Sunday, November 10, 2013

My amazing family.....

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While my family was visiting a few months ago my mom wanted to do a family photo.  We all moaned and groaned about it.....me included.  But now that I just uploaded them and touched them up a bit, I am so very happy we did that.  (Especially since Mara was totally hilarious during this shoot.  We have many more to prove it!!)  I love this family of mine so much.  I love Erik and his funny humor and excitement because I kept running back and forth from my camera on the tripod before the timer went off!  I love Ashley and Mara....two peas in a pod.  They love each other so much.  I love my dad's tender smile, he's such a sweet sensitive man at times and I always get teary when I think about him.  I miss living so close to him and his funny humor.  I adore my sweet mother.  She is so sweet and loving to us all, she is such a wonderful example.  I love my Erin OJ Niblet & her constant support & our jokes.  I love Devin, the perfect match for me!  And our sweet kids with their favorite auntie Hailey who is such a fun friend to them.  I even love that little Lola.  And those two cuties in the front will always have my heart.  They are such great siblings to Mara, I've never seen them love like they do now with Mara!  How blessed I am to have all theses amazing people in my life.  Feeling very thankful for all of them and the relationships we have.  So lucky to be a daughter, sister, wife, & mother. 

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Little Ballerina....

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Cambria's first dance recital was so special.  (It also was last June!!!  I am so late to blog these days.) She looked beautiful and was so lucky to have both Grandma's there!  She had a ballet & jazz performance.   She danced so well & had the biggest smile on that stage!  I am so proud to be her mama!  Love her so so much!

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

My Mara Jane.....

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This sweet girl has been such a light to our family.  I am so in love with her.  We all are!  She is learning words by the second and is hysterical.  She is potty training, loves books & to "draw."  She loves the pool but hasn't been swimming for a while!  She loves to play babies and loves her own little set of calico critters.  She loves juice & is always hungry...but only eats a few bites!  She loves to go outside and ride bikes.  She loves Ashley & always says "Becky n Rynan too?  Baby too?  Ami too?" Whenever we say we are doing anything!  She loves them.  She is my little buddy all day at home or when we go shopping or playing at home.  She is so smart & makes the most animated faces I've ever seen.  She loves to "hide," put mommys make up on, & jump in the shower when I am in it!  She is known for drawing all over herself with pens and markers & if it's ever too quiet you can bet that she'll be hiding in the corner of our room behind our bed getting into some sort of trouble.  She loves to sing to herself, she loves to "nuggle" mama or dada before bed....she melts our hearts!  She is just a sweet sweet girl.  Love you Mara Jane!  I'll post about your 2nd birthday & party one of these days!

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Banana pops!



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My kids have been all about these Rocket pop molds this summer.  We just tried a new banana flavor that was so delicious!  Mara loves them most.  They're super easy to make and are the consistency of one of those yummy fresh fruit coconut or strawberry popsicles that dreyers makes. 

Banana pops

1 banana
1 1/2 cups ice
1/2 c raw agave nectar

Mix in a blender until frothy and creamy!  Our blendtec just broke and luckily we bought it at costco so they returned it and we bought the vitamix.  Either would probably work, and maybe even a regular blender.  Anyway- that's all!  Just pour into the molds & freeze.  So good!


Cheers!

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

My favorite blueberry muffins......

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These muffins are so delicious.  My sweet friend Jenny, who always makes delicious treats, brought me a plate months ago and I pretty much finished the entire plate that night.  They are so moist and have the best top of all!  They are also easy to make & look like they are from a bakery.  They call for mashed bananas so you can use up the ripe ones if you have them, but I really like fresh yellow bananas in this recipe.  Try them, try them, you will see.

Blueberry Banana Muffins

2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 c sugar
1/3 c butter, room temp
2 eggs
1 c mashed bananas (about 2 medium)
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 c fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 350.  Line muffin tins with liners or parchment.  Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together with a wire wisk.  Add butter, eggs, bananas, and vanilla.  Mix on low until just combined.  Fold in blueberries.  Reserve some to place on tops.  Sprinkle with a generous amount of course sugar.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

I use a good amount of blueberries.  Only fresh!  Jenny told me to press some on the tops, makes it looks so pretty & the course sugar too.  The only problem with this recipe is they really do disappear too quickly.  Need to triple it next time.  Enjoy!


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Cambria & Mara enjoying their treat.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Cambria's Art birthday party........

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Cambria's party this year was so much fun.  She picked an art theme and we ran with it!  Cambria was so excited to have all her friends together to do one of her favorite things......paint & draw with chalks!   It was a perfectly gorgeous day & the park was the perfect place to party!  This party was on April 26th 2013....and yes I am finally posting it in July.  Oh boy.

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All set and ready to go......we covered long card tables with brown crate paper & decorated with simple mason jars filled with flowers.

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We made a huge paper mache pinata out of a punch balloon and lots of newspaper that the kids all wrote their names on and painted.

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Devin did a color mixing demonstration mixing food coloring drops in big vases of water......the girls were all giggling when he drank some of the water after they dared him to.  Funny girls!

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They each got to make their own chalk masterpiece

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And of course bust open the pinata!  The best part!

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She is one lucky girl to have all these adorable friends, we love our birthday girl!

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Happy 7th Cambria Nicole!



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Children's books we're loving this summer.......

Dragon Gets By by Dav Pilkey

Rhinos Who Surf by Julie Mammano

When Sophie Gets Angry by Molly Bang

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

The Man Who Walked Between the towers by Mordicai Gerstein

The Bike Lesson by Stan & Jan Berenstain

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingels Wilder

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