Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Breakfast Time

 In the spirit of more time with kiddos in the kitchen . . .

I present:

Pancake D├ęcor.

Start with a mini pancakes,

add a little whipped cream and powdered sugar,

A dash of sprinkles,

Apparently more is more to a certain, just-turned-five year old.

And, voila! A festive, summertime breakfast treat.
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Kids in the Kitchen ~ Popsicle Bites

 Our "finding the joy" adventures that I had planned in my head, took on new form when Tay started coming down with a virus.  Last week, when Kenners had started running a high fever and complaining of a sore throat, I had chalked it up to lack of sleep and stress.  But when Tay showed the same symptoms a week later, I had to accept that we were spreading some germs 'round here.
Yay. Summer Sickies.

Luckily, a sweet friend had recently brought dinner to us, and with that she included just about everything you could think from her garden. Fresh lettuce, spinach, onions, raspberries, and blueberries. Yum, yum, yum!

So. Straight to the kitchen we went, to make a feel-better-kids-snack.
{PS ~ This adult liked it just fine too!}

I knew I wanted to make popsicles, but they take such a long time to freeze, and Tay-Tay is not known for her patience; particularly when her throat is on fire.

So we started with these:

Little bites of creamy, yogurty, raspberry-y, goodness!

We found a mini ice cube tray, mixed our ingredients, and poured straight into the tray.

About an hour later, and they were done!

Then I found these plastic shot glasses that I had picked up at the Dollar Store awhile back.
And cut some cute, paper straws in half to use as sticks.

The PERFECT size for mini popsicles!
 Quick and easy, and oh-so-delicious!
 No need to wait for a sore throat! 
These little treats could be gobbled up as a sweet, Summertime, cool-down, snack! 
That's just what my older girls did!

The details: {In case you want to make your own!}

You'll need:

Raspberries {or your favorite berry!}
 ~ About 2 cups {more or less, depending on how many treats you plan to make}

Vanilla Yogurt {1-2 Cups}

A splash of Cream orrrrrr I used Vanilla Creamer. Oh Yum. Oh Yum, Yum, Yum.

Mix it all up {I like to crush the berries a bit}, and pour into whatever mold you choose:
Popsicles, ice cube trays . . .

Toss in the freezer, and you're on your way to frozen goodness!
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Friday, June 24, 2016


It is a mess around here.
I'm not sure how else to describe it, really, other than life is real messy right now.
A couple of weeks ago we lost my father-in-law, tragically, and suddenly.  To say that we are lost, and having trouble knowing how to go on, is an understatement. We were *just* finding our way after the last tragedy, four years ago. Just beginning to smile again.  Just finding the joy in the new memories being made. And now . . . what?
That's been my question for the last two weeks.  'What now?'  Of course, I just want to scoop up my mom-in-law, and move her right in with us. But, I'm not real sure she'll go for that.  {Orrr ~ has anyone searched mother-in-law cottages on Pinterest? Adorable!}  But I think our first step is just that, a step.  One step, and then another toward living again.  I am reminded how short this life is. How little time we have with one another.  So my goal is to do MORE.  Even when I feel like doing less.  To make more memories with my daughters and husband, my mother-in-law, and my own parents. More sleepouts on the living room floor. More nature walks. More time with my girls in the kitchen.  More life, less stress. More trust, less control.
That's the plan, Stan. To seek out a little bit of joy in this world of chaos and confusion.
Big hugs from me to you, in case you are feeling lost too.
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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Happy Birthday, Taylor Grace!

 Oh my goodness, Tay, you are five years old!
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I had a bit of a break down a few weeks ago as I thought about the fact that you will start Kindergarten this fall . . .

And this is the first time I've had a Kindergartener, and NOT had a smaller one at home.

You are my baby girl.
 And you fit that role perfectly.

You're ornery as all get out,
stubborn, feisty, spirited, and spunky!
 But you are also loving, sweet, helpful, and full of joy!
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Every day with you is, truly, a new adventure.
 Happy Happy Birthday, my sweet girl!
We love you to the moon! 
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Monday, June 6, 2016

Road Trippin'

 Last week was crazy-busy with our final Bible study for the season,
errands, and a day with friends at the amusement park. 
But finally, FINALLY. I uploaded photos from our weekend trip to Medford.

We don't get down there often, but we sure do love it!

This trip was hush-hush because the occasion was a surprise birthday party for my aunt!

Medford is {should be} about a 4 1/2 hour drive. 
But, for our little family of six, it's more like six hours.

It takes us forever to get out.
Then we have to stop for eats and treats:

But everyone sighs a great big relief when we've scaled the last mountain pass,
and Medford is in sight.

Once we got settled in our room, there were plans made for dinner with my parents, sister, and her family.

Shoji's is a favorite because it's so much fun to watch someone prepare your meal right in front of you!  And what a show it is!

{Tay LOVED all of the fire}

The next morning started with snuggles.
 Then off to the restaurant we went to surprise Aunt Pat.

She was surprised :)

And it's pretty safe to say we ALL had a pretty great time.
 We got a little visit time in with family,

and then it was time to say good-bye :(
 Until next time, anyway.

Any great ideas for passing the time in the car? 
We've got several road trips planned this summer, and not one of us is any good at traveling :)  
Car games, activities, any ideas to make travel time fun would be much appreciated!
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