On my own, or...
With my family...
In Grandma's swimming pool...
Oh, don't you wish...
You never had...
Anything else to do!
“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says, ‘REJOICE WITH ME; I HAVE FOUND MY LOST SHEEP!’” (Luke 15:4-6)
|Flying his very first kite|
|Just in case you were wondering, |
Samuel's love of cooking has not diminished one bit...
There's nothing like licking chocolate beaters while you're still in your PJs!
|Samuel's First Day of Preschool|
|Samuel is also learning to play guitar... Well, sort of :)|
|My 'bonus' goal... |
Teach Samuel to pedal his bicycle (with training wheels)
|I obviously don't have any pictures of Samuel talking but thought I would|
fill this spot with another little victory recently... After hours of jumping from
one thing to the next for no more than three minutes at a time, Samuel dumped
all these toys in the hallway and played appropriately with them for nearly an hour!
And yes, he was talking to himself and narrating what he was doing the whole time :)
|Although they must be saved as a special treat due to his sensitive skin,|
Samuel loves bubbles!
|When you combine Samuel's love of water with his love of cooking (see below),|
he is in his glory!
|Because my sweet boy is way too cute in his apron and chef's hat!|
|Baking with Grandma... |
Samuel has a true love affair with the electric mixer!
|Our first recipe from his new cookbook...|
Samuel hates getting his hands dirty and wasn't too sure
how he felt about kneading the dough but he's smiling because,
|Brushing egg on his homemade rolls|
|My little lovebug made Valentine's brownies for his family and friends.|
This is when I discovered Samuel's LOVE of brownies - batter included!
|Now my experienced baker is a pro at mixing with his hands|
|He's also getting pretty good with a rolling pin|
|Despite everything I've been taught (and have taught others),|
I've started to let Samuel use the stove... He can only do things that are on low heat
(i.e. melting butter or heating soup, not boiling water) and I'm glued to his side
every second but this is not a game for Samuel. He takes his cooking very seriously
and I have decided that I am going to nurture his passion (gift?) however I can.
Who knows, maybe he really will grow up to be a chef!
|Icing Grandma's birthday cake|
Samuel's cuteness factor grows every time someone has a
birthday and he wishes them a "Happy Birthday Cake!"
|Samuel's skills improve significantly every time we bake|
and today he mastered the art of levelling the measuring cup
|Poppy & Nana|
|We call this one, "Capturing the CRAZY!" :)|
|Samuel wasn't too sure what to make of the tree decorating|
but there are no questions about how he feels about his family...
any day spent with family is a good day in Samuel's books!
|Ready to try his hand at this whole|
tree decorating thing for a second time
|We managed to get all our decorations on there and in the end I have to say, |
I kind of loved our little Charlie Brown tree :)
|Nothing lights up my son's face like the opportunity to bake!|
|I told Samuel we would be giving cookies to all of our family members...|
Quality control is very important to him :)
|Samuel sat at the counter licking the bowl long after all the cookies|
had come out of the oven and the rest of the kitchen/dishes and been cleaned
|The finished project|
|My little chef is hard at work|
|"I think I like this whole Christmas thing!"|
|Poor Uncle, he painstakingly put this all together while Samuel|
was asleep and Samuel had it demolished within 5 minutes...
|It looks like he's having fun playing with it appropriately though, right?!|
|Believe it or not, this picture was not posed...|
The look on Samuel's face says it all - "Do you see how loved I am?!"
|Four generations of boys!|