Immaculate Heart Cookies

On the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I got an email from my sister-in-law Amy, wishing me a happy feastday, and she sent me a link to a recipe for “Immaculate Heart playdough cookies.” I decided at the very last second that since we had all the ingredients in the house, we would spend the day making these cookies. Our cookies had three pieces: the heart, the roses, and the flame. We dyed our dough pink, red, yellow and orange and left some white for the roses. I showed the boys how to roll little roses and how to make the rest of the pieces, and they had a lot of fun putting these cookies together and talking about Mary. It took us most of the day to make them, and we definitely enjoyed eating them! But I think I’ll make them half the size next time. I think the recipe can make two dozen pretty easily, but we only made one dozen and they were HUGE! These cookies can really be made into any shape or color and adapted for any holiday.

Our Immaculate Heart of Mary picture in the living room. I showed this to the boys as we were getting ready to shape our dough, so they could see the heart, the roses and the flame on top.
The ingredients.
Lucas helped make the dough while Noah was napping.

Claire played with a wooden spoon.  She REALLY liked it.

The dough after separating and coloring it.

Lots of roses, 4 for each cookie.
One of the cookies, ready to go into the oven.
Noah wanted to make “Jesus’ heart,” too, so he fashioned a little crown of thorns to make the Sacred Heart.
The boys putting all the pieces together.
A couple of the cookies warm from the oven.
A big bite.  🙂

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Noah’s 5th Birthday Party

Noah’s 5th birthday party was super fun! He wanted a STAR WARS themed birthday party this year, so we had Star Wars music playing in the house, Star Wars shirts for the boys, a Darth Vader candle, and he received lots of Star Wars presents. My friend Tai was awesome to volunteer her bouncy house for us to set up in the backyard, and the kids had a blast in there!

Happy 5th Birthday, Noah! I can’t believe how fast five years has gone by!

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Claire Crawling

We are pretty crazy about this girl. Claire Bear is 8 months old, she has 4 teeth, and she can sit up, roll over, crawl, and pull up to stand. She loves crawling all over her brothers, eating little bits of our food at meal times, floating in the pool, nursing, being tickled, and blowing raspberries on my leg. She has all four of us wrapped around her chubby little finger.

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