Tuesday, October 18, 2011

fall break


Our fall break was filled with lots of fun things... horseback riding for Nat and game day with Daddy, also an ice skating session that didn't go so well, Lina and I painted and came up with sewing projects, Ben had a fun day with M's parents all by himself, and Hallie did what she always does- a lot of exploring. We took this picture at M's parents house on Sunday. That was a pretty peaceful day. I think we were all exhausted!

Friday, October 14, 2011

have mercy

I have discovered Pinterest and, oh yes, its all its cracked up to be. I love it love love it. So while I spent a little time on this morning getting excited about Christmas gift ideas and the wonder of the internet my sweet baby was pouring pretzels on the floor and crushing them to bits and pulling toilet paper off of the rolls. :) Ah yes, the toddler years. Have mercy (thank you Uncle Jesse). Benjamin was quite confused that I wasn't so mad about the pretzels and that they were all still laying there an hour later. He said, "You do know that Hallie poured pretzels on the floor and crushed them up right?" I responded with an "awesome.", and since he doesn't understand sarcasm yet he really thought that I thought it was truly awesome. So he then admitted that he crushed up some of the pretzels too (since they were there and all) with a proud smile on his face. And since I had an hour of creative computer time this morning I smiled back (and then grabbed the vacuum).
Lina made some really amazing potatoes au gratin this week and news flash the best au gratin is WITHOUT cheese!! This still blows me away. Actually I don't know what au gratin means so if it means something with cheese and I will have to rename them. I'll just call them Lina's Potatoes and here's how they go- peel and slice potatoes as you would for any au gratin. Layer the potatoes in a baking dish (we did 8 X 8)Then pour cream over them so the cream is even with the height of the potatoes. Then salt ,pepper, and nutmeg those babies then toss it so its all seasoned evenly. Bake at 350 for an hour.
Lina went to youth group while they were cooking so we taste tested while she was out (with her permission). I got a WOW from Michael on the couch, and Ben said he would never eat potatoes again unless they were made exactly like this. Really they are so good and so much better than the ones with cheese. I know I can't believe it either.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

all its cracked up to be



Baby Hagood (quickly becoming a not so baby so I'm using that phrase as long as I can) has just been set up with some paper and a marker. She was gesturing to both and saying something in baby talk so I assume she wanted to draw. Ha. At any rate she is occupied for a few minutes, so I can reflect on the past few weeks.
I turned 30 since I last blogged, and that included a lot of celebration!! I have some really great friends and family that totally spoiled me and loved on me and assured me that I'm not old (smile). The weekend before the big day Lina, Cara, Noah, Natalie and I hiked the Chimneys. I hadn't meant for this to be a big deal, but it turned out to be a little more of a time .sacrifice than I planned. Live and learn, right? God gave us a seriously gorgeous day, and I was lovin' the fresh mountain air. The day of I got to see my friend Beth who I never get to see b/c she lives very far away, and a few other friends stopped by too! Basically it was a really wonderful day and I have some super great friends (not to mention my husband, parents, and in-laws!). I LOVE you guys! Theennnn me, Michael, the kids and Lina met my bro and his g.f. at my sister's new place in Nashville. Besides Ben having an allergic reaction to my sister's dog and a few other hitches in the smooth plans I had in my head (laugh) we all had a great time at Centennial Park, the Opryland Hotel, and shopping with the girls. I am so thankful for this little break from reality, and I spent some time thinking about the last decade, how my kids are growing up, and how much fun I've had but also how far I've come. I have so much to thank God for in my life, and I can truly say good time or hard times God is good all the time (a bit wild but good!).
Okay my time is up, Hallie now has red dots on her face, her ear, and scribbles on the chair. God bless whoever invented washable markers.