Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Hello April


It's April, and it feels like there is so much to look forward to! We have a countdown to Easter, a countdown to the baby, and the weather is finally starting to warm up! I even saw daffodils over the weekend (well, before they got covered in snow). March went out like a lion, but everything is definitely coming to life now. Here is a recap of our last couple of weeks:


At the end of Steve's spring break, we headed to the most-crowded-day at the Children's Museum. My mom and Don were visiting for the weekend, so we took them along with us. The new Star Trek exhibit was fun for some of us (Steve), and unfortunately the Paw Patrol exhibit was so busy that we didn't get in, which was a bummer. We'll have to go back soon!



Cuddling while the older boys rode the carousel.


We went to Culver's for dinner, and it was so good!



I haven't mentioned this on the blog yet - but my mom and stepdad are moving here very soon! I'll be happy to have my mom's help with the big kids while we adjust to the new baby!


For St. Patrick's Day, we made our traditional cereal rainbows.



August preferred just to eat the cereal.


One of these things is not like the others... :)


And we made shamrocks out of regular pretzels, pretzel sticks, Rolos, and green mint M&Ms. They were a great snack!


August spotted me attempting to trim my toenails and paint them by the front door. As soon as I knew it, he was there trying to do the same :)


Free cones at Dairy Queen on a very rainy night!



A new friend of mine offered to watch our boys for us (after she heard how long it had been since we'd been on a date), so we went out for hamburgers! It was such a peaceful and quiet dinner!


And we ended our date with a quick walk through Goodwill :)



August is finally a fan of Sunday night pancakes!



My friend Lindsay is due four weeks before me, so the baby will be here any day now! She has three girls and is having a boy - the opposite of me! This photo was taken at her lovely baby sprinkle.


 We're so glad it's warm enough to go for walks now!



We met Lindsay and her girls at the park last week. The kids had so much fun together!





I cannot get enough of cute little girl clothes! Our collection has started growing, and it's so exciting! The little bows and headbands and ballet slippers - adorable!


Nolan and Ephraim started spring soccer last week! It's going to be so good for them - though I am a little nervous about adding 2 nights of practices + 2 games on Saturdays when we're having a baby in the middle of the season.


August wants to play so badly! He carries around his ball during their entire practices.


Another sign of spring - The Cubs season opener! We love cheering for the Cubbies!


 

On Saturday, Nolan asked me if he could count the coins in our loose change jar. I said, sure! He counted $66 worth!


On Sunday morning before church, we stopped at Trader Joe's for some snacks and flowers.


We had tacos with Steve's brother & family on Sunday afternoon, and I brought Shay's Key Lime Pie bars. They were yummy!


We also had  Pink Unicorn flavored ice cream, whatever that is ;)


The boys in their Sunday best. Love them so much!

xo
Rachel


Saturday, March 30, 2019

Banana pudding


I made Paula Deen's banana pudding, and it is just one of those recipes that must be propagated! The additions of cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and buttery Chessmen cookies really make it out-of-this-world (and I'm not even a big banana pudding fan!) It's a simple recipe to follow, so add it to your potluck favorites. :)

Ingredients:

2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
6 bananas, sliced
2 cups milk
1 (5 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding
  14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 
12 ounce container whipped topping (thawed)


Directions:

Line the bottom of a 9x13 dish with one of the bags of Chessmen cookies.

Layer all of the banana slices over the cookies.

In a bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, blend the 2 cups of milk with the vanilla pudding mix. Set aside for a moment while it thickens.

In another bowl, using the mixer, blend the sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese until smooth. Then fold in the whipped topping until combined.

Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture. Stir until well-blended.

Pour it evenly over the banana slices.

Lastly, put a layer of Chessmen cookies over the top. Refrigerate until you're ready to eat!


Friday, March 15, 2019

March life


Every year, it feels like such a long wait for spring, but it's getting closer, and we're so ready!

The Zimm boys keep their days busy with schoolwork, Legos, reading, coloring, and let's be honest - lots of arguing! I certainly am ready for my head to hit the pillow at night.


August resting with his hand on the baby :)


I've been drinking a spinach & berry smoothie every afternoon, and it's such a great pick-me-up!


Nolan reading Richard Scarry to Auggie - some of my favorite moments to see :)


One morning, August and I had the craving to make chocolate chip cookies.


He basically helps pour all the chocolate chips in, and he taste-tests.


 August had his two-year check-up! Everything was good. The nurse gave him a shot, and he cried until he saw the Spiderman bandaid and immediately stopped his tears.


I love this happy face!!


N & E were seriously excited to get some new matching jammies!


 We went to their cousin Levi's 4th birthday party - and it was such a fun day!


On Ash Wednesday, we dug out our "Waiting for the Lamb of God" banner. The boys can count down the days to Easter and anticipate the joy of the Resurrection.


Also, before bed, we've been reading "The Jesus Storybook Bible" for the first time, which does an awesome job at tying each of the stories of the Old Testament to the need for Jesus to come as the Rescuer.


Steve had a week-long spring break, and we decided not to try and go anywhere. We spent a little bit of time driving around Indianapolis, and we visited a cute donut shop one morning. The chocolate frosted donut was pretty tasty!






I saw these bouquets at the market and somehow refrained from buying one. I didn't recognize the huge pink flowers (bottom right), but someone shared with me that they're proteas. Gorgeous!


We visited Steve's work, and his new office on campus. We don't get there very often, so the boys thought it was fun!


 Cutest little college students I ever did see.




Our first spring walk! Definitely a red letter day!


xo
Rachel


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