Tuesday, July 22, 2014

2014 Summer List Progress

We are half way through summer and we are just about half way through our 2014 Summer List. Here is a recap:

- camp out in the back yard
- learn to swim
- watch a parade
- State Fair
- host a popsicle party
- sleep over with cousins
- watch fireworks
- meet our new baby!
- make s'mores
- go bowling
- spray park
- pick berries
- get frozen yogurt
- go to the movies

Berry picking was a highlight. Marlee got her own scissors this year to cut the berries and Mason remembered doing it last year so he felt like a pro. We made low-sugar strawberry jam out of the berries and have been enjoying them ever since!

Frozen yogurt was a nice treat on a hot Sunday afternoon, and Matt and Mason hit up the $1 movies last week and checked that one off the list. We've got a few weeks left and are trying to soak up every minute, especially since we're on maternity leave now! What have you been up to this summer?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekend in Pictures

This weekend was all about pictures-- of this little one and our newly formed family of five. Pictures with my camera, with Mia Hope Photography, and in my head to be stored forever.

Five.
We are still processing that number. Our house feels more full and our days seem to move by more quickly.

I need to remember how quickly this time passes and that there will always be a house to clean. I need to remember to enjoy it-- and find the joy in the late nights, early mornings, growing pains, and difficult transitions. I need to remember that our lives will never be like this again. I need to remember that I will sleep... eventually. I need to remember that I will miss this time when it's gone.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Celebrated: Taylor's birth day!

Taylor Mae Knifton arrived Friday, July 11th at 8:15AM and made us a family of five.
Matt and I both decided to take Thursday off work so we could run errands, do some things around the house, and spend the day together. Around 3PM I started noticing some contractions. They were about 15 minutes apart and not extremely consistent.

Heather had sent me a text earlier in the day saying she was coming to town and could she crash on our couch. I joked that we may need her to, in case we needed to go to the hospital in the middle of the night. Heather made it to our house around 11PM that night and we were packed and ready to go, with contractions that were uncomfortable and 5 minutes apart.
At midnight we were admitted into triage and I was 4cm dilated with contractions 2 minutes apart. Praise God for the epidural an hour later, because it took 6 more hours of those contractions to get to 10cm. Our doctor arrived at 8AM and after one push Miss Taylor made her appearance.
Perfectly healthy 8 pound baby girl. They measured her at 18 inches at the hospital but when I took her for her 3 day check up and she measured (twice) at 20.4 inches.
She has big blue eyes and dark brown hair that seems to get lighter and redder by the day.


Both Mason and Marlee are smitten with their newest sister. There has been an expected amount of acting out but no jealousy. Besides, we are all a little tired.

These are T's tiny feet in the arms of her great grandpa.
And on we go, into life as the five of us.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Favorite: Summer dessert

Thanks to my sister-in-law, we are in peach heaven right now. If you have any good peach recipes, please pass them along! Here is a simple one I used for a 4th of July dessert: Brown Sugar Baked Peaches.

These could not be any easier and they are good warm, cold, or room temperature. Wash, halve, and pit a bunch of peaches. Lay face-up in a baking dish, place a small pat of butter (I used about an eighth of a tablespoon on each of these small peaches) in the center of each one, and sprinkle generously with brown sugar.

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes and broil on high for another 3-4, until the top has caramelized. Serve with vanilla ice cream or enjoy just as they are.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer breakfast popsicles

Blueberry and Granola Breakfast Popsicles sound like a fantastic idea, don't they? We tried them last week, based on THIS recipe, and I can't say they were a hit. On the other hand, they weren't necessarily a miss either. Both kids ate them, just not enthusiastically. They liked the idea of eating popsicles for breakfast more than they liked the actual popsicles. Given that both Mason and Marlee will eat plain Greek yogurt with agave, granola, and blueberries any old morning, I think we'll stick with that. If you decide to make them, I would suggest going a little lighter on the almond milk (that's what we used) and adding another banana to thicken them up before pouring them into the molds.

We will probably try them again with some plain Greek yogurt in place of some of the milk-- and will add a ton more berries. Not much says summer better than berries and popsicles, right?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Independence Day in Pictures

Stroller sharing

Parade watching

Baby holding

Floatie swimming

Family enjoying

Forced resting

Oyster barbecuing

New dad admiring

Camera cheesing

Belly lounging

Watermelon chomping

Monday, June 23, 2014

Meal Planning Monday (not)

Matt is gone for work again this week and I would be lying if I said I was going to plan meals for myself. I am perfectly content eating salad every night.

Or cereal.

And ice cream.

This ice cream, by the way, is the best ice cream ever. Oreo Cookie & Cream Mint. Oh my word. Both Matt and I agreed that it was seriously one of the best tasting ice creams we have ever had. Ever. Good luck finding it, because we are going to buy up every single half gallon.

What are you making this week?