Tuesday, May 19, 2015


So, sometimes when your life feels so full and hectic, more stuff manages to cram its way in. 
We said goodbye to company today, and now have less than two weeks to clean, paint, and prepare our entire house (an hour away from where we live now) for moving day. In that time we also have to clean, pack and do all that moving-out-of-a-rental-home nonsense at our current residence. 
It's a bit crazy.
(But maybe not as crazy as these three. Or maybe it is...)

Anyway, in the midst of all that, I ended up with blog problems. 
Because I have time for that. 
If I'm trying to lose my readers, then I think I'm doing a pretty good job at it.
My registered domain was having problems, so I've switched back to a free domain for now.
Until I figure out a way to be cool with my very own dot com, you can find me here at thischarminglittlelife.blogspot.com.

And hopefully I'll get around to catching you all up on the VERY exciting and extremely full couple of weeks we've just wrapped up! New home, new title (DOCTOR!), family in town, parties thrown, and all levels of fun.

Thanks for being patient!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Big Week!

Last week was quite full!
So much happened, here's the summary in picture form...

On Monday:
Home Sweet Home

On Tuesday:
Gramma and Pappy arrived!
On Thursday:
Graduation Family Picnic in Blacksburg
On Friday:
A special Date Night out!
On Saturday:
Hubby became Dr. Hubby!

And then Sunday, of course:
Mother's Day with my sweethearts
The blessings are pouring on our heads these days.
We are so grateful!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Four Years Later

Here we are!
Graduation week. I can hardly believe we've made it.
I love a good then-and-now comparison, and so when I came across this picture from Hubby's first day of medical school... 
I had to recreate it...
A lot can change in four years!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Pecans

We finished up Friday School for the year!
For end of the year teacher gifts, I made up a simple recipe for candied pecans. They're so delicious, I can't stop eating the extras! 

Since we finished school a bit earlier than the average kiddo does, I thought I'd share the idea on here in case anyone else is out their scratching their heads for an easy, affordable gift that will make your child's teacher feel special and appreciated.
I used pecans, but this recipe would work with any unsalted nut.


Simply dump a large bag of pecans (24oz) in the bottom of a large pot. 
Add 1 1/2 cups of water, 3 cups of sugar, and a generous sprinkling of cinnamon. 
Bring to a boil over med-high heat. 
It will look like a thick caramel sauce at first. 
Stir frequently, until the water is boiled out completely and you are left with dry, candy-covered nuts.
Spread on a cookie sheet or two and allow to cool completely. 
Package in mason jars or cellophane bags and embellish with lace or ribbon.

Happy teacher, happy kiddo, and happy mommy munching the leftovers!