Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Wow have our lives changed. After 7 years of having small children, we have moved on to new territory:
- Everyone picks out their own clothes and gets themselves dressed
- Elijah can make breakfast for everyone and enjoys doing it
- Everyone goes to the bathroom on his own and 2 out of 3 can wipe (well).
- Everyone gets their own drinks most of the time
- Everyone buckles his own carseat
- Elijah can watch his brothers while I mow the grass, take the dog for a short walk around the court, run over to the neighbor's for a minute etc.
- They can clean their own room really well at the end of a day
- They can play a game together with almost no adult help
- Everyone knows his alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, and basic Bible stories

It is a strange feeling to switch for child-care kinds of parenting to child-enrichment kinds of parenting. Now that so much of our energy isn't consumed by simply keeping them alive and healthy, there are all sorts of other things to think about. It is an interesting change and one I'm not wholly ready for, but who is ever ready for anything really.

Also, I've been trying lots of vegetable purees in foods that the kids like as a way to sneak more vegetables into their diets. I made up this recipe last night and they ate every bite- even Isaiah.

2 cups dry penne pasta cooked to package directions
While it's cooking make the sauce.
3/4 cup of carrot puree (I make these purees all at once and put them in the freezer then chop off blocks of veggie for almost everything we make- it's steamed carrots pureed really fine)
1/4 cup parm. cheese
1/3 cup cheddar cheese
2 eggs slightly beaten
1/2 tsp salt
Whisk it all together
Drain the pasta and return to stove on low
Stir in the sauce and a little olive oil or margerine. Heat through and stir until thick (so the eggs will be cooked)
Makes 4 small servings. The 3 boys ate all of it and thought they were eating mac and cheese with new shaped noodles.

We enjoyed Easter with the Crisp/Ledbetter clan in Indiana. thanks for a wonderful weekend family! We love you all!


Josh said...

This is Jess:
Some days those changes sound amamzing - and I know I probably won't be ready for them when they come for us. If they ever come for us! Growing up is great and a new adventure. Have fun with the boys, they're great! You guys are too - and I'm glad you're getting there before us, that way we've got someone who has gone through it already! It's really the first stage in the lives of our kids that we haven't done togther. Love you!

Anonymous said...

what a fun realization... and also the one that came right before our 4th child... :)
despite the shock of "starting over", i've tried to really enjoy this last one knowing she's the LAST ONE!
i love hearing how it is "on the other side"... someday we'll get there. it sounds lovely!

The Martins said...

Erin Martin said...
There is hope! That was a good post to read. And thanks for the vege tip!

The Martins said...

Erin Martin said...
There is hope! That was a good post to read. And thanks for the vege tip!

Angela said...

Way to sneak in the veggies, Mom! Just today as I kept your boys - I fed them some Penne pasta with a sauce I made the other day and it had peas mixed with it. Isaiah was not about to let that happen - I had to pick the peas out for him and then he ate every bite! ha! He's too cute...

Simile Metaphor Collection

Elijah after running: My heart is beating like a coconut rolling down a hill.
Elijah on urination: Pee is like horses galloping out of the gate. Once they get started you just can't stop them.
Elijah: If school were a human I'd give it a wedgie.
Elijah: I am like a hot rod and I just want to be a plain old Ford
Elijah on the fruits of the spirit: I've got them all covered except self-control. Its like a tiny green tomato and the rest are all big ripe ones. Especially love. Its like the biggest tomato we saw in the garden tonight.