Friday, April 24, 2015

Goodbye tooth!

This is late because last night she pulled out another tooth!  But last month she had one loose and she and her dad were ready to tackle it. 
Graham and I were the spectators. :)
I love this one because you can see Shane working on it in the background!
Funny, but you can't see it on this pic, it's the lower left one! 
But isn't she growing up so much?  Love that girl.  Goodbye tooth!

Thursday, April 23, 2015


Gav is at such a fun age.  He LOVES going outside.  He can't get enough.   He will go to the door multiple times a day and point. 
He likes to make this face when we say smile.  I love it. 
This is the shot that he will hate me for in about 10 years or so.  Ha!
He is 15 months (almost 16!) and loves green beans.  He can eat almost a whole can!  He loves being outside and reading books.  His favorite place to be is on our fireplace ledge (praise the Lord he didn't find that out till after winter since we aren't burning wood anymore!)He can sign "all done, more, please, bye bye and hi".   He sleeps from 7-7 with two fairly good naps still.  HE also LOVES his Daddy like nobody else.  (who wouldn't?!)  He is most definitely one of the greatest joys in our life.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Birthday Shane!

Shane's birthday came quick this year!  He actually had to travel for his birthday and I didn't remember till the day before so I quickly scrambled to get out party on.  I made him steak and baked potatoes and homemade parmesan herb bread (in the back) and then a butterscotch pie.  I didn't even know he liked butterscotch pie!  Did you know that you have to stir butterscotch pie constantly for 30-45 minutes?  You do.  That's a lot of standing people. 
The end result of the pie.  My first time at meringue.  I was pretty proud of it but learned it's best to make it in advance and let it cool completely. it was a really runny butterscotch pie. 
and this bread.  If you want to feel like a rock star in the kitchen, make this bread.  Just go to "all recipes" and search parmesan herb bread.  I promise it's easy.  The keys to making it great are a round casserole dish and a kitchen aid.  All you need.  
And here is our birthday boy!  Grateful for another year of Shane. 
Happy birthday Shane!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

This is what it is.

Sigh. This is what it is.  Catching up every few weeks.  I'm glad that I still have some fans left. :)  
Gav's first sled ride.  He LOVED it! 
And for those of you who haven't been here, that's our driveway.  Half of it.  I have never been more thankful for salt that melts ice and snow than I have living here! 
No yard by your house?  Just use the driveway! 
The snow has been so pretty.  I am also super thankful for that big pile of wood that is now gone!  We have heated our house well this year.  Shane and his dad did a great job setting us up with wood. 
Gracie skis!  Shane took her twice this winter and she loved it.  She caught on so quickly.  I thought for sure she'd hate it but she didn't.  :)
My big girl. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

One year later

We have lived in our "little house in the woods" for one year.  It's been a good year.

  • Gav has grown and grown and grown.  He's so much fun now.  He's also into EVERYTHING.  Like everything.  We have baby fences everywhere.  And he still figures out how to get to stuff.
  • My kids are becoming country kids.  They love to go outside and are not afraid to walk down our big hill or spend an afternoon exploring.
  • We are making friends.   It's been a slow process but it's been good.  
  • We are finding our groove in school.  It's not been an easy road but it's been a good one.  I wouldn't change it.  When I see my kids exploring, playing, and being creative (and doing it together!) I know we are making the right choice.  It is hard, and I sometimes feel like I have no time away, and my house is constantly, constantly messy.  It may not always be what we decide, but for now it's right. 
  • Grace is such a great leader.  She loves books.  We are currently reading through the Chronicles of Narnia together.  She can spend all day creating and coloring.
  • Graham is a natural encourager.   He loves doing ABC mouse on the computer and has learned so much just by listening to Grace and I.  He has become so independent in the last few months.
  • Shane just built the kids a triple (triple!!) bunk bed.  He officially earned the title of coolest dad ever.  On Sunday afternoon we never saw the big kids.  They played in their room all afternoon.
  • I am getting ready to start a Beth Moore Bible study.  Looking forward to being back in the Word again in a way that her studies do for me.  I like that.  Moving here was a great choice for me but it was a bit hard.  I thought we were going to be bringing Ella here almost three years ago so this place had some sad memories.  It's grown on me and I love our cozy life here and I love how my family has grown together this past year.  God is so good. 

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