21 Things To Do This Summer

  1. Go to the pool.
  2. Go on a picnic.
  3. Go to the park.
  4. Go to a library class.
  5. Play in the sprinklers.
  6. Read together. (Join the summer reading programs at your library.)
  7. Go out for ice-cream.
  8. Have popsicles.
  9. Have a water balloon fight.
  10. Go on a bike ride.
  11. Take a hike.
  12. Have a day at the lake.
  13. Go to the zoo.
  14. Go to a splash pad, or a water park.
  15. Look at the stars together at night.
  16. Go for a walk.
  17. Catch fireflies.
  18. Have a BBQ.
  19. Play in the rain.
  20. Play a game together. (basketball, football, foursquare, hopscotch, soccer, race)
  21. Make a lemonade stand.

Just Married

Last Saturday night Mark was honored to be in one of his best friend’s weddings. John and Mark have been friends since sixth grade! It was so fun to celebrate John and Jenn’s union. The sweet couple met on a hike and quickly fell in love. They were engaged for four months and had an amazing outdoor themed wedding.

We enjoyed much of the reception with our dear friends Natalie and Marshall.

Look at their amazing cakes! I love how the groom’s cake was inspired from how they met.

They were so fun! I thought you’d like to see the progression of the couple feeding each other cake.

Congrats John and Jenn! We are so happy for you guys.

6 Months

Dear Owen,

You are six months old. I can’t believe it. I blinked. And you grew up. Literally you grew. You now weigh eighteen and a half pounds. And you are in the 95% for height. You eat every four hours and are eating solid foods like a champ. I love how big you are.

You also love to sleep. You still take at least four naps a day and then sleep all night! Thank you. This month you are getting your second bottom tooth. You have been such a trooper with teething.

You are such a happy baby. You love to smile and laugh, especially at daddy. You love him.

You are such a social baby. Right now you are very attached to me. You don’t like me to leave the room, or get out of your sight. You don’t mind playing by yourself but only if I’m not too far away. I think you’d love it if I actually carried you around all day.

You have been rolling over in your bed and that makes you really mad. Sometime you are so upset that you are on your stomach that you start doing push ups. I always want to come rescue you when you start doing that. I hate to see you cry. It breaks my heart into pieces. This is the kind of face you make in your bed.

Thankfully you are happy most of the time. Sitting up has made you very happy. You love sitting next to everyone and really enjoy being with people. I love that about you.

I feel like it was just yesterday that the doctor placed you, little Owen Miles in my arms.

 I am so thankful for you and pray that you will grow up to be a merciful warrior for Jesus. I pray that you would know the mercy of the Lord towards you and because of that you would lead people to know the mercy of Jesus. I love you son!

-Mom

Turtles 101

Recently at Leah’s baby shower we made a wonderful little sweet treat called Turtles. Today I thought I share how to make this quick and easy treat.  

What You’ll Need:

  • A bag of pretzels
  • A bag of Rolo candy
  • Peacons

Directions:

1. Spread Pretzels on a cookie sheet.

2. Place one piece of Rolo candy on each pretzel.

3. Place the cookie sheet in a preheated oven of 300 degrees for three minutes or until candy is soft.

4. Press a peacon on top of each piece of chocolate.

5. Chill in the freezer until chocolate has hardened. Serve and Enjoy!

Coca-Cola Date

The air was thick. It was that summer humidity. I didn’t mind it because of the slight breeze. Sitting on a little swing next to Mark in South Korea, we each sipped on an 8o.z. Coca-Cola. After a long day of teaching kids English, it felt good to sit, to talk, to think.   

The smiles and laughter we shared each night will always crackle joy in every corner of my mind. I will always treasure those little dates we had.

As I remembered those times, I couldn’t help but get these little soft drinks at the store. So that we can once again sit on a little swing outside and enjoy the fresh air, Cokes, and summer love.

I Liked it. I Pinned it. I Did it.

Todays fun topic is Pinterest. Do you like Pinterest?

Follow Me on Pinterest
I do. I think Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration. Pinterest has helped me plan babyshowers, come up with crafts to do with the kids, and has even helped me decorate different rooms in my home. If I use Pinterest in the right way it can be a lot of fun.

I like being able to gather inspiration from other people and then try to do some of the things I see on there. Because of Pinterest, I’ve done or made things like:

I love the idea of doing the things we see on Pinterest so much that I wanted to share a guest post with you from Jenn. She blogs over at Passenger Seat Perspectives. Jenn has a fun feature on her blog about about actually doing the things you find inspiring on Pinterest. She also has created a great place to link up once you’ve done your projects.

Hi! I’m Jenn from Passenger Seat Perspectives. Here’s a recipe from my link-up called “Like It, Pin It, Do It!” First, a little background: I started this link-up because I am addicted to Pinterest (there! I said it!) and I realized that I could be wasting a whole lot of time if I’m just pinning great ideas and not actually accomplishing them. For this link-up, I just use the picture and link of the project/hairstyle/recipe/craft that inspired me, and I include my own pictures of what I did, with a short description of how I did it and how it turned out. I hope you enjoy this yummy recipe!

Pinspiration:

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Have you ever had fresh-baked scones, from a coffee shop or wherever? If you haven’t, I cannot describe the warm, buttery, crumbly goodness that is a scone, so you may as well just go get one. I saw this recipe for cranberry-orange scones and wondered how hard it could be to recreate them. It turned out to be surprisingly easy! (I won’t post the whole recipe, but be sure to check out the link above to visit TastyKitchen.com.)

I was a little wary, because it said you had to use a pastry cutter to “cut in” the butter at one point (I don’t know about you, but my kitchen lacks those special crafty baker’s tools), but I ended up just using a whisk with strong wire and it worked out just as well. I also didn’t have a zester, so it took a while to get the orange zest, but I think it worked out okay.

Also, I didn’t set the timer right, so I don’t know how long they cooked. But they didn’t burn! These scones must be seriously foolproof.

The scones turned out delicious. They tasted light and buttery and the cranberry and orange were perfect! They were really crumbly fresh from the oven, but I don’t think my husband or I minded scooping up the crumbs to eat those too : ) We refrigerated them and ate them for breakfast – just as delicious!

I was a little light on the zest, but it turned out okay, especially with the delicious frosting (also foolproof) – just fresh-squeezed orange juice and confectioner’s sugar.

The final product was awesome! I loved this. You definitely need to try it!

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If you find yourself completing Pinterest projects be sure to link up with Jenn’s blog so we can continue to share ideas.

One last thing I wanted to share with you. Here are two great blog post about Pinterest. Jessica Turner shares 10 Tips on using Pinterest well, and Todd VanDyke gives a humorous perspective on having another thing to do online.

Also feel free to leave me your Pinterest name so I can follow you. And if you aren’t on Pinterest and need an invitation email me on my contacts page. I would be happy to send you an invite.

Photoshoot

Yesterday Elias, Owen, and I participated in a Fully Alive Kids photoshoot. Our church is launching a new ministry this fall where kids will be learning how to worship and pray. Here are some pictures I snapped between the professional pictures.

Owen did so well during the photo shoot, he loved playing in the grass.

 Owen was very interested in his brother. ha!

This is my sweet friend, Devon and her daughter Brielle.

Some of our best friends, Lauren and Ezra came too. Ezra and Elias chased each other around in a field all afternoon. It was so fun to watch.

Lauren, Kristin, and Devon

Devon led the kids in worship.

This is sweet Moriah. Her heart for Jesus is so precious.

All the mommies getting the kids to smile.

We also got a few shots of Devon beautiful dancing, because she is starting a worship dance blog soon. I can’t wait to share it with you in the future.

After the photo shoot, the boys and I met Mark at Starbucks for a little family date.

Easter

Easter was so fun this year. We spent a lot of time with family during this break. My grandparents came in from Arizona and my brother and his family came from Chattanooga. Other extended family from town gathered together as well.

We spent most of Easter week visiting with family.

On Easter morning, we gave eachother Easter baskets. Mark and I still give eachother Easter Baskets…ha! I got a little outfit for Sunday, and he got a Genesis commentary.

Elias loved the little Bob and Larry he received in his basket. He told me there names were Bob Baker and Waddy (Larry) Baker.

After Easter baskets we got ready to go to church.

Once we were ready we headed to church.

Once church was over we had a fun potluck together outside.

After the potluck the kids did a little Easter egg hunt. Elias loved it!

I hope your Easter weekend was awesome!!