Wednesday, August 24, 2011

An update

Well, if you saw the pictures of our house before we moved in, it looks a little different now!! I'll go ahead and give you a peek at where we live...Here is part one: the downstairs.

Enter: Our Home
This room was a challenge to arrange, because it's an awkward L-shape, but I'm pleased with how it turned out.
As you round the corner, you can see the kitchen, which happens to be clean in this picture. (Yay!)
My sweet kitchen! I'm so proud of my curtains... they were "sew easy" to make.
And the dining area.
It's been fun! I truly don't know when you'll get to see the upstairs. They're far from finished, but we're definitely enjoying the extra space!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Double Diaper Duty

Here's a laugh...
I love it when diaper changes line up, so I can knock them both out at one time! Aren't they cute? Asher is giving his brother a "handshake" and providing the camera with an especially squinty smile for your viewing pleasure.
Now, if you're wondering to yourself, "My, what darling diapers!" which I am sure that you are, they're Cloth. We ditched disposable diapers about the same time we ditched that whole income thing. (Who needs money anyway?) These are Flips reusable diaper covers with stay-dry liners, and I highly recommend them! And the best part? About $60/month in savings
(At least!)
And they look adorable.
Happy diapering!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Happy Sabbath!

The Sabbath is my favorite day of the week, and for good reason! Worshiping with the Saints is a blessing I crave all week long (and generally need desperately come Saturday!) And after covenant renewal, our typical family custom is a nice, big, fat, calorie-loaded feast. Now there's a reason to delight in the Lord's Day! Something I hadn't considered when thinking about moving away from family was the fact that the blessing (and workload) of preparing said feast would now be on my shoulders. This is supposed to be the mom's job, and, oh--wait. I am the mom! After being thoroughly spoiled by Riley's mom's hard work for four years, it is now my job to make the Feast day one full of, well, food. I have learned a lot about preparing food that can be ready in a wink after you come home from church with hungry children (read: I've failed a lot!). But at the same time it's so fun, and really fulfilling to work hard on Saturday so you can rest and enjoy and eat on Sunday. And today was one of those wonderful, fat-filled days.
And check out this sweetie I made for our Sabbath treat!
Yum. I simply layered cook-and-serve chocolate pudding (which I bought on accident, but will probably do on purpose now because it was DELICIOUS and oh-so-creamy! One day I'll work up the nerve to try making pudding from scratch, but not today), sliced strawberries and freshly whipped heavy cream. How can you not love the Sabbath with stuff like this?? God's blessings are real, and very easy to find on Feast Day!
Happy Sabbath to you all!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Then and Now

Then...

And Now!
Just four short years later!
We're enjoying a very happy anniversary! With no babysitters in town we've been forced to get creative and create a "date at home." We had lunch after the boys went down for naps (Riley brought home Chipotle! My favorite.) Tonight's plans consist of a romantic dinner of Fettuccini Alfredo after laying the boys down early! We'll end the evening with a nice long study session (because, after all, this is medical school!) But the important part: we'll be together, which is right where we belong.
And by the way, here's a peek at what's brightening up my kitchen right now...
Isn't he the sweetest??

Saturday, August 6, 2011

One Dirty Birthday Party!

Asher's birthday party was a hit! (Well, for everyone except Asher, who seemed to be on melt-down mode through the majority of it!) We managed to get a few pictures of his most cheerful moments, and had a good deal of fun with the theme. It all started with these invitations:
And what's a digging party without a sandbox??
The older kids played a game while the little boys enjoyed the samdbox
Here are our lovely hosts! The Weizeneckers kindly offered their fun backyard (and air-conditioned house) for the party.
Coloring fun!
The picture isn't great, but Asher's cake (Mocha mudslide) had little construction vehicles on it that were actually digging up the cake! So fun (and way too easy!) The dump truck was full of muddy-buddies (perfect!) and the food table was decked in black and yellow and orange.
Riley read Asher's favorite book, "Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel" by Virginia Lee Burton.
Asher enjoyed opening his gifts and got lots of fun toys!
Birthday Cake!
Little Grayson was a really good boy for the party! All decked out his his "Baby at Work" outfit.
It was a nice day and we are sure blessed to have our sweet Asher in our lives!

Embracing the Squint

I realized after posting yesterday that I forgot to upload Asher's two year portrait I took yesterday! Now, most of you know that Asher has a peculiar... smile. He scrunches his face up, lifts his upper lip and solicits a good bit of laughter in his attempt to cheese for the camera. For the longest time I have tried and tried to get a good smile, candid or not, so people online can see how darling he is, but I've come to the point where I am done trying. I'm embracing the squint, because, well, that's just Asher's smile. And it's pretty charming, if you ask me. So here it is, his two year portrait, squinty face and all.
He's a hoot!

Friday, August 5, 2011

My little buddies


Here are my boys' three-month pictures side by side. Think they're related? They sure make me smile!!
Besides squeezing in a make-shift photo shoot today, we've been keeping busy setting up house and settling into our new routine! Although its hard to have Daddy gone all day at school, we sure like having him home for dinner! I'll be posting pictures of the house soon! (Preferably on a day when the train tracks aren't scattered across the landing, and my dishes actually make it into the dishwasher instead of piled up next to it!)

We have berry picking to look forward to tomorrow. Stained hands are so worth the fun! If you ask Asher which berries he wants to pick, he will shout proudly, "Green ones!" (Which of course means blueberries. Apparently us telling him "don't pick the green ones" stuck in his mind.) I'm imagining cobblers and smoothies in my near future! And hopefully no green ones.