Peanut Butter Cookies

Peyton and I made the easiest peanut butter cookies yesterday afternoon.  My dad made them over the weekend for a cookout so I the baby was obviously craving them and I’m telling you, they are SO easy!  Which is the goal when baking with kids, right?!

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 box yellow cake mix
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup oil
    • 1 cup peanut butter
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all ingredients and spoon onto cookie sheets.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Times vary so check frequently (I had used 3 cookie sheets and the best ones were baked for 14 minutes but my dad said his didn’t need to bake as long so it depends on the oven!).

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Pregnancy #2 Update

I haven’t posted a single update for this pregnancy and I feel really bad.  Not necessarily for any of you readers but mostly for our little one!  Who knows how long I’ll continue to blog but I don’t want this little baby to feel neglected when she reads through my blog to see several updates throughout Peyton’s pregnancy but only one – at 32 weeks! – of her pregnancy.  So this might be a lengthy post but stick with it!  If you’re interested. :)

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Finished Quilt | From Gramma’s fabric

I came home from Indiana with my mom’s sewing machine and a bolt of Winnie the Pooh fabric at the beginning of February.  I spent a few hours one Saturday afternoon picking fabric to coordinate with the Winnie the Pooh fabric and started my journey to make a quilt for our baby girl coming in June.

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I used this cute hipster baby quilt as my inspiration.  I like the more modern look with the large rectangles of fabric and the simple stitching.

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Mommy Letters | To Peyton

Dear Peyton,

You are growing into such a big girl!  And there are so many things about this time, this age, that I don’t want to forget.  I want to remember how smart and brave you are.  I want to remember how funny and loud you are.  I want to remember how you want Mama and Dada to comfort you when you’re hurt and that you love giving kisses, hugs and taking family selfies.

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Golden hour in our backyard

We spend some time outside after dinner most evenings.  One night last week, with the sun setting sooner as fall approaches, we were outside during golden hour and the light was too pretty not to grab a few pictures of my little family.  Because I want to remember so many things about this time in our lives.

I want to remember…

…Peyton looking for every airplane that she hears flying over us.

…Forest’s chuckle when he sees Peyton’s hair standing up after he takes a picture.

…Indie running around the yard with her ball and floppy ears.

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Peyton – 14 months

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I didn’t do a post for Peyton at 13 months because there wasn’t a whole lot of difference from her 12 month update but now that she’s 14 months?!  Holy smokes!  I feel like there’s so much to talk about!

Also, how funny are the pictures for this month?  She was out of control and did not want to cooperate!  I know what to look forward to now!  Ha!

  • Words
    • Dada/Mama
    • Hi/Bye bye
    • Nanana (for No….)
    • Ball
    • Hi Indie (sounds like ‘Hiiiiidi’)
    • Water (sounds like ‘Wa-er’)
    • Flower (sounds like ‘Ower’)
    • Cheese (this is a new one)
    • Tree (sounds like ‘teeeee’, this is a new one)
    • Please (sounds like ‘eeeeese’, this is a new one and probably only because it sounds like cheese and tree.  :) )

 

  • Peyton is an expert at kissing, she even does the ‘mwaaaah’ sound effect.
  • She can blow kisses too!
  • When you say “I love you!” she’ll blow you a kiss.  Complete with the ‘mwah’ sound!  [heart melting!]
  • And she likes playing peek-a-boo!  She used to use both hands but recently she’s only been using one and only covering one eye.
  • If you ask her “What sound does a cow make?” she’ll reply with “mmmmm”.  And she mimics the sounds of other animals (sheep, horse [her neeeeigh is more of a heyhehehe], duck, and sometime dogs although she prefers to pant as the dog sound.)
  • She practically eats whatever we eat at dinner.  We only resort to baby food if we’re eating something she won’t be able to easily mush/chew AND we don’t have any leftovers or fruits and veggies for her.
  • She takes just 1 nap a day.  Although she functions best when she gets a car-nap after daycare/late in the day before dinner.
  • She does NOT like taco meat.  I don’t know if it’s the texture of the crumbled meat or the taste of the seasoning but she won’t eat it.  She loves meatballs though!
  • A few of her favorite foods include: watermelon, banana, yogurt, corn, green beans, pasta, string cheese, and bites of our smoothies.
  • She gets super ornery when it’s close to nap or bedtime.  She purposefully does things she knows are a no-no (standing on her chair, splashing in Indie’s water bowl, chewing on the alphabet magnets on the fridge, pulling on the oven door, etc.)
  • She likes to bounce on the bed.  Or on Forest’s arm while he’s laying on the bed.
  • She mimics people coughing or laughing.  She has the funniest fake laugh.
  • And she squeals when she’s super excited or if she thinks Indie is chasing her.
  • She took her first steps at the end of July!  And she’s regularly taking a few steps by herself.  Mostly just to get from one object to another (my knees as I sit on the couch to the coffee table, for example).  But she walks along furniture really well and she’s more comfortable pushing things as she walks instead of just holding onto our fingers.
  • Forest said she stood up from a sitting position, without pulling up on anything.  Once. And my back was turned so I missed it!
  • She knows were her nose is if you ask her.  She sometimes just points at it but most times she’ll stick her finger up her nose.  Ha!

There is probably so much more that I’m missing.  She’s learning new things every day and it’s the most precious thing to witness!

Until next time — Cindy