Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Editing, counting, singing and baking

As I sat today looking through and editing our latest 'Free Hugs' footage, I found myself smiling throughout. That's not something I usually do when editing, because I tend to get so focused that it's just all about the work and the technical side rather than the emotional. But really, I couldn't help but smile. I am very blessed to play this part in our campus ministry. And Casey -- well, he's actually getting paid to give out the hugs!

Miles surprised both Casey and I this morning by knowing his numbers from 1 to 10. At least, the best that a two-year-old can know them. We counted slowly and he would fill in the missing numbers as we went along. He is also starting to sing along with us, and what's even more, he is really making up his own little songs here and there which is a lot of fun to hear. I remember doing that exact thing myself when I was about five, playing outside and singing my own made-up tunes.

A new thing I am doing these days is letting Miles watch me as I cook and bake. He absolutely loves it, and we've already made some fun memories with our cookie-making, like licking the beaters (which I got him doing on video) and eating chocolate chips. Yummy times!

With the weather turning so warm the past couple of days, I have been taking Miles outside to burn off some of his seemingly never-ending energy. The best part is that I can sit on a chair and read one of my books while he runs around exploring all things green. It has left me feeling a sleepy peacefulness, and I'm sure we'll be out there again tomorrow.

Mentioning the cookie-baking earlier made me think that I should give a well-deserved (although free) plug to Reynold's Wrap. You heard me! They have a new non-stick aluminum foil, and it has made all the difference in the world in regards to my cookie-baking. I just lay a piece of it on my baking sheet -- which is supposed to be nonstick but I still have to pry the cookies off with a spatula -- and voila! Perfectly golden brown cookies that lift right off, preserving that beautiful underside where you can actually count how many chips you'll be getting with each bite. Sounds like I've been eating too many cookies, doesn't it?


James said...

Miles can count! Cool!

Sarah said...

That's really cool that you enjoyed editing that video so much. :) And Miles can count to 10?! Cool beans!!!

Anonymous said...

GO Miles! I thought I was the only one who analyzed where the chips were in the cookie! That's how I choose which one I eat. :)

Kristi said...

I tried the Reynold's Parchment Paper for my Christmas cookies this year and thought "where have you been all my life?"
And I didn't have to use a spatula, although I did just because I didn't want my hands all over the cookies! Try it, too! It's awesome.
So, is the HUGS footage up on YouTube yet? I am excited to see it. That sounded so neat.

tracey said...

Thanks for visiting, everyone!

Kristi, someone else asked about the hugs video...it's not up yet, but I will certainly post when it is. This footage is much longer and I've had a harder time getting to it this time around. Thanks for asking! (And thanks for the parchment paper tip too!)

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