Be back in a week!! Enjoy your day!!
Friday, July 26, 2013
He is such an amazing son. I thank God every single day for this boy.
He is out-going and friendly, unafraid to put himself out there and talk to people.
He is my social butterfly, and is always on the move.
He is fiercely competitive when he and his buddies engage in a Nerf War outside, and has more sleepovers this summer than I can count.
He loves his iPod, playing soccer and basketball, and video games.
He is a loyal friend and hates it when anyone is upset with him.
He's been asking for more time apart from his little brother to "spread his wings."
He is the first to apologize when he does something wrong.
He is simple and carefree and is all about having FUN.
He is sporting an excellent summer tan, and his dimple and long eye lashes remind me that he'll be noticing girls in the near future.
He's obsessed with dinosaurs and wants to be a paleontologist when he grows up.
He has a crazy imagination and comes up with the wildest things, and I so appreciate the way his mind works.
He's the healthiest eater in this house.
He is a deep thinker and an old soul, and I'm reminded of that when I hear his nightly prayers. Hands down, the highlight of my day when I hear those.
He has an ongoing contest with his Dad and brother for loudest bodily sounds.
He is a lot different from his older sister and younger brother in some ways, and is really good with that.
He is so very much like his father--his demeanor, his skin and hair color, his eyes and that beautiful squared chin. But that nose and his wackiness--that's all from me.
He is simple and adventurous and sweet and funny, all wrapped into one.
And I'd be bored and lost without him.
Love you, Evan.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
We had a blast camping with friends recently. Since they're veterans at this kinda thing, we let them take the lead and helped. And by helped, I mean I took pictures and ate. My husband "helped." Ha!
We finished by frying over 20 different foods. And we shared with SO MANY campers!! Thanks so much for the fun--we can't wait to do the clam bake next!!
Enjoy your day!!
Monday, July 22, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
A couple weeks ago, we enjoyed the day in Marblehead, Ohio. One of our family's favorite summertime spots. The lighthouse, the parks, and the water, mixed with favorite people who stay there are the perfect combination for a getaway...
Enjoy your day!
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Yield: 16 servings
Ingredients For the Cake:
1 box (16.5oz) yellow cake mix (with ingredients to prepare, according to box)
1 box (3.4oz) banana cream JELL-O pudding mix
I can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 jar (12oz) caramel ice cream topping sauce
For the Toping:
1 box (3.4oz) Banana cream JELL-O pudding mix
1 cup milk 16oz Cool Whip, thawed
1 cup Nilla Wafer cookies, crushed
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping sauce
1.In a large mixing bowl add cake mix and ingredients to make a 13x9 cake (according to package). Mix in box of pudding mix. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13x9 baking dish. Bake according to package directions.
2.Remove from oven and poke holes all over the top of the cake. I used a meat thermometer to make all my holes. In a small bowl, mix sweetened condensed milk with caramel sauce. Pour over warm cake, being sure to pour over the holes. Some sauce will remain on top of the cake. That's okay!! Cover cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
3.To make the topping, beat pudding mix with milk until no lumps. Fold in Cool Whip. Spread over cake. Top with crushed cookies and drizzled caramel sauce.
Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Use within 3-4 days. ENJOY!
Friday, July 12, 2013
This dog is loved and adored and spoiled.
And before getting him two years ago, I never thought--never dreamed--that I would or could love a pet as much as I love my pooch. He was 9 years old when we got him, and I had no idea what I was getting into. But it turns out, it was an addition to our family that was SUCH a blessing. He is my shadow, my wingman, my pal. We understand one another and move along this world at the same speed, for the most part. He knows when I get my shoes that I'm getting ready to go somewhere. He loves a van ride. He recognizes the people at the bank, and knows which ones send him a doggie treat through the drive thru window. He gets anxious when he has to be groomed, but is fine when Jami gives him a bath. He sleeps a lot. I guess I would if I were old, too. He has a ticklish spot and acts like a puppy if you scratch his behind or his belly. He doesn't like people to hold him, or when people touch his paws, but never acts out. He rarely barks, unless someone is ignoring his need to go outside. He loves sitting next to me, wherever I am, and always stays close to my feet. He is sweet and warm and once in a while, will look up at me and lick my hand or face, just to give me a smooch. He is a joy and a blessing to our family. He is all this and so much more...
I hope you have a pet that you feel strongly about. I know I'm not alone in my obsession with my dog, but how often do you write it down? Do you scrapbook your pet(s)? I intend to do that soon. I may just print this out and put it on a page, who knows...
Enjoy your day!
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Found this blog post on flavored butters, and it inspired me to make more of my own. You may recall this blog post on the knock off of the Texas Roadhouse butter (Cinnamon Honey Butter) that I used as a favor to our annual outdoor movie night last year. I think I'm going with a variety this go round. Give it a look see!
Enjoy your day!
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
A dear friend of our family turned TEN recently. And she had the birthday party of all birthday parties. So I'm going to share a boatload of photographs from the party, because it was simply over-the-top...
Ella Turned TEN!! She and her crafty mom made individualized cake stands for the mini cakes. Too stinkin CUTE!!
Happy 10th Birthday, Miss Ella. I love you to BITS!! xo
Enjoy your day!!