Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Oh no I didn't...

I love the holiday's....and by holiday's I mean, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. This use to include my birthday as well but now that I am getting older, I am not to fond of that day.

As you remember from last year, we make most of our Christmas presents so I NEED to get into making mode...

I have a few new things this year and a few neat tutorials I will share with you all in the near future.

But, I will leave you with this!

Christmas Countdown - Christmas Layouts

Happy Holiday's

Friday, September 24, 2010

My most favorite time of the year

As you all know, I am a fan of fall.

I love the SMELL, crisp air and all the bright colors. (although today it feels more like summer).

You know one thing I REALLY like to do in the fall....yup, pick apples. So we took the kiddos to Johnny Appleseed last weekend to pick tons of apples. In the past we have gone to other orchards..you know, the ones that put on a show but we figured we would stick close to home this year. I am so glad we did. This has to be one of the best orchards. Plus, it was beautiful.

Cooper couldn't reach yet...he said, "maybe one more year".

Addy tasted EVERY apple in the orchard and screamed for more
Kylie's funny apple
Are you feeling the love?

AND...it was super cheap. $10 per bushel!!

AND..we have been back to pick more already because we like ourselves some applesauce, apple butter, apple pie, and apple crisp!

With that being said, I want to share with you a recipe I found for canned apple pie filling. Now, I did make some changes to the recipe. I added a bit more sugar and a few more apples than it calls for. I also added a lot more cinnamon and some nutmeg and it turned out GREAT!

So go pick some apples and make some yummy apple things!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I am slacking!

Yes, I know I haven't posted much lately...

As you have read, my baby girl is now off to Kindergarten and we are ALL just getting a routine down.

After I pick her up, I have devoted all my focus to her (at least now) so there is not much time for blogging!

Hopefully in the next few weeks I will be able to catch you all up on the happenings here at the crazy house!

For now, I will leave you a picture...if only you knew the conversations before hand....

Kylie: I don't want my picture taken.
Me: I don't care..mommy wants a picture
Kylie: Nope not doing it
Me: Yes you will..or else...
Kylie: Fine..whatever!
Cooper: I no want to stand hewre
Me: Cooper...NOW
Addy: whine, whine, WHINE
Me: Zach, hurry up and take the picture already...
Zach: Chill out
Everyone: Cheeeessseeee
Me: that wasn't good enough
Everyone: Whine...we don't want to do this..
Me: One more time...or else...
The End...

Thursday, September 9, 2010

And she's off....

Yup, my baby is officially a Kindergartner!

She was so nervous these past few weeks about it so I was expecting a mild crisis this AM


She did great!

Cannot believe my little girl is off to school....

Missing her already!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

We are famous

So my friend Jen is the worlds BEST photographer. Everything I have EVER learned about photography, I learned from her. Anyways...look who is featured on her blog today!!!

Go look around and see what AWESOME pictures this lady takes....AMAZING! Oh and then give her a call to do some shots of YOUR family!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Is it really September?



Apples, pumpkins, school buses, and crunchy leaves already?

Although I am sad to see the summer go, I am excited to see what this fall holds for us.

For starters, Zach and I (and Addy) are heading to Charlotte, NC on Friday to visit my sister and her fiance! Lots of fun things planned as we will be two kids down for the weekend.

Kylie will be starting school (hold on, I need a Kleenex) a week from tomorrow. My baby, my little fat baby, will be riding the school bus and going to class WITHOUT her mommy holding her hand. She will love it, I know she will. And I know this is what God wanted for her...even though I wish it were different.

Cooper will now be the "big kid" in the house. It is time for him to get some more attention from mommy. We will be starting our preschool "learning" time next week as well. He is super excited to have his own pencil box and area to do "his work".

Addison just changes each day. She is a busy little girl, always looking to get into something new. Her new thing is when she is doing something naughty (like climbing the stairs or playing in the potty) I will hear her say, "no, no, no". It's kinda handy... She will also be getting a little more mommy time. We plan on reading lots and lots of books and stacking lots and lots of blocks. By the end of September she will be a toddler genius...Really!

September is also a month of canning for me. Yes, I did can all summer...blueberry and strawberry jam and pickles are a few of my favorites. But fall is my busy time...APPLES. My family LOVES apples! We will be making applesauce, apple butter, spiced apple butter, apple pie filling, and maybe a little apple juice! Fun times.

Happy September friends!!