Monthly Archives: June 2010

try again

Last May, during part of our hiatus in Longview,  Karston and Kyrie painted birdhouses at their Nonna’s. Karston chose blue paint; Kyrie chose pink but ended up mixing the pink and blue together making purple.

Don’t they look so much smaller?

Well, they painted them in preparation for moving, as something to look forward to hanging up at our new house. And we hung them pretty soon after we got here. And then we waited. And waited. And waited. They really wanted a bird to make a nest in at least one of them, but it never happened. And a year later, their birdhouses looked like this.

No wonder a bird didn’t make a nest in the blue one. It had no bottom! Nonna bought Karston a new bird house to paint, and Kyrie repainted hers.

They chose the same colors this year.

Pink and Blue.

The birdhouses are waiting on a coat of sealer before being hung. We will wait again. And pray a little birdie or two decide to make those colorful houses their homes.



Filed under crafts, everyday

Peanut Butter Dip

Today I’m going to share one of my family’s favorite snacks. We usually eat this as dessert because it is so sweet. The Mr. always says, “It tastes like the inside of a Butterfinger.” The first time I made it he thought I had actually scooped out the insides of Butterfinger candy bars. He is a HUGE fan of this special treat, and I’m telling you this because he’s NOT such a huge fan of peanut butter. So if you don’t like peanut butter, don’t dismiss this little recipe so quickly. It’s a must try.


peanut butter, brown sugar, (softened) cream/neufchatel cheese, toffee bits


Measure out 1 cup of packed brown sugar and pour into your bowl

Measure out 1 cup of peanut butter (a little more won’t hurt) and scoop into bowl.

The kind of peanut butter you use DOES matter.

The BEST is freshly ground honey roasted peanuts from HEB. You can taste the grits of sugar in it which is absolutely wonderful. And yes, I know we just added 1 cup of brown sugar, but the sugar on the honey roasted peanuts is coarser. And, come on, what’s a little more sugar? This is dessert after all. So if you are blessed to have an HEB, use that peanut butter (and think of me when you eat it).

If you are like me and do not have an HEB, JIF will work.  Or what we are currently using: White Chocolate Wonderful by Peanut Butter & Co. (peanut butter mixed with white chocolate) It can be found at both Wal-Mart and Target.

Whatever you do, DO NOT use some natural peanut butter straight from peanuts. It needs a little bit of sweetening.

on to the recipe……

Put the whole box of cream cheese and the WHOLE bag of toffee bits into your bowl.

Note: I’ve used Neufchatel cheese after a friend of mine told me that it was 1/3 less fat than cream cheese and tastes just like cream cheese, unlike the reduced fat cream cheese. Use what you want.




Slice some apples.

And enjoy!

It’s great with other fruit as well. We just always default to apples. Fuji apples to be exact, but the sourness of Granny Smith apples pairs equally as well.

Helpful Hint: It is easier to mix the peanut butter and cream cheese together first, making sure they are combined evenly, and then add your other ingredients. I have made this so many times now that I simply throw everything in the bowl and mix and did not think about this when I was photographing.

One last thing. We make up lots of recipes around our house, and we always try to come up with fun names for them. “Peanut Butter Dip” doesn’t do this one justice. So any help naming our little treat, would be much appreciated!


Filed under food

Our Weekend in Photos

Leave a comment

Filed under Weekend in Photos

5 Years

It’s been 5 years today.

Since we publicly professed our love for each other by vowing to be with one another FOREVER.


5 years!

It seems it was just yesterday, and yet at the same time, it feels like ages ago.

Which, I think, is what a big majority of life is: a balance of extremes.

Except of course our love for one another and for Christ.

There is no balancing that.

It is extreme.

5 years.

It’s been good.

I love you.

Let’s do 5 more!

1 Comment

Filed under holidays

Our Trip {Part 2}

After we saw Trey graduate, the Mr. had to head back to Louisville for more class. And while he was sitting in class, and reading, and eating frozen pizzas, we headed to Orange Beach, AL with my family. We were only there for 2.5 days, but it was a blast! The beaches were gorgeous (no oil while we were there) and so was our resort. We normally stay in a condo on the beach, but this year we opted for a resort to provide us with more options of things to do. And boy did it! We didn’t have time to do everything on our short stay. Here’s a few of my favorite pics from the trip.

Karston loved the lazy river……

while Kyrie preferred to enjoy it from the comfort and safety of someone’s lap.

And I’ll leave you with this one. Because if this little guy’s smile doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will.

Leave a comment

Filed under everyday

Our Trip {Part 1}

Wow, I never thought it would take me this long to get back to the blog. I can’t believe the last “real” post was the potty party, that seems like forever ago! So much has gone on since that post that there is no way I could ever fill you in on everything, but I do want to share some pieces.

When we left Texas a little over a year ago we didn’t know when we’d be back. We thought not until the Mister finishes school at the very earliest. But my little brother was graduating high school…..and our neighbors in Woodway (Waco) are moving overseas and we HAD to see them before they leave. So off we set on a 12 hour drive to the great state of Texas. And after living out of that great state for a year, and loving, loving, loving where we live now, I still have to say that Texas is the best state EVER!

After a VERY long night in the minivan, we made it. Which was only by God’s grace. And then 2 days later, we loaded back into the minivan for a 3 hour trip to Waco for a visit with this lovely family. While Texas is the best state ever, these people are the best neighbors ever! There is no replacing them.

And then one night while in Waco, another family hosted a get together so we could see even more of our friends. It was so. much. fun. We did miss a couple of families, though!

Our time in Waco was bittersweet. It felt as if I had blinked, like no time at all had passed since I had been sitting around that familiar table being served a meal by our sweet neighbor, or talking kids + design + photography + cooking with friends. We fell into step without any stumbles. But then you looked around at the children. And they had grown. And there were new children that we were just meeting for the first time. And then you knew time had passed.

We said goodbye once again to all our life-giving friends in Waco. We had to get back to East Texas to see this handsome graduate!

My little brother is very talented and a very hard worker. He can weld and build just about anything. I’m always coming up with ideas and designs for him to either build me or weld for me, but he just thinks I’m crazy. And I am. But I’m telling you Trey, people would buy the design. Congratulations Trey! We love you!

Leave a comment

Filed under everyday, holidays

Our Weekend in Photos

Leave a comment

Filed under Weekend in Photos