans forward for one) bath, (evokes a huge grin) where are you? (during peekaboo) and Daddy. She still dislikes tummy time. It will be a while before she learns to crawl. ;)
this website), the sword was made of leftover wood bits by Stu, then finished with silver tape and sport tape, his buckler the bottom of a springform pan that was getting rusty anyway, and his "chain-mail" was an open-knit tunic shirt of mine, cinched by a belt from my closet.
|This is a favorite here in the Harseverse. It's a meal-in-a-bowl! Warm and delicious, perfect for those chilly winter nights. Leftovers are even more yummy reheated next day. Serve with garlic bread or crusty rolls.|
1 large onion, diced
6 slices bacon, chopped, plus extra slices for garnish
5-6 large potatoes, cubed
1 liter chicken or vegetable stock
4 stalks celery, sliced
3 cups milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus extra for garnish
1/2 cup chopped chives
freshly ground pepper
Cook chopped bacon and onion together on medium high heat for 5 minutes. Add potatoes, celery, and stock and bring to a boil. You want enough stock to come up within an inch of covering the vegetables, but not to cover them entirely because you will be adding milk later. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. While soup is simmering, cook extra bacon slices until crisp, chop them and set aside for garnishing. Once vegetables are tender, roughly mash with a potato masher. Don't completely obliterate them - you want some chunkiness. Add milk (add more for thinner soup, less for thicker soup) and the cheese and half of the chives. Serve with the remaining chives, crispy bacon, shredded cheese and pepper for toppings.
Little miss S loves to rock herself and bounce off the back of the couch (and her bebePOD - so much that I can't have her on the counter anymore, or she'll scoot it right off the edge.) She thinks her brothers are the best people ever, and greets all of us with an "Ah." She loves to sit up, but is still working on keeping herself up. She still doesn't like tummy time, but she's getting better at it. She's not in a rush with rolling around either. She is a little shy around strangers, and has been so since she was four months old. She prefers to be with her mommy, and mommy doesn't mind at all...
Wishing all of our friends and family, both near and far, a blessed Christmas and a wonderful new year! We are thinking of those for which this time of year can be tough, whether it is because of the loss of loved ones, or being far from family, or suffering through other trials in this life. May you all experience the peace promised to us as we quietly contemplate the blessed miracle of Christ's birth.
Joy to the world, the Lord has come!
|Decorating the tree|
|Mr. Snowman getting buried.|
|Oma's Christmas tree.|
|Picnic snack after playing outside|
|C-note always draws whatever is going on at the time...|
|Decorating the gingerbread house. I found the recipe on Food Network. Just add a couple of tablespoons more water. ;)|