Tuesday, February 24, 2009

3 things..

I have a few items to blog about....

1. February is a birthday month in our family! We have Brother-in-law Shane (1st), New Nephew Taylor(9th), Brother Isaac (10th), Niece E. (14th), Bret's sister BJ (15th), Me (17th), Niece K. (18) Bret's mom Vurvian (21st), Niece Lily (22), and Nephew Kason (28th)!! I'm probably even leaving someone out! Anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL! Exactly a week ago we celebrated my birthday. Bret had been so so busy studying for his comprehensive exam-one that he has to pass in order to get his degree)- and we had just gotten back from the three day weekend at my parent's. So with Bret pretty much non-existant around here(other than to clean up after :), I was busy as well and we didn't have much time to do anything birthday-like. Bret did make me breakfast in bed though, which was very nice. He might have made me a cake from a box, but I am sort of picky when it comes to those and my birthday cake....I think I'd opt for no cake. So I made this yummy gingerbread crock pot pudding cake. It was pretty good. We also went out to eat at a Mexican place. Then we came home and snuggled up on the couch and ate cake. Here is the recipe if you want it. As a side note, I would almost double all of the spices(It was good, but I think it could use more spice) and keep a close eye on it because mine was a little too done and I cooked it quite a bit less than what it said to.
1/4 cup butter, softened1/4 cup sugar
1 egg white
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup molasses
1 cup water
1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. salt (I wouldn't add more of this)
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped pecans (didn't have any, and it was still good)

Topping:
6 Tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 cup hot water
2/3 cup butter, melted

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg white and vanilla.
Combine molasses and water until blended.
Combine the flour, b.s., cinnamon, ginger, salt, allspice and nutmeg; add to creamed mixture alternately with molasses mixture, beating well after each addition. Fold in pecan.
Pour into a greased 3-qt. slow cooker. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Combine hot water and butter, pour over batter (do not stir).
Cover and cook on high for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Turn off heat. Let stand for 15 min. Serve warm. Top with whipped cream, cream or ice cream.
Oh and it's best right after you cook it, we tried it the next day and didn't like it as much.




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2. Maggie is crawling!!! Not very good, but she can move. It's so fun to watch her go through all these different stages. I have enjoyed having her so much. She is such a wonderful addition to our family and we really CAN'T get enough of her. PLUS, she is a really easy baby and so laid back. She will be 8 months old tomorrow. She cut 4 new teeth this month making a total of 6 teeth!

Here is the proof: (oh and she is just in her tights because her dress was getting in her way)

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3. We quite possibly could be moving to Indiana! Bret got accepted there and they are offering him SO much more funding that we expected from anywhere! It's a great program and he has had a contact there who has really... looked out for Bret with the whole applying there situation. He is also a member of our church. The school is located in a town about an hour from Indianapolis and is about the same size as Missoula. This makes me happy, because I am just not a fan of living in a huge city. (Although I will if that's what happens.) Bret is also on the wait list for Minnesota so we will see what happens! It is so exciting and nerve racking at the same time! I really have mixed emotions about the whole thing and REALLY wish we knew for sure where we are going to live for the next (possibly) 5-ish years of our lives. I guess we will soon enough. Anyway-WAY TO GO BRET!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

All About Kade

Kade’s funny moments: (these are on here because I want to remember them)

When Kade and I were driving in the car the other day, we stopped at a stop light and were just sitting there. I said to him, “Hi Kade.” He said I don’t wanna say Hi Kade, I wanna say, say hi Kaderman. So I said, “Oh, ok, Hi Kaderman" and he said hi back.

One morning Bret was up with the kids and while Kade and Bret were eating breakfast, Maggie was in her high chair playing with toys. Kade looked at Maggie and said “Oh, Maggie awake.” Bret replied, “Yep, Maggie’s awake.” Then Kade said, “Poor Maggie.”

“Don’t spash mine, don’t splash mine” When Bret was splashing Kade in the bathtub.

When we were at Bret’s parent’s house Kade and Maggie slept in the same room with us. We put a blanket over the top of Kade’s crib so he wouldn’t know I was in there nursing Maggie and putting her to sleep. He said a bunch of funny things while he laid there thinking he was alone. One time in particular he yelled out “I…lub….FOOOOOD!”

We went to play group yesterday in the gym of the stake center. Most the time Kade is a little intimidated and distracted by the swarm of kids running wild throughout the gym. He gets quite clingy to me and at times exasperatingly whiny. Other times he is a mini-zombie, engrossed in gawking at the energetic kids. SOMETIMES he does get into it though, and has a blast. Yesterday was one of those days. He had found a ball and was running around with it and throwing it and laughing. He ran back to where I was sitting and yelled to me, “MOM, I YIKE IT!!!” and then continued on.