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Jul 26

thankful thursday #2

So last week I did my first “Thankful Thursday” post. I think I am going to make this a regular thing. I am not promising EVERY Thursday, but regular, none the less. I want to be a thankful person and this is an easy way to stay in that thankful mindset. I have so much to be thankful for, yet it can be so easy to grow complacent. So here we are, Thursday again, and many things to be thankful. Just a few….

essie madison ave-hueI love Essie nail polish. It really is far superior to any other nail polish I have tried. But at almost $8 a bottle, lets just say it’s a rare treat to go buy one. This particular color was a gift from my husband. He knows how much I love to go and look at all the pretty colors, but most of the time leave empty handed. So for our anniversary he took me to go and pick one out. It took me like 10 minutes to decide because I love most of the colors :) but I ended up getting this “madison ave-hue” color. I love how it appears purple or pink depending on what it’s worn with. It’s the perfect ingredient to make me feel girly and cute on days where diapers and dog poop consume my time.
glow sticksI am so thankful for the glimmer of hope and fun I can have with my kids on hard days. This particular day was especially hard and I was finding myself being short with the kids, so what did we do? Built a fort in Ian and I’s closet, shut the door, got some glow sticks out, and played in there for a good 30 minutes or so. We had a great time. (This was BY FAR the best picture I got in that dark closet, and it’s far from decent.)
jadeite bowl + washi tapeI am really enjoying washi tape these days. It’s an easy way to make something bright and happy. But the only thing better then a pile of washi tape, is a pile of washi tape in my great-grandmother’s jadeite bowl. This is probably my favorite dish I own, and I love dishes, because it’s one of the only things of my great-grandmother’s that I have to remember her by. It is a well loved and well used part of our family history.

You may be wondering why I actually USE such a precious piece and I have two reasons. One, my great-grandmother was a very practical, hard working lady. She worked at a hardware store and didn’t have too many fancy things. I think she would have wanted me to use the dish rather then just have it sitting in storage. And two, because what fun is having an heirloom if you don’t use it? I think of her every time I use it, and I think she would have wanted that.
skypeAnd last, but not least, I am so thankful for Skype! We Skype someone in our family most everyday. I love that our kids get to see their grandparents even though we live thousands of miles away. (Yes, that is my mother on the computer in the background, probably playing the “Is this the same?” game!)

Hope you are able to find a few things you are thankful for, even if they are as silly as nail polish, tape, or glow sticks. These are simple but good gifts that we’ve been given and to delight in them is a good thing. And of course, all of this thankfulness is TO the Creator and Sustainer, Jesus, who gives all good gifts.

happy thursday!

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Jul 8

fourth + family + one fun weekend

I am loving this extra long weekend with the hubby! We have loved all the extra time with him. I think Job is really eating up the fact that Daddy is here and we all eat BREAKFAST together! As you can tell by the below two pics that Ian has been helping lots with the kids. Check out Job’s double plaid! (In his defense, there was NOTHING left in the drawers that matched the plaid shorts).

IMG_8894 IMG_8908For our Fourth of July fun this year we had some fun with glow sticks but hey, maybe next year we’ll step up to sparklers. And of course, my glow stick jar is covered in washi tape! I must washi everything I can. Cute things are so much fun and help the ETPing (Enjoying The Process). 
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Ian taught Saturday morning for our church’s men’s meeting, and to celebrate his hard work, I made some yummy breakfast for us all. We had our own version of Keri’s english muffin french toast recipe. They were a big hit!

IMG_9145Job got to enjoy one of the left over doughnuts Ian brought home from the men’s breakfast. To say the least, it was thoroughly enjoyed.

IMG_9131 IMG_9136At breakfast I proclaimed that I am now a writer and that’s why I use good descriptive words. Ian laughed out loud at me and thus, this picture was captured!
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We also did our weekly Saturday trip to Trader Joe’s after breakfast. I love how in this next picture you can see Job in full action with his little man cart. He LOVES helping me get the groceries. I often find him putting random items in his cart just because it’s fun to put things in it. He is getting to be quite the little helper boy.IMG_9187 Uncle Ross got us all flag shirts (and thanks to my mother-in-law) they arrived Friday evening, so we pretended that the 6th of July was the 4th and all wore our new shirts! We even managed to get in a few family pictures. Thanks Ross and Renee!IMG_9225 IMG_9243 IMG_9239 IMG_9244Look how cute this dress is that my mother-in-law gave Ruthie! I love that it has her name embroidered on it – so southern. And you will notice she has a little Sunday morning egg left on her face. This girlie loves her food! IMG_9256 IMG_9289 IMG_9315I always enjoy sweet kisses from my precious kiddos!
IMG_9341Hope you all were able to rest up and have a little fun too. Now, it’s time for me to hit the laundry, dishes, bathrooms, and bedding!

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Jul 1

royal raspberry cake

Every year, around the 4th of July this cake always comes to mind. It’s the perfect cake to take to a BBQ and it goes quickly. This is a good old fashioned cake with a great moist texture. I love the lightly sweetened cake with the nice tart notes from the raspberries. The glaze, well, that’s just the perfect sweet ending to it all.

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I always add blueberries to the top of this cake for the 4th of July, but the rest of the year, I just stick with straight up raspberries. It makes for a very festive cake. I hope you are able to make this delicious cake this week. I know your family and friends will enjoy it.IMG_8940 IMG_8953And if you are feeling very festive, you can decorate your lovely cake with some washi tape bunting! Have I told you how much I love washi tape? And washi tape bunting? It makes everyday feel like a party!

IMG_8964 IMG_8974I grew up with my mom making this cake every summer from the raspberries in our garden. We would all go out and pick the raspberries and she would make us this lovely cake. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family did growing up. It brings back some very lovely memories of the summers of my childhood. Maybe it can become apart of you sweet memories too.

As shared on Savvy Souther Style.

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Jun 7

washi tape + computer = happiness

The other day I set out to find myself some washi tape. I have been gawking at it for quite some time now and finally decided one day that I needed it! And I needed it RIGHT then. So I packed up the kids and began my hunt. I ended up finding some at Target and Michaels. And thanks to my Michaels 50% off coupon, I didn’t spend an arm and a leg for the stuff. Once I got home and the kids were down for their naps, I knew that I wanted to try it out. Lowe and behold, my happy, brightly colored keyboard. My hubby makes fun of me for it, but I don’t mind. It makes me happy. And that’s what matters right?

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