channeling your inner super mom

When your toddler is sick and your almost-three-month-old would rather sleep in your bed than theirs, you only have one thing to do- channel your inner super mom.

I have a friend who has five kids.  I couldn't help but think of her this morning as I took a 2 minute shower.  How many nights has she had like the one we just did?  Accumulatively, how many months?  Anderson has a very runny cold and an ear infection. He was in our bed around 4:30 asking for kleenex and to read a book.  Before that he was up a couple times.  Tucker was up throughout the night nursing of course and around 5:00 when he was becoming restless he found himself by Benjamin's side while Anderson and his snot-nose cuddled up to me.

Praise the Lord on days like today for coffee, for tea, for Mom's that come help with doctor visits, for natural medicine that may or may not help and for movies.

Mango Chicken Curry

Since it's still February for a few days more I'll feel okay about sharing this recipe with you decked out on my heart-happy table runner.  I got that number at the end of February last year at Target and obviously loved it this year.  It said goodbye last week though and I've brought out my grandma's yellow tablecloth to celebrate spring.  It was tucked away at my Mom's and thankfully I found it the other day since it fits our table perfectly.

Back to the chicken curry.  I was intrigued by this recipe when I read about it in bread and wine and given my friend Kate coming to town the other weekend I decided to try it out.  With the snow thick outside the idea of mango and fresh vegetables in here sounded intriguing and definitely welcome to my palette.  I know we're all hankering for warmer weather, fresh vegetables, and grilled dinner but until then, and even when that time comes, this is a great recipe.

Curries remind me of my time abroad in Sri Lanka during college.  It was hotter than hot and yet we had curry all the time.  As if we needed to be hotter and raise our body temperature even more.  Regardless, I gained an appreciation for them and really like when curries are done well.  I still love the slow cooker curry that I find to be a winner, but this one would be up there as well.  It does take time to chop chop chop, but those things can be done ahead of time so when it's time to cook you're just throwing things together in a pot.

This curry has some nice heat which you can of course alleviate by adding less red pepper or by adding coconut milk in at the end.  That's not part of the original recipe but I love coconut milk in curries and I'd probably add it in next time.  

Mangoes are all over the grocery story right now so go ahead and figure you can pick some up and make this!

Recipe thanks to and loosely adapted from Bread and Wine.  This recipe serves 4-6 so I'd double it next time to freeze half.  Below is the recipe for 4-6.  

Ingredients You'll Need:
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper- or less for less heat
  • 2 1/2-3 lbs chicken cut into small pieces
  • 2-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 mango, pitted and diced
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 can coconut milk (optional to cut down the heat)
  1. Start cooking rice to serve this over!
  2. Mix together the flour, curry powder, salt and cayenne.  Toss the chicken pieces into this mixture.
  3. Add 1-2 tablespoons oil to a dutch oven and cook the chicken until browned, about 5 minutes on each side.  Remove from the dutch oven and set aside.  
  4. Add another 2 tablespoons of oil to the dutch oven and cook the garlic, onion, ginger, and red pepper for about 4 minutes then add the chicken back in and add in the broth.  Cook at a simmer until the broth has reduced by about a fourth then add in the raisins, tomatoes, mango, and simmer through until the sauce thickens even more.  
  5. At this point you can add in coconut milk if you'd like and allow it to warm through then turn off the heat and add in lime juice and basil.  
  6. Serve over hot rice!

Grandma June's Peanut Butter Cookies

This morning has been a good one.  We're just now feeling ready for the day at 3:30 but that's okay.  I had to make a dessert this morning for a dinner I'm going to tonight at a friends.  Anderson helped me of course but I figured he'd be unhappy that he couldn't eat the cobbler himself so figured we should make cookies or something he could have.  

Truth be told he forgot about the cobbler quickly but I still wanted to make cookies and when my Mom suggested we make her mother's peanut butter cookie recipe how could I say no?  My Mom does not like to bake or cook but for our sake we went ahead and made her kitchen a mess.  Cooking is of course fun to me and now I find it's a great activity to do with Anderson as well.  The days have not yet turned warm for us so to pass time in the mornings while Tucker is napping I find cooking something with Anderson a great pastime.  Before his nap today he agreed and said, "I like cooking with mama."  Melt my heart, kid. 

My grandma June was a good cook who loved us well.  She left many recipes to my Mom and I always want to try my hand at them.  Some I'd like to give a little update to but these I'd leave as is.  Although I love the flavor of burnt peanut butter cookies these are soft and melt in your mouth.  I blame the shortening and let me tell you, there are some times when we need to get past our 2014 ideas of shortening and be okay with it.  I'm sure we consume far worse things without knowing it so just let yourself have shortening this once for me, and for Grandma June.

Grandma June's Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients You'll Need:
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten well
  1. Preheat your oven to 375.
  2. Sift together the flour then add in the baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sift again.
  3. In a separate bowl cream together the shortening and peanut butter then add in the sugar and egg and combine well.  Now add in your dry ingredients and mix to combine.
  4. Chill the dough in plastic wrap for a good 20 minutes or longer if you prefer.  
  5. Remove the chilled dough and form into balls then using a fork make criss-cross implants.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden.
Enjoy... Anderson did about 5 times over!

flourless brownies

I made these brownies thanks to having almond flour on hand and because I'm always interested in homemade brownie recipes.  I have talked about why I'd never make boxed brownies before, and these confirm yet again why there are so many simple and delicious homemade brownie recipes out there.

These have no flour making them gluten free.  Gluten-free things make a lot of people happy these days so consider these a good thing to know about.  Just looking at this picture makes me want to make them again which leads me to tell you about the sweet tooth I've developed since Tucker's arrival.  Maybe not just a sweet tooth but a greater love and appreciation for chocolate- good chocolate- dark chocolate.  I have a feeling chocolate cookies are in our future, many of which will go in freezer bags and these again too to celebrate the upcoming weekend and 60 degree weather of course.

This recipe is adapted from Bread and Wine and that recipe is from Nigella Lawson.

Ingredients You'll Need:
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cups butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups almond meal (or ground almonds)
  1. Preheat your oven to 325.  Melt the chocolate and butter over low heat in a saucepan, stirring until done.  Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and sugar and let it cool for a few minutes.
  2. Once it's a bit cool stir in the eggs and almond meal then pour into a prepared 8x8 pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.  I really like the baking spray out there but you could also just butter the dish. 
I liked these a bit warm with vanilla ice cream but plain the next day worked just fine as well!  I'm happy to say I controlled myself and we had them several days later when my friend Kate visited and they were still delicious then!

sausages with red onion gravy

This meal made Benjamin all sorts of happy.  In fact, I think it was more loved by him than the steak and poblano pepper meal we made a few nights before to celebrate Valentine's Day.  It's a simple meal that should not be messed with- I followed Martha's instructions more closely than usual and the results were delicious.  This paired with Yorkshire Pudding and a salad I have yet to mention and the meal was really well balanced.

Without further ado- or in real life terms- before the baby wakes up... here's the recipe thanks again to Martha Stewart.

Ingredients You'll Need:
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 sweet Italian sausages (mine said mild)
  • 2 large red onions (a little over a pound) cut into half-inch thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • coarse salt and black pepper
  1. Heat oil in a skillet on medium-high and then add the sausages, allowing to cook on one side for about 4 minutes.  Next add the onions then flip the sausages, cooking for another 4 minutes.
  2. Turn the heat down to medium-low and allow the sausages to cook 8-10 minutes longer until done, stirring occasionally.  Remove the sausages and tent them with foil to keep them warm.  
  3. Raise the heat to medium-high and to your onions add the flour.  Stir that for one minute then add the stock, bringing to a simmer then add in the vinegar.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Plate your sausages, pour the gravy on top, and enjoy!
To serve this with the Yorkshire puddings so that the timing all works out make your pudding batter and while it's resting chop the onions.  While the puddings bake (about 25-30 minutes) cook your sausages and gravy.  The sausages should be done about the same time as the puddings which will result in yet again, all kinds of happiness.

getting in the picture

I really want to have pictures with my kids.  I love being behind the camera more and more but want them to see a young version of myself for when they're older and can say, "that's you, Mom?"

rosemary yorkshire puddings

...And then God said, let there be Yorkshire pudding.

You guys.  YOU GUYS.  I had the most wonderful culinary lightbulb moment last night when I made these.  Why I have not made these before, and often?  These little numbers are so pretty, impressive, and simple that I'm adding them to my list of things that will impress dinner guests, my parents, my husband, and heck, even myself.  I love how they puff up, are baked in ramekins, and pull apart oh-so-perfectly.  They had me wanting to come up with other pudding recipes.  I'm on board with these guys.

I found the recipe from my Martha's Dinners at Home Cookbook.  Although she's been replaced by my newfound love for Ina Garten I still turn to Martha and this recipe and whole menu in fact was a winner.  We had it with sausages with a red onion gravy and kale caesar salad that all matched so perfectly.  (hoping to post those recipes next!)

Recipe thanks to Martha Stewart

Ingredients You'll Need:
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • olive oil spray
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 then in a bowl whisk together flour, salt, and the rosemary.  Form a well and place eggs and 1/3 cup of milk, stirring with a fork from the inside out until that's incorporated.  Add the other 1/3 cup milk, stir to incorporate, and then allow it to sit for 20 minutes.
  2. About 5 minutes before it's done place a cookie sheet out with 4 8-ounce ramekins on it.  Spray each with oil and place inside the oven for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the hot pan and ramekins from the oven then fill the ramekins with the batter.  bake, rotating halfway for about 25-30 minutes.  I cooked these for 25 minutes.  
  4. Run a knife around the side to get them out of the hot dishes, place on your plate and enjoy immediately!  Butter is of course wonderful on hot bread but not necessary.

simple white chicken chili

Happy Sunday, all.  Today is a day of rest that we've been trying to be serious about around here.  Sabbath- a command to really stop and rest.  

Writing and blogging is actually therapeutic for me, and so here you have it.  

What do you know but I cooked another recipe out of Bread and Wine.  Are you convinced you should get this book yet?  I haven't even read the whole thing and yet I've already made several dishes.  This recipe I knew would be the perfect easy pantry meal around here.  We usually have frozen chicken in the freezer, stock, beans, and a huge jar of our canned salsa.  

I adapted this recipe some with what I had on hand- basically using more salsa- 32 ounces, and less broth.  I doubled it of course and froze half of it, cooking down half the batch less than what I cooked the batch we ate for.  The white beans really thicken it up a lot so the longer you cook it the thicker it'll get.

Recipe thanks to and adapted from Bread and Wine

Ingredient's You'll Need:
  • 1-1 1/2 pounds chicken breast cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 32-ounce jar salsa - your favorite
  • 4 cans white beans- with their juices
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1.  In a dutch oven heat some olive oil then toss in the chicken pieces.  Season it all with salt and pepper and cook until browned but not completely cooked through, about 5 minutes.  Add the salsa, beans and broth.

2.  Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and stir occasionally for at least 30 minutes but preferably closer to 45 as it thickens the longer you cook it.

Serve with cheese and hot sauce and enjoy!

Nutella and Peanut Butter Swirled Banana Bread

I know many of you are awaiting this recipe so here you go!  Anderson is with my parents today so I plan on breaking lots of blogging rules and getting a lot of posts out for you- maybe/hopefully multiple in one day. 

I got the inspiration to make these over on A Cup of Jo, a blog that is far more lovely and inspiring than my own.  I followed her recipe mainly but tweaked it some.  

We didn't have a whole lot of Nutella left so I decided to use Peanut Butter as well.  Nutella has honestly been used more recently in our house on mouse traps and I have to admit I'm not fully on the Nutella bandwagon.  Then again, a hint of chocolate in here without using chocolate chips was really nice and I liked the peanut butter for extra heartiness adding protein of course to this bread.  I've been eating it the past several days for breakfast and like to think the peanut butter has added some protein that helps stick to my ribs.

I did make one loaf but had a hard time seeing how I could stretch it to two so I made some muffins instead.  I have a large muffin tin that creates cafe-like muffins but you could use a standard muffin tin as well and just check them after 15 minutes or so.  You could obviously do mini muffins as well checking after 10 mins.  As for the bread, that baked for a little over an hour though I started checking it after 45 minutes.

Recipe thanks to and Adapted from a Cup of Jo.

Ingredients You'll Need:
  • 5 ripe bananas- a little over 2 cups mashed
  • 1 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup Nutella
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and spray with baking spray or butter and flour a loaf pan and also a muffin tin.  
  2. In a bowl mash together the bananas and set aside.  
  3. In a stand mixer beat the brown sugar, butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla.  In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add to mixer and beat until incorporated then mix in bananas.
  4. Microwave the Nutella and Peanut Butter together for about 20-30 seconds until melty then pour into the batter, swirling with a spatula so you see lines.
  5. Pour the batter (it's thick) into a loaf pan and also muffin tin.  Bake the bread for about 45 minutes or until the center comes out clean from a toothpick.  Bake the muffins until they are done as well, checking after about 15 minutes for standard size muffins or after 10 minutes for mini muffins.
Serve warm with butter (why not?) and enjoy!

tucker and me : 2 months

Tucker is most definitely our second child.  I have few pictures of myself with him so when Anderson was napping I asked Benjamin to take some pictures of us.  This babe keeps getting bigger and I know time will continue to fly so I must preserve some of these memories in photo-form.  

As Anderson would say, "He's getting bigger and bigger and bigger!"

Tucker is a really sweet and good baby.  He coo's and smiles more than I remember Anderson ever doing.  He's a little social bug it seems and he may take after his daddy in more than just his looks.  He wants to be held all the time and has given us more sleep than I remember Anderson giving us as well.  I'm usually only up once and when it's more than that I'm pretty upset which is quite ridiculous.  

He eats well and often and even takes a bottle- something his brother never did.  Granted he's only taken maybe 3 so we'll have to keep giving him one once and awhile.  He also uses a pacifier, something Anderson never took because of his nursing issues.  I don't mind it most of the time except for when we're driving and I can't put it back in, or when I think about having to go put it back in if he wakes up because it comes out.  I really don't want to have to go back into his room to keep popping the paci back in and am contemplating weeding it out sooner than later.  Thoughts?

I am very thankful for this sweet boy whose little personality keeps 
shining through with each smile and coo.  

Love you, Tucker!  xoxo Momma

snow day so far...

Anderson has got this snow day thing figured out.  Relax, play in the snow, have hot chocolate (with marshmallows of course) and... repeat.  

I wasn't going to believe we'd actually get snow until everyone freaked out.  They sufficiently freaked out and we sufficiently got snow.  Good job everyone.

Anderson had fun in the snow although it's a bit more than he's used to and Tucker was awake for us long enough to take these pictures and is back to relaxing.  Good job, champ.

The boys are watching Toy Story 3 - Anderson's new favorite (even more than the movie Cars) and I'm going to take a shower- a wise decision for me these days.  We'll also most likely have the Olympics on all day.  I'm pretty sure most parents enjoy Olympic season because it means good viewing for everyone.   

Stay warm folks and remember- relax, hot chocolate, repeat.

our february mantel + a canvas print review

As I mentioned before, I love having a mantel.  Although it hasn't changed much since January it does have a new addition- this canvas from Easy Canvas Prints.  I was asked awhile ago if I'd do a review for them and seeing as we love canvas prints I obliged.  We got my Mom canvas prints from them the last two years of the boys.  These hang over the crib at her house and also in her hallway.  It's a bit funny but hey, it's her house and it's fine that it screams "I'm a Grammy!"


The site was easy to work with and I got my print quite fast.  Another thing that's great about this company is the deals they have all the time- it makes getting something special like this more attainable year round.  

I have a feeling this mantel with it's handmade heart banner will change soon.  Note to self- doing a craft with a two year old must last 2 minutes, no longer.  Attention spans are short and you should never attain Pinterest like crafts unless you have a 5 year old little girl, or so I think in my experience thus far...

skillet goat cheese biscuits

If you follow me on Instagram you know I've been cooking my way through Bread and Wine.  If I were to ever write a book, Shauna's is how I'd like it to be.  I'd want to share recipes and stories that mean something all with the hope of encouraging people, probably mothers, in the season of having young kids and wanting to cook good meals.

I appreciate her words, her encouragement to slow down, and also her honesty about conflicting desires as a mother to do more.  I find myself wishing often I could do more but also knowing I want to sit in these moments of babies and toddlerhood and not wish them away.  Just last night I was telling Benjamin how I have no time to blog and that makes me sad, and honestly a bit frustrated.  I enjoy this space as a creative outlet and when I don't have time for myself I wonder if I should just stop this space all together.  Benjamin encouraged me not to and so, here I am still.

With that, here are these biscuits.  Being from the South, Benjamin never protests my offer to make biscuits.  I currently find biscuit recipes a bit like my infatuation for pancakes- I'll try just about any of them.  I've made cheddar, bacon and chive, simple drop biscuits, and biscuits from ad hoc.  I really want to make sweet potato biscuits someday and of course jumped at a chance to make these biscuits with goat cheese.

I picked up a large log of goat cheese over the weekend knowing I would use it to make these biscuits and the rest would dress up salads for guests.  Unfortunately, I know want to make goat cheese part of our weekly grocery list item which for the sake of a budget we probably should abstain.

Without further ado, here are Shauna's Goat Cheese Biscuits.  We had them for breakfast with some bacon although she suggests them with her Mango Chicken Curry.  We also tried them that way.  Breakfast or dinner I like the tang of the goat cheese and who doesn't like something cooked in a skillet?

Ingredients You'll Need
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 6 ounce container plain yogurt
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk as needed
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter, divided
  • 4 tablespoons goat cheese, crumbled 

  1. Preheat oven to 425 and place a 10-inch cast-iron skillet into the oven while it's preheating
  2. Pour flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl and whisk.  Cut in 4 tablespoons of butter with a pastry cutter then add in yogurt and goat cheese.  Drizzle in the milk until the dough comes together.
  3. Remove the hot skillet from the oven and place a tablespoon of butter in it.  When it melts divide the dough into the pan forming golf ball sized biscuits.  Brush the tops with the remaining melted butter and bake for 14-16 minutes, until browned on the top and bottom.
  4. Serve warm with salad, any dinner, or with bacon for breakfast!



We're making it through another cold week around here. Tucker is now TWO months and showing us he's got quite the happy personality. He smiles and coos more than I remember his brother doing and according to the Sears side he resembles Benjamin a lot!  

thankfully Anderson is a homebody and hasn't minded days at home but I sure am ready to get outside and let him run at parks as opposed to running into his brother. I'm sure both will happen as it warms up but hey, I'll chose naivety for today. 


In other news I'm thankful it's February. Valentines is a holiday I can get behind and this year I can only hope Anderson and I are able to sit down and make valentines some day soon.

Speaking of, a woman in my bible study said she's putting a heart on her kids and husbands door each day leading up to Valentines Day with something she loves about them. That's a sweet and achievable tradition I'd like to start even if we are 5 days late.

How are you getting through this winter?  It's felt like a long one around here. 

can you say cassoulet?

I cooked...and I'm here to share the recipe.  Hooray.  I am itching to get back to sharing recipes with you all.  Maybe when Tucker starts going to bed earlier I'll have a better chance of blogging in the evenings...and reading a book, and doing my Bible study, and pilates, and well, probably I should just rest.

I have been working my way through Bread and Wine, a book that it seems most everyone else read about 6 or so months ago.  I'm usually late to the party and this time proved no different.  This book is right up my alley- talking all about making meals, feeding people, opening your home, and enjoying one another.  One of the things I've loved about having a home now is being able to feel like we can have people over.  I love setting the table, putting out flowers, thinking through what wine glasses we'll use, and picking out table linens.  It's totally my thing.

In her book, Shauna shares lots of approachable recipes that she uses often.  When she mentioned that this meal freezes well I added it to my list of things I needed to double up and make, freezing what we wouldn't eat.

And so, last week I made this and it was a hit.  It's one of those meals that doesn't quite photograph well seeing as the ingredients are all pretty much white, but the flavors were all there and two pans are sitting in our freezer waiting to be consumed another day when life is busy and dinner needs to come from the freezer.  Freezer meals are my new way of life and I think will be for some time to come- if I can double a recipe and freeze some, I most definitely will!

Back to the Cassoulet.  As are most of her recipes you can most definitely change things up a bit here- use all hot sausage- throw in cherry tomatoes, or probably even take out the sausage all together and have a hearty vegetarian side.  I added some parmesan to the bread crumb topping and used mild and hot sausage though next time I'd probably chose all hot since it's really not all too spicy after all.

Recipe adapted from Bread and Wine

Ingredients You'll Need:
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 lb turkey italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 3 parsnips, diced
  • 1 small container cherry tomatoes 
  • 3 (15-ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
1.  In a dutch oven heat the oil then brown the sausage.  You can remove the fat although my sausage was pretty lean so I didn't worry about that.  Next add in the broth, vegetables, beans, thyme, salt, pepper, and one third of the garlic and bring to a boil. 

2.  Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 1 hour.  Heat the oven to 400 and pour the cassoulet into a dish.  I used a 8x8 but doubled this recipe and had about 2 more 8x8 portions to freeze.  In a bowl combine the bread crumbs and melted butter with parmesan and sprinkle over top.  Bake for about 10-15 minutes until the crust is golden.

If you're making ahead and freezing this freeze without the bread crumb topping.  When it's time to bake it uncover and sprinkle with topping.  Bake unthawed for 45 minutes to an hour at 400 degrees.

amanda + josh: wedding day

Amanda and Josh's wedding day was nothing short of beautiful.  They had amazing friends who put all the details together for them making for a day we won't soon forget.  I took pictures as we were getting ready and then failed to take the camera into the beautiful reception.  I'm not sure I would have had a moment to take pictures though as it was quite the effort keeping an eye on Anderson and Tucker- not that Tucker is mobile of course but he was either nursing, or in the arms of someone else.  

Anderson was WAY too precious standing up at the pulpit and opening the Bible there.  At one point he said, "And then... this happened.  The end."  If the kid's a pastor these pictures will most definitely come back.

Anderson and his cousin Scarlett apparently did a great job as flower girl and ring bearer.  I missed it all and soon took Anderson to the back of the church after he completed his duty and clearly could not sit still or quiet in the second row.  We decided showing him pictures on our phones would be a good quiet pastime until Santa showed up and he said, "Ho ho Ho...Meeeerrry Christmas!"  I sure hope we were the only ones who heard that...

Apart from that he did well considering he had no nap all day and we kept him up later than we should have for dinner afterwards.  I will admit the iPad most definitely has become his pacifier of sorts and sometimes it's one of those things that is ok and the only way we're going to enjoy a meal out with family and friends, especially when he's beyond exhausted.

Merry Marriage Amanda and Josh!!