Reunited

We’re all home and the cake was a big hit. Nathan didn’t have to go in to work yesterday. It was nice to have an extra day with him after his 4 day absence. The kids are monopolizing him as much as possible and making up for lost time. Right now, they are downstairs working on Ethan’s car for the pinewood derby race for AWANA this week. Yesterday we all went to McDonalds for supper. The kids climbed and climbed the playland structure. Audrey was the one who showed Ethan how to get to the big slide. He would keep turning the wrong way and end up on the smaller slide. I guess the little sister can teach the big brother something now and then.
With Nathan back, I was able to run yesterday and today. I hope to get one more run in for this week since my running week ends on a Sunday. If I get out tomorrow, I should have a record high mileage week of 14 miles! The sun has been out and the 30 degree temperatures feel pretty warm when I’m running.
Grocery shopping and meal planning is done for the week. I can’t believe it’s going to be March in 2 days! Spring cannot get here soon enough!
Isaac is still on strike against his 3rd nap of the day. This makes me very sad, but it’s been about 3 days now that I’ve laid him down and he cries for an hour until I go and get him. I can’t bring myself to leave him for longer than that when he’s screaming the entire time and by that time it’s 4:30. It’s frustrating because I know he’s tired. His earlier nap only lasted about 40 minutes. I wish there was an “easy” button to solve this dilemma. It’s not like he’s just not tired and would happily play if I didn’t lay him down. He’s cranky and wants my attention. If I walk by him, he starts to cry . I’ve resorted to sneaking past him when I have to go through the room where he’s playing because seeing me changes him from happily playing to pathetic sad cries. I suppose it will get better soon.

Here are some cute pictures to make it all better.

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“Welcome Home” Cake

We made a cake for Nathan to surprise him when he got home. It’s so yummy. It’s “Coffee Cake. Literally” courtesy of Pioneer Woman. Yummy. Moist. Sweet. Coffee. If you want photos showing every stage of making this, check out this link.

This isn’t a chocolate cake with coffee flavor added. This is a COFFEE cake. Just thought I would make that clear! Ha!
Ingredients
FOR THE CAKE:
2 cups Flour
2 cups Sugar
¼ teaspoons Salt
2 sticks Butter
3 Tablespoons Instant Coffee Crystals
½ cups Buttermilk
2 whole Eggs
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 teaspoons Vanilla
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FOR THE ICING:
1-½ stick Butter
1 pound Powdered Sugar
2 Tablespoons Instant Coffee Crystals
¼ teaspoons Salt
4 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
Preparation Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two round baking pans.
In a large bowl, mix sugar, flour, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
Melt 2 sticks of butter in a pot over medium-low heat. While that’s melting, add 3 tablespoons instant coffee to 1 cup boiling water. Set aside.
Once butter has melted, add coffee mixture to the butter in the pot. Let it come to a boil for about ten seconds, then turn off the heat. Set aside for just a minute.
In a separate bowl, add buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
Pour the butter/coffee mixture into the flour mixture. Stir the mixture together gently. The purpose here isn’t to mix it together perfectly, but to cool down the heat before adding the egg mixture.
Add in the egg mixture and stir gently until well combined. Then pour into pans. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until set.
Allow to cool completely.
Combine all icing ingredients, then ice the cake. Chill for an hour before serving.

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The Last Few Days

Ethan is looking so grown up and handsome. I love being able to relate to him as a “big” kid. He has so many questions and remembers so many things. We’ve been so busy that I don’t remember taking this photo!We had friends over Saturday night and then we packed, went to church and we went out separate ways. Nathan headed to a document imaging training session in Kansas City, KS ( I thought he was in Missouri until today!).

The kids and I arrived in Cottage Grove on Sunday at about 1:00. We stayed until Tuesday(today) at 11:30. We had planned to spend these days here, but with my uncle’s funeral being on Monday, we probably would have ended up here anyway. Joyce watched the kids at Dad’s during the service. Grandma had asked me to sing “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” and “How Great Thou Art”. There were a few technical difficulties with the sound, but it all worked out in the end.

Sleep has been hard to come by. I’m hoping that now that were’ back home it will be better. It’s rough being the only parent all day AND night for 3 little ones. Timing a shower is even tricky. I had to miss Bible Study tonight because Isaac didn’t take his late afternoon nap. I had someone lined up to watch the kids at church, but I just couldn’t have Isaac up that late. That would have meant that he would have been awake from 1:00 this afternoon until 9:00. I just couldn’t keep him awake and away from bed that long when he is usually only up for a few hours before needing sleep. Ethan will miss AWANA tomorrow because I would need to get a sitter to be with the kids while I drop Ethan off and pick him up. I probably could have found someone, but it would have to be someone who could drive themselves or walk. That limits the options again.

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Feb 19, Friday Weigh-in

I have not measured myself. So, I don’t have any results to post in that regard.
After making some bad eating choices last weekend, I pulled myself together. I banned sugar, white bread, and the kids snacks (graham crackers, sweet cereal, goldfish). I really wanted to eat all of that stuff, but I resisted. And the scale smiled on me this morning. I’m down 4 pounds from last Friday (and 6 from what the scale said on Sunday morning) and as low as I was right before Christmas. It’s nice to be back on track. I do not want to have to lose these pounds again.

I’m working on a system that I think will work to keep me on track. I’m still tinkering with how to implement it, but I’m feeling more confident in being able to see this through.

Sad Family News

My mom’s brother, John, passed away this week. He had a long battle with mental illness and that, combined with recent heart problems lead to his death.

John B. Rosenfelt
John B. Rosenfelt, 53 of Minneapolis, passed away on February 17, 2010 at his home following a lengthy illness.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 22, 2010 at the Kok Funeral Home, 7676 80th Street, Cottage Grove, with the Reverend Bert LeBrun, officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

John B. Rosenfelt was born February 27, 1957 in Franklin County Nebraska, the son of Willard and Doris (Witte) Rosenfelt. He moved with his family at an early age to Cottage Grove and attended schools here. Following his schooling he moved to Arkansas and in 2008 he returned to Minnesota and made his home in Minneapolis.

John is survived by his mother, Doris Rosenfelt of Hastings, his sister, Kathy (Don) Biscoe of Cottage Grove and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Willard and his sister, Carol.

Yesterday’s Fun

Nathan has been working so hard and it’s only going to get more difficult in the coming weeks (he’s going to Kansas City for a week for some required training). So, we decided to plan a special surprise for him.

First we made a plan.
Then we made a video

Then we sent it to Daddy.
Then we made valentines and hid them in various places.
Then I made apple crisp (with the apples this time).
Ethan planned some special additions to the menu for supper- yogurt that Ethan chose and apple slices with chocolate syrup.
Then Ethan and Audrey hid to they could surprise Nathan when he got home. But it was only 3:00. They decided that 2 hours was too long to stay hidden. They got out and played and then hid again once they heard the garage door open.

Daddy came home. They kids jumped out and “surprised” him. Then Ethan gave him all the valentines he had hidden in the corner. Audrey didn’t give Daddy the ones that she made. I think she forgot where she hid them.

A good time was had by all.

P.S. I have not had any refined sugar or bread since Sunday. I had no apple crisp. I miss sugar, but I like what the scale says.