Happy 4th of July 2011!!!!

Today we celebrated like we always do with a parade and a fun family and friend picnic!!  Lots of fun and the girls had a blast all day!  Melody kept saying, “This is the BEST DAY EVER!!”  It was pretty funny to hear all day long!  She loved Gram Gram’s options of ice cream for dessert this afternoon as we had about 10 – 15 options!  I don’t think Melody has seen that much ice cream in one place in a home ..ever!  We also let our Painted Lady Butterflies free today at the beginning of the picnic so that they can live out the rest of their adult life, which consists of a whole TWO weeks!  I did notice some butterflies mating yesterday and the day before so hopefully they will go lay their eggs and more Painted Lady Butterflies will be born in a few weeks!!

When we came home we started watching all of the 4th of July programs on tv and the girls enjoyed the music and the fireworks!  I took the girls outside after it got dark outside to light some sparklers too.  (I bought them last year and forgot about them so I saved them for today!)

I also had Peter help me wash three loads of laundry and put away all of our stuff when we got home today so it was a full and joyful day all around.  Peter just went up to bed because he needs to get up in about 8 1/2 hours to mow some lawns and I will be getting up to take the kids to the beach on the Farmington River for the afternoon.  Because of all of our time at the beach so far this summer I have built up a pretty nice tan so far too!  🙂  I usually just burn and that is it for me all year so I am grateful for a slow building tan this time around.

Thank you, Ryan Detzel!

I follow Ryan Detzel’s blog here at http://www.thisisreverb.com and I love his perspective on life, religion, kids and just fun in general.  He has the occasional giveaway and his last one was super fun.  He wanted to know what you used to hate but now love..as in foods.  I told him the story of how my mother in-law would often serve broccoli at dinners when we went there to visit.  I never wanted to try the little green trees again and kept saying, “No thank you” when I was offered some at each meal.  I finally, one day, decided to give it a try.   Come to find out I LOVED it!!  Who knew?  I didn’t grow up eating lots of veggies as a kid because I don’t think my father liked the much either.  But now I have branched out and serve broccoli often to my own family!  Kylie and Zachary both LOVE IT too!!  🙂

Today I was notified that I won this fun little giveaway and boy did I win some fun prizes!  Go here to check them out!

Thank you for visiting if you are here from This Is Reverb.  Maybe stay awhile and check out some of my fun pictures of the family and the world around us.

June 12th – 14th, 2011

We have been taking it easy the past few days as my belly was starting to hurt again.  I did get outside to take some new pictures of the lilies that were in bloom and the roses flourishing in my garden.  Today in the mail we received our order of live caterpillars!  They are painted lady caterpillars and I will be taking pictures of them DAILY for the next three weeks or so until we release them.  The girls are SUPER excited and didn’t want to leave the table because they thought they would miss something!

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I am still here!

I have been busy playing with the girls, cleaning the apartment, organizing the basement, baking goodies and just taking care of my family.  I have been taking pictures for my project 365 posts but haven’t found the time to get them all uploaded as of yet.  I am hoping to get several done tomorrow and hopefully catch up in the next few days.  Thanks for visiting and please keep stopping by to see what is new!



The Lightkeeper’s Daughter by Colleen Coble

The Lightkeeper’s Daughter by Colleen Coble was such a wonderful story!  I read it in a day! 

Addie Sullivan is a young woman who grew up in a lighthouse after her parents found her on shore at only two years old.  Years later a stranger shows up and tells her she is someone else.  Her father had passed recently and her mother never really truly showed her love to her in a way that filled her heart.  Her heart was with God and her sidekick and best friend Gideon, her dog.  She decides to go with the stranger who she finds out is her uncle Walter.  She moves into the lavish home of the Eatons in along the California redwood forests.  This story takes place in the 1800’s through early 1900’s so the story is full of lavish discriptions of the way the men and women dressed and the way the homes were built and how people just lived in this day and age.  Addie discovers she is actually Julia Eaton and the son of Henry who is the head of the family.  He welcomes her in but there is a secret he is keeping from her.  A big one!  Addie/Julie finds what she believes is love with John, a young widower and Edwards father.  Edward is five years old and is coddled and kept at home away from other children because he suffers from fits of seizures from epilepsy.  The story is full of love, beauty, mystery and drama.  It was a wonderful read and I am looking forward to finding more book by Colleen Coble to add to my collection.

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Today I had a day out.  A day where I could be with a friend for a few hours to enjoy a grown up movie..no cartoons here!!  And then I stopped at the shoe store and picked up two pairs of shoes.  TWO!  I have a very, very, very hard time finding shoes that fit my feet right after having three kids so I was more than excited to find two pairs that actually fit right.  Even if they are two different sizes!  Then I decided I better get some grocery shopping done before I went home or we wouldn’t have much to eat this week!  So I was out for about 5 1/2 hours today and I enjoyed every moment of it! 

I went to see “The Lovely Bones” with my friend Brooke and I really enjoyed it.  The book was so much more detailed and they left out a few of the possible story lines in the movie but that was kind of expected since the movie would have to be about five to six hours long to get all of the book’s content into the movie.  I really did enjoy the movie anyway and had a great time out with no kids to worry about while being able to sit back and relax and concentrate on something other than, “Mommy, Mommy!!!!”  being yelled at me all day.  If you want to read a great book go out and get “The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold.  The book is definately better than the movie but the movie did get a major part of the book through and brought to life in a beautiful way. 

My shoes on the other hand I got so that I would have something nice to wear to a wedding this summer.  ((Pray my feet down get all swollen before then!!!))  I love them both..grey and black.  🙂  They both have nice heels..not too big, not too small.  I walked in them and didn’t stumble..which was a true feat!  I haven’t really worn heals in years so it was very nice to be able to find some really nice ones that I can wear..hopefully..for a very long time.  🙂

Can you tell that they are different sizes?  They are only a 1/2 size apart but that made a huge difference in the fit.  It used to be easy to buy shoes of all kinds..just grab and go.  No longer can I do such a thing.  I need to try them all one..and try the next 1/2 size down or up depending on the shoe.  Sometimes I even need to try the wide width sizes too!  It is a big pain in the butt but I really got lucky today and found two pairs that I loved.  🙂  It will be nice to dress up for a change.  Maybe Peter and I need to set up a few date nights so I can wear these a few times before the wedding this summer! 

While I was out I had Peter put a ham in the oven..I had it all set to go on the pan, covered with foil in the fridge.  It took three hours to cook and finished up just when I planned, so dinner was a snap tonight!  I came home and made some stuffing and broccoli to go with it and everyone loved that.  I was taking it easy and it worked out fine.  🙂  I plan on making a huge salad tomorrow so we will be eating salad for the next few days with our meals.  Yay for fresh veggies!

Review: The Sweet By and By – Sarah Evans with Rachel Hauck

The story of The Sweet By and By will be a story that tugs at your heart and draws you closer to God to know his greatness by the end.  This story really drew me in from the first page.  It is a story about Jade a woman who has battled through a tough life to find her one true love.  When things from her past are catching up to her and she has to find her way through the emotions and faith.  Her hippie mother and the new vintage shop along with Max her fiance take control of her life and throw her for a loop as a young woman with lots to discover about herself before she can really move onto being married and settled with Max…her knight in shining armor.  I loved the story and really felt for Jade and her entire family by the end.  I can’t wait to read the next three books in this series! 

I received this book for free by being a blog reviewer for Thomas Nelson Book Reviews here:  http://brb.thomasnelson.com/

Did somebody say COOKIES??!!??

Today I started my Christmas cookie baking and boy did I get a lot done!  I started with homemade peanut butter cups ..I made 32 of those.  Then I made a double batch of chocolate chip cookies and made about 9 dozen of those!!  Then I made a double batch of sugar cookies and put it in the fridge to chill while we went to dinner at the in-laws.  They usually save some of their ornaments for the kids to help decorate their tree!  The kids love it and I find it so sweet that they want to let the kids “decorate” their tree!  LOL  We had a nice dinner of pizza and salad and the kids decorated the tree a bit and then we had some chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cups and ice cream for dessert!  The girls had a blast with this idea!  I took several photos of the evening so look below and enjoy!  After the visit we came home and Peter got the girls in bed and I baked up the sugar cookies that were in the fridge.  Then after that was done I mixed up the dough..yet another double batch of chocolate crinkle cookies!  I will bake those in the morning before we go to a family Christmas party at my brother’s house!  We are due for snow tomorrow so that may or may not happen but hopefully it won’t start till later at night.  I still have gifts..lots of them..to wrap and lots more baking to get finished this weekend!  Peter wants to take the kids with him out on Sunday to go shopping for me..lol..and then I can get stuff done without little feet and hands in the way.  (I just noticed that I must really like the explanation point!!)  After I finished mixing up the dough tonight I decided I really should wash the dishes that were getting piled up in the sink.  I think I had Zachary wash them four times today to keep up with the mess I kept making!  It is very early on Saturday morning so I am off to bed.  Enjoy the photos!!  More to follow tomorrow!

What’s He Really Thinking by Paula Rinehart – Review

I received “What’s He Really Thinking?” to review and thought..wow..I will finally be able to understand my husband and not always wonder why he does the things he does. After starting this book I was really not drawn into it and it was a very hard read. If you are one looking for an answer..yeah maybe you might find something but personally it was a waste of time for me. I honestly didn’t learn a thing about my husband or myself in reading this book. It was a total disappointment. With the author, Paula Rinehart, being a counselor I kind of expected some babble and rambling of brain waves and hormones but honestly I had the hardest time just getting through this book. 169 pages of book and then a section in the back where it has questions you can ask your other half or father, friend, brother..whoever it is you want to get to understand better that is the male species. So to me it was like a school book and bored me to the point of putting it down and forgetting about it.  If you have problems or wonder about your husband, father or brother then just try to open up communication and take care of it yourself.  Don’t bother spending your money on this book.

Max Lucado – Fearless

Max Lucado knows how to relate to everyone with every book he writes. This one relates to all of the fears that we all have in this big and crazy world. It has shown me that fear is nothing when I go to God. He will be there for me always and I have no reasons at all to fear for a thing in my life. I have grown so much after reading this book. Get it, share it with your friends and family!
Learn about yourself and your love in this world and how to keep the fear from entering your heart or mind.  God is always there for you and Max Lucado knows how to remeind us all of that fact.