Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Monday, July 9, 2012

The day my little sister got married

It was a hot, sunny and beautiful day for a garden wedding. One of my five younger sisters got married (this means 3/6 of us girls are now a Mrs.) Everything was just lovely and went of without a hitch. Even the 90+ degree day we were given was made bearable with a gentle breeze. Valerie made a beautiful bride and Sullivan was a nervous and beaming groom. The ceremony was simple and personalized to their unique artistic style. Here is a video of them singing their vows:

The wedding/reception was held at a quaint vineyard with pretty gardens, a wonderful big red barn and the decorations were perfect.

The boys did great during the ceremony, with the help of a continuous supply of snacks, and were such troopers lasting long into the night.

I left most of the photograph taking to the professional, but here are a few moments I had to capture myself!

 First dance.

 Father daughter dance. Mother son dance.

 Cutting of the cake.

Congrats to Sully and Val. We love you guys!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Happy 4th of July everyone! Hope you're having fun and staying cool. Today I thought I would share a couple easy "posicle" recipes that my boys have been loving lately on these hot summer days.

Popsicles are a perfect summer afternoon treat for kids, but pretty much any of the store bought kinds are full of either sugar, HFCS and other yucky unneeded ingredients that I like to keep out of our diet. I came across a simple plastic $1 popsicle mold at the store awhile back, and decided to concoct some healthy, but still tasty, popsicles for my boys (and myself!) to enjoy. Here are the two "recipes" we have tried so far!

Pina Colada Popsicles

6 oz Coconut milk

Roughly 2 cups of fresh pineapple chunks

1-3 Tbsp Honey (optional)

1/4 tsp Vanilla extract (optional, but it does give it that extra yummy flavor)

Berry Banana Blast

6 oz Coconut milk

Roughly 2 cups of strawberries, blueberries and banana

1-3 Tbsp Honey (again, totally optional)

Just blend together in the blender until smooth, pour into popsicle mold, freeze until solid and enjoy!

I have also made smoothies using the same ingredients, just freeze the fruit first!

Can you tell my boys really like these?