Days 105-125!

Hello! I’m back! I know – I’m sure you all were quite worried. 🙂

I’ve had my computer back for almost a week now – I’ve just been insanely busy.

I’m still insanely busy – I’m just choosing to ignore that fact right now. 🙂

Here’s some pictures I took during these past days of computer rebellion

This picture marks the monumental day where I actually had dinner ready BEFORE our guests got here. Never happened before. Seriously.

I finally cleared off my sewing table. I have no clue why this picture is so blurry.

My stash of “sewing material” – aka old t-shirts and thrift store finds.

Inspired by New Dress a Day (seriously, check it out!)… I made my first sewing project in like a year (and only the second one I’ve ever completed)… This was a skirt that was super comfy – but hung weird (I think it was the pleats/t-shirt material combo).

Cut, cut, snip, snip = jammie shorts! 🙂

Okay, so they aren’t perfect – but I’m just a beginner! At least they are comfy! 🙂

April 24th marked a monumental occasion – my birthday! 🙂 aka the best day ever! I woke to Dave making me breakfast (which included this delicious, and fancy, strawberry orange juice), we went to the farmers market to buy some plants for the garden, I bought a new swim suit for work, Dave bought us Avatar, we went out to dinner to FARMbloomington (can you say “best hummus ever!”?), got rained on, and ended the day nice and cozy watching Avatar. Ahhh birthdays…  oh, did I mention we also decided to get a PUPPY?! Oh, don’t worry… there will be pictures galore. 🙂

My first attempt at a “Thai-ish” type meal. Peanut ginger stir fry. It was delish.

The beautiful time line I made for youth group. They might not think it is all that stellar – but at least I finally understand the order of events from the Division of the Kingdom to the 430 years of silence!  And this picture is kinda weird because I’m too impatient to use the panoramic setting on our camera. Oh, and my feet are in there twice.. whoops.

Cool bug that was on our porch the other day. He didn’t seem to care that I was shoving a camera in his face.

And, lastly, the beautiful-ness that was last night’s dinner. My first time making it. Thin crust pizza with a garlic and basil butter sauce, topped with spinach, tomatoes, feta, and mozzarella cheese. Heavenly. This new pizza crust is amazing (and amazingly easy).

Well, that’s it for now. I took more pictures – but they were of our garden.. which will be getting its own separate post soon.

I hope to post tomorrow – but I have a lovely 12 hour workday. So, we’ll see.




Day 73-74.

Well, we’ve been working hard here at getting things ready for my family’s new fundraising initiative for their adoption. Its late now, and I don’t have time to fully explain and update… but stay tuned for a post on that in the next few days. In the meantime, here’s a few pictures showing what we’ve been up to lately…

Some hard working kiddos right there. 😉

My Great-Grandma Edie peering over the mound of fabric to see outside where the sun was finally shining!

Jake sporting one of the flower headbands – don’t think he’s quite sure what to make of that!

Mom hard at work!

Chloe’s turn to model!

We even put Dave to work! 🙂

Hard at work.

It was Haylie’s birthday (and Jakes later in the month) – so we had a little celebration while Dave and I and the Grandmas were here. I can’t believe my little baby sister is 15 years old!!

Hannah getting into the festivities. 🙂

Haylie is overwhelmed by our love.

Saying goodbye to the Grandmas!! Love them!!

Fun times!


Days 62-73.

Well, because of my little hiatus here I just have a collection of random pictures for you.

I may not have been perfect with this one picture a day dealio – but it doesn’t really bother me too much. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back into the swing of things though…. since I know all my adoring fans are just waiting in eager anticipation for what is going on in our oh-so-exciting life.

Anyway.. pictures…

This is the butternut squash that someone gave me last fall that I am just now getting around to using. Well, sort of. The squash mush is currently in the freezer, waiting to be turned into a pie. I didn’t end up doing it that weekend because it was Dave’s birthday weekend and his birthday present was to take a break from studying and make cheesecakes on Saturday (four cheesecakes=no need for pie).

Dave loves cooking too, but doesn’t do it very often these days because of school. Gourmet cheesecake is one of his favorite things to make – and, well, its pretty darn fun to eat too.

Not sure why I look so strange in this picture…


With all the cheesecake making festivities – we opted for a less nutritious, quicker lunch of frozen pizza.

And here is the finished product… doesn’t that look heavenly? Two different recipes (one of Dave’s own creation) made 4 cheesecakes – 2 Cappuccino and 2 Raspberry Truffle. Don’t worry – we brought one to Dave’s friend, and Dave brought 2 to his class for a birthday snack (yes, they still have snacks in their grad school lab! 🙂 ), we shared a few pieces with some of our friends and Dave’s parents too. Half the fun of making yummy things is getting to see other people enjoy them!! Plus, it was probably all the better for our waistlines! 🙂

And just one more picture of the Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake – because it is so beautiful.

Dave’s actual birthday was on Sunday (the 7th), but was fairly uneventful. It was a girl in our youth group’s birthday that day too, so (at her request) we had ice cream cake and pop Sunday morning at youth group (yes, at 10:30 in the morning – what was I thinking!?!?). Then, we came home and ate lunch and Dave went to school to study for yet another big test. Not the most fun way to spend your birthday, but we just counted Saturday’s cheesecake making as the “birthday day.”

Oh, and if you were wondering how old Dave is… shhhh… he’s turned the big 2-5. Quarter of a century! 🙂

Okay.. I’ll be back soon with spring break updates and funness. But, adios for now!


Day 44.

This past week was the birthday of one of the teachers I work with at the Y.  Not really having any money to spend on a gift, but wanting to give something, I came up with this fun idea.

I have an aloe vera plant that I absolutely love (we’ll just forget about the part where I forgot to water it for months on end), especially since it really helps sooth my dry, cracked hands. I noticed that my wonderful little plant was sprouting a baby plant, so I decided to start a new plant for my teacher friend.. who also suffers from the same (every-day-swimming-with-the-preschoolers-induced) dry hands problem.

Here’s the proud momma plant (Okay, so she’s not so beautiful.. but that’s what happens when you forget to water for so long! She’s now safe in my kitchen where I won’t forget her.).

So, I painted a pot I had laying around in a cheery pink color. A kitchen makes a great craft studio. 🙂

Fill with a couple stones, some potting soil, a carefully place the little baby aloe plant inside.

Awww… isn’t she cute??? 🙂

Fun to make, give, and get!