Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Team Work Tuesday

Here's my little sweetie, all cleaned up and on a triple-layer-protected couch.

I haven't blogged here for a while. I've been, well, myself. Busy, anxious, focusing on another blog. But I'm sitting here, it's Thanksgiving week,  and I have a lot to be thankful for. I'm always grateful for my blessings.

But, last night just reminded me how special my family is...in a silly, vomity sort of way.

Hannah called me twice from school yesterday saying she didn't feel well. I knew she didn't. She had gotten food contaminated with gluten two days ago (she's on a gluten/dairy free diet) and it didn't sit well with her.

So, since she didn't have any obvious leave-school-early symptoms, I told her to stick it out.

She came home and didn't eat dinner...which is VERY out of character, and if you fast forward a few hours, she woke herself up in the most enormous pile of throw-up I have ever seen. It was everywhere.

Matt and I heard her cough and that was it, but it was enough for us to check on her.

There was our sweet baby disoriented, sick, filthy, and totally confused.

And Matt and I went to work.

Even while it's happening, I'm always amazed at our team work. I just don't know what people do when they're the only one who deals with that stuff. Someone has to get the kid cleaned up and someone has has to get the bed changed...and everything else.

Matt and I have some sort of mental interconnections and we just start. I love him so much. I grabbed Hannah who was literally dumping the vomit from her hands onto the carpet and Matt got the sheets.

I realize this is all disgusting, but it's so beautiful in a way. It makes me so thankful for my sweet husband, and it also so closely parallel's God's love for us. We spend most of our lives in "vomit" and He so gently cleans us, cares for us, and gets us through it.

Maybe I'm nuts for having these feelings when talking about puke, but that's me.

Hannah's feeling much better this morning, thankfully...I'm trying to explain to her why she can't eat normally for breakfast.

Happy Thanksgiving.







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Monday, October 15, 2012

Encouragement


1 Corinthians 5:1-10


New Bodies

For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.

So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. For we live by believing and not by seeing. Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Gluten Free Banana Muffins

Photo property of Melissa Terebessy




Ingredients:
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup homemade almond butter (or nut butter of your choice) - You can omit the nut butter and increase the oil to 1/2 cup.
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 c Better Batter Gluten Free Flour
Directions:Mix the bananas, oil, almond butter, sugar and honey in a bowl. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
Mix the flour, salt, and baking soda in another bowl and fold into the liquid mixture.
Spoon the mixture into muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.


Yield: 12 muffins

176 Calories Each

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Gluten/Dairy Free Corn Dog Muffins (with hidden veggies)




Corn dog muffins have always been a go to for me. I freeze them for lunches and they're a crowd pleaser. I am pleasantly surprised that my first attempt at gluten/dairy/refined sugar free corn dog muffins are delicious and easy. 


Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil (canola works fine)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup homemade non-dairy buttermilk substitute (1 cup almond milk with 1 tsp cream of tartar OR 1tbsp lemon juice OR white vinegar. Let sit 5-8 minutes stirring once)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Biscuit/Baking Mix
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 Oscar Mayer Selects Hotdogs (No nitrates or preservatives) cut into bite sized pieces. Smaller seems to be easier
  • 1/2-3/4 cup steamed SEASONED pureed/very finely chopped broccoli (mine was seasoned with garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper


Preheat oven to 375

  1. Whisk wet ingredients together. (first four ingredients)
  2. Separately whisk dry ingredients together (next four ingredients)
  3. Stir dry ingredients into wet.
  4. Fold in hot dogs and broccoli
  5. Use 1/3 cup measuring cup to fill approximately 16 muffin cups.
Bake for 18-20 minutes depending on your oven. 

I am very pleased with the results of these! My 21 month old taste-tester approves too!




Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Gluten/Dairy/Egg Free Chocolate Cupcakes


Photo property of Melissa Terebessy




These are good. REALLY good.

Our daughter had a birthday party today and my husband looked at me and said, "What are you going to send her with?" Sunday afternoon, two hours before the party, and I'm a newbie to gluten free cooking. The new gluten free market near us is closed on Sundays and I looked at him like a deer in headlights.

WHAT WAS I GOING TO SEND HER WITH??

I asked her if peanut butter cookies were okay. I have that one down. She said she wanted cake if the other kids were having cake...Ugh. Okay - here goes nothing.

So after tasting the batter of the recipe I followed, I altered the batch and was PLEASED with the results. Texture and taste were EXACTLY like a chocolate cupcake. I need to work on the icing, but it worked.

Here's what I did.

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup Bob's GF Biscuit/Baking Mix (I will try Pamela's next time)
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 cup (or a little less) sugar 
3/4 cup (or a little less) cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup cooking oil
1 tbsp vinegar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup almond milk
1tsp baking soda

Optional:
1/2 cup of mini dairy free chocolate chips added to dry ingredients before adding the wet ingredients. (Haven't tried this yet!

Mix your dry ingredients and then fold in the (mixed) wet ingredients with a rubber spatula.

Add to greased or paper-lined muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes based on your oven.

When cooled, add icing. I will post an icing recipe when I have one I'm confident in. For this recipe, I used coconut oil, powdered sugar, vanilla, and almond milk for consistency. I wasn't thrilled with it, but it was okay.

ENJOY! You won't miss flour in this recipe!

Monday, August 20, 2012

How To Meal Plan Monday

I recently posted my first monthly meal plan and some of you are interested in how it's been going, how I do it, and recipes I might share.

I don't know that I'm at my clearest at 3am, but here goes.

Things I love about planning meals for a month:

  • I am in the kitchen a THIRD of the time I was before.
  • We're not eating out HALF as much because if I don't follow the meal plan, food will go to waste.
  • I never stand at the freezer at 3pm wondering what's for dinner.
  • Lunches are fast, varied, and easy.
  • I found that I'm able to plan multiple meals at the same time knowing what we'll be having in the future. For instance, I was making tacos right alongside sloppy joes. I froze the sloppy joes and it literally took no extra time. I did the same thing with my mini turkey meatloaves and teriyaki turkey meatballs.
  • I am able to plan EXACTLY enough food for two dinners without trying to make to little or too much food last an extra day.
Road blocks:
  • Halfway through doing this, we decided to try a gluten free diet for our daughter. That has put stress on me, the budget and our meal plan, but we've been able to adapt well. I'm looking forward to planning next month gluten/diary free from the beginning.
  • If one of the kids is unhappy with something I've planned, they're stuck with it for the week. 
  • I think Matt is getting tired of eating certain foods that I prepare with the girls in mind, i.e. everything in my quiche cups was chopped so small in the processor for the girls you could barely distinguish the texture as separate from the eggs.
How I do it:
  • Have a master meal list. I generally will search meals I've saved on food.com, pinterest.com, and here on my blog for things we like and normally eat.
  • Print a blank calendar (I just googled and formatted in word) and select one breakfast and one (or two) lunch ideas for each week. I select one dinner for every two days as we will eat leftovers around here.
  • As you're making your meal plan on your calendar, start a shopping list, keeping track of how many pounds of everything that you'll need for the month. YOU WILL BE OVERWHELMED BY THE AMOUNT YOU SPEND ON GROCERIES THAT FIRST WEEK!
  • Have freezer paper, ziplock backs, and glass containers available to freeze when you're able to bulk-cook.
  • On Sunday afternoons, I will grill chicken, pack individual oatmeal bags, etc to prepare for the week.
  • I don't go based on what's on sale. I'll go to Sam's Club to buy in bulk and Aldi for produce during subsequent weeks. I coupon when I'm able to do so based on what I've planned.
  • As I mentioned, I do have to shop weekly for produce. I just haven't found a way around that!
This has freed up SO much time and eliminated SO MUCH STRESS! It is also better for the budget and portion control!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Gluten/Dairy Free Baked Mac & Cheese


Photo property of Melissa Terebessy


I am new to gluten free cooking as we're very recently trying this diet with my daughter - so when I was making mac & cheese for a family gathering, I couldn't leave her out. 

While, you definitely can taste a slight, nutty aftertaste from the cheese-substitute, the texture and taste of this dish is decidedly good and my seven-year-old said it was the best she's ever eaten. It'll do the trick for you!

Please note that when I made this, I was guessing, so I didn't write the recipe down - so the amounts (I'm sorry) are approximate but I'm confident they are close. When I make it again, I will tweak it if need be! Mac & Cheese is flexible anyway!

Ingredients:
  • 1.5 cups dried brown rice fusilli pasta (cooked with salt and a little olive oil added to prevent sticking). Then set aside
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1tsp corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup Daiya Cheddar Shreds (can be found locally at Giant Eagle, Gluten free markets, Trader Joes, and Whole Foods)
  • 3/4 cup original almond milk (or any dairy free milk you choose)
Topping:
  • 1 slice brown rice bread (or any gluten free bread)
  • Small handful Daiya Cheddar shreds
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
Pulse topping ingredients together in blender or food processor and set aside.

Most important tool: A WHISK 

  • Heat olive oil, salt, and corn starch in a small sauce pan on the stove until thickened  WHISK CONSTANTLY. You have to babysit this dish for the best consistency of the sauce!
  • Slowly add almond milk and bring to a boil. Let boil for about 2 minutes while whisking. Turn heat down and let simmer for 5 more minutes WHILE STILL WHISKING. You can walk away from this for a minute, but come back quickly to stir. Mixture should thicken.
  • Slowly add cheese and whisk  until thick and smooth. Feel free to taste to see if you want to add more cheese or spice.
  • Add your previously cooked rice noodles and fold cheese mixture in until noodles are coated. 
  • I poured my mixture into 3 individual ramekins and topped with bread crumb topping. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden on top.







Monday, July 30, 2012

Monthly Menu Plan Monday

After our "We-Suddlenly-Have-To-Buy-A-Second-Car-With-Cash-In-Ten-Months July," We've been aggressively trying to refund our savings.

The good news: We managed to buy 2 decent cars in less than a year with cash.
The bad news: We need to save hard to put that money back. I want to have money for a roof next spring plus a fully funded emergency fund. I'm determined. In the same month that we purchased the car we replaced 22% of the cash spent. I'll take it!

So that said, I'm trying my hand at a MONTHLY meal plan. I'm hoping this stops trips to the store for unplanned dinner items.

I had a request for the meal plan, so here it is. We'll see how it goes.

Breakfasts and lunches will be the same for each week at a time and we'll eat leftovers for dinner one time for each meal. That doesn't phase us around here, but I know some people don't like the repetition.

Breakfasts
Fruit is always a side to the main course (apples, bananas, clementines, grapes, etc)


  • Week 1: Individual (at-home-packaged) oatmeal with nuts and fruit
  • Week 2: Puffins (Pancake muffins) and fruit
  • Week 3: Home made granola bars
  • Week 4: Egg/Cheese/Sausage Quiche cups
  • Week 5: Home made granola/milk fruit



Lunch:
Lunches around here are accompanied by fruit, cucumbers, carrots etc


  • Week 1: Ham & Cheese Wraps (Matt), Strawberry/Banana smoothies for the girls
  • Week 2: All natural chicken patties (Tyson makes one that is 170 calories with no preservatives or  additives - just basic understandable ingredients)
  • Week 3: Chicken noodle soup & whole wheat biscuits
  • Week 4: Pepperoni/Cheese hot pockets (Matt), beans and rice (the girls and me)
  • Week 5: Chicken Salads (Matt and Me), Whole Wheat Banana Muffins (girls)



Dinner:

  • Ranch Pork Chops, potatoes, asparagus
  • Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs, rice noodles, sugar snap peas
  • Tacos, sweet corn cake
  • Orange Chicken, broccoli, rice
  • Turkey Veggie Meatloaf, cauliflower mashed potatoes, glazed carrots
  • Sloppy Joes roasted cauliflower
  • Grilled Honey Orange Ginger Salmon, Israeli Cous Cous, Green Beans
  • Breakfast for Dinner: Waffles, Spinach/Egg Omelets, Turkey Bacon
  • Bean Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries
  • Coconut Chicken, coconut pineapple dipping sauce, hawaiian rice, broccoli
  • Sauteed Shrimp, rice noodles, chopped spinach
  • Pizza for Hannah's birthday party
  • BBQ Country Pork Ribs, Baked Potatoes, Green beans
  • Italian Sausage with Peppers/Onions, homemade noodles, salad


Snacks

  • baked dried apples
  • smoothies
  • pistachios, walnuts, almonds
  • crackers/cereal


I'm not quite sure how it will work, but I shaved $125 off of my grocery bill last month, I hope to take off $75 more.

Do you meal plan? If so - how does it work for you?

Monday, July 16, 2012

Where has the time gone?


Thirteen years ago today, my main squeeze took me out on our first date...No, it wasn't to the Myan ruins....This photo was taken in Mexico City almost exactly a year later. I was 18 and he was 20 in the photo. We were on a Mission Trip with our youth group. He was a leader, I was still a student...Shhh!

At 17 and 19, we went to Chili's where I got a Ceasar salad - and they forgot to put chicken on it - but I didn't notice until later because I was so nervous. :) 

He's a super guy and I love him so much!



Friday, May 4, 2012

Family Friday

I just love how much my girls love each other. I've never seen sisters so connected. I sure hope it stays that way! Hannah is a little mommy to her baby sister!


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Thrifty Thursday - Make your own hand soap. SUPER EASY!!


I am so excited! I made my own hand soap. The results yielded over a gallon - and I had to purchase...NOTHING. I had everything in my possession! Even if you had to buy everything - this much hand soap would cost you around $1 and it's really easy to make - and smells wonderful. This is the perfect way to avoid the health concerns of most hand soaps, OR to use up all those bars you take home from hotels but never use!

Ingredients:
1 bar of soap (I used Trader Joes All Natural Honey Oatmeal Bar)
2 TBSP Glycerin (It's cheap - you can find it in the first aid aisle)
1 gallon water
5-10 drops citrus (or your favorite scent) essential oil *OPTIONAL*
Empty soap dispensers
1 gallon jug to hold soap (mine held white vinegar - and then home made laundry soap.)

1. Grate your bar of soap with a cheese grater. Don't get freaked out people, it's soap.
2. Add to a LARGE soup pot (sans soup) with 1 gallon hot water and glycerin.
3. Slowly heat and stir until soap flakes dissolve. It will be thin.
4. Add essential oil if you want. You really don't need it.
5. Let sit uncovered overnight or 8-10 hours to thicken, it will seem uneven.
6. You can use a mixer or whisk to get an even consistency.
7. Use a spouted measuring glass or funnel to pour soap into containers.

PERFECT, QUICK, EASY, and CHEAP! My favorite!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Glasses In The Dark

It's that time of night where there is nothing but sleep. A time of peace, rest, and recharging. Deep sleep is startled by a brief, but frightened shriek. I fumble for my glasses, a false sense of sight in the darkness, and stumble toward the sound that woke me.

I feel around the little ball curled up under the covers, hiding from whatever fear the darkness had caused. Lifting up the covers, I crawl in. In such sleepiness, there is no adequate articulation of the cause of the shriek, but it's real. I take off my glasses and snuggle close. I can't see her face, but I feel the relief. The comfort. The immediate dissolving of panic that had been so real moments before.

The power granted to me to have such an affect on such intense emotion is overwhelming. Moments pass and, in the blackness, I reach for my glasses and find my way to my own bed. As I close my eyes, there is immediate and intense wailing from a different room. It too calls of fear. I reach for my glasses once again, eager to bring calm.

I hear my own soothing words as I bring the small bundle close to my chest. Instant rest. The tiny body melts into mine as if it was never awoken from slumber. I feel every breath and, although I can't see her sweet features, even with my glasses, I imagine that tiny nose and those sweet lips and smile to myself.

The eyes of my heart are wide open.

Gently placing her in her bed, I head back to mine, setting my glasses on their spot beside my bed. Closing my eyes, I feel rustling beside me and an arm that envelops me. It brings me a new peace. Rest, but not sleep. The beauty of the secret moments just experienced reach my core.

The gift I have been given. The privilege with which I have been blessed. The honor that has been bestowed upon me.

I am a mom.





Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What a DEAL Wednesday - More Free Photos

Hurry on over to walgreens.com to get 25 FREE 4x6 inch photos. They too are doing the TrueDigital cropping for free (like SnapFish) for those of you who've had them crop your digital photos into 4x6.

Enter: FREEDEAL in the coupon code bar.

Select: Store pick up so you don't have to pay for shipping and be sure to select the store nearest you. Here are some of the photos I'm excited to see with this batch. In the past 2 weeks I've gotten almost 150 pictures for $6.

Love me some deals.


These are all from last summer. Hannah still climbs in Emma's crib and plays with her.


Twins.


Love this kid.


Sweet sisters ready for the pool.


Who could forget the infamous fire pit disaster at staff meeting. Thank you for destroying my yard and saving our lives Mr. Fireman.


Hee hee.


I love this photo....off center and all. She wasn't feeling well.


Our trip to Presque Isle




Tuesday, April 3, 2012

SPECIAL RECIPE:Grandma's Braided Easter Bread

I have yet to see or taste an Easter bread that comes even close to being as amazing as my beautiful grandma's. This terribly taken photo (from an old cell phone) was taken a couple years ago when my grandma and I made some Easter bread together. We are so blessed to have all of our grandma's recipes in one book. She's an amazing cook! 


My mom asked me to email her the recipe because she lent her cookbook out. I know grandma wouldn't mind me sharing the recipe with you all, because she always welcomed anyone into her kitchen who wanted to know, how things were done, the right way. I have always called her for help with cooking - and she knows what she's talking about!

So if you'd like to enjoy this tasty bread, and maybe take a stab at working with yeast and bread dough, here's the recipe!

Ingredients:

1 pkg. active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp)
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup scalded milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter
5 cups flour
4 eggs and 1 egg yolk
4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon extract or 2 tsp grated lemon peel (I'm pretty sure we DID NOT use this when we made it together)

Glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp butter
1tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon extract (again, I really don't remember adding this)
1/4 cup boiling water

(Blend all ingredients with electric mixer until smooth.)

Stir yeast in warm water. Set aside for 10 minutes until foamy. Scald milk, sugar, butter and salt. Cool to lukewarm. Stir in 2 cups of flour. Add eggs, vanilla and lemon peel. Stir in yeast mixture. Add remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead dough on a floured board until dough is smooth an elastic. (The dough hook on a stand mixer does this incredibly fast. By hand - I'd go almost 10 minutes.) Place in a greased bowl, turning one time to coat dough. Cover with plastic wrap and then a kitchen towel.

Let rise until doubled (about an hour to an hour and a half). Push dough down and let rise again. Divide dough in half. Divide each into 3 even balls.  Roll each ball in strands 12" long. Place each strand on a greased baking sheet 1" apart. Braid loosely beginning in the MIDDLE, working toward each end.  Tuck each end securely. Cover loaves, rise until double (another 30 minutes or so). Bake at 350 degrees approx. 30-35 minutes. Cover with glaze when warm.

Yield: 2 loaves

Note: If doubling the recipe, do not double the sugar. Double all other ingredients. Add on additional egg, plus 2 yolks.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Money Monday - Shoes

I feel like the kiddos always need shoes.

Warm weather came to Pittsburgh early this year and I have been looking for a good deal on summer shoes for weeks. I felt like I caved too early last week, but when I thought about it, $37 for 4 pairs of shoes is a pretty good deal. I went to Payless.

I'm only inclined to spend a decent amount on tennis shoes as the kids need them. Sandals can be cheap as far as I'm concerned.


The two on the left are for Hannah and the two on the right are for Emma. I didn't feel like spending anything, but I tried to get shoes that the girls can wear with anything - and I'm happy with my purchases!

Now if I could just get some for myself!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Family Friday - How to deal with bad attitudes in children.

We've had some nasty attitudes around here lately...and I have to be honest my mini-me and I can clash pretty hardcore. I really want to be above all of that and respond in a way that Hannah needs me to. I want to respond in a way that helps her to CHANGE her responses to things instead of becoming more and more short-tempered like...ahem...like her mother.

I just read this article and though basic, her advise on how to train your children is just perfect. I needed a good direction and this is it. Go check it out if you're having a similar problem with your kiddo.



Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wellness Wednesday

Here are some health-things on my mind this week:

1. It's March and I've already well-surpassed my $500 health insurance deductible.

2. I'm feeling sick as a dog at moment - possibly feverish. I went to take my temperature and was shocked that it was only 93. "I MUST be dying." I thought to myself, before realizing I just finished a smoothie.

3. Emma was up for half the night, miserable from her shots and well-visit yesterday. At that appointment, we had a momentary concern for her size. It appeared that she had completely dropped off the growth chart for her height. After remeasuring, my little shorty is in the 10th percentile, which is where she always is, so everything is fine there. I don't think I could ever give birth to Andre the Giant though. Come on people, I'm five feet tall!

Here's a picture of my poor baby at Target snuggling up to a monkey backpack. She almost fell asleep in the cart like this!


4. I just spent $15 on allergy eye drops because, though I've never had allergies, the mild PA winter has cause me to want to gauge my own eyes out.

5. Lastly, I am pushing fluids!! I need to feel better. I never want to drink anything ESPECIALLY when I'm sick, but it really does help.

So, that's a random post, but it's what's happening in my world!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tips and Hints Tuesday - Pantry/Ants




Tuesday's Tip - Keep this kid out of your pantry.

Here is Emma sitting in my pantry, doing what she does best. Playing with food coloring, spices, and sprinkles. It keeps her busy!


Seriously though, spring is here and it's time to clean out that pantry - or the cabinets where you keep your food. Even the most meticulous people have some crumbs or spilled honey in those dark back corners which is like a magnet for those annoying little insects. 

A thorough cleaning makes a huge difference in the appearance of those ants. 

Also, this grosses me out, but apparently you can create your own ant killer with boric acid, sugar, and water. Just KEEP IT AWAY FROM YOUR LITTLE PANTRY-DWELLERS THAT ARE WELCOME, like my little Emma Grace.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Money Monday - 100 Pictures for $5 SHIPPED!

I know it's a day early, but I just ordered 120 pictures from Snapfish and they are going to mail them to my house for $6.40! I had 20 free prints, so I had to pay the $1.40 to have the extra 20 shipped to my house...but the deal is:

100 4x6 prints for $5 including shipping. Enter the promo code RAINBOW at check out. You have until TUESDAY, MARCH 27!

Things that impressed me:

I was extremely impressed at the speed in which my photos were uploaded.

I could choose glossy or matte.

AND the most impressive thing to me was that I was able to, at no extra charge, select 4x5.3in photos for those that weren't automatically 4x6. I hate when they automatically crop your pictures to fit.

Here are just a few photos I'm excited to see:




Go! Do it!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Sunny Saturday

I swapped a "date" afternoon, for time with the kids. We headed to Frick Park - one of our favorite places to go. We had a picnic, playtime and a re-scraped knee. Now I have two tired babies that had a great day!


Ready to go, sun roof glass is out and we're ready to play!


I love her.


Picnic time with our beautiful girls.


I love them.


Hannah said - "Kiss daddy mom." I love him.


Sweetest sisters ever.


Static.


Hanging out in the tunnel.

 

Swinging.


Exploring.


I love this photo.


This kid has scraped her knee open AT LEAST 5 times. No joke.


Exhausted.


I love my family. 
I know I say that a lot.
It's just....true.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Thankful Thursday


Look at that face...

ADORE


Love her.


Best dad EVER.

Just threw a ball at me.


Monday, March 12, 2012

Hello :)

I really do miss blogging. I also think I put too many pictures on Facebook that no one cares about - so I need to put them here.

After having mono, I finally am feeling like myself again. Trying to manage my anxiety is a minute by minute activity, but I'm very determined to kick it to the curb once and for all.

Today I feel well. I feel as though I side-stepped anxiety multiple times. I'm learning how to manage the events that trigger it. I now understand that events that cause people to have "self-defeating" beliefs about themselves are the very things that trigger anxiety. It's very interesting to me and so insightful.

Anyhow, I'm enjoying every moment with my family. Life is so busy and I don't want to miss a minute. Pulling out Hannah's old clothes for Emma recently, I had a flashback. When Hannah got a certain pair of pajamas, the movie Click just came out. Adam Sandler's character has a little girl (maybe seven at the time) that runs down the stairs in the same jammies. Matt and I both got choked up watching it, back in the day, thinking about Hannah being that big.


Now, Emma is wearing those jammies and Hannah IS that big. It's crazy. I'm not sad, I just want to be engaged. I'm loving being a mom and wife. It's my favorite!

Here's what's going on in our world:


Here's our family at Hannah's science fair. She was so proud of herself and so were we!




Matt bought Hannah a T-Ball set, ball, bat and glove to practice with.


Aren't they cute??


Here's my little Telly Monster from Sesame Street


This was supposed to be bedtime. It became a sweet little snuggle-fest in Emma's room.

How cute is this? Matt took the girls to the park and caught this sweet picture on his  phone.




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