Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Seven year old sweetness!

Lila turned seven on November 27th. SEVEN!! I can hardly believe it. I distinctly remember the days when I wondered if I would have a babe of my own and now I wonder how that squishy, sweet, baby of mine turned into my little friend.

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Yesterday I was talking to her and I paused for a second to look into those beautiful big eyes of hers. I was struck with how many days go by when I fail to actually look into her eyes or snuggle her in my arms.

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At that moment I stopped and asked her if she knew how much I wanted her. How much I had dreamed and prayed and wanted HER! She lit up as we talked and I made a mental note to remind each of those babies of mine how much I want them in my life.

I was looking through the pictures on my phone recently and noticed a trend. I have several spontaneous moments of Lila taking care of Alex. I find this especially funny because he has recently taken to dragging her around and calling her “Mommy”. She grins and loves every second of it. (It reminds me of my relationship with my baby brother and makes me miss him!)

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Sweet. That is my Lila.

She is always ready to help, frequently without being asked. She begs to fold laundry and then asks if she can put all 10 loads of it away. She is loving and kind to her brothers and sister. Frequently one of them will demand a chair or a book or whatever the moment holds and without fail, Lila will give up whatever she has to make them happy.


The other day I was feeling sick with a bad headache. I picked up the kids from school and was so nauseous that I went straight to my bed. As I lay there I was overwhelmed with what I heard going on downstairs. In a perfect (and humbling) imitation of me, she said “ok. If you want a snack raise your hand…” and she proceeded to fix 4 little snacks, play games with the kids and quietly entertain them for hours while I rested. She even got them all cereal for dinner (which, to be honest is about all I regularly pull off for dinner!) I felt so blessed and so lucky to have such a sweet girl who could take care of things when I couldn't.

Sure love that girl of mine. I am proud of the little lady she is growing up to be. Happy (super late) birthday Lila Bean. I hope life gives you everything you wish for!!

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Monday, January 9, 2012

This dinner gives me the creeps…

I recently had a friend mention to me that I have neglected to post the pictures from our creepy Halloween dinner. Soooo… just in case you need some ideas for an awesome Valentines day, here you go!

This year we branched out and invited a few friends over. It made the night a lot more fun and we will definitely do it again next year!

Lila and Abby cut out and penned the labels. I love them (labels and girls).


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Worms (this is still my Halloween favorite! Click here for the recipe)

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Skeleton’s Teeth (white corn)

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Mummy Mush (mashed potatoes) and Monster Hands.

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Yes. Monster hands. They were incredible… really, really incredible! Like… so incredibly real that I almost couldn’t eat it. Almost! (Click here for the recipe)

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Slug Salad (the “slugs” were mushrooms. You’ll have to message me for this recipe. It’s my mom’s famous, DELICIOUS, spinach salad!)

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Dracula’s Ribs (recipe here)

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Devil’s Eyes

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Dragon Hearts

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Band Aids (seriously, these were soooo creepy! The idea came from here)

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Ghost Poop (this is was a FAVORITE of the little ones at our little dinner party)

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Troll Eyes (go here to see what they should really look like)

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Ghost Brains

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with Spider Blood and Vampire Blood, as toppings for our Ghost Brains

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Not pictured was our “Spider Cider” and our Frozen hand (can’t remember the clever name for that one and I borrowed the picture from here)



For last years party pictures go here