Getting too big!

It has been an incredibly busy and FAST summer. We spent a great week in Myrtle with the family then returned home to begin our move. We have been in our new home for about 3 weeks now. The girls seem comfortable here and we are finally getting settled. I am thankful to have done this all before school starts.

The girls are both growing so fast. I tell them daily to please stop. Olive is turning one on Saturday. Um, where in the world did a year go!? She’s got a sweet, but feisty personality and the cutest cheeks in this world. And that giggle…all Lola has to do is make a funny face or say “Boo” to her and she breaks out into a full cackle, laughing.

Time to savor this last week and a half home with my girls before heading back to work.

Happy Father’s Day

I had an idea to go on a little fishing outing for Father’s Day this year for Alan and my Dad. The weather was beautiful so we headed out to the pond in hopes of Lola catching her first fish.

Olive mostly played on the blanket, enjoying the shade. Lola was pretty good at casting, but mostly enjoyed rearranging her tackle box, or watching the worms. As a little girl ALL I wanted to do was play with the tackle box. Everytime I was on the boat with my Dad I organized my tackle box most of the time. And Lola has that very same tackle box for herself now. Sweet to watch her do the same.

After about an hour and a half with no luck we packed up the car to get ready for dinner. Lola cast one last time, and wouldn’t you know she got a big bite! We all jumped, screamed, and cheered with her. She was squealing with excitement, and immediately said, “I wanna catch another one!” Looks like there will be more fishing in our near future. :)

Such a great day with two amazing Father’s!

Catching up

We have had a great couple of weeks, just very busy. Maybe it’s because the school year is winding down….13 more days to go! Days seem to be flying by. I cannot believe my sweet Olive is 9 months old now. She smiles almost the entire day and has the cutest giggle. Lola is helping trying to teach her to crawl right now. She FINALLY said “Momma” this past weekend. Definitely was not her first word, having said Dada, Lola, Papa, and Bye Bye all before Momma.

The weather has been really great allowing us to spend many days outdoors. We have been planting flowers, spending time at the pool, and cooking out alot. Hope yall have had a great spring and are also ready for summer :)

Olive and Lola

Olive Mae is 7 1/2 months old now. For weeks I have been meaning to get Olive’s picture in front of the growth chart….and finally got one. When I look at Lola’s picture at 6 months so many memories come racing back. It makes me want to immediately pull out the video camera and just tape everything.

There are days when I get to the babysitter to pick up the girls and walk in, take a glance at Olive playing, and have a huge flashback because she looks so much like Lola did. Girl’s got more hair than Lola did but those eyes and little chin are so precious and alike. Sweet things and such blessings.

It’s Friday-

Hallelujah! I’m so thankful Spring has “arrived.” I will say, today just so happens to be beautiful and sunny. However, there is more snow in the forecast. So lets enjoy this while we can. We don’t have any big plans for this weekend other than the usuals…but I am thankful for that and can’t wait to spend some quality time with our family. Hope yall have a great weekend. :)

 

Da-Da wins again!

Yesterday, after dinner, we took the girls outside to play. While Lola was running around Olive was sitting and playing with her toys on a blanket when all of the sudden….

She said her first word! :) So exciting and precious! Love that little voice!

Happy Tuesday!

Hope you all are having a good start to your week. I have been a bit slack on posting lately and am going to work to do better! Because our phones are what we always have with us my picture taking has resorting to always using my iPhone. If it was only as simple to carry around the large Canon camera in my back pocket….things would look alot prettier!

Last week we had 2 snow days and it is now in the upper 70’s. Weather is crazy around here but I am so thankful for these warm, sunny days and cannot wait for spring to be here! I love the time change as we were able to play outside for an hour after dinner last night. Olive enjoyed some fresh air and Lola played chase, falling a ton (shes a tiny bit clumsy). She even stood up one time with a mouth full of dirt, spit it out, and kept running. Wish I got a picture of that one. Hope yall have a good rest of your week :)

P.S. – This post is dedicated to my #1 blog fan, Aunt Marian :)

Home with the girls

I am going on day 6 of being home with Lola and Olive. We were out at the end of last week for snow days. And unfortunately now Im home because Lola has been running a high fever for 3 days. I will say this morning it finally looks like the fever might of broke. So, sad to be going back to work, but very glad she’s feeling better.

Either way we have had LOTS of play and snuggle time. Alan and Lola made it out during the snow to make a snow man, which is one of her favorite things to do! Olive and I watched through the window. And then just a day or two later the sun came out and we were able to take a walk. Other than that we have been cooking and baking lots to help pass the time. Lola’s a great helper/mess creator. And Olive just enjoys doing anything with anyone- especially Lola!

Hope y’all are having a good week so far.

Steel-cut oats with granola crunch

On Sunday’s I typically make a large put of steel-cut oats and homemade granola so that our family can eat it for breakfast throughout the week. I originally followed Alton Brown’s recipe, but decided to make some changes. The oats turn out unbelievably creamy and re-heat wonderfully.photo-126

Steel Cut Oatmeal

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • 6 cups hot water
  • 1 1/2- 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • agave to taste

Melt butter in pot over medium heat. Add oats and toast for a couple minutes. Pour in the hot water and bring to a  slow boil. Then reduce heat until you have a nice low simmer. Simmer, uncovered, for 25 minutes. Check periodically to make sure your heat is not too hot or oats will stick to the bottom of your pan.

After 25 minutes stir in the milk, cinnamon, and agave. Cook for 10 more minutes. Remove from heat.

At this point taste and decide if its to your liking. You may want more sweetness or cinnamon. Of course you could also use brown sugar or honey instead of agave to sweeten yours. I love to eat mine with granola…love that crunch on top!

I received this granola recipe from a friend I work with and fell in love. Beware…it’s addicting.

Sue’s Homemade Granola

  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix nuts, oats, and coconut in a large bowl. In a small saucepan combine butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt over low heat, stirring until the butter and sugar melt. Pour the butter mixture over the oat/nut mixture and fold in with a wooden spoon until well combined.

Pour granola onto the baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Pat down gently so you will have chunks when finished baking. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until golden brown.

* You can change many things about this recipe to your liking- different nuts, add dried fruit, unsweetened coconut, etc.

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