Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Update from The West




We are getting settled in, little by little.  Moving has been such an adjustment for us!  Our situation is unique in that we have a farmhouse that we are to move into, that is part of the employment package of Kevin, but that house was filled with the previous owners things.  So, in the meantime, until she is able to remove all of her belongings, we have been living in a modular home down the road (pictured above with our moving boxes on the porch ;).  The modular has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.  One bedroom is designated as a storage unit for all of her things so that the boys don't destroy them.  :)  So, this family of 5 is currently living in two bedrooms. It's not bad at all though.  The boys are sharing a room and we have Scarlett in our room.   The boys will continue to share a room for quite some time.  The farmhouse has 6 bedrooms, but we're planning on them sharing there because they like to be together.

 It has been a challenge for me to get "comfortable" because there is so much division with our living things and a general unsettling as far as our house is concerned.  This has been a learning situation for me. :)  

I am constantly amazed at my children.  They adapt so quickly!  A bit of fresh air, some things to climb on and they're happy little buggers who are content. 

The scenery out here is absolutely stunning.  Autumn has been a glorious time here in the Magic Valley (the valley we're living in is referred to by the locals as the Magic Valley).  The bright gold of the cottonwoods is breathtaking and it seems that autumn lingers here more so than it did in Iowa.  I find myself anxious to get into the farmhouse so that we can cozy up to one of the two fireplaces there.  Harvest has been in full swing here in the Valley and we see tractors and cattle drives weekly!  I had a moment to snag the camera to catch one such drive going by last week.  The "tourist" in us had the boys and I on our porch to watch the excitement as the herd thundered passed our house. 

 
We are having a wonderful time exploring our new surroundings and falling in love with Idaho.  We know we are so blessed to be here and are looking forward to our many adventures yet to come! 





When we have updates on the farmhouse I will let you know.  We're driving to Idaho Falls this Saturday to price flooring and bathroom things, so I'm kind of pumped for that!  Little by little, things are getting done.  Kevin works Monday through Friday, so we only have Saturday to work on the farmhouse to get it ready for us. 

Until more updates, Have a great harvest season!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Newborn Scarlett, overdue pictures!

I just posted pictures from my first ever newborn photo shoot.  I am DEFINITELY not a professional photographer, but I pretend to be when I have a camera in my hand. :)

I figured I better put up the newborn pictures I took of our little nugget, Scarlett. :) 

Feast your eyes on this beauty. :)













Sweet Baby Reagan

A dear friend of mine recently gave birth to a little girl.  I had offered to snap some newborn pictures for her because, 1. I Love taking pictures, 2. I Love little newborn babies!

I was finally able to make it over to her house yesterday and had a very mini photo shoot.  Pretty much all a newborn allows. :)

I wanted to share some of my favorites on my blog, since they were just too cute not to share! :)

Welcome to the world Reagan!















Monday, February 24, 2014

Miss Scarlett


She arrived January 19, 2014. Four days after her due date, perfect and pink.  She is 5 weeks old as I type this because I am the worst blogger ever. :)  It has been amazing having a new baby in the house again. I had heard from many, that the 3rd is "easy" because you already have 2. I'm going to have to say that that statement is not true, for me. Ha!  My two boys keep me busy and adding a newborn keeps me even busier!  I'm typing this post as she's nursing, so there never seems to be a moment when I'm not multitasking!!  A woman I met the other day at a play date emailed me later to say that I am "an amazing multitasker!"  I thought, with 3 kids, 4 and under, I have to be!  :)

Scarlett is such a treasure, though. She is so much different than the boys. She has been a cuddly and snuggly baby since she came out!  She's always wanting to be held close and snuggled; it took me lots of snuggle fests to get my boys as cuddly as she started!  That's been the greatest surprise. :)  

Being so mother is such a blessing to me. It's not easy and I'm far from awesome at it, but I feel so privileged to be given this gift. I'm so thankful for the wonderful examples of godly relationships that the Lord has brought to my life from the women at church. I had a peace during this pregnancy that I lacked with my other two, until I found out they were boys. I know that I have a lot to learn in regards to raising children, but God has given me the tools (the Bible) and the examples (my Christian friends and fellow mothers) to relieve my fears. I'm ready for the adventures of having a little girl and looking forward to what the Lord has in store for our growing family!!




Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bento Box Lunches


I completely cheated because I did not purchase actual Bento Boxes....but I did use what I had and decided to make up four of these (mainly because I only had 4 available plastic containers). :)

It was so easy to make these and the boys loved helping!  I'm excited because maybe I can get some painting done on our upstairs tomorrow since lunch is already ready!

My boxes contain:

3 Ham Slices

Carrot sticks

Grapes

2-3 pieces of Monterrey Cheese

2-3 pieces of Medium Cheddar Cheese

4 Ritz Crackers


I have a menu prepped for this week and Kevin already did all the shopping...slowly but surely....I am getting more energy.  Since my morning sickness is still hanging around (I'm 19 weeks pregnant today), I'm thankful for the boost in energy that has allowed me to accomplish some projects.  We have a lot more to do before the baby gets here, but I will continue to praise God for the bursts of energy, no matter how short lived, because they're allowing for things to get done!

Last night I was able to put up 6 pounds of sweet corn that I blanched and cut from the cobb.  It's not a lot, but I was thankful for the amount AND it was free from our neighbors!  Thank You Lord!!! 



Monday, April 22, 2013

Curtain Rod Re-do

Our home came equipped with this fantastic curtain rod that spanned the old bay window.  After we replaced the bay window with our tri-panel sliding door I kind of left this area alone for far too long.  Just before Christmas I went through and began painting all the trim on the first floor white.  You can see the dark walnut stain that was everywhere prior to my white transformation.  I have always LOVED white trim....Kevin however, was not convinced.  Needless to say...he loves it.  So back to my story. :)  I had been pricing these hardward pieces but either they were far above my price range or not long enough (the door is 9 feet long and another foot with trim).  The brass/gold look was not pleasing to me and matched nothing in our home except our door knobs (which is an upcoming DIY project as well ;)).  So, I mustered up my DIY strength and talked my amazing husband into painting this and making it more attractive. :)  I am sooo pumped with the results.

I removed all the hardware and the pull cord.  I never did replace the pull cord.  It was a fantastic feature that I miss, but I could not get the cord to go back in correctly. :(  The rings and finials were plastic, but the rod itself, was metal.  Kev sprayed it with Rustoleum and it worked perfectly.  I gave everything a thorough cleaning, but no other prep work was involved.

The rod, ready for spray.

For easiest access to all sides of the rings, we clipped them to the clothesline. :) This worked fantastic and helped them dry quickly. :)


The rod is back up.  We hung it quite a bit above where it was previously.  Kevin didn't want it all they way to the ceiling....but it is very close.  :)  I added the curtains ($9.99 for two panels from Ikea, I have 4 panels total).  I may change how they are hung at some point....but right now I'm just happy they are hung. :)  This door has had no window covering since December!  Now the zombies can't see in if I get up in the middle of the night for some water. ;)

Day shot, with the curtains open and all the light in!  I added a tie back that I got free from my sister so that the 4 panels are contained. :)
 
I love this space.  This is typically where I sit when I'm feeding the little girl that I watch during the day.  The boys love all the light that comes through.  This room is tied with our kitchen, for the most used room of the house.  The cornstove is in here and the boys LOVE to sit in front of the stove and read stories, build train tracks, or snuggle/wrestle time. :)




Friday, April 5, 2013

Weekly Meal Plan


I'm back to creating my meal plans. It makes life so much easier when I know what's for breakfast and dinner. I did not add lunch because lunch will most likely be leftover of PBJ (depending on how much Kevin takes to work). :) I also created a weekly shopping list. The fruits and vegetable section is vague because we purchase our fruits and vegetables from Bountiful Baskets. We LOVE this co-op because the produce is fantastic and ordering two baskets that last us two weeks costs us $31.50!!! For a family of four with fruit and veggie lovers-this is a GREAT deal. Needless to say, I usually just saute some veggies with butter (Paula Deen style!) and seasonings. I tend to make a fruit salad that is really easy and delicious. I'll post that recipe sometime....the boys LOVE it and fresh fruit is good for them. Below is one week work of meals. :) I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!


Monday B- Pancakes and Bacon       
D- Crockpot Chicken and noodles (dark Meat only-reserve breast for Lasagna) Glazed Carrots Fruit Salad Fresh Bread
Tuesday B-French Toast
D- White Cheese and Chicken Lasagna Salad Jello Fruit w/ Whipped Cream
Wednesday B-Cereal
D-Corned Beef and Cabbage Cottage Cheese and Peaches
Thursday B-Eggs and Sausage patties
D-Baked Swai Persian Rice Fresh Veggie Fruit Cocktail
Friday B-Cereal
D-Shrimp Alfredo Garlic Bread Salad
Saturday B-Biscuits and Gravy
D-Tacos Mexican Rice
Sunday B-Leftovers
D-Baked Ham Mashed Potatoes Veggies

The Grocery List is a complete list of all ingredients needed. Some places I added measurements because I may have the item in the refrigerator and I'll just need to check quantity. My plan is to print this off and cross of the items that I have on hand for the week. Some may prefer monthly shopping, the reason we don't do that is because my Kevin loves to grocery shop and he does a much better job of sticking to the list than I do. ;-)

Grocery List
Produce Fresh
 Parsley
Onion
Cabbage
Raisins/Cranberries
Cilantro
4 heads of garlic
Lettuce
Dairy 4 c Mozzarella
Parmesan brick
Ricotta
Cottage cheese
HWC
1 lb of butter
Whipped topping
Sour cream
Meat Whole Chicken
4lb Corned beef brisket
Swai Fillets
Shrimp
1 lb Hamburger
Bone in Ham
Bacon
2 Sausage
Freezer Frozen Spinach
Canned 1 can Peaches or Pineapple
2 Fruit Cocktail
Black olives
Pineapple slices
Aisle 1 package Jello
1 Package pudding
Mini Marshmallows
Salsa
Rice
Lasagna noodles (9)
Tortillas