Sunday, May 14, 2017

mother's day 2017

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ballet recital

this year both girls performed in the junior ballet recital. this was macy's debut and they both did great!

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brothers

sharing snacks...

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sharing a blanket...

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but NOT sharing the chair....

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brody & macy

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cutie patootie

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

fairy garden

i decided to start collecting things to make the girls a fairy garden for easter a month or so ago. i found the cutest little figures and accessories at the dollar tree! they had a mini egg hunt at our house to collect the figures to build the rest of their fairy garden.

glen asked why dont you help them put the fairy garden together? these before and after pictures will tell you why. i wanted to at least get the base of the fairy garden together before the tornado hit.

before

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after

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before

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after

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easter 2017

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the boys

a little update on the boys....

saying brody loves his lovey is a HUGE understatement just like saying brody loves to be held.

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jackson loves dressing up and being in the middle of whatever the girls are doing which throws a wrench in any craft plans we may have.

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they both leave a trail of crumbs whereever they go, even if they arent eating anything.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

2016 vs 2017 {strawberry picking}

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{May 2016}

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March {2017}

strawberry picking {2017}

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dirty faro

this was a take on dirty rice. it was super filling and didn't even need an entree but we ate it with mustard baked chicken. i would definitely make this again for a filling easy to make big batch kind of meal. it did use chicken livers though and that may have turned me off a bit because i am not a fan of handling raw meat and they were extra slimy...and not something i usually have on hand.

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recipe count: 14

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

what a character

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snowflakes in march

that time is was in the seventies (maybe even in the eighties) the week before and you put away your wintery clothes, and it decides to snow over the weekend in march along with the pollen.

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the boys color

the boys love to color and do stickers and sit on the table and eventually eat the crayons and then coloring time promptly ends.

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fancy nancy of course

emma taylor dressed as fancy nancy for read across america (dr. suess) day. she plays the part so well :)

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chicken and rice

not the most appealing dish to photograph like the stewed tomatos and shirred eggs, but yall i have already made this a second time before i even got around to putting it on the blog. this was so simple plus cheap plus comfort food. all those things made it an immediate winner in my book. to top it all off, emma taylor who doesn't like foods that are mixed (like casseroles or pastas) didn't complain AT ALL. she even said she liked it hence why i have made it a second time. all it is is a whole chicken, water, salt, pepper, rice, and lemon juice. the second time around i sauteed the trinity (carrots, celery, and onion) to give it a little more depth and it was fantastic.

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recipe count: 13

jackson and his dinosaurs

jackson makes a mean dinosaur impression {roar}

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brody and his lovey

clearly we let go of our loveys stay in the crib rule. well really we let it go with macy but brody and jackson have taken that freedom to a whole new level.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

1 1/2 {jackson & brody}

we celebrated the boys 1/2 birthday today! in lieu of cake we had 1/2 donuts. we have been pretty good at limiting the boys sweets so i didnt want to do a regular cake this time. unglazed cake donuts seemed to do the trick though.

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stewed tomatos & shirred eggs with ham chips

we got some fresh eggs from friends last weekend so i wanted to make sure i cooked something worthy of fresh eggs. this recipe was another two parter. the stewed tomatos were so easy and yummy on their own. i think i will definitely be taking advantage of our fresh tomatos this summer. they would be great as a marinara type dip, on pasta, or even with rice.

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the shirred eggs in stewed tomatos with ham chips were good. i would have never tried them otherwise. however, i dont know if i used the right dish. we ate them with a side of grits but i think in the future i might make the grits, top them with stewed tomatos and a fried egg. i think i would like the texture of the fried egg more than what was produced in the dish. overall a winning flavor combination!

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recipe count: 12

mr. cuddles

in the last month (maybe two) brody has wanted to be held or cuddled constantly if we are at home. i am thankful for a big sister who will sit with him!

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