Me and the girls

June 24th, 2011

I’ve been noticing that the girls and I don’t have many photos together. There are plenty of Ella and I and of Eva and I. But not all three. And you may notice my profile photo on this blog is a little outdated. I mean Eva is getting long curly hair and walks and is not that little baby blob from over a year ago.

So the other day I realized that I didn’t have my stained sweatpants on, the girls had cute little dresses on and there we were, just being beautiful for no good reason!

So I asked Steve to snap a few shots. It’s never that easy though is it?

Almost camping time

June 23rd, 2011

I’m excited about our upcoming camping trip. I love being home but I love getaways too. And I love getting hubby away from his home office. Having constant access to work is not always a good thing.

And we have four camping trips planned this year, so summer will not slip through the cracks without us wandering why we didn’t go more. Some trips are nearby, which is great to not have a long drive. Some trips are with friends. Some with family. And two trips will be to brand new spots to us: Jellystone and Brown County.

So, I’ve been reminiscing a little about camping trips years past …

Ella waits for a ride on the Kibby Creek train with cousin Rylan. Circa 2009.

Ella looks so little hanging out at the campsite. She was just 2 years old.

Cousins enjoy some ice cream! Ella has 7 cousins on this side of the family, and soon to be 8.

Eva’s first camping trip (but she was still a bun in the oven).

Eva gets to know Cheyenne on last year’s trip with our friends.

Walking to the beach with friends. Always good!

Yummy sausage/chili/pasta/veggie stew

June 17th, 2011

It was a busy week. I had to rely on my trusty friend the crockpot not once, but twice this week. So, I also relied on my other little friend, my crockpot cookbook (Best Loved Slow Cooker Recipes) for a recipe. And I think I found a new winner. I don’t remember the name of it – I remember thinking it needed a better one though. I’m open to suggestions!

Here it is:

Yummy sausage/chili/pasta/veggie stew

  • 1 lb cooked Italian sausage
  • 1 can (26 oz) spaghetti sauce
  • 1 c diced yellow squash
  • 1 c diced g. pepper
  • 1 c diced celery
  • 1 c diced carrots
  • 1 c frozen peas
  • 1 clove diced garlic
  • 1 1/2 c spiral pasta
  • 1 can kidney beans

Add four cups of water (which I completely forgot, added a couple cups when I got home and it was fine) and set on low for about 8 hours. Yum!

*Sidenote: My sister has mentioned that a slow cooker and crockpot are two different things. I am pretending this is not true.

Bench before and after

June 16th, 2011

We have two benches that we have had for about 9 years now. So they are very beat down, but they do provide some good seating that we need for our late night Memorial Day campfire. So we came up with a way to spruce them up. Steve gets credit for doing the work.



It was Ella’s idea to do the red too and I really like it. Also the benches had different shapes and stains before, so now they look a little more cohesive.

    About Us

    Me. Blogger. Formerly lived carefree life of eating out, staying out late, traveling and whatever else I wanted. Now mostly chase around two kids, cook, clean and work as graphic artist.

    Wonderful web guru husband who prepared this site for me. He's even trying to help to do dishes more around the house. Good man. I met him at a party in college in 1998 and he still hasn’t gone home.

    Unbelievably cute daughter who's been running the show at our house since March of 2007.

    Our newest, precious girl who just joined us in December of 2009.