It was a busy weekend. Steve worked on his math and built a shed for my parents. I helped throw a shower for my friend and watched the kids by myself for the rest of the time. It's no wonder that last night, around 8:30 pm I felt I could not move! Lucky for me, I didn't have to.
We've really been into watching Downton Abbey lately. We watched the first season quite awhile ago and have just started the second. Since Steve is gone a lot at night, I watch it without him and then when he's around, I watch it again so he can catch up. I call that a win, win. I love Downton Abbey, and those types of British dramas, so much that it doesn't matter to me how many times I watch them.
I made a major blunder today in my bread making. Anyone who knows me well has to laugh at me right now because I bake bread all the time and know better. I also like to document these things so that I can show you all that I'm not perfect and laugh at myself. Anyhow though, I am a very regular bread maker. I am definitely not a novice but I wouldn't call myself a professional. I am somewhere in that vast area in between. This is a bread recipe I make every Monday (and have forever) as it supplies our bread for the week. Utter fail. I forgot to add the yeast. And then, when I noticed it, I tried to knead it in which never works very well. That did work okay but the bread dough had already cooled down so the yeast was slow to rise. My second attempt to fix it was putting it in a 200 degree oven (which I then turned off) to try and help it along. It did. But then one of the times that I turned the oven on (I had been doing so at intervals to keep it warm in there), I left it on by accident and the bread had its final say...a puddle of nothingness disaster. Ha ha ha! Try again tomorrow. Normally in the afternoons little Caleby and I get some time to ourselves to read. He reads to me and then I read to him. Then off he goes to his rest time. But today, he discovered his KNEX lego set and I haven't seen him since. I know I've said this before but he is our little builder. I love to watch him work and create. I caught him on camera at the beginning so I'll just have to wait and see what he comes up with. Now, I've just got piles of laundry to fold and dinner to make. Good thing I'll get to redeem myself tonight with dinner rolls. I've got to do something after messing up the sandwich bread so badly:)!!
Well, that's the Monday Report friends. Have a great week!
I am Nikki Dauphin, wife to Steve since July 2002, and mom to four boys and one little girl. Currently my husband is pursuing his PhD in mathematics, so as you can imagine, with five kids in tow, there are many adventures to behold! I'm learning how to raise a brood of boys and one precious princess, be a homemaker, how to be a lovely wife to my handsome and dashing husband and how to love those around me. Stop and stay awhile. Family stories, recipes, musings on life and lessons I'm learning are all a part of this blog. I love the life I've been given and thank God for His many blessings.
Steve-My amazing, fix-it, brilliant, math-loving, puzzle-solving husband is a Math PhD student pursuing his graduate degree through Colorado State University. He is also a Year Round Graduate Intern for Sandia National Labs researching and working on projects related to national security and preparing for his dissertation. We met at Cal Poly, SLO and were married in 2002. Seriously, he's my best friend.
Isaac-Laughter. My precious firstborn. Blue-eyed, blondie, logical, lefty. Particular, orderly, courageous, funny, and intelligent. Sees the world in patterns, numbers, colors and shapes. My first son. My joy.
Caleb-Brave. My mischevious secondborn. Brown-haired, coal-eyed, soldier. Needs explanations about how the world works. "Mathy", inquisitive, architectural and mechanical. Silly, passionate, tough, long-suffering and smart. My second son. My love.
Joshua-Saved by the Lord. My irreplaceable thirdborn. Bubbly, gregarious, social and playful. Loves to be surrounded by his family. Cuddly, kissable, chubby and charming. Life of the party, full of joy, overflowing with humor and laughter. My third son. My light.
Elliana-The Lord Has Heard. My long-awaited daughter. Petite, dark-eyed, beauty. Strong, coordinated, cheeky and spunky. Sharp as a tack and a flitting socialite. Loved by every member of her family. My fourth born. My only daughter. My treasure.
Nathan-God Has Given. My fourth son. Yet, it never gets old. My youngest little gift. Gentle, strong, sweet, angelic. Blonde and light-eyed. Littlest of them all but full of life and love. My fifth born. My littlest man. God's given. My gift.
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