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Cheerios & Brinner

We’ve entered the Cheerio stage with JM. Here are some very brief thoughts on our new stage of babyhood…

They’re good:


They’re bad:


& they’re ugly:


You know that sound… don’t you? It kinda sounds like this “cccrrrrruuuuunnnnccchhh“. But they’re worth all the little crunches because they can bring MOST of this screams to a screeching hault.

On the home front today we’re running a fever infested household. Well, not a complete infestation… just Morgan and Raiger; they’re both feeling pretty pitiful. Annie {our sitter} said she’s still willing to come! So I’m locking myself in the playroom and hoping for BIG results!

Let me share a mortifying story. Yesterday Melinda was here {she’s the very nice lady who comes 2x a month to clean our house}. I was in the kitchen {trying to stay one step ahead of her} when I overheard Morgan in the den…

Morgan says, “Ms. Melinda, come look at this rug. John Martin spit up all over it. Here and here and here so you’re going to have to clean it up real good!”

Oh my, I wanted to die. I ran in there and gently explained to Morgan that Melinda had plenty to do without Morgan pointing things out to her. I tried to explain quickly that what she did wasn’t very nice. She didn’t quite get it… she said she was just trying to help. I thought I’d die. Melinda went on to say that last time she was here Morgan told her she needed to clean really good under her bed because there’s always dust under it when she climbs under… and that Melinda probably needs to move the beds to clean under them “real good”. Lord, help me! My 4 year old is going to run our housekeeper off! And I’m going to die of embarrassment.

What’s for brinner, deer?



Last night we had “brinner”– that’s breakfast for dinner– and Paige was my sous chef. I made homemade waffles {but I whipped the egg whites and folded them in at the end}… I turned around to dig for the baking powder as Paige explained, “I weally yike deese eggies“. I looked back to see Raiger with a moutful of raw egg whites, at least they were whipped and stiff… doesn’t that help? We ate our waffles with sliced cheddar cheese & deer sausage… it was so good. I used to be a snob about deer meat… I was of the opinion “I don’t eat wild game”… but now I have a freezer full of it and guess what…. it tastes REALLY good! I also used to be in the dark about Aunt Jemima “Butter Lite” syrup… if any of you are in the dark… consider yourself “now informed” and buy it at the grocery store.

Ok. I must get to the playroom.

Happy Friday! Mom’s supposed to be coming this weekend… I’m giddy, she came when JM was born {June 30} and we’ve been anxiously awaiting her return since!

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  • Sarah's Fab Day
    February 27, 2009 at 8:16 am

    My two year old still loves cheerios and thankfully we have a couple of dogs willing to eat up those little bits that end up on the floor.

  • Jennifer
    February 27, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Aunt Jemima Butter Lite is our favorite! I keep several bottles on hand at all times so we are never without such syrupy-sweet goodness. I don’t think there’s anything “lite” tasting about it!

    Have fun with your mom. There’s nothing better than “mommy time” – even as an adult! 🙂

  • Anonymous
    February 27, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Hey Darby,
    Your pictures of your bird feeders reminded me of this poem I just love by Edgar Fawcett
    “To an Oriole”
    How falls it oriole, thou hast come to fly
    In tropic splendor through our Northern sky?
    At some glad moment, was it Nature’s choice
    To dower a scrap of sunset with a voice?
    Or did some orange tulip flaked with black,
    In some forgotten garden, ages back,
    Yearning towards heaven, until it’s wish was heard.
    Desire unspeakably to be a bird?
    Have a great day!
    Aunt Anne

  • Anonymous
    February 27, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Enjoy your Mom. What do your kids call her? Can’t wait to see what yall “cook up” for her this weekend. Throw some Baby Tylenol the girls’ way. Happy Friday!

  • Becky
    February 27, 2009 at 9:07 am

    yay for moms coming! how awesome!! i know you will be spoiled silly once she leaves. AC is not in love with cheerios or even puffs and i am sad. she is killin me.

    AJ butter lite–again, we were meant to be friends. if we were neighbors, and you ran out, you could come to my house cause we always have some.

  • Em
    February 27, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Hey Darby!
    I love to read your blog! I was wondering if you know the type and color of your hardwood floors. I’m re-doing mine and have looked at several options, but really like yalls. Thanks!!
    Emily Jones

  • Em
    February 27, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Oh, my email is emilyelizabethjones@gmail.com.


  • Keri
    February 27, 2009 at 9:23 am

    I would also like to know what color your hardwood floors are! my email is Mrs.Kronk@gmail.com thanks!

  • Spirit of Adoption
    February 27, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Hey Darby ; )

    I found you through Chris Hill’s blog and then he emailed me your blog as well. I’m trying to find your email on your blog, but I”m not finding it : ( Can you send that to me? I’d like to email you : )

    thanks, sister!

  • Spirit of Adoption
    February 27, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Should have left my email!

    shawndauganda at hotmail dot com

  • duchess
    February 27, 2009 at 10:43 am

    She is just a supervisor in training;)
    Don’t fret – didn’t Ms. Melinda ever have kids?

  • kt
    February 27, 2009 at 10:44 am

    funny! we had brinner last night too…although i just grabbed the canister of Batter Blaster from my fridge…and an egg fritata type thingy with cottage cheese and broccoli…and of course some grated cheddar melted on top.

    AND, eli just got over the crud too…hope the girls feel better soon.

    good luck cleaning and enjoy your “mom time!”

  • Shireen
    February 27, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Darby, Have I told you yet that I do like your new blog!?! 🙂 I do!
    Hey! We eat deer meat, too! Every time Russell’s parents visit, they bring us a freezer full of it! We just had some deer sausage that had a jalapeno cheese mixed into it! 🙂 Twas yummy and spicy!! We need to bring you guys some. I’m glad to know y’all are deer meat fans!! 😉
    Regarding your last blog post, our favorite Girl Scout cookies are Thin Mints and, of course, Samoas! YUM!
    I’m sorry that I did not call yesterday…I so needed a nap after I fed Rhys, so I opted for that. I probably should not try you today since you’re expecting Mom! 🙂 Yay!! Ya’ll enjoy the weekend together! How long is she visiting?
    We’re headed to N’ville tomorrow thru Sunday for a wedding…we’ve booked a nice hotel room, and the wedding and reception should be like a nice date night (with Rhys!). 🙂 Please pray that we do enjoy a nice date weekend. I’ll call you next week after your mom’s visit so that we can catch up and discuss weekends for us to come down.
    We’re very interested and serious IF and ONLY IF it works for you guys…NO big production! We’ll bring the deer meat…y’all have the waffle mix ready! 😉 Let’s keep it down home and simple! We’ll bunk with JM!! 😉

  • Kendra White
    February 27, 2009 at 10:48 am

    need this laugh today… and we have “brinner” often:o)

  • Kellie
    February 27, 2009 at 11:08 am

    HILARIOUS about Morgan telling your houskeeper what to do – sounds like something Emma Claire would say…IF we had a housekeeper – oh yeah we do, ME!
    LOVE Brinners – and LOVE Aunt Jemima Butter Lite syrup – I can eat it on just about ANYTHING!
    Henderson is WAY past cheerios – he’s eating EVERYTHING these days – even grilled chicken – those 6 teeth are like razors!

  • Jessica Ranjbari
    February 27, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    that’s the only syrup I use! I love it! I haven’t had deer meat in SO long, but when my dad used to hunt we would eat it…very good! Now I’m craving waffles and deer meat – I need to stop reading your blog when I’m hungry! 😉

  • Hillary @ The Dunham Diaries
    February 27, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Cheerios are a lifesaver around here! I give them to the kids every morning as an appetizer and stock up on them at Sam’s. And we happen to have dogs who like them, so that’s ONE thing I don’t have to clean up.
    And good for you with your Brinner! That sounds great!
    Hope the fever goes away soon. Have a great weekend with your mom! What a treat!

  • Laura
    February 27, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Don’t worry they all do it. She probably got a good laugh. ST told Lois the other day that if she missed his basketball game this weekend, she would “be fire.” Now, I know he didn’t get that from either of us, because those words will never-ever leave my mouth! haha.

  • deyoungsters
    February 27, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    darby, I just love your blog! this post made me smile because I LOVE brinner! I have to bargain with my husband in order to get to eat it… and Aunt Jemima is always a must at our table!

  • the brown's
    February 27, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    love the pictures…and the waffles sound yummy!!

    can i just tell you that my child is in her crib having some “time out” bc she is so absolutely distraught that the video of justin singing to JM is on the blink. [i think you tube is down…] anyway, i have tried everything “it’s broken!” “we’ll see him later!” “it’s gone night, night!”

    nothing…she is melting!

    so if justin ever makes it big–we will be first in line!

  • the brown's
    February 27, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    …and by first in line, i meant to buy the CD [in case that didn’t make any sense!] 🙂

  • Dianne
    February 27, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I am so glad your mom is coming. It’s so good for both of you as well as the kids. That Morgan is so grown up! She was only trying to help. LOL I do hope the housekeeper stayed. Have a wonderful weekend.

  • erika
    February 28, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Paiger is so cute eating those egg whites! Kisses to everyone! See you next weekend!!

  • Melissa
    February 28, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Those little angels are just too cute. My Luke had a newborn gown in the same fabric as JM’s sleeper. (sniff, sniff) I’m a big Carter’s fan. My boys have probably eaten their weight in Cheerios, although lately Luke prefers Teddy Grahams. Hope he hasn’t “graduated” from the Cheerios. Have fun with your mom….there’s nothing like mom time!

  • andi
    February 28, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Yum! I have a great waffle recipe made with sour cream. It’s an old one. I’ll post it so you can give it a try. I promise they’re like Waffle House. We scarf down the whole batch. Just one little thingy on the deer meat, which I am not opposed to, but the shells have lead in them. You may shoot ones only killed with arrows, but if the girls (or you, if feeding JM) are eating a lot of it, you might want to watch the quantity. As you know it doesn’t take a whole lot of lead to be hazardous for young children, pregnant, or nursing moms. OF COURSE if it’s not much, it wouldn’t matter anyway, but if you use it a lot, you might want to ask someone who knows more about it than me. Sorry if I have given you more info than you care to have. 🙂 Enjoy your weekend. Looking forward to seeing you at worship tomorrow.

  • Susie
    February 28, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    My husband is also a huge deer hunter and I have a freezer full of ground venison. Any receipe suggestions? Thanks,Susie


  • new mom in law
    March 1, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Love it when they discover cheerios!

  • J and C
    March 2, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    You don’t know me, but I just love your blog (I hope that’s not too scary!) It is so fun to read, and you have such great ideas!

    But I had to share, my dad always said that he felt like Cap’n Crunch, walking through the cheerios. I think it is funny!

  • Elements of Style
    March 14, 2009 at 4:15 am

    Darby, I swear you have the most gorgeous little ones on the face of the earth!!!