Thursday, April 17, 2014

.these guys.

These guys...


  they're crazy...


they're funny...


and I love them so much. 


As we enter the last couple months and weeks of it just being them and me, our days have been filled with sweet moments. 


I'm finding that the toddler days are filled with moments. Hard moments. Fun moments. Sad moments. Silly moments. Emotions are quick to come and quick to go. My patience can be stretched to the max and ten minutes later I can have my heart bursting from their little smiles and loving hearts. 


Life is good, even though sometimes it is difficult. 
We are having fun days. Days where we make pancakes with whipped cream for dinner. Days where we make popcorn and share it together. Days where being forced to finish your string cheese brings tears. It happens.  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

.cabbage.

I love cabbage all the time. Coleslaw, sauerkraut...yum! But this pregnancy has kicked my cabbage consumption into high gear.
Maybe it's all the vitamins cabbage is loaded with. Who knows. I'll take a cabbage craving, though! 

I found this recipe in a new magazine I started getting, Eating Well. I have to say, I'm addicted. Sometimes I make this as a side for dinner and then make it the next day for my lunch (with a couple pieces of bacon or cheese on the side for protein). 

It's delicious, nutritious, and easy!

Click the read more below to find the recipe!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

.oh good grief.

Oh, good grief. You'd think I didn't even enjoy blogging. But I do! 

We've been a bit busy around here...and I guess blogging is the first thing to go from my to-do list. 

Our biggest news as a family is a new little baby girl joining our family in less than two months! 


We are so excited to meet this baby girl, but this has been a very symptomatic pregnancy for me that has resulted in a lot of just snuggling on the couch watching movies with my two boys. Less than 8 weeks to go now, though! (And being the first girlie, I have lots of fun projects to share with you!)

And we moved. Just across town, but still. Everything has to be packed and unpacked. Does anyone else have a hard time deciding where things should go in the kitchen? I feel like I unpack. Then cook for a couple days. Then rearrange everything because it all of a sudden doesn't make any sense. 
But now we are renting a house! Not an apartment. Boy, does that ever make a difference to our family. It's a huge relaxer to eat at the table and see grass and trees and not a parking lot. 

And my husband is still in flight school. Which means a very busy schedule. I'm so grateful he's such a great guy and has managed balancing a family, a pregnant, sick wife, and moving so wonderfully! 

Oh, and my boys and I spent a wonderful month home with my family. We loved being with them and are looking forward to our next visit with baby girl, whenever that may be!

So that's what's been keeping me busy. Just a few things going on. But, I've got so much to share with you: projects, recipes, heart-to-hearts. So, please, don't give up on me!

Friday, January 3, 2014

.cleaning.

Are your Christmas decorations put away yet? 
That's been my project this week. Putting things away well.
I like to put my Christmas things away so they'll be ready to move, anytime, anywhere. (Reality of being a military family.) Because the middle of packing for a cross-country move is not my preferred time to wrap Christmas ornaments in tissue paper.
This year, I am replacing my paper labels with fun chalkboard labels by Martha Stewart for Staples. I'm liking these "new" chalk pens that are available. They're very easy to work with and not so messy as conventional chalk.
It's so satisfying to be cleaning out my home to start a brand new year!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

.resolutions.

I'm back! I hope you had a blessed Christmas season and a wonderful New Year celebration! 

I haven't ever been a big "New Year's Resolution" kind of girl. But I saw a little formula for resolutions on Pinterest (where else?) that I thought would be fun to do with my kiddos as they got older. So I decided to give it a whirl myself for 2014.

.This Year.
A bad habit I'm going to break:
I have lots of bad habits...but raising my voice is one that needs to stop, pronto
 A new skill I'd like to learn: 
I am going to teach myself to knit. I can crochet...knitting can't be too much harder, right?
 A good deed I'm going to do:
I'm going to work more on correspondence. I love getting something other than a bill in the mail, and assume others do as well. There is something so much more personal about a handwritten letter than a text or email. 
A place I'd like to visit:
Easy one: home...the good ol' Pacific Northwest
A book I'd like to read:
This one is a hard one to answer. I love to read, and read all the time. I just started Miranda Hart's book (hilarious, by the way!) but haven't decided what I am going to read after that...any suggestions?
A new food I'd like to try:
I feel like trying new foods isn't a challenge for me, but I'd like to learn to cook new foods at home! Including good Indian food and Mediterranean food. This week's menu includes me attempting lentil salad...we'll see how it goes!
I'm going to do better at:
Keeping myself well-kept. Better nutrition, better haircut, getting dressed in nice-looking clothes...when I feel better, I can be a much better wife, mother, and friend.
.2014.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

.thanksgiving + america.

I won't beat myself up over my lack of posts if you won't! I'll share soon what craziness has been going on in our lives that has kept me too busy to blog (only good stuff, I promise)!

Did you get a magazine in the mail from the Smithsonian recently? 
I don't subscribe, but got a promo magazine: 101 Objects that Made America

It was so fun to reflect on our country's history this day before we thank God for our home and blessings.
I wanted to share some of my favorite objects...

Lewis and Clark's Compass


Lewis and Clark's expedition has always fascinated me and I think this is such a great representation of the courage and curiosity that made our country what it is today. I always wonder what they felt when they saw the mighty Pacific for the first time.

Louis Armstrong's Trumpet

I think this is such a great addition! Music has such an incredible influence in our culture, and I think this is such an iconic instrument to add to the list! 
Irving Berlin's piano is also on the list (he wrote White Christmas and many other wonderful pieces of music). 

Smithson's Will

Do you know who James Smithson was? I didn't. 
But I am familiar with his legacy: the Smithsonian Institution.
He left the United States 11 boxes of gold coins in his will ($10.8 million today!).
Congress created the Smithsonian with the money in 1846.
And guess what? James Smithson had never been to the United States. 

These are just a few objects I thought were particularly interesting. The whole article is available online here.
Check it out and let me know what you thought was a unique or fun addition to the list!

Monday, November 11, 2013

.freedom.

It is the Soldier, not the minister,
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer,
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

- Charles Province

Remebering every veteran with a humble heart.