September 19, 2014


Thank you Krispy Kreme for giving us a reason to dress up like pirates (Happy National "talk like a pirate day")!  Even if Ava looks like she's been shipwrecked (but still hanging on to her hook), Owen looks like a squid, and I still look preggo - we looked pirate-y enough to get a dozen donuts...EACH! Yep, THREE dozen. even Owen with his orange bandana and makeshift eye patch.  And here's a better (said very loosely) picture of his get up.

best mates.
(yes, they're eating cookies, not donuts. I guess Oreo's new "caramel apple" flavor was more intriguing)

We met up with Emma and her girls to go to Krispy Kreme and then over to our husbands' work to bring them donuts and have lunch.  Their office is this old house in the woods with a beautifully landscaped yard where these girls love to just run and play.  I couldn't get over how they both kept a cookie in one hand during the entire hour we were there, all while climbing rocks and throwing grass, etc.  Also, Holland had the coolest little pirate outfit on. One that Emma's mom sewed for their family's dress up box/halloween when she was little!  Gotta love those things that survive to be enjoyed by the next generation.

All pics of the girls taken with Emma's phone, thanks Emma!
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September 16, 2014

Owen - ONE month

From 7.5 lbs and 19.5 inches at birth you now weigh at least 10.5 lbs and are 22.5 in long!  Holy moly you are a growing boy!  I've already started putting you in size 1 diapers and you don't fit in many of your newborn size clothes anymore. Your daddy was the same way as a baby - I hope you continue to develop more of his traits as you grow!

You rarely cry but boy do you grunt! Your grunts are so funny because some sound like you are laughing :)  You also do rhythmic cooing in your sleep and it's just the sweetest.

Speaking of sleep, you are a total sleepyhead! Thankfully you have your day and night pretty well figured out so that when you've finished eating at night time you fall right back to sleep for 3-4 more hours (which feels more like 3-4 minutes to me).  So, you wake up an average of 2 times a night and then right about the same time Ava wakes up in the morning and you are awake for most of the morning which is fun!  You also must be plotting something ( a good something) with Ava because you end up taking a nap at the same time as her, most days.  Mommy thanks you!!

Ava loves you so much.  Whenever she comes home from somewhere she has to know where "baby" is.  If she is saying by to anyone in the room, for leaving the house or going to sleep, she has to include you in her round of kisses before she leaves or she has a fit :) Dad hasn't gotten to spend a whole lot of time with you because she needs lots of attention right now too and you keep me nice and busy with all your eating and pooping.  But Dad is sure excited to see you grow and be able to take you on adventures with him.   You don't seem to mind your sister's high pitched screams or laughing or really anything she does for that matter.  I'm sure that will change...

You don't like to be left alone much when you are awake.  You either need to be nice and swaddled or held by someone.  Thankfully you like the Solly Baby Wrap pretty well, so I put you in there sometimes when I'm cooking or cleaning or when we go on a walk.  Makes me feel pregnant again :)

So far you've been to church, the grocery store, the fabric store (where you had your first blowout), the aquarium, the park, the library, and the doctor.  It's so nice that you were born in the summer so I don't have to worry as much about you getting sick and stuff!

I think you look the most handsome when you are wearing light blue, maybe that's just because most of your clothes are light blue and you look so handsome all the time! You do spit up more than Ava did, but nothing crazy.  You just love to eat!  Nursing has sure helped mommy too - the bigger you get the smaller I get, so eat up ;) I do feel quite lucky for that.

The only time you used to cry was when getting a bath and when getting your diaper changed.  Now you cry if your diaper needs to be changed, and mostly grunt your way through it.  You pee pretty much every time I change you but I've learned that when you take a break to stop crying or grunting, that's when you're going to pee so I hurry and get ready for it.  Thankfully you're not doing your triple poops in one diaper change anymore.  I think you hated baths because we were just sponge bathing you but now that your body can be immersed, you love to have the water run over you and are so calm during bath time!

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September 9, 2014

Fresh Peach Pie!

The peaches are plenty and perfect right now and we've been having lots of peach pie in the last week and are not even close to sick of it :)  I even canned about 12 jars of peach pie filling with Devin's mom for a quick, ready to go dessert this fall! Sorry the pie filling I canned is different than this one. 

Devin saw this in the fridge and said "That looks like a good peach pie!" - opposed to my other ones that are not good peach pies? Not sure, but either way I thought it was necessary to dig this post out of the archives and share with you again! I also made an update to the filling
My favorite thing about this recipe: a unique, crumbly crust! Check it out :)

Fresh Peach Pie

Devin and I both grew up loving peach pie in the summer.  This is my mom's recipe, as most of them are.  The reason I'm using hers is because this crust is not your ordinary crust.  It's moist, crumbly, and the saltiness of it goes SO well with the sweetness of the filling.  

1. Mix the flour, sugar, and salt together.  2. In a measuring cup, mix the oil and milk together and then add to the dry ingredients. I used vegetable oil this time and I think I like it better with canola oil. 3. Using a fork, mix ingredients together right in the dish until moist enough to where you could form a ball with the dough. 4. Press the dough into the bottom and sides of your pie dish and bake for about 12-15 min @ 350 degrees.  The crust should be dry to the touch - it doesn't get very "golden" until it's been out of the oven for a little while so even if it still looks kind of white, it's okay.

The Filling
 Boil 1 c water. Mix the dry ingredients together and then add to the boiling water and heat while stirring until it gets a little thicker.  I think if you let the mixture boil while stirring it will make the jello set firmer.  Devin prefers the filling a little more gel-y than firm.

 Once the jello mixture is a little thicker, you can remove from heat and add all of your sliced peaches or you can add about 2/3 and place the other 1/3 in the crust and pour entire mixture over them. 
 Place in the fridge to set for about 2 hours.  Some things will affect how long this takes: If your crust is cool when you pour in the filling it will chill faster, I also think it sets faster if your mixture came to a full boil when stirring. 

Serve with whipped cream!
**Updated 9/9/14 - Corrected amount of jello powder to be used in filling
1 1/2 c. flour
2 T sugar
1 t salt
1/2 c. vegetable or canola oil
2 T milk

Pie filling
3 T cornstarch
3 T Peach flavored Jello powder (about half of a 3 oz pkg) - Raspberry is also a good alternative if you want to change it up a bit!
1 c. sugar
1 c. boiling water
3 c. sliced peaches (we used 3 peaches)

1. Mix the flour, sugar, and salt together.  2. In a measuring cup, mix the oil and milk together and then add to the dry ingredients. 3. Using a fork, mix ingredients together right in the dish until moist enough to where you could form a ball with the dough. 4. Press the dough into the bottom and sides of your pie dish and bake for about 12-15 min @ 350 degrees.  
5. Mix dry filling ingredients together and then add to boiling water.  Stir until thickened.  6. Remove from heat and add peach slices. Pour into cooled crust and chill for about 2 hours.  7. Serve with whipped cream!
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September 7, 2014

Happy Grandparent's Day!

Owen has been blessed to meet all but two of his living grandparents in the last three weeks! Can't wait for my dad to be able to come out with my mom for Thanksgiving and hopefully it won't be too long before we see Laura's mom, Grandma Kathleen!

My mom and Devin's mom have been Grandmothering my babies the last two weeks in every way.   I'm so glad they have these sweet women to love, and learn from!  My dad said he can't wait to play with Ava in a couple months.  That seems to be a grandpa's best quality - a playmate! Ava asks for "airplane" rides and "horsey" rides everyday because of the fun times she has with her Grandpa Neil. 

^^This last picture...Her aging hands against the new skin of a tiny baby tells the story of a woman who has worked so hard in all her years - true to her faith, wife of a farmer, and a loving mother who raised her children with the same work ethic and righteousness.  To me, it is this work and love that makes grandparents some of the best examples we have of what is most important and how to live a meaningful life.^^ Pin It

September 1, 2014

Dapper Boy

Oh I just love this boy! I had to take some pictures of him in his little church outfit that he is almost about to grow out of! I feel like I am hanging on to my little newborn for dear life...he'll be toddling before I know it.


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