365 Project - Gracie & The Lone Cheerio

posted on: Friday, January 16, 2015

This adorable little one with those unmistakably gorgeous eyes (am I a biased parent, or what?) is now eating Cheerios and other foods that we usually eat for dinner. She seems to prefer that to her boring formula. I mean, who wouldn't? She loves it when I put her in that high chair—she gets giddy with excitement because she knows she is going to get some Cheerios and a couple of bites off Mommy's plate, as well.  Meal times are becoming more fun around here!

365 Project - Leaf in Snow

posted on: Thursday, January 15, 2015

I didn't intend for the title of this blog post to come out sounding like an abstract or a Native American name but really, what would you call it? My brain is fried today and that is all you are going to get. It snowed a week ago, and I stepped out into my backyard (which rarely happens in the winter) and came upon this guy just hanging out on my patio table, begging to be photographed. So, what the heck? I took a picture. The next day, the wind blew it away and most of the snow off the table. Glad I caught this. I love the expanse of white snow that contrasts with the color of the leaf.

365 Project - Stars & Stripes

posted on: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gracie looked adorable in her stars onesie and her striped, frilly pants that I just had to take a picture. It so happened that the look of pure joy on her face was due to the fact that she was about to grab the cord to her heater and gnaw on it.  Don't worry, she stops in her tracks as soon I say, "No!".

365 Project - Gracie & The Guitar

posted on: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

She sat like this for what seemed like hours, but was only a few minutes, and then reached out and started playing the guitar. Okay, strumming, or something similar. 

365 Project - Laundry Day

posted on: Monday, January 12, 2015

Isn't that the cutest laundry day helper ever? Well, I think so, despite the fact that right after I took this picture, said laundry was all over the floor as Gracie tipped over the basket onto her head. So fun!

365 Project - Gracie: Circus Performer

posted on: Sunday, January 11, 2015

When you are pulling an elephant's trunk right out of his head (he's turning green) and you have a bear wrapped around your thigh, you are a force to be reckoned with!

365 Project - Gracie & The Sound Machine

posted on: Saturday, January 10, 2015

That post title just made me think of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine.  Yep, that's right. I am that old. Anyway, I digress. The picture you see above you is of an adorable baby with a proclivity to gravitate towards or be distracted by anything that produces a sound, especially so that it interferes with naps or feedings. Many a time have I found this little person, standing up on her toes, reaching up as far as her arms would allow, to see if she can grab the sound machine. After several times of entering her room to find her in this position and not asleep, I have moved the object to a location far from her reach (although, this does not prevent her from trying.) Ah, but look at those eyes! Further scrutiny of this photograph reveals that she is multi-tasking: standing up, biting her crib, holding on with one hand, looking at the fan (her best friend), and reaching out for her sound machine. Folks, I give you—Grace Taylor. 

365 Project - Daddy-Daughter Time

posted on: Friday, January 9, 2015

What is better than watching Curious George? Why, cuddling up on Daddy's lap while watching Curious George, of course! These two are adorable! Gracie's face lights up if she hears Aaron's voice and Aaron, in turn, gets quite animated to see his little baby girl. They greet each other every day as if they had been away too long and their reunion is always a joyous one. 

Granted, Gracie's attention span is all of ten seconds, so Aaron has to make it count :) But, there are moments like this when I walk in on the two of them just enjoying each other's quiet company. Blessed to spend each day with this little angel. 

365 Project - Gracie's First Snow

posted on: Thursday, January 8, 2015

It has been a thrill to experience many "firsts" with Gracie and this moment was equally thrilling—her first snow day! It happened a couple of days ago and she was in awe! I propped her up at the front door and she could not take her eyes off the white, fluffy stuff. It is fascinating to watch this little person experience the world for the first time in such a visual and tactile way. I am grateful for the opportunity to see things through her eyes and love the world around me.

Chicken Piccata

 Pan-seared chicken, rich lemon-caper sauce, fresh parsley on a bed of penne pasta. This could not be a more simple yet honestly, delicious meal to make! I stumbled upon this recipe in my never-ending Pinterest searches for dinner ideas, and boy, am I glad?! Priscilla of Red Shallot Kitchen made my day! This was my first time attempting something so fancy and I was a bit anxious to see how it all turned out. Keep reading to see how quickly you can put this meal together! 

365 Project - Master Organizer

posted on: Wednesday, January 7, 2015

"Mom! Look! I can reach the shelf where you put the diapers — you know, the highest shelf! Aren't you proud of me?" This is a common occurrence in our household. I put things away only to turn around and trip on something that Gracie has managed to pull down while I was facing the other way. Sometimes, even if I were facing the right way, she is there, by my side, to show me her master organizing skills—she pulls them all down as fast I can put them all back. But, ah, look at that face! What is a mommy to do? Pick it all up and put them away again :) 

365 Project - Best $8 I Ever Spent

posted on: Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Gracie has no shortage of toys, thanks to the generosity of family and friends. Therefore, I rarely buy her any toys. This activity table, however, was something I had been meaning to buy and had not gotten around to it yet. So, I posted a note on a Facebook group for local sales, and a friend responded saying she had one and was getting rid of it for eight dollars! It was my lucky day! She even drove all the way over to my house to deliver it. It was Gracie's Christmas present and it has been used every day ever since :) She bangs it, kicks it, pushes it around, and dances to the music. It also comes with a Spanish option, which is helpful since I speak to Gracie in Spanish. 

Despite the fact that "Run, little dog!" and "Jump, little frog" play on a never-ending loop in my head, even when I am asleep, I am thankful that Gracie absolutely loves this toy! It was well worth the $8!

365 Project - Bacon & Leeks

posted on: Monday, January 5, 2015

I am terrible at taking pictures of the process of cooking. Most of my photographs of food are usually of the end product. This is due to the fact that I cook, take a picture, and eat it all in the same mealtime. This time, I was making some yummy potato leek soup, and decided that before I added the potatoes, I would snap a quick shot of this gorgeous green leek as it sizzled with the bacon in the hot pan. The soup was devoured before I could pull out my camera :)

365 Project - Christmas Cards

posted on: Sunday, January 4, 2015

We have enjoyed seeing the joyful faces of our family and friends adorn our staircase right as we walk in the front door. (this is only a small portion of the cards we received) We are truly blessed to have such an incredible network of love and support in our lives. Thank you to all those who sent us Christmas cards. We have loved looking at your happy faces!

365 Project - Fishers of Men

posted on: Saturday, January 3, 2015

This year, Aaron and I wanted to read a book together and chose The Kingdom and The Crown series. There are three books in this series, describing in great detail the life of Christ using historical fiction. Gerald Lund does an amazing job every time he takes on a piece of work. With his attention to detail and his talent of weaving accurate and well-researched historical facts into his novels, he draws the reader in, giving one an intimate understanding of the culture, politics, and faith of the times. Since we are studying The New Testament in Sunday School this year, we felt this would add to our understanding of Christ and his life, and help us appreciate Him more. If you have a chance, pick up these books and read them. They are wonderful!
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