Sunday, December 14, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Wow, I can't believe it has been almost two months since my last post!  I am miss blogging and am having a hard time fitting it all in lately.  I thought I would jump back in by sharing just a little Christmas cheer.  I have been busy decorating and readying our home for the holidays.  I host both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and I love having our house filled with family.  The next week will be busy with last minute details and planning.  I am looking forward to TJ coming home on Thursday and can hardly believe my baby boy has finished his first semester at college.  Where does the time go?  As I type tonight Jake is standing in my office waiting to use the computer so my time is short.  These shots were taken in my office, which I share with the girls...the part you can't see is filled with toys and a craft area that is usually covered in paper and duck tape.  If I get the chance I may share more of my favorite Christmas decor, hopefully before Christmas!






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Monday, October 20, 2014

Long time no post...

Whew, its been a long couple of weeks around here!  High school soccer is complete and I am hoping to get a little break before the holidays arrive.  I have not been taking many pictures lately, just not enough time in each of my days.  However, today I decided to pull out the big camera and take some shots of K-Kups (my new nick name for Kendall).  She likes to control the music on the Ipad and was playing some Daft Punk and cutting a rug and being just a little silly.  Max joined in at the end and I was able to get just one of the two of them...sigh!





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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Apple Orchard snap shots

This past weekend we took a quick trip to a local orchard.  For years we have made a day of going to the apple orchard, however, the past two years we have had a hard time fitting it in to our crazy schedule. (That's a whole story I won't bore you with!)  This year in bewteen soccer games we decided to try a local orchard, literally 5 minutes from our house.  Well, it was not the perfect orchard experience....apples too high for the girls to pick, LOTS of people, only a few rows to pick from, and not a great photo shoot experience.  It was not a total wash however, the girls had a good time and the apples were delicous.







I did manage to squeak out a few good shots.  For those of you who follow me on instagram you have seen the shot below.  I decided to have the girls go into a "no pick" row for a shot and as you can see June was not at all interested in having her picture taken...I think it is my favorite shot from the day!


What I failed to mention on IG is that as soon as we took this picture we headed to the car and the skies opened up with a heavy, heavy, rain.  So I guess at the end of the day we could give our overall experience a thumbs up...apples, pictures, girls had a good time, close to home, and we stayed dry.  Besides, there is always next year!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gotcha 2014

It is hard for me to believe that it has been 7 years since I saw this beautiful face for the first time.  I remember that day like it was yesterday, it all floods back when I think of our first day with June.  I spent time yesterday going through all of our treasures that we brought home from China to share with June every year on this special day along with all the trinkets and memories we have collected on our journey together and all I could think about was how grateful I am to have this girl in my life and what a blessing she has been to our family.  What you don't see in these pictures is Kendall running around in the back ground yelling when is my "gotcha" day photo shoot, when is Jake's gotcha day....hard to explain, but she loved celebrating non the less.  So here's to my sweet girl, her independent spirit, her contagious laugh, and all of the happiness she has brought to my life.






Happy Gotcha Day Junie...we love you!

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Friday, September 5, 2014


It's been a long time since I had the opportunity to post...too long!  Just thought I would share a few of Junie.  June started second grade and is settling into a new routine.  We are all trying to get our new routine down this year, right now it is a little crazy...who am I kidding a lot crazy.  I won't bore you with all the details, but we've got 4 schools for 4 kids, TJ at college, and 4 playing soccer.  My days are full and I am trying to enjoy the chaos that is my life right now and this smiling face makes all the craziness and the long days worth it.



Have a great weekend!
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Grilled Tandoori Naan Pizza

Friday night is usually "pizza" night at our house and typically we order out or make traditional pizza from scratch.  However, last night I though I would mix it up a little and I am so glad I did!  I decided to grill make your own pizzas using Tandoori Naan and pizza sauce from Trader Joe's and toppings we had in the house.  These individual pizzas were a breeze and perfect for a Summer night, best of all the kids loved them, even Kendall.

Grilled Tandoori Naan Pizza








Tandoori Naan
pizza Sauce
Italian 5 cheese
caramelized onion and peppers

I started by preheating the grill and then setting it on low.  While the grill was preheating I caramelized the onions and pepper with butter and olive oil and assembled the pizzas.  After we finished adding our toppings it was off to the grill.  The pizzas grilled for about 10 minutes, I moved them as needed to avoid burning from hot spots on the grill.  That's it a super easy meal that the whole family loved!  You can print the directions HERE if need them.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The phase...

I have been doing this parenting thing for a long time now and it appears I have many years to go.  One of the things I have become accustomed to is "the phase".   A phase lasts about 6 months....just when you think when is this behavior going to end it leaves quietly and is replaced by another behavior, yep life is one continuous phase.  Kendall is in a fake cry is an extremely annoying phase.  Yes, I said her behavior is annoying.  To get what she wants she does the "fake cry".  Did I mention she is GOOD at it, she has stamina, hours worth of stamina.  When she realizes she is not going to get her way she just stops and goes about her business.  Why am I telling you this?  I snapped these pictures yesterday right after on of her "fake cries" (she was not happy about leaving a play date).  Lucky for her she is stink'n cute!




Hope to get more of our vacation shots up soon...lots going on with getting the big guy ready for college and back to school starting soon.  One of my kids starts August 13th, crazy!  Did I mention all 5 kids will be in different schools this year?  My calendar is bound to be UGLY.  Thanks for stopping by, catch up soon.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Boat Parade 2014

For me The 4th of July is all about tradition and this year was a rough year for tradition.  For example, the girls usually sit on the pier with my mom, Debbie, and myself.....this year no Debbie (she was volunteering her heart out for the fire department) and the girls wanted to ride in the boat.  So my mom and I were able to sit child free for almost an hour in the warm Summer sun.  Wait, I think I am good with this new tradition!


I love the boat parade.  Families decorate their boats and travel around the lake handing out candy, waving, and playing patriotic music.  It is always a good start to our 4th of July celebration.
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