Thursday, December 8, 2011

I am loving...

how the contour of his face fits just so perfectly against my arm as I rock him to sleep.
I took this picture with my phone which was sitting next to me. I didn't want to wake him by turning on the light so it's a little grainy.

I am loving also how my oldest daughter loves just "to be next to you mommy." She is my little companion whenever I am feeding little Bean Sprout. She leans up against me, resting her head on my arm and loves to rub his feet and toes. We can usually steal a few quiet moments like that a couple times a day.

I am loving how my big boy still just wants his mommy to snuggle with him every night and lay with him until he falls asleep. The things he says and tells me during those snuggles echo in my head like little wind chimes making me smile during the day.

I am loving how my little baby girl is not such a little baby anymore. She's talking in sentences and sometimes it's the bigger kids that translate for me. I needed some help with "Ariel band-aid fell off in the shower" today.

I am loving how I have been catching my children, even Sweet Pea, singing and humming "Time to say goodbye." We have been watching the Andrea Bocelli concert in Central Park on PBS and they have asked me to rewind that song over and over. I love opera and classical music, and my soul smiles to see them so mesmerized when they hear such beautiful music.

We of course listened to his version of "Ave Maria" today for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It went perfectly with our little snack after mass of blueberry muffins (recipe below) in honor of Mary cloaked in a blue mantle. And coffee for me.

And since this is a random mish-mash, post, look who's loving his tummy time.

Mary, thank you for being the model of a pure and selfless mother. When I follow your model and stay home, slow down and just enjoy my little ones, life is so sweet and so good. I am stepping away from the hustle this Advent. I have listened and I think that is what God wants for our family right now.

O Mary conceived without sin, 
pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Blueberry Muffins

1/2 cup butter at room temp
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries (I used more like 3-3.5 cups of whatever berries)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk

Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup
butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over
muffins before baking.

Heat oven to 375°.
Grease 18 regular-size muffin cups (or 12 large size or 24 regular
size muffins).
In bowl, mix butter until creamy. Add sugar and beat until pale and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time, beating after each.
Beat in vanilla, baking powder and salt.
With spoon, fold in half of flour then half of milk into batter; repeat.
Fold in blueberries.
Spoon into muffin cups and sprinkle topping onto each muffin.
Bake 20 to 30 minutes for large muffins, 12-20 minutes for regular
sized, until golden brown and springy to touch.


MH said...

Oh my goodness! How can he already be big enough to lift his head like that?!! And look at how proud he is!! :)

Ali Buzanowski said...

Great post, Robina! Yes, we all need to slow down and enjoy these precious moments. So happy for u! What a beautiful family you have. ;) Ali

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