Gingerbread Men

Cy requested to make gingerbread men, and though I had all the ingredients on hand to make sugar cookies, he was adamant that he did NOT want to make sugar cookie gingerbread men, but real gingerbread men. So I found a gingerbread cookie recipe online that called for Jell-O butterscotch pudding instead of molasses. I really loved how they turned out. Mild and soft, but firm enough for decorating. It was the perfect gingerbread recipe for little kids. I would recommend it!

There is a lot about motherhood that I want to remember, and I can’t believe I’m saying this but this is all passing by so quickly. I feel like it’s all going to be over soon and the kids are all going to be in school, and I will have to figure out other ways to fill my days but I don’t think anything will be better than this?

The days were long but the years were short, just like they said. I mean, I didn’t doubt it was true, I just felt a bit skeptical on the days that seemed to last forever.

Beginnings… ugh. I never know where to start. Do I introduce myself? Do I greet you with a warm smile or should we just stand here quietly and wait for this to start? So many times I have found myself in a room of strangers (usually moms with their kids at a music class or something like that), and we quietly stick to ourselves because we don’t know where to begin. I always encourage my kids to introduce themselves and get right in there to play with the others, yet I can’t often muster that kind of bravery out of myself.  I do believe we are all eager to belong to something or make a friend though because, well, we showed up, didn’t we? I’m always desperate for the beginning to be over quickly. I like being in the middle where everything is more comfortable, and we are friends already. I wish we could just skip over the awkward beginnings.

So let’s just get on with it. Here is to new beginnings and finding the beautiful things that are underneath. Cream rises to the top, if you give it a minute.