Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fern's Room, Updated

I broke a rule of mine recently when I switched around Fern's room. I placed the bed in front of the window (and even on top of a vent). I've always had a love for windows, and I just don't want to block them. However, it was the only other long wall that would work (besides its original home). When I moved it there, it opened the room up for a bigger space to play. I'm fighting the urge to use the phrase "stage to play" but it sounds about right. We love going in there, sitting on the floor, and letting Fern direct the play. Even though we don't make it in there as often as we like, we always think it's one of the most fun rooms in the house.

Hand-me-down chair from neighbors that moved across the country. It's served us so well. A cute pallet bookshelf that I decided to hang out of any toddler's reach (what was I thinking?) 

A perfect kitchen with rain boots and umbrella stored in the corner, per Fern's request.

A fabulous painting done by a dear friend. 

The smudge marks on the mirror from when Fern was a baby and her changing pad was below it. The smudges annoy me and make me swoon. An octopus made by Fern in the cutest colors! 

The toy corner where toys are traded out with ones stored upstairs.  

Her junk tray which usually stores little notebooks, pencils, and little tiny treasures.

Fern loves her little room. If we ask her if we can go play in her room with her, her whole demeanor changes. "Oh sure!" She prances off to her room as we follow and she becomes the cutest little hostess. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Beach Trip, 2014

We're closing out our longest family vacation to date. John has had ten days off of work, and eight of those days we were at the beach. We were happy, free, and TOGETHER. 

Besides actually being at the beach, the highlights included:

-spotting dolphins
-SUP boarding and kayaking with the kids
-teaching them to pee in the ocean and giggle about it
-jumping waves as a family
-making new friends at the beach
-catching crabs and throwing them in the ocean
-coffee on the top deck, meals on the bottom deck
-playing seashell sandwiches with Fern
-family walks by the ocean and to Deer Lake
-digging bigger holes ever in the sand
-outdoor showers
-wearing bathing suits only for the majority of the days
-exploring the area just a couple of times
-trading off early morning runs with John
-lots of ice cream

I can't say enough what a great time we had. There were so many great elements about our week at the beach, and we will forever remember the week we had.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cookie Time To Help

A long time ago, before Nestle Toll House cookie dough came in a slice and bake tube, my mom used to make homemade cookies. I still have strong memories of watching her do the hard part of putting the dough on the pan-carefully and precisely. While I don't make cookies much, I still want that to be an memory my kids have. Today, I invited them into the kitchen with me instead blowing through the recipe myself. We all know how the story goes-they don't do it quite right, they're so cute and excited, and we all feel warm and fuzzy all over. 

We made John's favorite cookies, Quaker Oats vanishing oatmeal cookies. Instead of 1 cup of raisins, we use a whole bag of chocolate chips. Life is short-choose chocolate. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Phone Drop Update

Hello! Here is an update of my life via pictures from my phone-mainly cute things that my children are doing. The picture above is a picture of iced coffee and some flowers I cut from a field. I was treating myself because I got a new job with my favorite boss of all time doing something that is very close to a dream come true. More to come on that...

Burl and Fern are the sweetest of playmates.

I adore their rowdy tricks and funny antics. Pull the cushions off the sofa, pile the pillows, make a mess...these two get very creative during the days.

She walked in with this outfit and told me she has to go to the beach and to work.
Toddler talk paired with toddler style is edible.

While we frequently get twin yolks from my dad's chickens, one of those babes produced the biggest egg I've ever seen. Bless her heart.

First nails done in color. I never paint my nails, but I felt this huge bong and draw to have both our nails painted pink. Fern's girliness is rubbing off on me.

About 92% of the time, Burl is in warrior mode.

Our newest 4-week old friend had his first pool visit. Fern was so excited to have him join us. She was extra attentive when he was awake and moving.

I made tostadas for the first time and an avocado/kidney bean salad. The kids raved about this meal. Burl asked if we could have it again the next night.

Obviously, there's not much excitement going on here.
I'm just raising babies, making food, and enjoying the slow pace.
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