Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My Little Pumpkins


And we couldn't be happier!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Just a swingin'

I took these a few weeks ago at our "old" park near our "old" house. You know, opposed to the "new" park closer to our "new" house.

P.S. Doesn't Will look hilariously awkward in the baby swing?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I have a 4 year old

I seriously cannot believe I am the mom of a 4 year old. Like, whoa.

I am so proud of the person Will is becoming. He is so smart it baffles me sometimes. The kid has an amazing sense of direction (which he gets from his daddy), and if I get off course from the way we should be going he immediately says, "Where are you going?"

He is definitely a 21st century kid, and can play some Nintendo ds with the best of them.

He does great reading small words, sounding  out letters and matching words with pictures. He likes doing puzzles and can do a 24 piece on his own.

He is quite an athletic kid. He's got a great arm, has no problem connecting a ball and bat and has a hysterical drop kick.

He is also beyond handsome. I literally can't help but squeeze his cheeks sometimes. 

It's been amazing watching him grow up, and am so thankful for him. I love being his mommy. Happy 4th Birthday Will!

Click here to see pictures from his past Birthdays.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sisters and corn stalks

I meant to post this last week, but got distracted with moving and all that.

All of us sisters ambushed our favorite little farmers market/pumpkin patch last week, and we can't all be together and not take pictures. Lots of pictures. Lots of bad pictures. Way too many. I will spare you the agony and only post a few.

Monday, October 15, 2012

What I wore or something like that

I thought it would be fun to start doing an occasional outfit post. I don't consider myself a fashion expert at all. Like, not even close. Most the time I feel like I am trying way to hard or just look like a total mom. Not to say looking like a mom is a bad thing. Especially since I am one. But you get what I am saying...right? Moving on.

I love reading/seeing outfit posts on the blogs I follow, and attempt to be inspired by them. But many of them wear pricey, name brand stuff. Granted, some of them have worked hard and now get paid for or are given clothes for free to blog about. Which is awesome for them. I just can't justify spending $20 on a t-shirt or $60 on jeans. I would honestly feel sick to my stomach if I ever did that.

I pretty much do all my clothes shopping at thrift stores, consignment shops or the clearance rack at Target. This may sound shocking to some, but you actually can find name brand, quality stuff shopping that way. Here is my first outfit, as an example:

Outfit Details:

Pants: Thrifted (no idea of the brands since the tag is off)

White shirt: Old Navy (clearance)

Jacket: H&M (thrifted)

Boots: Old Navy (thrifted for $5!)

Earrings: Forever 21 (ordered online during free shipping promo)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

I am excited to announce...

WE ARE BUYING A HOUSE! I am beyond excited! No official closing date yet, but it could be as soon as next week. Gah!

I wrote back in June about how much I hated the whole process of finding a house. We started looking back in March/April. I tell ya, houses were selling like hotcakes! We'd see a house the first day it was listed, call to make an appointment to see it and find out that a higher than the asking price offer was already accepted. So frustrating!

But anyways, about OUR HOUSE. We saw it online when it was first listed back in May, and we skipped over it pretty quickly. It didn't have a front porch (which I really would have liked) and from the pictures the backyard looked dinky. Fast forward to the beginning of August. Things are starting to slow down in the house selling market. We are starting to get a bit uncertain that we will find a house we like in our price range.

I really did not want to spend another winter in our current house. Last year I was sick for weeks after we turned our heat on. My goal was to get into a new place before we absolutely had to use the heat here.

I did a search for houses that have dropped their prices, and stumbled on this house again. The price had been dropped $5,000, putting it exactly at our price limit. Typically when a house is on the market that long, and has the price reduced it means something ain't right with it; needs a new roof, etc. We decided to go ahead and do a walk through anyways, assuming we'd find out then something was majorly wrong. As soon as we made the appointment I wanted to cancel it. I thought the backyard was going to be to small, and was kind of bummed about the no porch thing, but we went anyways. And I am so glad we did.

The backyard was much bigger than I thought (not huge, but doable for a city house). The (white!) kitchen was super cute. Master bedroom was a good size, with two other smaller bedrooms. A decent basement, a full walk up attic. Nothing about it stood out as a red flag. The realtors on either side could not figure out why it wasn't selling, since there wasn't anything majorly wrong with it. It was a total God thing if I ever saw one. He was just saving it for us! I wouldn't say it gave me butterflies from excitement at the time, but we just knew this was the one.

We put in the offer that night (on a Saturday) and by Monday our offer was accepted.

It's been a long process dealing with the bank though (ugh), but we got the call today that we are clear to go! I am so excited to move in and make it our own. I have already been visualizing paint colors and what will go where. But before I can have fun decorating (and go crazy on Pinterest!) I gotta do the dirty work first. I officially packed my first box yesterday, which officially means this next week I am officially going to go crazy. So watch out!

P.S. How many of you thought this was a going to be a "We're having a baby" annoucement?? Did I git ya?? I thought so.

Monday, October 8, 2012

How to make yogurt UPDATED

I posted before about how to make yogurt. I have recently changed the way I do it though, so I wanted to share.

In the past I would heat the milk to 180 degrees before cooling to about 110/115 degrees, which is basically pasteurizing it. Pasteurization is a very harmful process (something I plan on sharing more in depth about at some point), and not necessary at all to make yogurt! Here are the few simple steps to make yogurt:

You'll need:

- Raw milk (Goats or cows milk would work, although I have only used cows)

- Glass quart jar (or bigger, if you have it, would work too!)

- Candy thermometer

- A pot

-2 Gallon insulated jug

- Yogurt starter or yogurt from previous batch (I have also used store bought organic plain yogurt as a starter if I ever forgot to save some from a previous batch)


Here's how:

1. Pour your milk into whatever sized jar you are using, leaving some head space for expansion.

2. Pour milk into a pot, and on very low heat warm to about 110/115 degrees. Usually takes me about 6 min using 1 quart of milk.

3. Add your starter/yogurt (1 Tbsp yogurt or 1/8 tsp powdered yogurt starter per 1 quart of milk) and stir.

 4. Pour warmed milk into a warmed glass jar and lightly screw on the lid. (I usually just fill the jar with hot water while the milk is heating on the stove, and then empty and dry before adding the milk.)

(I don't have pictures of this last step)

5. Then wrap the jar with towels and place in the insulated jug, placing more towels on top to fill the jug.
6. Leave the jug on the counter or kitchen floor or wherever to culture for 24 hours.

That's it! You will then have super nutritious yummy yogurt. We sweeten ours with honey and add whatever toppings we'd like!

If you are having trouble here are a few tips:

If your yogurt separates into curds and whey

- To warm

-To long culturing

-To much starter

If this happenes DO NOT throw it away. It is still perfectly safe to consume. It won't have the creamy texture, but can still be used nicely to make smoothies or for baking.

If your yogurt is to thin

- To cool

- To little time culturing

- To little starter.

You can also try placing the jar in hot water for a bit at any point (after it has cultured for 24 hours and even if it has been in the fridge) to try and thicken it up. Although most homemade yogurt will tend to be a bit thinner than storebought, I have had some batches turn out super thick.

If you are a big yogurt eater I highly recommend trying to make your own. It is so much more nutritious for you without ANY additives or sugars and way cheaper. Let me know if you give it a try, and if you have any questions!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A boy and his bike

I was hoping to try and find Will an official big kid bike (used) for his birthday in a few weeks to surprise him with. We stopped at a church garage sale last week, and this perfect Will sized bike was there for $10! Will was with me, so there went the Birthday suprise. But he was SO excited regardless, and couldn't wait to get home and ride it. I say ride very loosely. Now all he needs are some training wheels, and some babeball cards with clothes pins and he'll be the coolest kid around.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Leaves, pumpkins and a wooden duck tray

It has been awhile since I have gotten crafty, so I was happy to say yes when asked if I could do the decorations for my church's Women's Ministry, Oasis', Fall kick off meeting last week. It's fun to get my creative juices flowin' every once in a while, and Fall decorations are the prettiest and easiest I think! Take some Fall colored leaves, some candles and throw in some pumpkins and funky gourds and you're done! I went for simple. Life has been pretty busy lately, and only getting busier, so I didn't want to overwhelm myself. Here is what I came up with!

Our theme for this year...

The mini pumpkins had votive candles in them. They turned out so cute, and were pretty once the sun went down.

I'm kind of obsessed with making these paper garlands.

I LOVE how that chalkboard tray came out. If I had thought ahead I would have taken a before picture. It was a light wood tray with a duck painted on it that I got at a garage sale this summer for 50 cents. If you look close you can still see the outline of the duck, but whatevs.

My mom let me borrow some of her mum plants, aaaaand I left them in my garage. They would have been the perfect pop of color here by the fire.

Pretty sister.