Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Back to MOPS picnic

I'm so blessed to be in a group of supportive and fun ladies. It's called MOPS and I can't imagine not being involved. Today we had our picnic to kick off the new year and it was great! A ton of moms and their kids showed up. We all just hung out while the kids played and ate lots of food.

I didn't get a chance to take any pictures of Judah and Paisley but, I did get a few pictures of some other sweethearts that were playing.

I'm always super hesitant to post pictures of other people on my blog but, don't think these mommies would mind. That's the funny thing about blogging....I want to document our daily lives but, I never want to step on anyone's toes while doing so!

Judah had an absolute blast running around at the picnic and playing with all the kids. He did really well until it was time to go. Then he hollered and screamed like he was seriously hurt because he didn't want to leave.
Got to love making a big scene sometimes.....not! Anyway, I tell myself that this is only a phase! After the picnic we came home and my babies napped. Jeremiah asked me if he could go golfing after work and although I would've rather had him home, I know it's important for him to do fun things with his co-workers. Judah, Paisley and I spent the evening grocery shopping because I didn't want to have a long evening just hanging out at home alone. I didn't make dinner so, Judah and I ate McDonalds in the car on our way home. It's not the dinner that I'm most proud of but hey, we never do that.

While we were at Fred Meyer Judah saw the guy working in the dairy section and hollered at the top of his lungs" Mommy, what is that man wearing jammies doing???"

Monday, August 29, 2011

Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray paper muffin liners with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Remove from heat, stir in sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in cocoa, flour, salt, and baking powder. Scoop batter into greased muffin cups, filling half way.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. Do not overcook.
  4. Remove muffin cups from tin and place on cooling rack until cool.
  5. Makes approx. 21 brownie bites.

Today We.......

Today we......
Went to Sally's house, played and had lunch.
We came home and we all took a nap. I never nap but, today I needed it.
Judah played outside while I fixed dinner and spied on him (with my camera).
 Paisley played in her playpen and watched her Praise Baby movie.
 Judah and Paisley took a bath. Judah thinks Paisley is hilarious because she is CRAZY in the tub. The girl thinks she's a fish.
 I made Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites for our MOPS kick-off-the-season picnic tomorrow. 
 Jeremiah participated in the draft for his second fantasy football team. The draft for his first team was yesterday and they had a party for it. 
 I made a coupon swap box for our couponing group, "Connect and Save" to use and for the ladies to use at MOPS. I hope people really get into it and that it becomes a great resource for people to exchange coupons.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Church and Changes

For quite awhile now, my husband and I have been tossing a difficult decision around. We've been going to an amazing church for about 3 years and there are so, so, so many things that we love about it but, something is missing for us. It's been such an emotional thought to ever try a different church because we love the people at our church so much and the support that we have there is amazing. But still, we've known that we need to do what's best for our family. Our relationships with God need to be growing and we need to be where God wants us.

We've talked about trying a different church for so long but, fear, sadness and worry have always held us back. It's pretty easy to visit a church when it's just two adults but, when you bring young children into the picture it gets complicated. Paisley tends to get sad with people she doesn't know well and Judah can be pretty shy. The thought of them being in a totally new class room or nursery totally scared me. Then I thought about how sad it would be to not be with my mom and sister at church on Sunday mornings. We've been so blessed to all go to the same church for so long. Then God spoke to me and it was clear. Church isn't about hanging out with my mom, sister and other people that I dearly love. It isn't about being comfortable. It isn't about being where my kids know everyone. We're there to learn about Jesus and grow our relationships with Him. Also, it needs to be a place that is working for not just myself but, my husband also. When my husband and I have a strong relationship with God, we will be better parents and able to teach our children about God.

So, a couple weeks ago, we put fear to the side and tried a Foursquare church in town. Our visit went really well! Judah and Paisley were in their classes the entire time without many tears shed, the music was great and so was the sermon. We went again today and again, it was a success. I don't know if we'll continue to go or if we'll go back to our old church. It's a hard decision but, at this point, we are open to what God has for us. We might not know where God wants us to be for awhile but, I know He says "Seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you."

I'm sharing this on my blog because I don't feel like this is something we need to hide. I love our church and I would never say anything bad about it because it has so many wonderful things to offer. We are searching to see what God has planned for our family and I'm finding peace in that. Change is hard and scary but, the reward can be worth it!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Garage Sale Finds, Cute Pictures & Fall Garden

A night time ritual of mine is to go check on Judah and Paisley after they are asleep. I like to make sure they are covered and all safe and sound. I just went and checked on them and they are both sawing logs. It doesn't surprise me because the last few days have been busy and fun. As much as I value time at home with my family, I'm also really enjoying spending good time with friends and enjoying the last days of summer.

Early yesterday morning we met up with Sally and her boys to go garage saling. I'll be honest and say that garage saling with small children isn't as enjoyable as garage saling would be alone or with a good friend. Despite the many seat belts that were buckled and un-buckled, the "I don't want to hold your hand" and the "Please just look, and don't touch!" we still had a blast. For the most part, the kids did great and I think they actually had fun.  Here are a few of the fun things that I found yesterday.
Full set of wooden alphabet and number blocks $2
 New container for my basil .50
 Cute watering can .50
 I was really excited to see this chalk board. I've been wanting one for our dining room for quite awhile now. There's something rustic about chalkboards and I just love them. This one was $5. When I brought it home, I wiped it down well and then sanded any rough spots. 

 I decided to paint it a nice light brown color. It's the same color as the paint in our bedroom and we already had all the paint supplies in the garage. The first coat of paint always looks a little funny.
 I love it after the second coat! I'm not done with it yet though...... I'll post a picture when I'm done. What a fun project and super affordable also! 
Another fun find was this John Deere hat for Judah. It's brand new and I think it was $1 or less. I can't get over how good green looks on him with his red hair and blue eyes. 
Yesterday afternoon, Judah and Paisley were playing on the floor together and Paisley was crawling all over him. It was so sweet. The precious moments where they play so well together totally make up for the many, many times that I'm getting after Judah for taking her toys or not being gentle with her.
 I love how happy Paisley's face is. She totally adores him.

 Paisley was laying on the floor with her favorite blanket. All on his own, Judah went and got his and laid down with her. I love when I see his sweet and gentle side with her.
Last night I went out with some friends to celebrate a Birthday. It was the first time that Jeremiah put both Judah and Paisley to bed without me home. Everything went smoothly. She took a bottle before bed and went to sleep just fine. She slept all night long like everything was normal. When I was sick, my milk supply went way down but, it's back to normal now and I'm really thankful for that. I plan on nursing her for quite awhile longer but, it's nice to also have the flexibility of her taking a bottle. I don't feel bad if Jeremiah puts her to bed once in awhile so, I can go have some fun.

Today Jeremiah helped a lady in our church move. The kids and I went to a friends Birthday party and Judah had a blast running around outside. This evening Jeremiah started building my first raised bed. We are going to have a little fall garden and I'm super excited about it. I've been doing some reading on fall gardening and although I'm defiantly a beginner gardener, I'm ready to learn.
 Hooray for good soil and boards! 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Perfect Summer Day at the Beach

Lately I feel like I can sense how the clock of summertime is ticking away and we only have so many more beautiful weeks left until we are forced to spend more time inside. Right now, I'm taking for granted the fact that my house is always full of fresh air because the windows can be open. Since I know we won't have this beautiful weather too much longer, I have a major urge inside me to enjoy every bit of it as much as we can.

This morning I texted Sally to see if they'd like to meet us at an awesome beach that's less than 20 minutes from my house. She was on board so, we gathered our picnics and our kids and headed out.

As we were walking down to the beach, we saw these ladies painting. Their paintings were gorgeous and I thought it looked like they were having so much fun! I gathered up the nerve to ask them if I could take their picture.

A favorite friend of mine was at the beach with her son and their dog. It was so fun to run into them and be able to chat for awhile. I love living in a small community where running into friends is the norm!
Sally wore baby Levi and although he wasn't too crazy about it, he was awesome. I call him my ham sandwich because he is so big and sweet. He wanted to get down and play....soon Levi, soon!

 Paisley was in the Ergo. She fell asleep and took a nice nap because she wasn't able to take her morning nap before we left the house. I love her sleeping face.
 Judah and Noah found lots of sticks and pretended they were trumpets. 
 They also ran in the mud, threw the mud, put mud on their faces, stuck their sticks in the mud and did many other muddy things. It was all great, muddy, boy fun and honestly, I really do love watching Judah play like that. I makes my heart happy to see him so care-free and being such a kid.

 This beach is gorgeous. It energizes me to be able to enjoy this.

 My mom meet up with us there and she brought some blueberries from her friends yard. The boys had sand on their hands so, she was feeding them the blueberries.
 My mom took this picture of us. It reminds me a lot of a picture that was taken on my due date at the pumpkin patch. 

Before we headed out for our beach adventure, we were able to watch a big truck outside delivering some wood. It was such a thrill for Judah to be able to see that big truck right in front of our house. The truck even had a forklift and the driver got out and used that forklift to move the boards. Oh my! Such excitement at our house! It was almost tempting to go tell that driver how much he made my boys morning.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Random thoughts

 This morning started with my mom coming over and spending special time with Judah. Paisley and I went and did some shopping together and had some girl time. We went to Michaels to pick up a few things and I was amazed to see all the cute fall decorations there. I shouldn't be surprised because after all, it is almost September. Seeing all those decorations really got me itching to decorate our house for fall. I picked up a few things and when I got home, my new decorations inspired me to hang some of our pictures on our walls.

We've had the keys to this place for 3 months now and I've really procrastinated about hanging pictures. I've over-thought it and been too much of a perfectionist. Hanging some of our pictures today felt so good. I kept on wondering "Why didn't I do this sooner?" I often build things up in my mind to be a much bigger deal than they really are. 

While Paisley and I were out running around, she was waving to everyone saying "Hi" and "Bye, bye". It was so precious. We saw some twin girls that I'm guessing were around 8 years old. They were in line behind us and they were talking to her and making her laugh. I love how sweet strangers can be sometimes! 

I didn't take any pictures today and that so isn't like me. I've been taking pictures everyday lately but today I didn't even think of it. 

Tonight I got into a competitive mood during dinner so, Jeremiah, Judah and I made up some silly competitions. We made "structures" with toothpicks and we also had a contest to see who could peel a grape the fastest. It was pretty fun! I see more family competitions in our future!

I've been thinking about a lot of stuff lately. Basically just life and what I want my life to be like. Who I want to be and what should be important to me. I've been thinking about how I spend my time and what kind of mom, wife and individual I want to be. It's been good and it's helping me sort out what's important to me and my family. 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Blah weekend!

Tonight I put clean sheets on our bed for the second night in a row and then a spider walked across the sheet and I squished it into the clean sheet with my clean finger. This almost made me smile because it was a perfect analogy of how our weekend has been. Thursday night I woke up in the middle of the night terribly sick and it continued into Friday. I was so thankful that Jeremiah was able to stay home with us because I don't think we would've survived without him.  The only downside was he tried to be nice and cook a pot roast with lots of onions, garlic and mushrooms in the crock pot. I might normally like how that smells but, to say it nicely, my crazy sensitive nose could hardly handle it this time.

Saturday I was feeling a little better so, we went and did some garage sale shopping. We found some super deals including cute jeans for $1 each and some designer brand baby clothes for Paisley for $1. I love garage sales! I spent the rest of Saturday cleaning the house and Jeremiah installed light fixtures in our downstairs living room. Have you ever been sick and although you're husband keeps the house fairly clean, you have a crazy urge to tidy everything up once you feel slightly better? Well, I probably overdid it on Saturday because Saturday night I got sick again and Jeremiah came down with it also and so did Judah.

Today Judah watched more TV than he usually does in a week because I was trying to keep him still so, he wouldn't be throwing up too much. I think we'll have a few days next week where we don't even turn the TV on to make up for it! We had some wonderful friends and family bring us a few things so, we didn't need to leave the house at all. I still feel crummy but, I can tell that I'm on the mend. I've had to give Paisley a few formula bottles because my milk supply went really low from being so sick. I really hope it bounces back because I'm not ready to be done nursing her.

She's been healthy and happy all weekend so, I'm thankful for that! This pint sized precious is on a mission to pull up wherever she can.
Her hair is getting longer and I'm totally in love with it. She pulls bows out now so, I won't be doing much with her hair for awhile but, I'm still enjoying watching it grow!

Tonight I'm hoping that Judah sleeps well and wakes up 100% healthy in the morning. It's time to have a good and fun week to make up for this weekend!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Applesauce and Sally holding both babies

Today started with a couple big cups of coffee because I was out way too late last night visiting with some ladies from my MOPS group. The lady who coordinated MOPS last year was kind enough to let us hangout in her home for the evening and it was so much fun to visit with everyone. I continually feel so blessed to have so many amazing women in my life. I love that I know Moms who are at all different stages of life. It gives me lots of ladies to talk to about mothering and I love that.

Sally and her boys came over this morning and hung out with us while I made applesauce. My Dad recently brought me a big box of apples that he picked and since they aren't very good for eating, I thought I'd turn them into applesauce. I have a Pampered Chef apple-peeler-corer-slicer thing and it worked great on most of the apples. If the apple was too soft, it didn't work well but, for the most part, it saved me a ton of time.
 I let the apples simmer on low with a little added water, a good amount of cinnamon and a little sugar for a few hours. I didn't want to add any sugar but, with this type of apple, I had no choice. They are sour! When I made applesauce two years ago, it didn't need any added sugar at all. I was hoping these apples would work the same way but, there was no way. Sugar had to be added.

While Judah and Paisley napped, I canned the jars. I love how they look. The color is so pretty!
While Sally was here, she was holding both Levi and Paisley and I had to take a picture of them.
 How cute are they?

Judah and Paisley both took super short naps today and I had a feeling it was going to be a long afternoon so, we had an impromptu play date at the playground with some friends. I'm so glad we went there. It made the rest of the day goes so much more smoothly.

Tonight I'm going to make myself go to be early. I'm not feeling that well and I'm not sure if it's because I'm tired or if I'm getting what Paisley had. It better only be from being tired. Moms aren't aloud to get sick. :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Breakfast on the porch

This morning Judah enjoyed his breakfast drive-up style. Aren't summer mornings supposed to be spent riding your fire truck out on the deck and eating zucchini apple bread from a plate perched on your water table?
 I think so. 


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