Thursday, October 30, 2014

sneaky peak

I took some pictures of the kids this week.  I'll share more later, I've got other editing to work on. but this one was just too sweet. This photo was not staged or coached in any manner and I love it.
These kids sure do love each other.
Noah has taken to calling Lucy, "My Lu."
"How old are you mom? 31."
"And how old is My Lu?"

Speaking of how old My Lu is...tomorrow, it changes.  Today is the last day of being 6!
Right now Lucy loves:
Lemon, her lizard.
Reading, especially the Ocean Fairy books, the Ramona books, Ivy + Bean, and any animal fact books she can get her hands on.
She is really good at math, which along with science, is her favorite subject.  She is still working on her handwriting and has improved a lot already this year.
She is still enjoying her piano lessons, due to her amazing teacher.
Her favorite foods are Cheeseburger Soup, pickles, bacon, and white chocolate.  She does not like milk or dark chocolate unless it's a Kit Kat.  She loves to laugh and has a great little giggle.
She also loves to snuggle and she is the 2nd best big sister in the whole world.

Something I've noticed about Lucy is that she is eager to please, maybe that's the sign of the first born but she seeks for our approval on a lot of what she does and I do my best to be affirming and confidence building.  I love getting to be her mom.

I'll post more birthday fun tomorrow.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

My beautiful nieces

Sweet little Annie had a beautiful blessing day.

And Lizzie did such a great job cheering!  Go Steelers!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lucy's Duet

Did I tell you Lucy started Piano Lessons?
She did, she's been excited to practice and excited to go to her lessons.
She has a fantastic teacher.
The other night, she and I were practicing Ode to Joy and I didn't think she'd be ready for the lesson.  I told her she could ask her teacher for an extra week and she got really upset, "you can't do that in piano, then I'll get behind."  Sweet, anxious, first-born child.

I usually sit in the car and read during her lessons but today I went in to hear the duet and I was so proud, I nearly cried.

(she's playing the melody)

Sunday, October 19, 2014


I made falafel for dinner.  I doubled the recipe, I should have quadrupled it, or maybe served something with it other than sauce. 

The recipe is from Bob's Red Mill and Tony and I made up the sauce.

Falafel Sauce:

1/2 C Mayo
1 T fresh lemon juice
1/4 t cayenne
1 t dried dill, you could use more fresh if you've got it. :)


Friday, September 26, 2014

Chore Chart

We implemented a chore chart for Lucy in order to increase her personal responsibility and teach her some fiscal responsibility also through an allowance.  We decided that if she completes her weekly goals (she can miss up to three check marks) she gets $1.00.  On Saturday she does a "Saturday Job," which so far has been, cleaning the windows outside the house, cleaning the toy room, and scrubbing the bathtub.  If she completed her week-day chores and earned her $1.00 she earns an extra $2.00 for the Saturday job.  If not, she still has to do the job, but doesn't get paid for it.  So far, it's been working.  We've had to do a fair bit of reminding and she has missed a few check marks along the way but we are three and a half weeks in and she's earned all her dollars each week.

She's even learned a bit about delegating.  She hired her brother to help her with the toy room and paid him $1.00.  It was all her idea and he was thrilled.  He walked into the dollar store protectively covering his dollar filled pocket.  They both had fun picking their own items.

Yesterday, Lucy brought home the Scholastic Book order form. There is a book she wanted to get, after seeing the price she said, "If I buy this book, I'll only have $1.00 left."  
So, she's's working.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


I love Concord grapes.  I can not get enough of them.  Turns out my neighbors have a mature vine that grows along their fence.  They offered to let us harvest since they don't use them.  I planted our own vine in the summer of 2013 and I was nervous it wouldn't make it through the harsh winter but it did.  It hasn't born any fruit yet but I am hopeful about next year.

We went out as a family one night and picked and picked and picked.
After I went through them all and picked them off the stems, we ended up with 5 lbs and 8 ounces of grapes.  We then washed and squished and boiled and juiced.  My kitchen was a purple mess!
I ended up with 5 jars of jam or jelly-I'm still not sure the difference, and 2 jars of syrup (sugar experimentation gone wrong).  It's sweet and sour and delicious on buttered toast.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Baby Annie

I've done a few photo shoots recently, I took some of Annie the other day that I am really in love with...the girl and the pictures. :)