Christmas Shopping With Ean

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This year, Ean is really starting to grasp Christmas. He is understanding that Christmas is the day we celebrate Jesus’ birthday. He also understands he will be getting presents too. I’ll be honest, I’m still not sure if we as adults can completely understand the dichotomy between Jesus’ birth and the crazy amounts of presents that show up on Christmas morning. Ean loves presents (as any three year old would) but I really want to teach him about the joy of giving.

I am a gift giver. People who know me know that is how I show someone I care. I can say hands down, there are few things I love more than picking out a gift especially for someone. I love it. I know that there are people who can take or leave gifts, but I’m not that way. It isn’t about the money, it is about the thought and time put into a gift.

Last night Ean and I took a trip to the Dollar Tree. Ean brought along his hand-me-down billfold holding two crisp one dollar bills and some change (for tax of course) from his very own piggy bank. We were on a mission; to find a gift for Daddy and Nora. He walked the isles picking up a few things and saying, ‘Daddy likes this.’ He finally ended up choosing a perfect gift and exclaimed with excitement, ‘Daddy really loves ___.’ (Sorry, Matt might decide to read my blog and I don’t want to ruin the surprise.) Next, we were off to the tiny baby section where Ean picked out a cute little bumblebee bowl for Nora. We slowly made our way through the toy section up to the counter where he handed the clerk his money. I know it seems so simple, but as a mom, I was so proud. It is hard to teach a three year old how to be selfless, especially when I don’t seem to have that lesson down myself.

As we were leaving, I picked him up and he said to me as we crossed the parking lot ‘Mom, we didn’t get you anything.’  My heart melted.

I can hardly wait for Christmas morning, when Matt opens his present picked out and paid for by his little guy.

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Ean’s Avalanche Bars

Today, I would like to feature a recipe from my favorite little baker. Last Thursday Ean told me he wanted to ‘make suppin.’ on Friday. So I gave him a choice of recipes and he picked out these Avalanche Bars.  I measured and melted, and he poured in all of the ingredients. He especially liked adding the marshmallows and chocolate chips…most likely because he sampled them. He was one proud little guy.

Avalanche Bars

1 (12 oz) bag white chocolate chips
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
3 cups Rice Krispies
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips + 2 tbsp for garnish

Lightly grease a 9 x 9 pan and set aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, add the white chocolate chips and head on 50% power for 1 minute. Stir and continue to heat in 30-second increments, stirring after each increment, until chips are melted. Add the peanut butter to the melted mixture and stir to combine. Stir in rice krispies. Allow to cool for 10-15 before mixing in 1/4 cup chocolate chips. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Spread evenly and press lightly with the back of the spoon (do not compact too much or the bars will be hard). Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top.

Once bars are completely cooled, cut into squares. Store in an airtight container.

You’re My Favorite Deputy!

 

Ean requested a Toy Story Birthday this year. The original plan was to have the party at our house with a movie night in the backyard, however, it seems like Ean’s birthday parties attract rain! So last Saturday morning resulted in a complete change of plans. The good news, Ean didn’t know the difference and he had a great time with a few of his friends and cousins!

 

 

Happy 3rd Birthday Ean!

Three years ago, Matt and I found ourselves in the hospital with our new little baby boy. Man time goes by so fast. I am so thankful for Ean. He constantly keeps us laughing. He is such an amazing gift and a constant reminder of God’s perfect timing.

Three Things About Ean on His Third Birthday: 

1. He is a picky eater. (This is payback for my childhood, maybe someday, he too, will like tomatoes and broccoli). He does like corn on the cob and he calls it popcorn.

2. My friend Matt asked him yesterday ‘Ean, do you like school.’ He replied ‘Yes.’  Matt then asked, ‘What is your favorite part?’ Ean’s answer: ‘When Mom comes to pick me up.’

3. Ean sometimes will show up in our room around 3 AM because he has gotten scared, holding all of his ‘aminals.’ Such a huge load for a little guy; a blanket, Monkey, Monkey’s brother, lion, dog, Woody and baby monkey. It is priceless.

E & Nora

 

Love love love these two kiddos. It had been a bit since I had photographed them, so last week we took a few pictures. Nora is almost 4 months and Ean will be 3 in two weeks. They are growing so fast.

 

 

Praying for Caleb

This is my sweet little nephew Caleb who was born in January. We have been spending so much time in prayer for this little guy and we are now asking you to join with us as we pray. This little guy is quite a miracle and we are so thankful for him and his wonderful mom & dad!

Some of Caleb’s core muscles are a little weak and he has been to physical therapy for a little while. Caleb has recently been tested for SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy), which would be very serious if the test comes back positive. Please join us as we pray that the test would come back negative! Please pray God would heal Caleb and make his muscles strong! Pray for wisdom for all of his doctors and nurses wisdom in caring for Caleb. And please pray for Bryan and Karen. Bryan and Karen are amazing and they are strong and trusting in the Lord, but as you can imagine it is still hard. Please pray for courage and peace for them. Pray for joy and not worry. My brother in law said last Sunday, ‘Caleb loves trees. He is fascinated with them. So every time you see a tree, please pray for Caleb. You say, there are lots of trees, but my son needs lots of prayer.’ We are expecting God to do great things in the little guy’s life. Thank you for praying with us!

Here is a link to Karen’s blog so you can see even more adorable pictures of Caleb and follow along on their journey.

First Day of School

Ean’s first day of preschool was yesterday. As you can tell he was pretty excited. He was equally excited when I came to pick him up and completely exhausted. He fell asleep an hour earlier than normal, and we were kind of surprised he made it that long.