Archive for January, 2010

Baking Cookies

January 28, 2010 1:06 pm

Last night Jace and I decided to bake cookies. I had been thinking about it the night before as my friend from work has been having a rough time and I knew she would appreciate it. Then spontaneously, the next morning, Jace mentioned making cookies. After getting home from daycare Jace debated whether we should make oatmeal raisin (his idea) or chocolate chip (my idea). We settled on chocolate chip and got to work. Jace was a great helper, dumping all the ingredients into the bowl, mixing the dry ingredients together and “helping” me turn on the mixer. He did, however, impose one rule on the task. He had to taste each ingredient. Sugar, brown sugar (tasted several times for quality control), chocolate chips, flour, salt, butter, and even baking soda and vanilla extract. But, once we added the eggs to the mixure, he was very good at following my direction that he could no longer eat the batter “because of the little bugs, right mommy” that might be in the eggs. Yes, our family is not fair. Mommy can eat the batter (when Jace isn’t looking) but he is not allowed to. My justification, his tummy is much less experieced with bugs and much smaller than mine so a little salmonella would do him much worse than me. When it came time to put the cookies on the cookie sheet, Jace had his own spoon. He ended up scoping about 1 chocolate chip plus batter at a time but he got the idea. We had fun working together and yes, he thoroughly enjoyed the end result. Chocolate from ear to ear.

Christmas in Colorado

January 10, 2010 9:03 pm

While at Heather’s parents’ house over Thanksgiving, Jace worked his way through the random assortment of kids’ books that have been gathered to entertain grandchildren at the Sim family manor. Included among those books was one in which Mickey Mouse and Goofy vacation in Switzerland.

Fast forward a month… We’re in Colorado for Christmas. We head up to Loveland for a day of skiing, assuming that Jace would probably stay in the lodge, or maybe at best stomp around in the snow a little. But suddenly he makes the connection:

“We going skiiiing?? … We’re goingto ride the chair lift? Goofy rides the chair lift! And then he gets chocolate!”

With free lift tickets for 2-year olds, we had to oblige. If we could first convince him to strap into skis and prove that he could walk around, which Grandma successfully got him to do. So Jace got his first day on skis, taking several rides up the (short) chair lift and skiing back down, held between our legs for the descent.


We got to spend a week out in Colorado with family. It’s great to be able to see how people are doing, and Jace got to connect with his cousins. More on this over the next couple days…

(C) Steve and Heather Leibman, 2007.