Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Taking in The Beauty Around Us

This morning I took Kallie and Bronson down to the beach to play at the playground and, of course, in the sand. As they were playing I was looking around and thinking about how amazing nature looks in the spring. This time of the year I love the very green grass and newly budding flowers. Things are still beautiful the rest of the summer but the grass never tends to be as green again from all the spring rain.

I love taking a moment to take in the beauty of my surroundings and realizing all of the detail that God put into everything He made. Those few minutes that I took to look around made me feel stress free and relaxed. I really need to look around at nature more often.

I don't usually read The Message version of the bible but today it was fitting.

25-26"If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don't fuss about what's on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

27-29"Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.

30-33"If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

34"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
Matthew 6:25 - 34

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me!

Yesterday was my birthday and I must say that I was spoiled! 
Friday night my inlaws were watching Kallie and Bronson so Jon and I went out with a few people for dinner. It's funny how things change over the years because Friday night I found myself at my parents house raiding my sister's closet for something to wear! It used to be the other way around! I kind of want to keep the shirt I "borrowed" from her! :) 
(side note - the whole night I felt like I should be able to shoot bullets out of the large round gems on my boobs! LOL)

Look what I got from Jon and the kids for my birthday!
 I've wanted a bike for a while and was SO excited to get it! :)


With a bike I needed a double bike trailer so I could go out with the kids (excuses for a bike trailer, I know!). I was determined not to pay full price for one and found a last year's model on clearance at a sporting goods store. I love deals! 
So far, we've taken the kids out once in it and they loved every minute of it
I also love that I can use it as a stroller and go roller blading with it...now if I could only find my roller blades.

The picture is a bit blurry but apparently this company needs to hire a spell checker.
"Proper use of 5-point safety harness for tow chindren"

Last night Jon made me bacon wrapped chicken that was bbq'd on a cedar plank... YUM!
Then we finished it off with strawberry devil's cake. 

It was so nice having dinner with all of our family instead of how I spent my Birthday last year in the hospital visiting Bronson. It's just one more reminder as to how blessed I am.

Friday, May 25, 2012

My Amazingly Awesome Online Shopping Deals!

Thanks to @iammrsjanuary I found some amazing deals online toy deals HERE at Walmart.ca.
After taxes and shipping everything came to just $64.66 !!
I'm a good way to being done my Christmas shopping! I don't think I've even started Christmas shopping until October!

I may have just placed another order for more of the Our Generation Doll accessories for Kallie!

Little People Pirate Ship - $7

Our Generation Salon Chair and Accessories - $8

Rock Star Mickey Mouse - $10

Chuck and Friends (top) - $7
Little People Wheelies - $7

How crazy are these deals??
Go check them out HERE in the $0.01 to $20.00 category!
I noticed that some stock is getting low but for these prices you can't go wrong!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Faith Like a Child


I love how innocent children can be. 
They may not realize that it's rude to ask why someone is fat, how asking "why" every 60 seconds can drive someone crazy, or that it's not socially acceptable to ask the man next to them if he has a penis! (ahem...my brother when he was little). 

Little minds absorb more information than what we adults realize sometimes and that's why I want to make a point of teaching Kallie and Bronson about Jesus as much as I can. 

I've been reading Kallie a lot of "Jesus Books" (that's what she calls them) lately and it's amazing how much she takes in and remembers. 

She knows that Jesus was a baby and that he grew to be a mann and if you ask her where Jesus lives she'll point to her heart. 


About a week ago I was singing 'Jesus Loves me' with the kids and afterwards I said to Kallie, 

"Do you know that Jesus really loves you?", 
and her response was, "Thank Jesus, Oh Thank You Jesus!"

It's responses like this that make me realize just how much faith children have.

It made me ask myself, "Where would we be if we all had faith like a child?"

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Two Week Meal Planning

I love reading Ashley's blog over at The Vanilla Tulip because she always has different tips and ideas of how to be thrifty. A little while ago she started posting about meal planning and made me decide to start meal planning.

 I've never been a meal planner. I usually have an idea in my mind of meals to make but sort of just wing it every night. It's always worked for me but I'm always making extra trips to the store because I'm missing ingredients. 

I decided to plan our meals two weeks at a time and be prepared enough that I won't have to shop in between the two weeks. I've always shopped with a grocery list but, as I said before, I never wrote out what meals I was going to cook when.


So, here's what I have planned for the next 2 weeks...

May 18 - June 1, 2012

Friday 18th - BLT Sandwiches and garden salad
Saturday 19th - BBQ'd Sausages and garden salad
Sunday 20th - Out for Lunch!
Monday 21st - Grilled turkey and cheese sandwiches and carrot sticks
Tuesday 22nd - Slow cooked chicken drumsticks in a cream of chicken soup mixture with pepper and onions, green beans, corn, garden salad
Wednesday 23rd - Meat balls in a home made sauce, rice, veggies
Thursday 24th - Chicken Enchilada Casserole (I'll post this recipe when I make it)
Friday 25th - BBQ'd Hamburgers, carrot sticks
Saturday 26th - Out for a fundraiser BBQ
Sunday 27th - Left over Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Monday 28th - It's my birthday so I'm not cooking! :)
Tuesday 29th - Spaghetti with ground turkey, garlic bread
Wednesday 30th - Slow cooked pork chops in a home made red sauce, mashed potatoes, garden salad
Thursday 31st - Vegetable Chicken Alfredo
Friday June 1st - BBQ'd chicken (or steak) with grilled onions, corn, green beans

Well that's the plan! 

Although I already know I need to go to the grocery store because the huge pack of pork chops I bought turned green before I put them in the freezer. Our fridge is currently broken (picking up a used one off kijiji tomorrow!) and the fridge portion doesn't work at all so we keep all of our food in the freezer. But the freezer isn't even cold enough to keep milk/cream from going bad. We currently keep almost everything in our second fridge in the garage (it's a pain in the butt!). So, with knowing all of that, I'm an idiot for putting my pork chops in the fridge. It's my own fault they went bad!

I'll post my recipe for my Chicken Enchilada casserole later on in the week after I make it. 

Who else does meal planning?

What do you do to make your life easier with meals?

Sunday, May 20, 2012

DIY: Super Easy Marshmallow Pops

Last week when I posted about Bronson's 1st Birthday I told you that I'd post a tutorial on how to make the Marshmallow Pops... so here you go!

I made marshmallow chocolate sprinkle pops as well as marshmallow sugar pops. 
They seriously took no time at all to make and look great!


Chocolate Sprinkle Pops

What you'll need:
Marshmallows
Lollipop Sticks
Sprinkles (optional)
Tin foil
Styrofoam square

Directions
  1. Cover your styrofoam square with tin foil.
  2. Melt the Merckens Moulding Wafers according to these directions.
  3. Push a lollipop stick into the marshmallow and dip it into the chocolate.
  4. After dipping keep the marshmallow over the bowl and gently shake/twirl the marshmallow to get rid of excess chocolate. (this will prevent the chocolate from dripping)
  5. Immediately dip the marshmallow into sprinkles. If you wait too long the chocolate will harden and the sprinkles won't stick.
  6. Push the marshmallow pop into the styrofoam to allow the chocolate to harden.
  7. Repeat as many times and you want!
Tip - Keep the bowl with the melted chocolate over the warm water to keep the chocolate from hardening while you're working.


Marshmallow Sugar Pops

What you'll need:
Marshmallows
Lollipop Sticks
Coloured Sugar (can get this from Michaels, bulk food store, or most grocery stores in the baking section)
Glass of cool water
Empty Bowl
Styrofoam
Tinfoil

Directions:
  1. Cover the styrofoam with tinfoil.
  2. Pour a medium amount of coloured sugar into the empty bowl.
  3. Push a lollipop stick into a marshmallow.
  4. Quickly dip the marshmallow into the cool water. If you keep it in the water too long the marshmallow will turn gooey. 
  5. Shake the excess water off of the marshmallow.
  6. With the marshmallow still wet roll it in the bowl of coloured sugar. 
  7. Continue rolling (or you can pour the sugar over it) the marshmallow until it's completely covered with sugar.
  8. Push the marshmallow pop into the styrofoam. 
  9. Repeat as many times as you'd like!
Enjoy!

A Bonfire, Roasted Marshmallows, and some cute Kids!

I hope everyone us having a wonderful long weekend! The weather has definitely been gorgeous so far.

Friday night we had an indoor picnic on our new floors that Jon installed. Kallie thought it was great eating on a blanket on the floor! After our picnic we went outside and roasted marshmallows over our bonfire. YUM!

You'll notice in one of the pictures that I was trying to take a picture of my marshmallow (I love burnt ones, weird I know) and I was so focused on my picture I didn't notice my dog, Dupree, trying to steal it. Trouble!

Enjoy the rest of the long weekend! :)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Recap of Bronson's First Birthday Party!

Last weekend we celebrated Bronson's first birthday with around 65 family and friends. It's an amazing feeling being able to celebrate the life of our little boy who doctors didn't think would make it past his first week of life. 

We never had a welcome home from the hospital party for him so this was more than just a birthday party. It was a celebration of life. 

In the next week or so I'll be putting up a post of how to make the bunting and marshmallow pops so check back for those! :)

I had a hard time cutting it down to the photos that I did... and there are still 16! 
It's a huge post but it's worth it for Bronson's party! 
Enjoy!
We did it pot luck style for the meal and all of it was delicious! 
I also had a table set up with the cake (in the middle), assorted red, blue, and white candies, and marshmallow pops. 

With everything that Bronson has been through we thought that a boxing ring and gloves was appropriate because he really is a fighter. I found My Pink Cupcake online and Val did an amazing job!
The cake was french vanilla bean with white chocolate raspberry filling.
I love that the entire top of the cake was buttercream and only the decorations were fondant. I'm not a fan of cakes covered entirely in fondant. 
Go check out My Pink Cupcake's website HERE!





Bronson wasn't too sure about all the singing and a giant cake in his face but he still had an awkward a smile on his face

He wasn't too sure about the cake and was hesitant to put it in his mouth. 
It was his first experience with cake and icing but it didn't take long for him to like it!

Uncle Bryant couldn't wait to open the presents so he gave Bronson his present while everyone was still eating cake. 







Bronson had fun crawling around with his second cousin Jackson (if it's Jon's cousin's son that makes it a second cousin right?). I absolutely love Bronson's expression here!

Out of 6 family photos this one is the best. At least everyone is looking at the camera!

It was a great party and we had a great time celebrating with everyone! 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Kids, Sunshine, and Playtime!

It's been gorgeous weather so we've been outside playing a lot the last few days.

I love watching Kallie and Bronson talk, laugh, and giggle together. 

There's nothing better in the world than watching the joy on their faces from little things like going down a slide or getting excited over the sound of a motorcycle.












Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

To all of the ladies out there, I hope you're having a wonderful Mothers day!

I'm enjoying a relaxing day in my new hammock with my family!

Enjoy the sunshine outside! :)
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