Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sweets and Sours in Life

Today I met my new little niece. Evelyne May Sessions was born at 21weeks at 13.4 oz. She came to this earth for only a few short minutes of life.....

My sister in law and husband our two amazingly kind loving people. Ethan, born last year at 23 weeks 1 lb 2 oz is a miracle, and we are glad to have him in our family he is such a sweet and smiley boy. I feel blessed to have them as my family. They have taught me something with challenges today. As I was able to hold my little niece for a little bit, and look at her precious perfect face, and then look back at her parents, I realized how grateful I was for what I have been given in my life. Everyone has different trials and obstacles that they must endure in life, and I know that there is some grief and pain through this one that they are having, but I know that they are going to make it. I was impressed today by the love and closeness our family shared with this special little being, and no matter how crumby the situation your family will always be there for you. I just want to let David, Kele and Ethan know that I love them and will continue to pray for them.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Halloween Fun

I love the holidays, it's so fun to have family traditions and spend time together. Each year I like to make sugar cookies with the kids and they enjoy it too. Of course I loose a lot of dough that way, because two little birds can't stop eating it. Anyways I finally found a sugar cookie recipe that is fantastic. I have tried numerous recipes and have always wound up tossing them. Either they tasted great, but wouldn't hold their shape, or they tasted like dirt and would.

In this recipe they are moist, have great flavor and hold their shape.

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

*if dough starts getting soft put it back in the fridge to chill again for best results.

This year we also carved a pumpkin! The kids were so excited and then when they saw what came out of the pumpkin they were a bit skeptical to jump in on the fun. Eventually once moist of the seeds and flesh was out they would put their hands in.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Hailey's Quilt

So I finally finished this quilt I have been working on for Hailey. I tried some new techniques and had fun putting it together. Satin is such a pain to work with that is for sure, but it will be nice and smooth for her. :) The next quilt I will be working on will be for the new baby. This pregnancy went by so fast. When you have to other kids to worry about it's hard to really think about much else. So I would say this year I will have lost the most brain cells, due to being pregnant and taking care of Kirt and Hailey through it. It has been quite the expierence. If I go into labor around 37 weeks like I did with Hailey, we could have a new Sessions here around November 10th.