Wednesday, December 2, 2015

{The First Day Of Christmas}

The first day of Christmas for 2015 had us heading to Target and getting the kids' pictures taken. Albeit Target may not be the world's greatest place for getting pictures taken, but the price is right, and it sure is convenient! Plus we were the last appointment of the day (benefit to the kids getting older and not having early bedtimes-woot!) so it was super quiet there and the photographer didn't rush--which made for a pretty relaxed and enjoyable photo session. 

Have to admit, it was tough on all of us (the photographer included) to work around Meghan's bad leg but we all were determined to not let it stop us. Our determination prevailed and in the end we got some great pictures, had a lot of laughs, and decided that that was actually a really fun way to kick off our 25 Days Of Christmas for the year 2015.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Today is all about my favorite snacks.
Some I've been enjoying for eons.
Others are relatively new.
But all are snacks I routinely go for and always keep on hand.

A handful of Almonds.  
I love to eat 12 them after I workout. 
My personal trainer got me hooked on doing this years ago.

 Half an apple cut up, a few chopped walnuts, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
This is one of my all-time favorite afternoon snacks. 
So good. 

Tropical Trail Mix with some almonds tossed in.  
I buy the trail mix at Walmart, but I'm pretty sure Target carries it, too.
I just toss the trail mix in a gallon ziploc, add some almonds and mix it up really well.

This is a new one to me. I just learned about it a few weeks ago.
 Tropical Trail Mix again, tossed with a few almonds, and some pre-bagged popcorn.
Looks strange, even sounds strange, but tastes great! 
You get a little of everything. Sweet. Salty. Crunchy.
Can't beat it!

Cranberry Trail Mix with yogurt covered raisins mixed in.
You could do yogurt covered Craisins if you wanted.
Or even chocolate covered raisins. 
Any of those totally work!

This is another one that I've loved for forever.
Yogurt, a few sliced strawberries, and a couple spoonfuls of granola.
I love eating this for breakfast. Lunch. Afternoon snack. Evening snack.
You name it. 
It's just that good.  

So there you have it. A few of my favorite snacks. 
All are easy to whip up. 
All are fairly healthy.
And all are super tasty.

a bowl full of lemons

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

{The $32.00 Wardrobe: Take 2}

Anyone remember the post from this past fall where I talked about how I had this crazy idea to buy as much of Addison's summer clothes at the Goodwill as I could? 

 And how that idea morphed from just her summer clothes, to her fall clothes as well? Well, I'm proud to say that exactly one year, 4 seasons, and a ton of clothes later, that adventure has finally come full circle.

It was a good run. I got SO many great things. And managed to never spend more than $1.50 for each piece. 

But it all came full circle two weeks ago when I cleaned out her closet and sold a good portion of those thrifted but oh-so-loved clothes at our church's children's garage sale.

In the end, I bought Adds all the clothes pictured in this post and a new-to-her bike and still managed to make back almost all of the money I spent this past year.

 Which means, all of Addie's clothes for the past year, including the bike and these extra clothes, didn't even cost me $75.00. That's crazy! Less than a seventy-five dollars for a year's worth of clothes and a bike.

And with that? I'm done. I'm putting this venture to bed. It was fun while I did it. But I'm ready to move on.

 Partly, because now that Addie is a little older, she's a little more picky. Partly because now that she's a little older and wearing a different size, it isn't as easy to find things in her size at the Goodwill. And partly because I just don't have the time to be at the Goodwill digging through the racks every Thursday morning like I did.

 But? I will always look back on this little quest of mine with fondness and a great sense of accomplishment! 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

{Witness: The Drama}

Ahh, the drama. Every January it begins. The general hype usually starts early in December. The conversations, the meetings, the alliances, the pleadings and the tentative head counts really ramp up around Christmas time. And then bam, the first Sunday in January, it all begins. This year it all began on January 4th.

Which means, from the beginning of January to the Sunday before Easter (Palm Sunday), this little production, that's actually not so little, consumes a very large amount of our family's time and energy.

The production is actually called Witness Messiah. And it's actually an outreach mission put on by one of the churches we attend. Because that's how we roll: we attend two churches. (long story)

In a nutshell, Witness is a drama that brings the book of John to life in a very intense, very much in your face, very thought provoking, and very unique way.

This year's production was exceptionally awesome, and as a result we heard all kinds of wonderful comments from audience members. Things like "I've seen Witness 8 times, but this year's production is my favorite" and "amazing" and "I can't wait to bring my ______ to see this next year." We saw a lot of tears, heard a lot of sniffles, and if my numbers are correct, roughly 200 people accepted Christ into their hearts as they watched this drama unfold on stage.

It all started a few years back with just Meghan participating. Then Marty and Noah jumped in. Then this year we all participated. While Marty, Meghan and Noah were actually cast members, I took a more behind-the-scenes approach and worked on administrative stuff with my trusty side-kick who answers to the name of Addison and likes to eat Skittles and hang with the cast members instead of working!

Marty really stepped outside his comfort zone and took on a lead role, and did an amazing job with it. Complete with tears on stage and everything--and at every performance he had people in tears right along with him.

Noah was his usual hammy self and took the part of being the boy Jesus raises from the dead to a whole new level. At one performance I heard an entire row of women clap as he rose out of his casket. At another, I heard an entire group gasp. Powerful stuff!

And Meghan. Meghan was her usual, quiet self and simply thrilled beyond words to just be amongst the large group of cast members in all the scenes.  You could just tell by watching her that she was having the time of her life-- she had a huge grin on her face at every single performance. It was great!

Anyway, with 6 performances spread out over 4 incredibly long, intense, but fun days (cast call was usually around 11:30am and we didn't get home till about 11:30pm each day) we are now giving our voices a rest, enjoying lots of down time, getting some much needed and well earned sleep, missing our fellow cast and crew members like nobody's business (it's a pretty tight knit community of 177 people that feels very much like family) and eagerly anticipating January 3rd, 2016 when we can start the drama all over again!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

{Quick Easter Banner}

Printed off the pattern, raided my craft cupboard for my supplies, and got to work making an Easter banner for our big chalkboard--all before my coffee even finished brewing. 


And didn't cost me a dime.