Daily, Madeline

Maddy Draws

I have been so impressed lately with the way Madeline has been drawing.  When she colors she stays in the lines, and now when she draws I can usually tell what it is she is drawing. Her favorites are hearts and people.  She loves to draw her family.  Last night she drew mom, dad, herself (and she said she was painting her nails in the picture), grandma, Uncle Jeff, and Aunt Cathy.  I think Sophie might have been in there too.

 

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Recipe

Pi Day – S’mores Pie

It’s Pi (3.14159265359) Day, and Patrick decided we really should have pie to celebrate.  I wasn’t really planning on making a pie this week, so my options were a limited as far as what ingredients I actually had on hand since winter has decided to return and I really didn’t want to have to make a trip to the store just to get stuff to make a random pie.  So Pinterest to the rescue and s’mores pie it is!  I made a few modifications, and it turned out pretty good considering it was a last minute decision.

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S’mores Pie

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

7 tbsps butter, melted

1/3 cup sugar, plus 3 tablespoons sugar

3/4 cup heavy cream

6 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

1 tbsp plus 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided

1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow creme

4 oz (1/2 package) cream cheese, softened

1 cup heavy cream

 

Directions

For the Crust, mix graham crackers, sugar, and melted butter in medium bowl. Press into bottom and up sides of 9-inch pie plate. Set aside.

 

For the Filling, bring cream just to boil in small saucepan. Pour over chocolate in medium heatproof bowl. Let stand 1 minute then stir until smooth. Stir in 1 teaspoon of the vanilla. Pour into prepared crust. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until chocolate is firm.

 

Beat marshmallow creme, cream cheese and 1 tablespoon vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. In stand mixer add whipping cream, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and mix on medium-high until stiff peak form. Gently stir marshmallow creme mix in to whipped topping until well blended. Spread evenly over chocolate layer in crust.

 

Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until ready to serve. Garnish with mini chocolate chips or chocolate curls and/or toasted marshmallows, if desired.

Daily, Madeline

Just Playing Around

Today we got to go hang out and play at Main Event an arcade and bowling alley with Patrick’s co-workers and their families.  Madeline had a blast getting to play game after game.  She loves to play arcade games.

Madeline and daddy having a ball playing games together.

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Madeline also got to go bowling for the first time while we were there.  We weren’t quite sure if she would like it or if she would want to stick with it for a whole game.  Boy were we surprised when she played two whole games!  She loved it.  Between the bumpers and the little ramp that they had for kids to help guide the ball, she did pretty good too.  We will definitely have to take her bowling again sometime soon.  She had a lot of fun, and it was pretty fun watching the little dance she would do each time after she would take her turn.

Her personality just keeps growing bigger and bigger everyday.  I am constantly amazed by her.  She is just such a happy, silly, fun kid to be around.  It makes days like this extra fun.

Madeline played hard.  By the time we got home she was passed out in the car and didn’t even wake up when I got her out of her carseat.  Love this kid.

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Daily, infant loss, Joshua, Madeline, Parenting After Loss

Missing

I’m struggling to get out of bed today. This is the day I spend 364 days a year dreading. I would much rather stay in bed and skip over this day. The memories that too easily come and play on repeat. There are some images that a mother and father just shouldn’t have in their heads. Today is a day that is impossible to turn them off. The nightmare that never ends. I miss him. We miss him. It hurts. Today more than ever… 2/20/2013 – 2/22/2013 – 36 hours was not enough.

 

 

And then there is this…

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Madeline really does know how to fill our broken hearts with joy. Four years ago I watched my husband hold our son and my heart broke as it was for the first and last time all at once. Every time I watch him with our daughter I am overwhelmed with love for him, for her, and just for the opportunity to watch them together. I love how they love each other.

Daily, infant loss, Joshua, Letters to Josh

Four

Four. Today you should be turning 4. There should be balloons and cake and presents and a trip to one of your favorite places. I wonder what that would be… There should be lots of giggles and hugs and sweet birthday wishes for our getting so big too fast birthday boy. Instead I’m here, just missing you like every other day. Wishing I could give you the biggest birthday hug and tell you how much I love you and that no matter how big you are getting you will always be my baby while I cover your sweet face in kisses that I’m sure you would do your best to wiggle away from. Someday, just know we will have a lifetime of hugs and kisses to makeup. I love you, my sweet boy. I miss you. Happy 4th Birthday!

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Daily, Holidays, Madeline

How Sweet it Is

I was surprised at work with these gorgeous, red, long-stemmed roses.  I think he likes me.  ;)

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Then he surprised our little sweetheart with some flowers of her own.  She was so excited.  I had told her that daddy sent me flowers at work and showed her a picture of them and she said, “that is so nice.”  She could not stop giving daddy hugs after he gave her flowers when he came home from work.

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Madeline was also pretty excited to get matching socks with mommy.  She is big into matching mom these days, so to have something that really matched was just the best thing ever.

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I made some chocolate covered strawberries and we had our little family gift exchange before everyone went to work and school for the day.  I love our family.

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