Truth be told, we can buy pumpkins in Indonesia.  Pretty much year-round in fact.  But I was not on top of things enough this year to buy pumpkins for us to decorate.  Mom fail.  But I did have cucumbers, which are practically the same thing…right??

So, I handed Elias a cucumber, or cucumkin, as one of my friends dubbed it, and a marker .  He scribbled his little heart out on that thing.

Decorating Cucumkins

How cute are those little chubby fingers?  Love him.

So Proud

He was so proud of the finished product!  He kept asking to decorate more throughout the rest of the week.

His and Hers

Elias’ cucumkin on the left and mine on the right.  The marker wore off the cucumbers pretty quickly, so we peeled them and at them a few days later.  My baby loves cucumbers, both for decorating and eating!

Sleeping for Doughnuts

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this chart a few weeks ago.  I’ve been trying to encourage Elias to stay in his room during nap time and at night, and apparently the key to success is stickers and doughnuts!  If he earns 8 stickers in a week, we make homemade doughnuts for breakfast on Saturday.  We’ve been doing this for three weeks now, and we’ve made doughnuts twice.

Sleep Chart I cannot resist fried dough.  This system is quickly going to wreak havoc on my waistline, but for now it’s working, so we’ll still with it for a little bit longer.  Sleep is a wonderful thing :)


I always make cake doughnuts because they are SO much quicker and easier!  I found this recipe on the internet some time ago and it’s been my go-to doughnut recipe ever since.

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 t cinnamon
2 Tbsp melted butter (I use coconut oil instead)
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten

Oil, for frying

  1. Heat oil to 375F.
  2. In large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon.  Mix in butter until crumbly.  Store in milk and egg until smooth.  Knead lightly, then turn out on a floured surface.  Roll or pat into 1/4 inch thickness.  Cut with doughnut cutter.
  3. Drop doughnuts into oil a few at a time.  Fry, turning once until golden brown.  Drain on rack.

You can eat them plain, or mix up a little glaze with powdered sugar and water.  Or just dip them in granulated sugar when they are warm.  All options are delicious.  And seriously, there is not much better than a warm doughnut on Saturday morning.  Except maybe a sweet little two-year-old who has stayed in his bed all week!


Ever since we arrived in Wamena last week, I’ve had the Muppets “Mahna Mahna” song stuck in my head, except that instead it goes “Wanamena.”  Well, at least it’s a change of pace from the theme song to Jake and the Neverland Pirates that has been stuck in my head recently.

Nathan is doing an inspection and I am throughly enjoying the cooler weather that Wamena has to offer.  It’s practically Fall and I’m drinking way too much coffee and hot chocolate.

Little Mechanic

Elias favorite part of Wamena, by far, is visiting Daddy in the hangar.  It checks off everything on his list required for a good time: tools, Daddy, airplanes.

Daddy's helper

Nathan is such a patient Daddy.  He finds all kinds of little jobs for Elias to do.  Be still my heart.

P.S.-How cute are Elias’ little jeans??  He never wears jeans…only in Wamena.