Wednesday, July 29, 2015

An entrepreneurial birthday Biscuit

Biscuit:  I need socks.  It's cold!

Nikki:  It's going to be really hot today.  Let's just go barefoot.

Biscuit:  I need socks!  

**Runs and gets socks, opens the freezer, stuffs a popsicle into a sock, looks satisfied.**

Happy 3rd Birthday to my Biscuit!!! 

She knows what she wants.  She lives life to the fullest.  She is a fierce and fiery little ball of energy.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

He was born as blue as my jeans

He was born as blue as my jeans and with the cord wrapped around his neck.  The OB said he had black hair before rushing him off to the NICU.  He was in the NICU for 16 days for under-developed lungs-- intubated for 8 of them.  

I wouldn't let them bottle feed him.  He nursed when I was there and he tube-fed when I wasn't.

The day I took him home the doctor tried to convince me that he wouldn't gain weight and it wasn't normal for him to be nursing every 2 hours like he had in his final 24 hours there.  He said he should feed every 3-4 hours.  This neonatologist also said I wouldn't be able to keep up with that frequent of nursing having a 21 month old and a 3 year old at home too.

I lectured him on what the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends and then quoted several breastfeeding statistics and recommendations from the World Health Organization.  The nurses watched in stunned silence.  I assured the doc that even if he wanted to nurse every half hour, I would.  If I had any worry about his weight, I knew how to contact the pediatrician.

And then I left.  He thrived.  He was the first of my children to actually be on the growth charts.

As a baby we called him Chubba Bun,  Chubbalicious, or Bun Bun the Great.

I am so grateful Heavenly Father saw fit to let me be his mother.  He is full of kindness, friendship, integrity, and service.

Happy Birthday Bun!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Toddlerhood is tiring

Biscuit had an outbreak of hives on her hips-- we don't know what from.  

So I gave her Benadryl.  Turns out she's one of the special group that gets wired on it.  

She watched Dora and had a splashing good time in the bath with her bestest curly-haired buddy (while I scrubbed the bathroom sinks).  

They had a bedtime milkshake and a wild dance party to juiced up primary songs and then were still up when the scouts came home with a cupcake for them.  

Biscuit licked the 1-inch layer of pink frosting off the top and spread it on her chair and face and hands and then continued her dance party.  

Then she played in the boxes and went splat.  

Having a toddler is tiring.  

Monday, June 29, 2015

Thank You for Loving Me


I look at you and I feel love.
You are to me, my entirety:
The love of my life, my true friend,
Beautiful bride eternally.

Daughter of God, growing in faith,
Mother of children strong and true.
Valiant in work, fervent in prayer.
I pray to be worthy of you.

Better half? No—my better whole.
You raise me to a higher place.
I’ll gladly take your hand in mine,
As we strive together towards grace.

You look at me, and I feel loved.
Thank you for loving me.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

In which my kids get creative without their toys

This is what happens when you take the oldest girl to a doctor's appointment and leave the oldest boy to babysit his youngest 6 siblings.

The 3 youngest boys worked together to build a house out of books from the approved bottom two shelves.

"We really needed to use more of the books up high," said Hammy.

Sounds like it's time to pack up books...

Saturday, May 02, 2015

How to get pain reliever into a resistant 2 year old Biscuit

1.  First paint her fingernails.  
2.  Tell her not to move her hands until they dry.
3.  Give her the pain reliever.  Bam!  

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Overnight Almond Joy Oatmeal

"There's something so cool about eating out of a jar!" -- Bun, 9 year old 
It's not the best picture, but the taste is amazing!  I'm not an oatmeal lover, but this I could eat any time of day.

Combine the following ingredients and stir for one minute:

1/2 cup rolled oats
1 T. chia seeds
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk 
2-3 T. shredded coconut 

Cover and let sit in fridge 4-6 hours or overnight.

In the morning, warm for 1 minute in microwave and add:

1 scoop chocolate protein powder 
(I prefer Juice Plus Dutch Chocolate Complete)

1/3 - 1/2 cup water 

Stir and enjoy!

TIP:  Prepare several of these in glass canning jars at a time and refrigerate.  They'll be good for at least 5 days in the fridge.   

**I promise to take pictures of the next batch.**

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Homemade Italian Dressing Mix

1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. onion powder 
2 Tbsp. oregano, ground or leaves
1 Tbsp. dried parsley
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. salt or salt substitute 
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. ground basil or leaves
1/4 tsp. ground thyme or leaves 
1/2 tsp. dried celery leaves, flakes, or seeds 

Mix & Store

Use 2 Tbsp. in a recipe in place of 1 packet dry Italian dressing mix.

Friday, April 10, 2015

I'm baking brick bread right now.

I don't know what went wrong.

Of course, I was directing a hoard of children to not bring cupfuls of roly-polies in the house while I sliced oranges for them and pressure cooked chicken and rice for a late lunch.

So I'm thinking I added too much water-- like maybe I put an extra two-thirds cup in.

I had lost hope in this batch and started a new batch of 4 with fresh-ground flour.  But by the time it came to put the new dough into the bread pans, the brick bread had tried rising enough to say, "Believe in me!"  

So it's baking while I keep punching the other dough back down.  It's rare that I ever wish I had 8 large loaf pans.

I am certain between the 11 kids here, 4 loaves will be gone in no time-- even if it's in the form of toast.


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