Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Today is American Thanksgiving. I was reminded this morning of how much I have to be thankful for each and every day. The greatest is most certainly these healthy, healthy (yes twice because that is the most important), growing, changing, challenging, learning, and just all around wonderful children.




And, of course, the entirety that is the Steinbach Clan.



XO
 

 




xo

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Jelly Bean One Year


Jelly Bean turned one year old six weeks ago. What on earth happened? I mean, I usually time delay my posts and all that but SIX WEEKS for something so important?!?! And just a bunch of crickets here on Pickles and Onions?

The truth is, dear readers, is that my BABY turned one YEAR old. No more months, unless I do that creepy ‘my baby is 34 months old’ thing. Spoiler alter: aint gonna happen. My baby turned one and while my head got it and my heart celebrated it. My soul – and therefore the piece of me that writes – wasn’t ready for that. Nope, not at all.

But it happened. And it was wonderful.

It started early in the morning with some extra cuddles while the boys were bringing up the big birthday gift:



Here are the boys with the special gift.


Matilda took her time and then dove into her brand new toy kitchen.


Over maybe PJ did...


Then it was time to get dressed and open the gifts from our American family. So much adorable-ness!






And so many gifts!





Then PJ very excitedly gave Jelly Bean the gift he chose for her. There was a bit of confusion about who got to open the gift. First she was pretty insistent that she would open it.


But then PJ got a try.

Then she demanded it back.

And finally got it somewhat opened.

And that was the point that PJ couldn't wait any more.

 

He was so proud to give his little sister a gift. Jelly Bean was just thrilled to have Big Brother's undivided attention.

Then it was already time for our guests to arrive to help celebrate our healthy little girl.  
 





 

Since Jelly Bean still wasn't eating much sweet stuff and loved small pretzels and peanut butter, I made her a chocolate cake with peanut butter icing and her favorite tiny pretzels. She loved it!







I wasn't too confident that the German guest would like peanut butter and chocolate, so I also made a vanilla cake and cupcakes with vanilla icing colored green and blue. Those came over well.



 
 
Of course we skyped in Granny and Grandpie too!


Before too long - and much faster than ever before - the party day was over, our guests were already leaving, and all four of us fell into our beds. A wonderful day to celebrate a wonderful, healthy little lady.



 
 
There we are. My beloved, wonderful, stubborn, clever and above all healthy little girl is already one year old. I'm honored to be your mommy.
 
 
XO

 
 
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