Friday, June 1, 2018

Hello June

Hello June! It's my favorite month, and I could not be happier! I will say though, May really brought its A-game this year here in Indiana. The warm weather, the colorful trees, the amazing flowers. . . May was wonderful. I've got two important weeks to recap. Here goes!

 It was an exciting night when Nolan lost his first tooth!

See that cute gap?!! The new tooth had already poked through behind it, so it won't be a gap for long.

The baby robins were born, and I fell in love!

 This is August's favorite spot to eat, right in the center of the couch.

We went to the zoo the other day right before closing time, and it was really nice and not crowded!

We loved the penguins, flamingos, macaws, monkeys, and bears!

Our church has a playground, so we hung out here while Steve had music practice.

All smiles for everyone!

These were the baby robins when they were about three days old, with eyes still closed.

I made a very summery key lime pie to bring to dinner with friends. The recipe is here.


 Nolan and his cousin K had their last soccer game. We'll miss having games every Saturday, but hopefully we'll still get cousin time on the weekends!

Later that day, K was teaching Nolan how to slow dance! I got a video of it. . . it was SO cute. . . she was having him twirl her and everything!

The girls are so sweet to August!

Auggie had a low grade fever for about 24 hours, and it was either teething or the MMR shot from the week before, but I appreciated the extra cuddles.

When they dress themselves. . . always ties. And shin guards. :)

My little world, going for a walk.

So the biggest thing to happen to us in the past two weeks is that we found a house!!

This was the 10th out of 11 houses that we walked through, not counting the dozens of houses we looked at online. It was the first that we felt fairly certain we wanted to put an offer on. It is a cute and clean 1950's ranch that the previous owner had taken very good care of. Our realtor told us several times that with this crazy market, we might expect to put a few offers on houses that aren't accepted. He told us not to hold too tightly to any house that we liked.

 While we walked through this house, we knew that it already had two offers on it. In fact, someone else even walked in on our tour to start going over everything with a fine-toothed comb! In my head. it was already spoken for. But we put a good offer on it, and that night, we found out it was ours! 

Yesterday was the inspection, and things looked pretty good. I'll share more later, I'm sure!

We have peony bushes in our backyard of the rental house, and the peonies have been stunning!

They are already about done blooming; their season goes by so quickly!

If you look really closely, right in the center of the photo, there is a mama duck with her babies. They were adorable!

So good for the soul to walk through some woods!

I mean, why not??

We did a study of BUGS. The "Big Book of Bugs" and "Bug Detective" are awesome, informative books!

These papers show how Nolan's handwriting has developed this year. Isn't it cool?? We must have done something right in our homeschool kindergarten. Also, I love this verse! :)

 Reading books and eating graham crackers. . . two of this boy's favorite things!

Mormor and Papa Don got the boys some cute summer shoes. We love our TOMS! Ephraim's even glow in the dark. :)

And these are the nine-day-old robins, so fluffy and feathery. And though I thought only two of the eggs had hatched, I was so happy to find a third baby in there! Nature is so cool. God is so good.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Key Lime Pie

This key lime pie tastes like summer. It's adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe, so you know it's good. For this recipe, I chose a whipped cream topping over meringue, because I prefer the creamier texture and the additional sweet flavor. The steps are really simple; I think the hardest part is squeezing and zesting the limes.

1  1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (12 rectangular sheets of graham crackers)
6 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons sugar

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 Tablespoon grated lime zest

Whipped cream topping:
1  1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
3 Tablespoons sugar


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, and 3 T of sugar. Mix well, and press into a 9-inch pie plate.

Bake until light brown, about 12 minutes. Cool completely.

Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees. 

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk condensed milk, egg yolks, lime juice, and lime zest. Pour into the crust, and bake for 15-17 minutes. The center should be set, but still quiver when shook.

Let the pie cool.

Combine heavy cream and sugar with a whisk attachment in the mixer on medium speed until billowing soft peaks form. Spread over the top of the pie.

Garnish with lime zest and lime slices. Keep in the fridge.

You will love it!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Free indeed

May 18... how? The hours of the day really fly by with three little ones. I certainly am never bored! Things are fairly simple around here, but I still find myself longing to make them even simpler. I think the goal is to get the chores and the work done more quickly and efficiently so that I can spend more time actually playing with the boys, and also focusing on my own physical and spiritual health. Motherhood is such a crazy balancing act!

Here's what we've been up to this week:

I keep thinking that we're going to have a rainy day or a cold day, and somehow, it's still been warm and sunny! I've pulled all of the summer clothes out of the closets, and we are soaking up the time outside.

These two cousins are starting to play together more often, and I think they're going to be best friends!

This is Bricks, our dog nephew. He's huge and a major guard dog, but he's warming up to me :)

We had a school week about Bears. I LOVED that "Winnie" book - the true story of Winnie the Pooh. It made me shed some tears! "A Bear's Life" has beautiful photography. Also, the Mother Bruce books are always a fun favorite.

On Saturday mornings, when my oldest and youngest are up by 7, I'm grateful for this sweet boy who loves to sleep.

Steve's parents were able to visit from PA last weekend, and we had the best time! They got to watch Nolan's soccer game, they came to see our new church, and we had a big taco lunch for Mother's Day.

I found August with the watering can. He knows what to do!

I'm so grateful for these three sweet faces, for their homemade cards, and their generous kisses. It was a special Mother's Day.

The boys are SO excited for Incredibles 2 to come out next month. They have money saved in their paper wallets for tickets!

Last week, I mentioned we have a Mama Robin outside our front door. I got up on a chair to take photos of these gorgeous blue eggs. The babies will be here any day now!

We collected a bunch of bird books from the library. The "Just Ducks" book is really cute, "My Book of Birds" has beautiful illustrations and is very informative, and my favorite is "Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?" I'll definitely be buying the last two.

Our world right now is centered around finding a house. We have been inside nine houses, but we haven't found the right fit yet. A few of them we didn't realize were foreclosed. The photos online made them seem decent, but when we walked in, we were shocked at how rough they were. Think: mold, animal mess, birds living in the siding, no floors. We are hoping that this weekend, our new house will come on the market!

This little trooper had his blood drawn and got an MMR shot in one morning. I'm glad those are over now!

One afternoon this week, I walked around our house to the side that we don't usually go on, and I found these amazing irises. I've never seen multi-colored irises before!

Yesterday, Nolan drew a family portrait of us. My favorite part is my hair ;)

We picked forget-me-nots and some other blooms growing in our backyard. Whoever lived in this house before really loved his/her flowers!

When raspberries are cheaper than blueberries (they've been $.99 a container at Target), I make raspberry muffins :)

I've been thinking about this verse the past couple of days. "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free." Galatians 5:1

We can be free from slavery to sin and guilt, and free from that feeling of not being good enough. I am the queen of beating myself up over a mistake, vowing to never do it again, and then messing up the next day. I am working on letting go of that guilt, accepting freedom and grace, while still aiming to be kinder, more patient, and more self-controlled. Only with Him, only with constant prayer, can I change.

This verse popped up in my One-Year Bible reading a couple nights ago, 
Jesus said "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."
John 8:36

 Off to the library and to pick up a Friday night pizza!



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