I just couldn't resist sharing this wonderful photo by Little Black Dress Photography. Carrie was wonderful at accommodating our hectic schedules and crazy Pintrest ideas :)
Instagram has taken the place of my blogging lately. With our family growing beautifully I love how quickly and easily I can document out family memories on Instagram. Sorry blog.
Life is great. Life is busy. Most importantly life is exactly what we choose it to be. I am thankful for each person and experience that enters my life. Lessons to learn come with each new day and each day I focus on being the best Wife, Mom, Daughter, Sister and Friend I can.
"Live your life like a book you would want your children to read."
Once Upon A Time
What if I read to you a story, Starting; "Once Upon A Time", And you realized that it was your life, Spelt out on every line, Would you hear my voice with wonder, As it brushed across each word, And pray my arms had strength to hold, The truth about your world, Would your view on life be different, And would it shock you most to find, That the things you thought defined you, Could be summed up in just two lines, And all the ones you took for granted, The ins and outs of every day, Play a bigger part in who you are, Than you'd ever dared to say, Would you wonder at the pages left, And all the places that they'll lead, Then vow to make each moment, One that you'd be proud to read, Because there is a story of your life, But it's you that holds the pen, And I hope you fill the pages right, Before you reach the end.
We are just back form one trip and ready to dive into a crazy week of Father Day Celebrations and special suppers, school and field trips, raising butterflies, waiting for special mail deliveries, Birthday's, soccer games, marking (for Mommy), gardening and prepping for our next big lake adventure coming up not soon enough!
I just couldn't resist sharing this sweet snapshot of my boys.
Little Brother was not in a photo mood.
Daddy finally joined our rubber boot club. His request for Father's Day. (he wanted to be like us!)
I am a huge Hunter boot fan. We as a family spend a ton of time outdoors and even more with our northern getaway now.
When Big Brother was two we went through three pairs of rubber boots in three months, each pair sprung a leak. I was frustrated. So I researched. Now his boots are passed down to Little Brother. Really great boots.
I have a few pairs myself, I'd be lost without them. I wear them four seasons thanks to the warm wool/fleece Hunter socks!
Welcome to the boot club Daddy!
Top Ten Reasons Why You are a #1 Daddy
(by Big Brother Age 6)
1. You go to work everyday and work hard.
2. You play with us in the basement.
3. You take me swimming.
4. You are good at building Lego with me.
5. You take care of me sometimes.
6. You know how to BBQ chicken legs (my FAVORITE!)
We did so many things other than Disney. Totally off the beaten path stuff that reminds me of our first trips to Bermuda, Thailand, Carmel, San Francisco, Waterton and Val Marie. The before kids kinda adventure that my soul needed. I love the magic of Disney but I need the magic of random Mexican restaurants and road stops that promise "World's Best" strawberry shortcake, orange groves with giant lemons and beaches with piles of shells and creatures to discover.
Our little family is blossoming and together we all learn a little more about ourselves, each other and the world around us everyday. I am so happy for each day.
Blogging is taking a backseat to these boys right now.
Big Brother has been reading up a storm and I thought it was time to do a little formal spelling too.
He journals after lunch each day but I focus on writing for enjoyment and let him use his own spellings mostly. I thought formal spelling would be more into the Fall once he begins grade one but I am embracing his beautiful spongy mind and encouraging more.
Shaving cream was great opportunity for fun and spelling.
He has already told me he can't wait to spell more words on the table!
(we did the ake word family because he LOVES snakes)
The organic raspberries from my Aunty and Uncles farm are usually to great to freeze but it was a bumper crop last year and I did sneak a few bags in to jam and into the freezer before my family ate them up.
Little Brother and I passed by Starbucks and my eye caught a quick glimpse of a raspberry loaf. Three hours later it was on my counter!
My Mr. had it in his lunch today and raved about it later when he got home from work.
2cups(500 mL) frozen raspberries, thawed and drained
In bowl, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Whisk together flour, lemon zest, baking powder and salt; stir into butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, making 3 additions of flour mixture and 2 of buttermilk. Stir in lemon juice.
Spread one-third of the batter in parchment paper–lined 8- x 4-inch (1.5 L) loaf pan. Arrange half of the raspberries over top. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining batter.
Bake in 350ºF (180ºC) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Turn out onto rack; let cool completely.
I like to slice up pieces and wrap individually for lunches, sharing and on the go. Not a slice went to waste!