Sunday, April 13, 2014


We recently had birthday and family pictures taken.  
My friend, Marci, met me at the State Capitol to take photos of the girls.
Her website is found here in the event you're in the Little Rock area.
Marci has a great eye and I am so pleased with the results.

 My friend, Kim, took our family pictures (the weather finally permitted it!) 
and snapped this one of our little Jimmy Dean.  
Kim is also in the Little Rock area; if you'd like her contact info, e-mail me.

These are 5 year old pictures; we had some done last summer, but the lighting wasn't quite right, so I wanted them redone.  I had Big Girl's 5 year portraits done  in this same dress.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Favorite Scripture

Our littlest lady brought this to us on Sunday evening and proudly announced 
that it was her favorite Bible verse.   Still. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Eleven Yellow Roses and A Painting in Paris Party

Our firstborn turned eleven in January!
Her party theme was "Painting in Paris," 
so she requested an Eiffel Tower 
for her birthday pancake.

Eleven yellow roses from Daddy
when we got home from swimming.

The parents came in with a win:
roller blades!

Big Girl loves art and after we found some cute Parisian napkins, 
we decided that we'd combine the two and have a couple of art projects
for the girls to do at the party along with a fun photo booth.
I drew a giant Eiffel Tower.
You'll notice it resembles the Leaning Tower of Pisa on one side.
Just pretend it's straight, mkay?!

We are still a proud pet free family.
But Mia, the neighbor dog, made an appearance
for the photo booth.

Our first activity was to draw the Eiffel Tower.
{We used this tutorial.}
We purchased black frames at the dollar store
for the finished products. 

Big Girl's on the left, 
Baby Girl's on the right.
Not bad for a five year old!

Next, we watched a
The girls all painted his waterlilies on a small canvas.

{Excuse the poor phone picture.}
 Baby Girl's on top (she was finished, I turned my back, and she said, "I added tree trunks!").  
Big Girl's is on the bottom.

Cupcake toppers were Christmas ornaments we purchased at Hobby Lobby.

We had a lot of fun!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tuesday Tidbit: Homemade Pancakes Whenever You Want

We thoroughly enjoy pancakes inside the Yellow Hat.  And we particularly like the homemade variety.  I grew up with  pancakes from a box.  People, there is a night and day difference.  I have tried to convince my friend Shelley of that for years, and when we stayed at her place last summer, I made a batch {because it was my birthday and we always have pancakes for birthdays}.  She is now a believer (you're welcome, Shell). They're easy to throw together, they are yummy, and they are pretty tasty reheated, too!

Today was a pancake morning for us; we have them at least once a week.

I usually double my recipe and have some leftovers.  When they've cooled down some, I simply layer them between sheets of wax paper and put them in a freezer bag.  {excuse the poor phone photos}

After a while, I have enough to pull out for a quick breakfast on  Sunday morning before church or on another day when I just don't want to cook but want something beside cereal.  I usually defrost them the night before in the refrigerator and warm them up by the plateful in the microwave on a low heat.

You can also do what Shelley does.  She makes up a batch, freezes them, and then pulls out one or two to pop in the toaster for her kids before school.

Here's our pancake recipe (found in the Better Homes and Garden cookbook):

1 cup all-purpose flour (I like to substitute 1/4 c of wheat flour per cup)
2 t baking powder
1 T sugar
1/4 t salt
1 cup milk
1 egg
2 T oil
{We also like to add a mashed up banana and vanilla; you can also add food coloring or other fruits and spices- it's a pretty flexible recipe.}

Sift dry ingredients together.  Whisk liquids together, and then add to dry mixture.  Stir until just combined.  Pour about 1/4 c onto griddle. { If you like chocolate chips, this would be the time to sprinkle a few minis on top of the wet batter.}  When bubbles begin to pop and edges seem set, flip and finish cooking.   Enjoy!!

Out of curiosity- are you a maple syrup purist 
or whatever you pull off the shelves?


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuesday Tidbit: Old Medications

I think many of us have been bitten by the spring cleaning bug!  I participated in a local consignment sale last week and was able to come home with only a few items and a substantial check- I love it when purging pays!

As I straightened up our master bedroom and bath today, I gathered up all the expired and unused prescription medications that had collected in our first aid/medical tub and put it all in a large plastic bag that I'll drop off at the police station drop box.   Our sheriff or local police set up a tent once a year, too, in a centrally located parking lot where those can be disposed of properly.

Check online to see if there is something in your area, or contact your local police station to see if they facilitate the disposal of old medications.


Friday, March 14, 2014

That Time...

I thought it'd be fun to list some of those arresting moments of thought that we all have that make us smile, bring some level of gratification, or just make us say "wow" or "duh" or "huh?!"  Here are some of my recent moments:
  • when I was able to rearrange the dishwasher to fit in more stuff so I didn't have to do more by hand. 
  • when I was putting lotion on my legs and was aghast; I should have shaved.
  • my child used humor appropriately - in fact, he used his own original material for change!- and made me laugh out loud.
  • when I {finally} put together an album of pictures I'd been meaning to do for a couple of years and I was able to use two coupon codes and get it really cheap!
  • this week when God timed something so perfectly to encourage me to offset a huge disappointment; I'll never get over His tenderness to my heart, especially when it's hurting.
  • when I looked over to see a doll blanket around my husband's neck and a little lady using her combs to "give a hair cut."  All it takes for a good round of beauty parlor is a daddy smitten with his little girl!