Monday, August 30, 2010

Recipe for a good marriage

Mike said that I have earned another 10 years of marriage just because he enjoyed the dinner I made the other night. That may be a lil' drastic, nontheless, I enjoy the compliments about my cooking. It was a new dish that I tried and it was pretty delicious.
It is good to know my husband is so easy to please. Although it did take 10 years to finally make a dish that was worthy of 2 different FB posts from him.

Baked shrimp with butter and Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs.

Ingredients: 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined1/2 cup butter1 cup fine dry bread crumbs1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese1/2 teaspoon salt2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice2 tablespoons dry sherry

Preparation: Place shrimp in a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Combine butter, bread crumbs, cheese, salt, lemon juice, and sherry. Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over shrimps. Bake at 325° for 25 minutes, or until shrimps are cooked and topping is golden brown.Baked shrimp recipe serves 3 to 4.

** I used champagne vinegar because i didn't have any dry sherry!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

What a difference a year makes

I love that at 5 yrs. old, Caeden knows enough to care about what mommy would want for her birthday. He was adamant that he needed to get me a "fancy dress." Mike took them to the store and let them pick out my gift. This is the dress Caeden wanted, and I love it so much.
How thoughtful he has become. The other day he made his bed without being asked so when i took him to Lowe's with me, I told him to pick out a treat for himself. He wanted a sprinkler for all the kids to jump in because he said it might "cheer up" his friend Sadie.

It has been a year already since this post of Caeden starting preschool.
Mike and I just re-watched the video and it makes me so sad. He looks so old now compared to that video of last year.
It is time for school again and we have chosen to have him repeat pre K. I am really hoping it will help with his focus and confidence in school. He loves learning and I pray that he will thrive in this new school environment. He obviously has the social skills down because during our summer trip, Caeden was in charge of capturing photos on the small camera. We got pictures ranging from Grandaddy's backside to close-ups of newscasters on TV. He had an obsession of taking pictures of himself and getting people to make funny faces. He would walk up to complete strangers and ask them to make a funny face. I was amazed at his outgoing personality, but tried to teach him about restraint and tact, because not everyone wants a 5 yr old stranger putting a camera in their face.

below are some of the funny faces he caught on camera:

This kid didn't mind so much. We have no clue who these two people are. His Dad wasn't so willing to comply, however.
He took a ton of himself, but here are a serious and crazy one as well as the rest of the family's funny faces.

thank you Caeden for daily giving me reasons to smile!

Thursday, August 12, 2010


Psalm 67:1-3
" May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us that your way may be known on earth your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God. Let all the peoples praise you!"

Our new house

When in San Diego, my friend, Linsey, explained grace as "receiving what you never knew you needed." This is where we are at in life right now. We are relying on God for our needs, some we know about and most that we have no clue about. He has been gracious enough to bless us with a place 3,000 miles away that still feels like home. My friend J'Aime, says that God has "opened wide the arms of CA to greet us with a great big hug." I have always loved hugs....most certainly hugs from God.
It has been a long road traveled to get to this point, both figuratively and literally. We were nomads for one month and one week living out of suitcases and invading other people's space. By the end, I most certainly needed a great big hug from God.
A year ago when we thought we were pregnant, one of the girl names we thought about was Zoe. Mainly because it meanse Life. Max Lucado explains Zoe as "NOT life extensive, but life as God planned it." (taken out of his book John 3:16)
Somewhere on the road between Fl and CA, I realized that God has already given us Zoe in this new life journey. It is and we pray it will continue to be the life that God has planned. It's the life I never knew I needed.......Grace!
In this grace giving period, may it never be about us or what we have received, but may it all be about the Grace Giver! He is our ultimate blessing and prize! That is why I love Psalm 67:1-3 because it recognizes that the whole point of the blessing is so God's way may be known on earth His saving power among all nations.

With that said, I wanted to share some recent pictures since we have been in our new home:

Mike and i got to enjoy a delicious birthday dinner with friends

chocolate banana stud cake I made for my birthday
(yes that is a trash bag in the lower left corner, i was multi tasking by emptying the trash and taking photos at the same time )

before (blue) after (chocolate raspberry)

kids about to enjoy a dinner in their tree house (they were smiling on the inside)

the tree house and play area in the backyard

Monday, August 9, 2010

Superheroes among us

We live with 2 pretty amazing kids. Superheroes in the making!

This was our breakfast conversation.....................

Me: "what do you want to do today boys?"

O: "play superman"

C: "and batman"

Me: "how bout you put your capes on and run outside and swing from the rope swing?"

C: "that's a really good idea!"

O: " and jump from the tree house with our capes on so we can fly"

Me: "uh i don't think we are ready for that yet!"

I had made some chocolate/pear scones and fresh strawberry jam so we could deliver them to some nearby neighbors who had already fed us dinner a few evenings before. After the superhero party in our yard, it was time to make the delivery. The boys just hopped on the bike and 4 wheeler decked out in their finest costumes. They wheeled right up to the neighbors house as if nothing looked the least bit odd. Their 4 yr old Gavin was quite impressed. We invited him back to play in our tree house until lunch time. Gavin walked with me back to the house and wanted to hold my hand the entire way.
It is times like these that i hope they never grow up!

Monday, August 2, 2010

10 things i am loving right now!

1) Organic Iced Green Tea
a possible addiction

2) Organic Dark chocolate

a guilty pleasure with health benefits

3) Girl Talk
I am in San Diego right now spending quality time with 2 friends that I have known for 17 years. Is that possible? That is half my life? Am I that old? There are few things better in life than getting with old friends and feeling like time has never been lost. Such deep, life altering conversations with truth spoken in love. So much fun to also play with their kiddos!
One of these wonderful ladies blogs as well and is a very gifted writer.
The other one is on staff with a great church in San Diego and her brother got married this weekend which is the original reason I flew down there.
On a side note: The photographer of the wedding used to work for Jedidiah clothing company. Remember when I blogged about them and recieved 3 free women's tees. The photographer is the girl who sent them to me......small world!

4) Exploring Northeren California
Such a wonderful place to live. I am so excited about all the new adventures we will experience as a family.

5) Vacationing with my parents

What a treat to get to spend an entire month with these 2 special people. God has blessed me with absolutely wonderful parents.

6) Above the Golden State

This band led worship while we visited Hume Lake Christian Camp.
They will on my itunes list really soon.

7) CS Lewis
A quick read but full of wisdom. How was he so gifted?

8) Trader Joes (grocery)
If you have shopped here, you will know the love.

9. Summer reading with the kids.
We have almost finished this children's book.
10. Moving into our new house.
Aug 1st we got the keys. Since I am in So Cal, Mike and the boys that been moving in. Oh I am so ready to be settled in our new home, sit with my hubby on the back patio in the cool evening sipping green tea, reading a book, and enjoying the view of the mountains.

Oh yeah one more thing:
I love Booties!! All of them, but specifically these from Anthropologie