Monday, October 15, 2018

Family in Town

My cousin Auburn and her daughter Maggie are back for another visit. We don't have as many adventures planned this time, but instead plan to stay home and do lots of fun fall activities. Baking pumpkin cookies is on the agenda! It was so cute the way they were delighted to see each other again. Maggie was tired from waking up early and driving the long drive to get here, so she crawled into bed. Carolyn excitedly climbed into bed with her. I know they would have loved to sleep in the same bed, but I doubt there would have been much sleeping going on...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

Hello all! Show of hands anyone have an Instant Pot? Or interested in getting one but hesitating? I have the easiest, healthy recipe that will put you over the edge. You make your whole dinner in the pot at the same time! And from cutting board to plate the whole thing only takes about 45 minutes.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Playford to the Present Ball

This weekend for the first time ever we bravely decided that we were good enough dancers to attend the esteemed Playford to the Present Ball in Pasadena, CA. In the past we've always felt inadequate to attend this ball, because the dances are not taught there and the caller only calls the first round or two and then leaves you on your own. I'm so glad that he does this, because it is just magical when suddenly you realize the whole room is dancing in unison to the music. Below is a group photo of our friends that we regularly dance with in Anaheim.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ahhhh pumpkin season is here at last! I know technically I could bake with pumpkin year round, but pumpkin cookies in the spring just aren't as magical. These cookies are deliciously moist and cakey with a lovely pumpkin spice flavor. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Intentional Decisions for Raising a Baby

Today I'd like to do something a little different, I'd like to share with you all of the very intentional decisions I've made while raising Carolyn, in particular when she was a baby. I am one of those people who likes to make decisions thoughtfully and research them thoroughly. As much as I was dying to become a mom I wanted to wait until my husband and I were settled enough to feel comfortable in the money department and make sure I felt confident to take on the challenges of being a mother. With all this extra time waiting I've been observing all the mothers around me picking and I've been choosing the parenting decisions that I think are best. These are some of that strategies that I have decided to follow while raising my daughter. I put in a disclaimer that I am not the most educated person in the world; I only have a bachelors degree and a teaching credential, and am not a professional in early childhood development. All I know is what's important to me, and that's what I want to share with you today.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Cottage Fall Decor Tour

Hooray on the calendar it says it's officially fall, now people won't mind that the wind blew in a little fall decor into my house! Who am I kidding, it's more than just a little and I've totally had it up since Labor Day weekend, to me the start of September is close enough of an excuse to decorate for fall. Come see a few of my favorite fall decor decorations.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Trip to the San Diego Zoo

Ben and I decided that we wanted to celebrate our birthdays this year by going to the San Diego Zoo. This was super exciting for us because Carolyn has never been to the zoo. She loves talking about different animals and it's adorable the way she'll describe them. For example the kangaroo goes boing boing! And of course the lion is described by his "roar."

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Carolyn's Garden

I love tending to my garden, and so does Carolyn! I think this is so sweet, until she digs up my freshly sown seeds or starts picking under ripe fruit. It's just so adorable the way she wants to do everything that I'm doing and I hated having to exclude her from helping me in the garden. Then it hit me, why not give her her own very distinct garden space, a nice little toddler garden area! On our next trip to the hardware store the plan was hatched.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Getty Villa with a Toddler & Vacation Fun

I've had this folder of fun pictures just sitting on my desktop feeling unloved, so it's time I shared with you the fun we had earlier this summer. Every summer my best friend Rebekah's cousin goes on vacation and she very generously offers up her house as a free AirB&B for us all to stay in. We love this wonderfully affordable friendcation! We always make time to visit the beach while we're there, in fact this is where we took Carolyn for her very first beach trip & the Getty Center back when she was only a month old, you can see her adorable pictures here! This year we decided to take her to the Getty Villa, it was so awesome!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fall Front Porch Decor

I'm so excited for fall, I couldn't help myself and already decorated the front porch!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Dana Point Tall Ships Festival 2018

This past weekend we spent our days living in the 18th century again. We set up camp at Dana Point Harbor and Ben participated in the annual pirate skit aboard the Pilgrim.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

New Fall Wreath

I can't wait for fall to come any longer, it's been a great summer but I'm totally over this HOT weather. So I'm going to imagine that it's cooling down here and start decorating my house for fall. Maybe I can trick myself into feeling like it's getting cooler. Hehehe. In part of my excitement for fall I decided to make a new front door wreath times two, because we have double front doors.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Minnie Mouse Party - Carolyn's 2nd Birthday

As promised yesterday I'm back today to continue with the mouse fun - Carolyn's 2nd Birthday party! Ben created this special birthday invitation and cut it out on his fancy cutting machine at work (think Silhouette on steroids!)

Monday, September 3, 2018

Carolyn's 2nd Birthday at Disneyland

Before Carolyn was even born we had decided that for her 2nd birthday we would take her to Disneyland and get annual passes again that year. As her birthday neared it became clear that there was only one type of party that would befit her, a Minnie Mouse birthday party!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Cookies & Milk - A 1st Birthday Party

Our friend's sweet little daughter turned one this summer and they threw her the cutest little Cookies and Milk 1st birthday party! I never would have thought of that theme, and it was simply darling!

Monday, August 27, 2018

VBS - Splash Canyon

This was my third time as the director of VBS (Vacation Bible School) at our little church. We picked a new brand of curriculum and really loved it! This year we chose to do Splash Canyon by Concordia Publishing House, I highly recommend it!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Back to Work Sack Lunches for Grown-Ups

I've heard that the kids are back in school and parents everywhere are rejoicing. Hopefully by now you have your game plan in place for making the kids lunches. But what about for you? Do you have something yummy and healthy to eat for lunch? I want to share with you what Ben and I always love making for our lunches.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Summer Fun Summer - Colorado Trip

At the beginning of this year my cousin Jamie moved away from me. I miss her so badly but I totally understand why she needed to move because now her cost of living is lower and she can be a stay at home mommy, which was her dream! The benefit of her moving is that now I get to visit her in beautiful Colorado! Several members of Ben's family live in Colorado too and this was our first time getting to visit them! It was such an amazing and wonderful trip let me share some of it with you!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

How to Make Pretend Tea Bags

I have a quick and easy sewing project for you today, the cutest little pretend tea bags! I made these as a gift for Carolyn's 2nd birthday and oh how she loves them!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Carolyn's 1st Official Tea Party

Carolyn is obsessed with playing tea party and I've been waiting till she could finally attend a real tea party. Luckily I did not have to wait long because one of my friends from our dancing group enjoys hosting tea parties and invited us!

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