Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Blue Skies & Sisters . . . Nothin' Better.

 It has been unseasonably GORGEOUS 'round these parts, and we can't get enough!

As soon as we're done with school for the day, we head outside to help Daddy with work projects,

or just to enjoy the glorious sunshine.

The other day the girls were swinging,

Tay had had enough . . .

So, the super cool big sissy that Kam is, she donned her helmet {yes, I realize that it should've been the other way around, lol!}, and took Tay for a spin in the wagon.

But after awhile, Kam got tired.  And, well, a little grumpy.

Because it's hard to be six, right?  Six is a tough age that comes with a LOT of hormones,

I'm finding out {or being reminded of . . . for the third time}.

But then the sweetest thing happened.

Tay found her, and proceeded to just BE THERE for her.
 She squeezed.
 She imparted some younger sisterly wisdom.

And soon, Kam's smile returned.
 Are sisters, like, the GREATEST thing in the world??

I know I'm blessed by mine, and my girls are blessed by theirs.
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Happy 10th Birthday, Makenna Nicole!

 Sweet Makenna, you are 10 years old today!! Double digits!  How quickly we arrived here. I swear it was just yesterday I was cuddling a three year old.

Makenna, you are like a breath of fresh air, when life seems chaotic.

You are my most go-with-the-flow, little Darlin

When plans change at the last minute (as they often do) you are least likely to let that bother you. 

You take your time in everything you do. From the time you were tiny, there was no rushing you. 

You are also an extremely sensitive soul.

 You think deeply, love fiercely, and are completely uninhibited. 

You are, by far, the silliest of your sisters! Once you get in one of your moods, and the giggles start, you drag all of us along with you!

You've become a tremendous help. Not so long ago you were content to let Sissy handle the big jobs, but these days, I can count on you to help wherever needed.

You are WONDERFUL with children. That is where you shine. 

You are patient with others, and a true teacher at heart.

In fact, you want to be a preschool teacher when you grow up.

And if that's what you pursue, I just know you'll be amazing.

You have a smile that lights up the greyest day, and a giggle that is infectious.

I thank God each day that He has entrusted us with you.

Happy Birthday, my Darlin Girl!

We love you so much!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Happy 6th Birthday, Kameryn Faith


If six doesn't just sound a whole lot older than five.

My third baby girl is six today.

Happy Birthday, Miss Kameryn Faith!

It surely seems like merely months ago that you were born.

Just weeks ago that you were toddling around.


And all of a sudden, here you are a young lady.

You are the girliest girl I have ever known.

You are in love with headbands, hair bows, earrings, and everything frilly.

You see the beauty in everything around you,

and delight in the tiniest of things.  

And I LOVE that about you! 

You are such a reminder to me, never to overlook the small things.

Because, in your eyes, nothing is too small to celebrate.

You are wise beyond your years,

and the kindest, most loving,

and compassionate child. 

You fill our home with love and laughter each and every day.
 Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!

Love you to the moon!
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

For the Kiddos

The girls and I were in the kitchen ALL.DAY.LONG New Year's Eve day.

But what fun we had!!!

Thought I'd share a couple of our creations, because I'm always looking for Kid-Friendly snacks, and my daughters ALL definitely approved these:

Pizza~Pretzel Bites:

The Dough:

1 1/2 Cups Warm Water
2 Tbsps. Brown Sugar
1 Pkg. Active Dry Yeast
3 ozs. Melted Butter
3 tsps. Salt
1 Egg
5 Cups Flour  {or so}

I add the warm water, brown sugar, and yeast to a bowl, and let it sit for a few minutes, to get bubbly and yummy.

Then I add in melted butter, salt, and a beaten egg.

Lastly comes the flour. 
I just keep adding more until the dough isn't sticky any longer.

Set aside to rise for about an hour.

Once it's risen, dump it out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll into long ropes.

I use a pizza cutter to divide dough into strips about 3-4 inches long. 
Then I flatten the dough and place a piece of pepperoni and a little chunk of string cheese
on one side.  Like so:


Then fold over so that you've made a little "pocket" of pizza goodness.

I seal it all up, and then place in a pot of boiling baking soda-water

About a 1/2 cup or so of baking soda to 3-4 quarts of water.

Let each pocket boil for 25-30 seconds, and remove with a slotted spoon.

I then place them in a 13x9 pan and brush them with a bit of butter, and sprinkle with sea salt

Then throw 'em on in to the oven for about 15 minutes at 400* {or until they turn golden on top}

They'll come out looking something like this:

And then you can go ahead and start shoveling them to your mouth
Or share them with your kiddos.  Whatever.

We also made Jell-O Parfait Treats for our quiet, little New Year's Eve :

We made up the Jell-O according to package directions, but substituted Ginger Ale for the cold water.

We, of course, added whipped cream and sprinkles because . . .

Well, we just love sprinkles.

 Your favorite kid-tested treats and snacks??

Do share! 
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Brand New Year!

I am wading through hundreds of Christmas photos right now, but in the
meantime... It's almost time to ring in a new year!!

If snacks, treats, and other goodies on your mind too, here are a few ideas for you (and don't worry, calories don't count when you are saying goodbye to a whole year!)
We just made these yummy treats 
(That my 5 year old insisted could double as treats for a Frozen Party):

  All you need is a package of Oreos
(crushed), and an 8oz package of cream cheese. Roll together into balls, and then coat with your choice of candy melts and sprinkles.
A few years ago we made these: 

Oh good heavens, they were delicious!

  You need vanilla candy melts and Oreo Cakesters... Do they make these anymore? Because I haven't seen them recently. 

  Once dipped they're super fun to decorate!!

And last year it was these Jell-O Parfaits:

  Just prepare Jell-O per box instructions, but substitute Ginger Ale for the Cold Water. You'll, of course, want to top with whipped cream and sprinkles!

What are your New Year's Eve plans??

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