Monday, July 6, 2015


Ellie has been asking for a few months to get her ears pierced and we had a rare opportunity when the two of us could slip away to get it done. She was so excited for our date and put on a fancy dress even. It was so precious.

 All excited and a little nervous too.
 Pinning her hair back and snuggling the puppy she picked out to squeeze.
 Marking just the right spot.
 Momma made the poor girl adjust it three times before it was just right.
 OUCH! Her sweet face made me heartsick as a mom, but it only lasted for about 10 seconds and she was ready for the rest of our shopping trip.
 All done. It was so sweet when we were picking out the earrings. She wanted to know what Avery had picked so she could get the exact same thing! She looks up so much to her big sister.
 While mommy shopped for some new shoes Ellie rode the carousel three times. She was so much fun to be with this day. Definitely I day I will never forget.
 Clearly, the pain was gone and she was riding the carousel like the wild woman that she is.
So pretty. Her hair is growing out and she's obsessed with brushing it and looking dolled up. She may turn into our little diva.
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Friday, July 3, 2015

SUMMER Time and the living is easy.....

A good friend has the most delicious cucumbers in her garden and she knows that I am obsessed with them. So when she texted me this past week that she had some available I jumped at the chance to get some.

 And as you can see, I'm not the only ones that love them. It's about a cucumber a day in this house!
 She also threw in blueberries, cabbage, squash, tomatillos, herbs, fennel, chard, and green beans.
 I organized most of my oils with the nifty stickers my dad ordered me. He's been selling young living since WAAAAAAAAY before it was cool. Sorry we use to make fun of you dad! Clearly these are awesome!
 I decided to switch my school room back into a laundry room. About 30 loads of books to the basement later for storage down there and I could barely bend for two days. And yay for nekked babies that insist on wearing shoes.
 SCORE of the week. This tea tray was EIGHT DOLLARS at Target this week. Orginially $29.99. Woohoo!

This is my favorite season and I am just loving all the fresh food and warm days. Please Winter, just stay away!
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Homemade Salsa

I never knew salsa was so easy to make! I will probably never buy it again because it was just so good. I didn't take exact measurements. I am more of a throw it all in kind of cook. But I did use the following:

Homemade Salsa
2 tomatoes
1 tsp. tabasco
1/2 purple onion
half a bunch of cilantro
1 tsp. crushed garlic

Puree all ingredients to desires consistency. 

I used my mini food processor and it was perfect. Very easy clean up too. I have a large food processor too, but for the amount I was making the small one was the best size.
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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Lorelai turns TWO

     My sweet sweet baby is two now. I remember holding her in the hospital and thinking that since this was my last baby I was going to soak in every minute of her babyhood. And I thought about her second birthday and how that is the turning point. That's when they are no longer babies and suddenly are talking, walking, throwing fits, and potty training! UGH! But she is really the sweetest and easiest baby we have had. And has been nothing but a blessing to our family. Love you Lorelai Piper.

She had a pretty awesome first year.

    Year Two started off with a bang for baby girl with a trip to Chicago and then to Sydney, Australia! What an amazing life she's led as our little world traveler. She won't remember any of these trips, but this is proof she was there.

 The special cake my aunt, uncle, and cousins had for her at a family reunion.
 Hyde Park downtown Sydney.
 Whale watching. I threw up the WHOLE time with motion sickness, but seeing those whales was truly an amazing experience.

 Seeing wallabys at the zoo in Darling Harbor, Sydney.

Her first pony tail!
 And loves playing peek a boo on her birthday.

 Halloween 2014
Clearwater, FL Dec. 2014
 Nashville, Tn 2015 Cousin Whitney's wedding.
 Just Chillin.
 Children's Museum, Tampa.

 Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa.
 Topsail, NC.
 LegoLand, FL Dec. 2014

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