Just wanted to post a few pictures of the fun our kiddos have been having in the sprinkler this summer! We love it! This summer has felt so hot that even I have been in the sprinklers!
Happy 2nd Birthday Selah! July 9, 2011
So, Selah isn’t three yet, so I can’t be THAT behind in posting 😉 But we have a lot going on this summer I want to post about so I need to get going here!!
We had a wonderful time celebrating Selah’s 2nd birthday at the end of May. What a sweet blessing this girlie is to our family! We often sit back in amazement at God’s handiwork…this little one did not come from our genepool but she is in every way a Ross, through and through. We love her so dearly and thank God for her regularly. Here are some pics of her big day…thank you to our dear family for celebrating with us!
A Royal Event… May 29, 2011
I’m trying my best to get caught up on the blog before I post about our Sweet Selah’s 2nd birthday…I think this may be the last one before I do 🙂
Once Maddie caught wind of a Princess and Prince getting married I knew I’d have to plan some way for her to see the Royal wedding. We have a very low-tech t.v. so I knew I couldn’t record it to watch later in the day. So that meant either a) we watch the end of the wedding after she wakes up or b) we wake up super early and catch the whole thing. I chose B. And I am so glad I did!
Maddie just adores anything “princess-y” and fancy so I decided to really get into it. The night before I laid out her Cinderella wedding dress-up dress and paper crown and set her little table with china. I woke her up super-dooper early and brought her downstairs. It took her a little while to wake up but once she did she was totally sucked into the TV! We dined on yogurt parfaits, toast “sandwiches”, and tea. We ‘ooh-ed’ and ‘aaaah-ed’ over the pretty dresses and hats. And maybe we giggled a little when we saw the Prince 🙂 It was such a special memory with my sweet Maddie.
And where were the guys during this event? Once they woke up Ben took AJ to Dunkin’ Donuts for a much manlier breakfast. And our habitual early-riser, Selah, actually slept in til almost 8am that morning!
Try This Now! May 24, 2011
A little while back I had several friends…both in the real world and through blogs…reccommend making Banana “Ice Cream.” We got around to finally making some, and boy–you just gotta try this now!
Banana Ice Cream
1-2 very ripe bananas (peeled, cut up and frozen)
And thats it! You will need a food processor or blender. Take out the frozen bananas, stick them in the food masher-uper of your choice, and in a few moments you’ve got a delicious and healthy treat!
And, if you love to create, this dessert has endless (and not quite as healthy) possibilities! You could add in peanut butter or chocolate syrup. You could add a dollop of whipped cream on top! And a cherry! To make it a bit creamier you could add milk, almond milk or soy milk while blending. To make it a bit sweeter you could add in agave nectar or honey while blending.
My favorite combo so far is banana + agave nectar + vanilla almond milk. SO good!
So, go on out and get some bananas. And if you make it you’ll have to let me know your favorite combo 🙂
Our Easter 2011 May 6, 2011
We had a wonderful Easter this year. As per usual, we had the Easter celebration with both sets of grandparents, as well as my sister and her family, at our home. I love having this holiday at our place and I would love to host more family events—its just so fun to plan. Albeit, our modestly-sized home sometimes makes it a bit “COZY” to have everyone over, but we love it, just the same. Here are some pictures of the morning of and our family celebration.
Our Spring Happenings… April 25, 2011
In an attempt to get “caught up” (haha!) with some blogging, I will do a picture post today with some of the fun things we’ve been up to over here. Hopefully our Easter post will come soon 🙂 Highlights this spring include: Coloring Eggs and Decorating foam Eggs to decorate the house, Writing the letter “Ss” in corn meal ( pretend “Sand”), making homemade playdough for our “Pp” week and creating Rafts for our “Rr” Week. In new Ross family news, one can now find the three kids all laying in Selah’s crib in the mornings. Its so adorable! AJ often needs a boost up in there, but the three are content to laugh and play for a long time in there together. And our Selah just recently got her first satin sleeping cap, which has been recommended to us to help maintain the moisture in her hair and protect her hairstyles a bit better. She looks so stinkin’ cute in that thing!! Hope you are all doing well and enjoying Spring in your homes, too!
Today was a Big Day! February 17, 2011
Item #1: A.J. found the perfect slingshot stick today at the museum walking paths. We have been researching how to make the perfect sling shot with daddy. We’ll keep you posted 🙂
Item #2: Selah is so stinkin’ cute. Okay, I guess that’s not really “Big Day” material because she always has been, but I didn’t want her feeling left out.
Item #3: Maddie read a sentence for the first time! (The real purpose of this post 😉 )Actually, it was a title to a book she brought over to me today. She wanted to know what it was called. We hadn’t read this book in a really long time, but I wanted to see if maybe she could figure out some of the words by sounding them out. And she did! It took quite a bit of time and I realized I never explained what it meant to “blend” sounds together, so I had to quickly try to explain it to her, and she got it! It was quite a moment of success for both Mommy and Maddie! So very proud of my little girly! Tonight again before bedtime A.J. asked if we could read the book together (he was proud of Maddie but I think also feeling a bit left-out) and I told Maddie to chime in whenever she wanted to sound out a word. She did a great job! By the end she recognized/read “Jack” ,”Jill”, “and”, “big”, “dog”, “up”, and “Bill”! And not to be outdone, A.J. chimed in too, though I think he just has a great memory and wasn’t really reading. 😉
It felt like such a privilege to witness this “first” with my girly! At times I don’t take advantage of those “ordinary” moments with my kids as I would like to, so I’m grateful God helped me to slow down and spend that “teachable moment” with my little girl. And I think it made both of us even more excited for what’s to come!!