Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Grady: 7 months

Oh my sweet 7-month old Grady, you are so much fun. You keep me on my toes with all the new things you can do. And you constantly surprise me. I love to watch you learn to crawl - it's exciting to see you explore your world. I can't even tell you how big my heart swells when we play peek-a-boo and you laugh wildly at me. When I whisper, "you're mama's baby" and you put your hand on my face, I think you know how much I love you.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

it was always you

I used to daydream about meeting this ruggedly handsome man. One who would sweep me off my feet and never look back. 

This man had a kind face and gentle eyes despite his ever present 5 o’clock shadow. He had a great laugh that he used often and never took himself too seriously. 

He was musically inclined, as I am not, and even wrote me a love song or two. He enjoyed working with his hands and was good at it, he could even build me a dining room table from scratch. 

He wore boots mostly, but could rock a suit like none other. 

He would fight hard, but love harder. He would be quick to forgive. He would fiercely protect his family and never hesitate to help a friend. People would love to be around him. 

He had a strong work ethic but was humble about his accomplishments. He was a spiritual leader; a man I could easily respect. 

He would love me passionately and tell me often. He would be faithful and true.  And when we would have babies -- oh, what beautiful babies -- he would be an extraordinary dad. He would change diapers without ever complaining, and he would make me a better mother. 

Even at my worst, I would feel beautiful when he looked at me.

We would spend each year looking back and finding it better than before and we would enjoy growing old together. 

My dearest Joshua, this man of my dreams is you.
It was always you.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

pinned it - made it - recipe reviews

Fresh Greek Pizza with Homemade Tzatziki 01
If you're in the greek mood, this is your jam. 
Super yummy and easy to make.
Our only complaint was that all our topping kept falling off so we ended up eating it more like pita/dip style. Still good.

Dooo it. So good! And if you're like me, you probably have most of the ingredients on hand.
And whatever I didn't have on hand, I just left out and they were still tasty!
And packed with protein!


Cinnamon Roll Waffles of the Day: Do it yourself! Or follow theĀ easiest directions ever.
I'm sure I don't have to convince you that these are delicious. 
And that they take WAY less time than actually baking cinnamon rolls - like 2-3 mins tops.
But they are DANGEROUS - you think you're only eating one waffle but in reality you're eating 4 cinnamon rolls. You've been warned.

1 box of Angel Food Cake Mix and 1 large can of crushed pineapple with the juice! Combine only those 2 ingredients!! Bake at 350 for 40 min or until golden brown:) Thats it!!!! It really works and is sooo yummy and FAT FREE:)))
Safe yourself the couple bucks you would invest trying this recipe.
The consistency was so weird. They didn't taste bad but they weren't good either.
Even my husband, who likes anything, refused to eat them.

1 point WW cupcakes! 3 ingredients (cake mix, canned pumpkin, choc chips). Awesome.
If you're looking for a good easy cupcakes recipe, this is the one!
They were SO good and cake-y. 
And I'm not sure who decides WW points, but they say each one is only 1 WW point. I don't know what that means, but I like the sound of it.

Monday, February 11, 2013

i love love - decor & crafting

Last year was my first time taking Valentine's Day decor beyond a bowl of candy.
And you know what, I kinda liked it.
I know Valentines Day is totally commercial, but I love love and want to celebrate it.
And that's enough for me.

So, per my usual, I shopped my house for my mantle decor.
And realized I really like vintage floral.
(Most of these were borrowed from my bedroom)

And I also added a few other love-ly details around the house.

Fact: I prefer homemade crepe paper roses to real ones.

One thing I did make when I got in a crafty mood during nap time was this little arrow quiver.
My friend Cheryl has a super cool one on her mantle that I always admire, so I thought V-day would be a perfect time to make myself one.

I used an old fireplace matches container to be my quiver but I bet a pringles can or something similar would work just the same.

And then I wrapped it in paper.

For the bottom of the arrow, I used a white index card, and trimmed and feathered it.

Then attached it to a dowel.

I made five but just repeat with as many arrows as you wish to make.

Have fun celebrating the ones you love this week!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Grady: Six Months

See the rest of Grady's monthly photos

This boy is my joy. He is sweetness in little boy form. I must kiss his face a thousand times per day.
Sometimes my arms ache to hold him in the morning. When I pick him up and he smiles at me, I can feel his love. He's only been here six months but I can't remember life without him.