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Wife to an amazing husband, Mommy to three adorable littles, all under the age of three! I survive my days as a SAHM with decorating, coffee, organizing, playing with the family, baking, crafting, having playdates, and working towards a closer relationship with God. I have a big heart for foster care/adoption! I am an imperfect perfectionist who strives daily to improve my role as wife, mother and child of God.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011


This little guy preferred yogurt to a donut...he has no idea what he's missing!
Yep, I totally let Ri sleep in her "tinker bell" outfit. She loved it! She really loves feeling big and being Momma's helper.
These three are WAY.
Ri's fave new face. Makes me laugh every time...even when I'm having a serious talk with her she'll turn that face on and I can't help but bust out every time. I need to work on that one;)
Playdough with Jay.
Jay, where is God?
Where's your hair?
Where are your eyes?
Where are your ears?
Where's your nose? (my fave...love how he pinches his own nose as hard as he can. ha!)
Where's your mouth?
Sweet brothers. I can't get enough of the matching clothes. LOVE.
This sweet 15 month old is still not pulling up or walking. A lot of it is his laid back personality, coupled with his anxiety over standing and his flimsy feet. I finally purchased a jumper to help Mylesie like being on his feet a little more. Just got a script today for some orthotics for his feet. He'll have little foot/ankle braces on to help him out and give more structure to his feet in the next few weeks. I have to admit, I'll be sad when he is completely mobile. A new phase of life.

Friday, October 14, 2011


We are striving toward being intentional parents. Hubs and I had a kid free weekend last weekend and decided we needed to sit down and come up with a list of family expectations/goals. It's scary to think that we only have 17 more years to go before our last baby leaves the nest. We have lots of soul feeding to do before they leave us!

We came up with a list of 6 "We" statements. These are things that our family does (not tries to do). This is our identity. If you are in our family, this is what is expected of you. That kind of thing. I painted a little sign to put above our kitchen table, as a daily reminder.

To implement these, we are trying to take one word each week and add it to their (specifically our 3 year old's) vocabulary. This week we focused on respect. Respect for self, others, parents, God, material things, etc. We tried to help add the word and meaning to her vocab. Just for fun, we are adding a song to go with each word. So, obviously, our first song played at dinner was by Aretha Franklin:)

As a huge disclaimer, we are not very good at all 6 of these things. But there's nothing like little eyes watching, to keep you on task! We really want to instill selflessness and love in our kids (and ourselves). This is something we truly have to work at on a daily basis! Our main hope is that they'll carry at least some of these ideals on with them when they leave us some day.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mommy's Little Helper

Thank you, Ri, for feeding your brother oatmeal! You LOVED being a big helper! I'm pretty sure Mylesie liked it, too! Daddy and Mommy overlooked the fact that you were pantless and sitting on the table:)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Bars

Sadly, these have become a near weekly staple at our house! I always have the ingredients on hand, which makes them all too convenient when I have a chocolate craving.

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Bars

Melt 2 sticks of butter over low heat.
Add 3 cups instant oats and 1/2 c. brown sugar
Cook over low heat for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally
Melt together (in microwave 1 minute) 1 c. chocolate chips, 1/4 c. peanut butter and 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
In a greased 8x8 pan, press half oat mixture, spread all but a few Tbsp of chocolate mixture over that. Press rest of oat mixture over that. Drizzle with remaining chocolate.
Refrigerate for 3 hours. Store in refrigerator.