44 In Life

I ♥ Green!

We’re PINCH FREE over here!

Rover thanks Jennifer for his shirt and I think Sister for mine! Green makes me happy and you don’t have to look very hard to find it in my house. I was even a little tickled today when I realized that Rover matches our furniture, if he were to run fast enough it’s likely that I’d miss him.


Guess who else LOVES green?


I had a bright idea this morning to tint our pancakes green. I really thought it was wonderful idea. I just lost those of you who thought I was healthy because I was making fresh ground wheat bread a few days ago. So maybe the green food coloring is not healthy {at least it’s not red} but it is fun.  Or so I thought. I’m not sure how many of you are currently rearing a three year-old but what you think can be such a wonderful idea can quickly turn disastrous.


If she could compose herself she would have said, “Mom, why did you make  my pancakes green!?” But she couldn’t pull herself together, instead she cried a fit and large tears rolled down her cheeks. How could I do something so horrible? 🙂 Our situation quickly improved when I allowed her to “help” me flip the pancakes over and I even offered her the chance to put her own syrup on… And BAM! she was better and was thrilled that her pancakes were green!


Last but not least {because I certainly can’t leave you with sad Raiger} here are the powerful words inscripted on St. Patrick’s breastplate…


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

PS- Speaking of green… some of you have asked about my green strollers. They are from Babies R Us!! And I bought a kit of stroller connectors to connect them… which is great for outdoor activities but it’s a smidge tight pushing through doorways when they’re together! But a less expensive alternative to a double stroller.

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  • Holly @ Times Two
    March 17, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Love that prayer! And green pancakes too!

  • Stacy
    March 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    A little green food coloring in their bath water is fun! I promise they will not turn green if you use only a few drops!!

  • Brooke G.
    March 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Isn’t it funny what sets them off?!?! And then what settles them back down again??? I had *intended* on making clover shaped green pancakes this morning but never quite got my act together enough to make it all happen! You ROCK 😀

  • Susan
    March 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    THat picture of her is simply precious! One never knows! Even when they get older, the meltdowns occur over NOTHING! Just wait a few more years, and the fun continues!!

    I love the St. Patrick’s day verse. I read that on another blog earlier today! Thanks for sharing it! Hubby and I are celebrating 20 years today!! I deliberately chose a day that he would not forget! We did have green punch at the reception–but that was about it!! Green pancakes is a great idea though!

    Enjoy the rest of your day! Have fun with those babies!

  • E @ Oh! Apostrophe
    March 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all! Love the green pancakes 🙂

  • Laura
    March 17, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Green or not, I’d still have to pinch Rover’s sweet little cheeks just because he’s so darn cute!! Happy St. Patty’s Day!

  • andi
    March 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    We had green pancakes today too. 🙂 However, we were surprisingly tear free. I would have thought David would have flipped out (no pun intended). I attached our umbrella strollers together once upon a time. GREAT invention hugh?! Much cheaper!!! We made eggs today with the grass!!! Can’t wait for them to “spring” up!

  • Cath
    March 17, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Oh Darby what were you thinking, it’s green EGGS not pancakes Sam I am.

  • Meg
    March 17, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Hah. We had a very similar meltdown over green pancakes. Although, our four year old decided she wanted RED not green. So we all ate green, and she had red pancakes. She did let me dress her in green though. ;0p

  • Tracey
    March 17, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    So cute, great post. Everything was green here too..not for the same reason..(I am about to unload on you a fellow blogger who I don’t even know)…My “intention” was to wake up and make green waffles, send my kids to school in green…but my daughter woke up green at 3:30 a.m. and has the stomach bug (don’t worry it has been tested you can’t get it through the computer:)…anyway I never got to the green waffles or the green shirt on my son…who complained about being pinched all day…ugh…thanks for letting me live vicariuos on this green day:) Love your blog…just started mine this week…7294cottageway.blogspot

  • erika (mommasissy)
    March 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    I totally forgot green today. PINCH ME. I love you sister. Missed you today, been in mtgs all day. LOVE YOU!

  • Melissa (melissab74)
    March 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Love all the green! Makes me feel like spring is coming, even though it’s been a rainy, rather cool day! I have to ask….is that a pound cake turned over a bottle?

  • Leslie
    March 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I don’t have a 3 year old but I was a nanny over the summer in college for two and three year old boys and let me tell you the first time I encountered one of these meltdowns was one of the strangest thing I’ve ever experienced.

    In a similar vein, I wanted to surprise the wee one with fruit chopped up in his cereal. Now when I presented him with it, I might as well have told him I ran over his cat or something because he flung himself onto the floor face-down and just WAILED until I picked all of the offending fruit out.

    My theory is if you tell them ahead of time that there will be magical green pancakes a few days in advance there might not be such trauma?


  • hannah
    March 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    love the green! this is a fun day but i am not sure what is up with the weather????

  • diana
    March 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Loved the green pancakes. For St. Patty’s day I always put a couple of drops of green food coloring in the bottom of glasses. When my kids came down for breakfast, I’d pour their milk…IT WOULD BE GREEN! They are 24, 22, and 19 and still talk about it…in fact my middle daughter was at her internship today when a co-worker asked wanted her to check out her coffee….before she looked, Erin said…”is it green milk?”. While this is my first St. Patty’s Day Empty nest, I heard from all 3 of my kids today via text, twitter, Facebook etc….about the green milk! Made my day!

  • Carole Tidwell
    March 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    LOVE THE GREEN Darby! Do you remember when they had GREEN KETCHUP? I just couldn’t do it – it was a mental thing. You keep me in stitches. I love reading your blog, and the Darby doll is high on my list. :o) I do have to ask though – why is the angel food cake upside down on a bottle? I’m sure you have a clever reason for it, so please share!

  • Melanie Gore
    March 17, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    She is so adorable! I love that look on her face.

  • amy
    March 17, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    LOVE that picture of the little one crying. Wow…awesome. So great!! 🙂 And the prayer is just as lovely. Happy St. Pats! 🙂

  • Amy
    March 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Thank you for posting St. Patrick’s Prayer – such a worthy man to celebrate! We gave our son the middle name Patrick in honor of all the Englishman did to share the Gospel and for the far-reaching impact of his ministry. Although I love corned beef and mint desserts as much as the next person, I’m mostly happy to remember the man behind the day.

  • Kelly@TearingUpHouses
    March 17, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Cuties! Never tried green pancakes, but I have had green eggs…


  • Dawn
    March 17, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Darby, I just have to share I made your Honey Whole Wheat bread today, and a batch of Cinnamon Honey Butter, and I am addicted. That bread is truly some of the best I have EVER made/tasted, and the butter, well, you know 😉 Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe!

  • Christina
    March 17, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Hi! I’ve been lurking for a while now but I just had to comment on this post. I have a 4 year old who just spent the better part of 15 minutes crying over a bath towel and who got put to bed early last night due to pouting over a fork. Haha! I was so glad to see that my daughter is not the only one having emotional issues right now. Love your blog, by the way!

  • katiep
    March 17, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    i just love reading your blog. it’s so joyful and your kids are so cute! thanks for sharing life with all of us blog stalkers haha.

  • Anne
    March 17, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Don’t think we ever had green pancakes…but I still remember the time my Mom or Dad? (more likely) bought us green chocolate cigars…to celebrate my new baby brother born on 3/15. 🙂

  • Katie
    March 17, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    I have never heard of that being on St. Patrick’s breastplate…it’s beautiful! I’m glad you shared it!

  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    March 17, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I ended up offering green bran muffins much to to the “ewwwwwww. Okay” of my boys. Dr. Suess helped a little with his green foods, but I really think they like to think it was gross and long to be that. 🙂 Silly boys.

  • Amy Davis
    March 18, 2010 at 12:11 am

    We had a green pancake meltdown too. I thought the boys would enjoy my green eggs & ham with shamrock pancakes but even the baby snubbed them. Oh, well…more for me. 🙂

  • Miia
    March 18, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Spinach! 😀 I make few times a year spinach waffles (thick buttermilky version) and can recommend!

  • Rachel
    March 18, 2010 at 6:13 am

    It is such a great prayer, and I try to post it every year. https://www.fromtheflat.com/2010/03/yes-i-post-this-alot.html

  • bonnie
    March 18, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Uh, you might want to come on over to my blog post for St. Patrick’s Day and copy down my recipe for “green omelet” for have in your “holiday” recipe file. It could become a class along with your green pancakes.

    As always, love the photos and stories!


  • Sarah @ Picture Window
    March 18, 2010 at 7:18 am

    It’s my first time commenting here but I really enjoy your blog. Your kids are absolutely beautiful!

  • Tara
    March 18, 2010 at 8:13 am

    love it! beautiful family…beautiful home…

    and the fact that you share the picture of her crying over the green pancakes makes it even more beautiful.

  • Marianne
    March 18, 2010 at 8:22 am

    I have never commented, but had to let you know my 4 yr. old had the same reaction to green eggs and ham at her school (celebrating dr. seuss). she become so distraught over thinking she was going to have to eat them that I had to go pick her up from pre-school! love your blog!

  • Allison
    March 18, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Is that a new lens – it looks bigger?:

  • Kate
    March 18, 2010 at 10:00 am

    My three year-old is usually very easygoing, but she’s been sick this week and very emotional. Yesterday she had a bit of a meltdown about not being able to get her doll’s clothes on and Daddy not being there to help her (despite my offer to help). It was so unlike her that I had to take a picture, which set off a new meltdown (“don’t take a picture of me, I’m crying!”).

  • Jessica
    March 18, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Raiger’s expression is priceless! That JM is a looker, how cute is he. On an unrelated note…I bought the mini Golden Oreos because I wanted to give them a try and it was a smaller amount than a whole package. They are to die for! You were right! Oreos have been my favorite store bought cookie forever and I was skeptical of the Goldens, but they are amazing. Maybe they will mix them up in a package and we can get both! Thanks for the suggestion. Take care.

  • Tara
    March 18, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Rover’s pose in the first photo is priceless! So fun!

  • hannah
    March 18, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    so… now that st. patty’s is over… you will have to dye some Easter eggs! 🙂

  • Lindsay
    March 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    This has nothing to do with St.Patrick’s day, but thinking in terms of green….I am hoping to do a little gardening soon and wondered if you have ever blogged about gardening/what you grow? I know you do some veggies and other plants and I would love to know some of your tips!

  • mag
    March 18, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Too funny, we dyed our pancakes green too. I knew that one of my kids would have the same reaction as Paige, so thankfully I remembered to make some before I dyed the batter. By the end of the day, there was green orange juice (I kid you not) as the kids got wild with the dye. Thank goodness it only comes once a year!!

  • Jennifer
    March 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Hi Darby,
    I guess I am “delurking” as they call it! I have been reading your blog for quite some time now and love reading your thoughts on motherhood, homemaking, and faith. I noticed the words you posted from St. Patrick’s breastplate and thought you might be interested in this link to an incredible Christian singer/songwriter/awe-inspiring finger guitarist. He has a song called “The Lorica” that is based on the words to St. Patrick’s breastplate. He played a concert at our church last week and I was just overwhelmed by the beauty of this song.
    You can listen to a couple of verses at this link (just scroll down to “The Lorica”).

  • Jennifer
    March 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Oops, I forgot to post the link – here it is!

    Jennifer 🙂

  • Nina
    March 18, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Darby –
    I’ve been reading your blog since last summer – a recipe post on another blog led me to you. You encourage me daily as a mother. Thank you for living your life so transparently – and for taking such good pictures of it!

  • Colleen
    March 20, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Your son is adorable and every time I visit your blog to read, seeing him makes me miss oh so much when my now 9 year old son was little! Those cheeks!