Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Love Dinner

Our Love dinner for February was actually in March this year…. with schedules of work and school, it’s sometimes hard to find a stretch of time we can all get together. We made a simple New York Steak Dinner with garlic mashed potatoes, tossed salad and fresh fruit. Everyone is trying to eat healthier and more clean, some are even doing the no sugar March. The girls thought it would be fun to make Valentine boxes and bring them to dinner and then we each handed out our Valentines for everyone. It was surprisingly fun and probably something we would do again. I love taking time to make dinner for our family and letting them each know how loved they are by Larry and I.

Our Week

I have a feeling until I get caught up on life, I will be settling for throwing batches of them together. Maybe settling is the wrong word, maybe it's just embracing a growing family and limited time. So happy I get to share my life with my family. Feeling blessed.

Spent the day with Abby, topped off with a visit to
Dolce Amellia for some gelato... out of this world yummy
and so close to home!

Just give them a laundry basket and they will play for hours
taking turns pushing each other all over the house

I am an unconscious, chaotic eater. So in my head, I am thinking that if I 
chop up plenty of vegetables and a little fruit and toss in some nuts
and swiss cheese and nibble on them throughout the day that it will take me closer
to weight loss. I could honestly write a chapter book on all the weight loss
plans I have tried... this one makes the most sense.

My word is still simplify and I will keep on keeping on
until I achieve it. I am not an optimist or a pessimist. I am a 
realist. I know there is a strong chance I may never achieve it
in its totality, but I pray I will capture some of it more

Going for walks in our unusually warm weather... taking
advantage of it as much as possible. Perfect!

 Music on? Ashlee will provide the dance and entertainment

Shhh. . . Ransom and Morris taking a Sunday couch nap after dinner

Tyler has mastered braiding Lindsey's hair

Our 'Justified' marathon begins for the final season. 
The girls made us a real good southern meal to celebrate

Larry decorating his own Valentine box for our Love Dinner

When Josh works  sometimes, we go over and watch movies. This time 
we stayed past 3am watching the short and now canceled series called 
Manhattan Love Story and we couldn't stop ourselves. I have
not laughed this much in a long time... sadly, Kelsie will never believe that I
loved her Grapefruit Poppyseed Muffin.

Spring cleaning begins at Pebbles... Thank you Ashlee with a smile!

Kelsie first made these for one of our freezer meals and I am hooked. 
Homemade refried bean burritos with some cheddar cheese, then baked 
to total deliciousness. Pretty darn healthy too!

Ashlee made Homemade Greek Yogurt with Kelsie's new recipe... the straining 
begins. It is out of the ball park good, especially paired up with
Kelsie's homemade granola recipe. 

While it strains, she dances...

Packing it in jars for fridge time

We can see clearly now with much appreciated help from Abby

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Babysitting Bigelows

I was able to spend time with the Bigelow kids while Katie and Ransom got to spend time away together... Sometimes they take my breath away with their energy as they go in all directions. But most of the time, they amaze me with their creativity, free spirit-ness and conversations. Never a dull moment. Ever. Phoebe is a loving older sister to Morris and watches over him so gently, but with big wild eyes and a sweet voice. Conrad looked forward to cooking and spending time with Paul so he can ask him Clash of Clans questions. Morris runs to me and gives me hugs a lot. I feel so blessed that they live close by so I can love on them. I will do it again in a heart beat and hope they plan their next trip soon... 

Baggies of munchies are always a must...

Phoebe makes a new friend at the Disney store with all
the other little princesses

I got to take Phoebe to Princess time at the Disney store. She
wore her dress and learned how to be kind and have courage.

 Arctic Circle twist cone treats to go... Morris slept through his

Conrad likes to cook. Today he made a chocolate sauce with 
fresh raspberries. It was very good.

Lunch time quesadillas

 Backyard playtime

Dead Woman Dead Woman Come Alive... Phoebe's turn

Dead Woman Dead Woman Come Alive... Abby's turn

Dead Woman Dead Woman Come Alive... Jack's turn

Jack, our little Spiderman with Abby

Abby Catching Sun Shine

Looks like a deep pruning on those peach trees this year

How dirty can a little boy get?

No better place to be than a dirt hill for Jack

A much needed bath time

Morris's favorite book 'Spot'

Snuggle time before bedtime...