Friday, May 12, 2017

Life in the Zimm Casa

April was a great month! With Easter, the added time outdoors, the start of soccer, the end of Steve's school year--things have been going really well around here. This is the recap I promised!

Baby yawns are just adorable . .  I'm always glad when my camera is fast enough to capture one.

August is a little too big for laying on his brothers' laps now (he wants to stand and move and grab), so I'm sure these photos will become a treasure.

Our mantel was all decked out for Easter a few weeks ago. Easter is my favorite holiday, so new pieces in the Target Dollar Spot seem to jump into my cart. :)

August's THREE month photo on April 6!

Our Walmart sometimes makes holiday shaped donuts, and Easter egg bismarks were too cute to pass up!

Our forsythia bushes bloomed, and these yellow flowers are one of my favorite signs of spring.

On Palm Sunday, Nolan and Ephraim were excited to wave palm branches down the aisle at church. They got a little over-zealous and started hitting people with their palms #lifewithboys

At my Bible study, we decorated pots and planted tomato, basil, fennel, and wildflower seeds. Then we talked about the parable of the sower in Matthew 13.

"But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown" (Matthew 13:23).

"Somebunny loves me." Too bad you can't see the cute bunny on his bum :)

For MOPS I made these pink meringue kisses for our Tea and Testimony event. They turned out really well.

Like every other family in America, we dyed Easter eggs with a good ole Paas kit.

So much fun to be the Easter bunny for three little boys!

It seems impossible to get all three of them to smile, so I'm trying to enjoy the added character :)

Case in point: Ephraim. (This photo was taken in the "photo booth" at church.)

Added character.

August might the smiliest baby ever!

I try to bake when I can find some spare time. These yellow macarons had pink buttercream filling and were consumed quickly.

. . . added character!

On one of our walks, the boys and I saw our favorite pink magnolia tree in full bloom. Totally gorgeous!

We spent a Sunday afternoon at Sue and Denny's. Denny took the boys out on his tractor, which was a huge hit.

"The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely." --Louisa May Alcott

In previous years, my tulip bulbs haven't flowered. This year, however, when Steve was out mowing the lawn, he found some! Yay!

How the baby and I can be found 75% of the day. :)

My mom was practicing her cookie art again, and shared these pretties with us.

Tummy time for everyone.

Nolan started U6 soccer, and I'm officially a soccer mom!

Nolan's in the center of the photo--getting that ball in the net! Steve is assistant coaching Nolan's team.

Ephraim is thoroughly disappointed that he's not on the team. They gave him the extra jersey, though, so he can pretend :) It takes some energy to keep him off the field.

My mother-in-law made her famous blackberry pie for a night with church friends.

The sweetest picture. Ever.

I hope this week has treated you well! As always, thanks for caring to take a peek into our lives :)

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Catching Up

Now that it's my third time around with a baby, I have gotten pretty amazing at multitasking, if I can say so myself. The one thing that I find really hard to do while holding or feeding a baby is -- type. So, this overload of photos is from March, and then I'll do a second post of the photos from April. After that, I'm really hoping to post weekly. Don't hold your breath? :)

At the beginning of March, we went on our first road trip as a family of five. We drove to Indiana to see Steve's brother Phil and his family.

August turned 2 months-old while we were there!

The boys had a blast with their three girl cousins, and this park trip was a highlight :)

These two could be related?

Girl-boy-girl-boy-girl-boy, in age order.

Hanging out with Aunt Dana and Uncle Phil.

We stopped in Columbus to visit friends, and they had a great porch overlooking the river.

We celebrated Nolan's half birthday with ice cream cones. (5 1/2!)

Coffee coffee coffee all day long.

This just might be my favorite picture of August yet.

Snoozing in church.

And snoozing at home :)

Shay (Mix and Match Mama) sent me a copy of her new cookbook, Kids in the Kitchen. My time in the kitchen has been infrequent lately, but I can't wait to experiment with these simple and fun recipes!

For St. Patrick's Day, the boys made rainbows out of Fruit Loops (or Fruit Rounds if you shop at Aldi like me.) When I looked away for a few minutes, Ephraim had eaten half his rainbow, glue and all. 

I made some green macarons with chocolate ganache filling for St. Paddy's.

And we got a photo of this little good luck charm on his first green holiday.

Hammer pants?

Nolan reading to Ephraim -- sweetest thing ever. And helps me out!

Our sweet little burrito baby.

I was carrying him around the house in this position one day, and he fell asleep :)

My friend Carol (who is my grandma's age) likes to come over on Fridays to hold the baby for me so I can get a few things done. And she brings donuts. Win-win!


Trying to get a family selfie. Hammie the dog joined us, of course.

"Rise, and grind, and give God the glory, glory". . . gets stuck in my head every time I sip from this mug.

This was from the boys' and my first spring walk around the neighborhood. If I could only figure out how to walk the dog at the same time, we'd be set!

We used Annie Sloan chalk paint for the first time to freshen up the brown crib. August isn't sleeping in it quite yet, but it looks pretty!

Nolan found this compact mirror at Grandma and Grandpa's house, and when he opened it, it said "at 40". And it whistled - - like a cat call.

Nolan asked for a piece of paper and a crayon, and when he brought it back, it said "at 29" for me. Haha!

 My word for 2017 has been "freely" which comes from Jesus' words in Matthew 11: 28-30, "Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me - watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me, and you'll learn to live freely and lightly" (The Message). I'm a work in progress.

Yay! You made it to the end! 

April photos coming soon. . .


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