Friday, June 22, 2012

instagram friday

this week has been sort of crazy with vbs again. our church has a second campus that is much smaller, and vbs was this week for them...really for us. we go to the 'north' campus. we've had about 35-40 kids, so it's a lot smaller vbs than the 500 from last week! i'm pooped! my kids are pooped! yay for the weekend! however, i'm so glad i could volunteer. it really was so fun to be with all the kids.

last weekend we decided to take a little impromptu trip to cottageville, sc to bee city. the hubs had been gone all week on business, so we needed some family time. bee city is about 45 minutes away from where we live. it's a bee farm and petting zoo...kind of random, but it only cost's $5/person, with jude and nora being free, and we are all for cheap entertainment!

oh, just a llama.

there were lemurs and monkeys that you could feed. the lemurs were so cute! their hands were super soft and fuzzy. jude was super excited about feeding them.

since my sweetie had been gone all week, we also needed some couple, no kids time. so, we had a date...can you believe it? two weekends in a row! we tried a new-to-us restaurant called 'the macintosh.' it sounds super cool, right? well, it was. my dinner was delish, and the dessert was mouthwateringly yummy! we will definitely be going there again.

me and my love taking in the sunset before heading home to the kiddos.
i seriously love this man!

have you ever seen a baby smile so much? my sweet lil fam.

i attempted to make ratatouille. my attempt was a success! 
it was really good. i sort of followed this recipe. i made a few adjustments, like i added mozzarella cheese on top. it was good.


(adapted from seaweed and sassafras)
1 small eggplant
1 medium yellow squash
1 large zucchini
1 small fennel bulb
2 small beef steak tomatoes
1/2 jar of tomato sauce (i used trader joe's tomato and basil)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons evoo
salt & pepper
freshly shredded mozzarella (to your liking)

1. preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
2. trim the ends off of the fennel, zucchini, squash, tomato and eggplant.  slice all of your veggies (very
thin) (use a mandolin if you have one).
3. spray a 13x9 glass baking dish with non-stick spray and add the tomato sauce.
4.  arrange the sliced veggies so that they just overlap one another, until you have run out of space. 
there may be a few leftover pieces, that's okay.
5. drizzle the 2 tablespoons of evoo over the top of the arranged veggies and lightly sprinkle with the
herbs, salt and pepper. you may want to mix all the herbs together and then sprinkle. cover with the
6. bake for about 40 - 45 minutes until the tomato sauce is bubbly and the edges of the veggies are
roasted but not burned.
i served this over trader joe's harvest grains blend (couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans, and red

we had peach cobbler for dessert. you can find my recipe here.

jude thinks it's funny when i exercise. he tried to show us how he exercises like mommy. he laid down and lifted his legs up and down while playing the iphone. not sure what that says about my exercising. (i'll have you know, i don't look at my phone while exercising.)

Friday, June 15, 2012

instafriday favorites

this week has been super busy. we've been at vacation bible school. i volunteered for crafts this year. y'all the vbs at my church is crazy. we have to cap the morning at 500 kids, and have a night vbs. it's so great to see the kids and to hear them talk about Jesus. would you believe i haven't taken any pictures of it? shame on me. today is the last day. i must admit, i'm a little glad because i'm not used to going everyday like this. however, we have a 2nd campus for our church, and that vbs is next week, but it won't be near as big.
anyways...on to my instagrammed pictures. i only have 3 this week. i can't believe i haven't taken more pictures!

little miss got her first tooth! i tried so hard to capture that white speck, but she's a tough one to get to open her mouth. 

this little guy never complains when he has an ailment. the last time he had an ear infection, we didn't know until his ear drums ruptured (both of them) because he never said his ears hurt. well, wednesday and thursday mornings, he woke up and said his ears hurt. so, we went to the doctor. good news is, no ear infection. bad news...well, i guess it's good and bad news...2nd year molars are coming up. i've heard they're painful...i guess they must be somewhat painful if this tough little man complains.

my mema and papa (my grandparents) moved back here from florida to be around the kids and grandkids and great grands.
my mema had this amazing vintage metal milk jug that she no longer, her trash became my treasure. i love it! what do you think?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

{nora} eight months

 sweet little miss, you are eight months.
you can crawl, pull yourself up holding on to something, 
and take steps when i hold your hands.
can you please slow down?
mommy isn't ready for you to grow up.

you are trying to stand up from a crawl, 
but i would prefer you wait to walk till you are a little older.
because of all of these new found goings, you don't like to sit still. 
i couldn't even get you to sit for an eighth month picture. 
nap time has become so hard for you. you don't like to lay still in your crib. i lay you down, you roll right over and get up. you like to stand a peak over the sides. the only way you have been taking afternoon naps is if i lay with you in your crib till you fall asleep. it's only for your afternoon nap, however. you are still a great night sleeper, and morning napper.

your first tooth has made it's appearance 
and it's neighbor is getting ready to pop up soon, too.
mommy will miss that gummy smile.

you are such a happy baby. you love to laugh and smile, and we love to see it. 
you are gorgeous, baby girl.
we love you.

Monday, June 11, 2012

miscellany monday

happy monday to y'all!

i love it when moments like these are caught. glad my sweetie was on hand with his phone. thank the Lord for technology.

jude's summer shoes are usually crocs, but he has a hard time running in them.  they are great for the beach and pool, though. so, when i found these converse at marshall's home goods for a super great deal, i snatched them up (i also got them in the next size could i not, they are adorable). converse look so cute on little feet, and look even more adorable pedaling a radio flyer trike.

saturday i went to a bridal shower and had to take little miss with me. i don't normally like to take my children to showers, but there was a cookout for the guys whose wives were at the shower. all of our sitters were unavailable (we have only had family sit for us). so, the hubs took little man, and i took little miss. of course she had to look cute to go to the shower.

i almost couldn't handle all of this cuteness, though. it's funny...when i was pregnant and found out i was having a girl all i could think of was how i am not girlie, how i didn't like pink or all the frilly girl's clothes, and now, i certainly don't mind pink, i love the cute headbands, and (some) of the frilly clothes (i'm still super picky about what she can wear). but, my heart has certainly changed because of this beauty. how could it not?

i complain about not being in shape, but then when sweets are around, i cave and can't help myself. yesterday, my mom had a birthday dinner for me at her house (i turned 30 in may, but was in florida on vay-ca with the family). she asked me about a cake, but lately i haven't wanted any cake, and i've been addicted to cookies. so, she whipped up these double doozie cookies. 2 cookies with icing in between...delish, and after 2...yep, i said 2, of the these babies, i felt sick and ashamed of myself...only to take 3 more home with me for the week. i will have to work out extra hard, but they were worth it.

this is my mama. thanks, mom!

a dear friend of ours started a blog this week. it's a travel blog.
he's colombian, and has been all over the world...seriously, i don't know anyone else who's traveled as much as him. we met him in college. my sweetie actually went to colombia with him before we got married. all of that to say, go on over and check it out. he's funny, and he'll be telling stories about his travel experiences with a lot of pretty pictures.

Friday, June 8, 2012

instagrammed friday favorites.

i'm completely obsessed with this place. not only do i love their food, but they have the thickest cookies i've ever seen in my life. my fave is a toffee chocolate chip. i make sure to order off the 450 calories or less menu so i can eat a whole cookie.

have you ever read any paul david tripp? if not, you must. go now and pick any book. they're all great!
oh, and did you know i'm now my own personal barista?
this is the one i make at least once a day right now: cold brew decaf coffee with almond milk, a splash of vanilla torani syrup, redi-whip and a dash of cinnamon. yum.

love this quote from the book above. confess your righteousness. we aren't righteous, and when we think we are, there's a serious heart issue. seek Jesus, confess it.

seriously love some bridge pictures.

this girl is moving way too fast. she likes to wave now.

my boy really likes fruit. any fruit.

buildings, trains, and dinosaurs. i'm almost positive this is historically accurate.

standing in her crib. 
she has now become a not so good napper. she just wants to stand and play.

it was this pretty's daughter's birthday (that's a mouthful).
we of course had to pose with balloons for a pick.

summer wouldn't be complete without pink daisies in a blue mason jar.

again with the standing. playing with big bro.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

i don't know if you noticed, 
but i got a new look thanks to this lovely.
and a picture thanks to this lovely.
do you like?
i do.
take a look around and let me know what you think.

{thank you, thank you, thank you, abigail}

Friday, June 1, 2012

instagram friday

this week has felt long. 
it's been a little hard getting the babies back on schedule after our long vacation. 
despite our weird schedule, we've had a great week.
here's our recap with instagram.
you can follow me here.

even though jude gets upset if she even looks at one of his toys, he loves this little girl...and i'm pretty sure she's quite smitten as well.

oh, just a pretty butterfly that caught my eye on a walk around the neighborhood.

aren't these earrings pretty?!? isn't the packaging super cute?!?
you should order some too. they're from this lovely's shop:  happy days.
they made my day very happy!

ready for our beach trip. he's just growing up way too fast, 
and he loves orange. can you tell?

little miss ready for her close-up. 

oh, you know, this is always how i look at the beach. 
(not really)

there was a wading pool where we were, and it was filled with starfish. we had to watch where we walked there were so many. it was pretty amazing. 
little man was pretty excited to see them.

love to admire God's handiwork. 

wait, am i in europe?
my view at the beach. it's been a long time since i've seen someone in a speedo. i could definitely go another eternity without seeing someone else in one.

excuse me...why is my little baby girl standing! i'm so not ready for this! however, she's so cute with that little tongue sticking out.

dirty toes on little feet. i love these little feet. i'm not ready for them to be big and stinky.

my mom and nora.

we had this big fella pay us a visit on wednesday. i still have no idea what he is. he was about 2 inches long and had orange wings. i tried googling what he (i'm assuming he's male just because) could be, and all i came up with was a tarantula hawk (a kind of wasp)...if that's what he is...he's bad news...if you have any ideas, let me know.

oh my boy. 
he just climbed right up and laid with mommy. 
love these unplanned moments.

we had an up and down weather week, so we played inside a lot. 
not sure why, but i love seeing him play with vintage toys. 

i really could eat her up. 
she's crawling now, and this is what i see when i look down by my feet.
yep, i said dang cute!