Tuesday, July 7, 2015


 My oldest told me yesterday that we were half way through summer. I couldn't believe it. I blinked and June was over. We participated in two weeks of VBS, starting taking piano lessons, visited the new children's museum in our area, went to the water park, the zoo, and much more. 
I try to keep my boys reading through the summer by getting books I know they'll read. My mom (pictured above with my 3 children) read to me all the time growing up. All. the. time. Perhaps that's one of the reasons I became an English teacher and loved teaching others about literature.
Here are some of our favorites. (affiliate links included)

We are often on the go and with an almost 16 month old and two growing boys, I need to have something in my bag for them to eat!! These have to be my favorite containers right now. They don't leak, the lids stay closed, and it's the perfect portion to hold off hunger til meal time!
We also have plates and sippy cups!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Madeleine's 1st birthday!!!

 It's hard to believe my baby is ONE...and that was two months ago. We had a small gathering at our house with family and a few friends. Madeleine's favorite foods right now are cucumbers, cheese, and blueberries. She loves when the boys share bites of their crackers or granola bars with her.
She is a sweet, happy girl. She loves cruising around the coffee table and along the couch. She gets so happy when she hears the alarm say "garage door" around 6 o'clock, because she knows that means Daddy is home!
Happy Birthday, sweet Madeleine LaRue!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Stay tuned...

Life has been, well like life with 3 children...one being a 14 month old on the move!
I hope to have a few new posts up soon...
Madeleine's 1st birthday
Books we love to read
Recipes for the family

Monday, September 1, 2014

Mediterranean Chickpea salad, 2 byntos, and a sweet almost 6 month old!

 First off, I'll be completely honest. My boys would not touch this salad with a 10 foot poll! I made this for me. My husband and I ate this with pasta added to it, while the boys ate homemade mac and cheese. I tend to make a box of pasta and then two sauces, so this salad was our sauce.
I don't love chickpeas, but this salad disguises them really well.
It's packed with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, red onion, mozzarella cheese (I didn't have feta), and chickpeas (rinsed and drained). I added salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley, Z'ataar seasoning, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It was really tasty!
 Here is sweet Madeleine. She will be 6 months old on September 10! I can't believe it. She is showing off the dress her Ludee made. I'm determined to learn to sew. I'm also determined to start running and lose nursing weight. Yes, I lose baby weight, then gain nursing weight. It's so frustrating and stresses me out, so I'm hoping to run when the big boys are in school and perhaps Saturday mornings too. Wish me luck!
 My big first grader gets the more civilized lunch:) He has an English muffin ham and cheese cut in half to accommodate the little dipper filled with craisins. We watched a movie Sunday night and had veggie straws mixed with potato chips. He has some from that bowl. The bottom container is filled with cut peaches and a lion pick.
My crazy sweet handful of a middle child Drew starts tomorrow. 
He will be 5 in October, so he is still with Mrs. Elliott in her pre-k class. 
I hope you have your best year yet. He is excited about learning to read. 
His box is filled with carrot sticks, ham and cheese skewers, goldfish (in a Star Wars cup) with an ABC pick, a Darth Vader Easter egg filled with craisins, and grapes with a light saber pick.

Happy 2nd week of school, Adrian!
Happy 1st week of school, Drew!
Happy quiet week, Madeleine!
I hope and pray you all have a great week with your kids too!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Swimming Snack and How to make Lego picks

 Today, my boys have swim lessons after Adrian gets home from school. I packed small snacks in their Goodbyn small meal boxes to hold them over til dinner. They each have an Organic Z bar, craisins in the little dipper, veggie straws and a clementine. I used frog cups I found years ago at my local grocery and  green pick...which is actually a bunny, but I like all the green:)

This is yesterday's lunch for Andrew. He starts pre-k next week, but really liked his brother's Star Wars lunch, so we made one for him to eat at home. This child rarely eats bread, so it's a ham roll up tucked in an Angry Bird ring, cut up cheese stars and moons. In the top, he has a clementine with a light saber pick and carrot sticks in his little dipper.
Today, I packed a Lego lunch for Adrian to take to school. It was just a simple pb&j cut in a rectangle with two circles of cheese on top to look like a Lego brick. I can't remember which blog I saw these on, but I was ready to create these Lego picks for his lunch.
These picks were originally hearts from Dollar Tree. They came in a pack of 100, so I had plenty to use.
I just simply broke off the heart and hot glued the pick into the Lego. Easy Peasy!! 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

First Day of School for my BIG first grader

My big first grader asked me for a Star Wars lunch for the first day of first grade! It's filled with applesauce (covered with a cupcake liner), orange crescent moons in a star cup, half a ham and cheese sandwich topped with stars and a rocket ship. Right next door is a handful of goldfish topped with a few cheesy moons. The cut up cheese is inside the sandwich=no waste!
In the bottom section is some cut up peaches with a light saber pick. 

If you have any extra cupcake liners hiding away, get them out! It's that easy!
Enjoy, sweet Adrian! I hope you have the best school year yet!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

one month, two months, three months, four!

 laying out in the April sunshine...this was a couple days after we came home. so tiny!

At 2 months, Madeleine weighed 8 pounds, 6.5 ounces!
 Sweet girl loves the window near her changing table. Lots of beautiful sunshine compared to the NICU.
At 3 months, she weighed about 10 pounds!
bows, bows, bows!
 She is starting to smile:)

 At 4 months, she weighed 11 pounds, 13 ounces. Amazing. 
She is now 22 and 3/4 inches...she started out at 17 1/4!
Madeleine loves her brothers! 
They read to her, kiss her, play with her and give her all the love she needs!

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