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Thursday, December 25, 2014

12 Posts of Christmas- #12

So thankful for cousin love. We've gotten the privilege of getting together the last 2 Christmases with my cousin and Jake's brother (who are married) and it's been really special.
4 out of our 5 kids got the stomach bug and we all said despite that, we were still glad we'd all gotten together. That's when you know you had a really good time. And I mean who can really stand all this cuteness????

 This out of focus madness, truly sums it up!



Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

12 Posts of Christmas #10

Disney Pics Part 1:
This face right here literally says it all. We saw this face on Keaton all week, and this made it worth it all! Aside from some colder temps than we were prepared for, we had such a great week!









Saturday, December 20, 2014

12 Posts of Christmas- #9

This is the only proof I have that I turned 30.
I think I'm gonna burn it.
I'm kidding. Mostly.
But the above mentioned thing did happen and my sweet hubby threw a little party for me at my job and then we went to Disney, (so it wasn't all bad).
But since I turned 30 my joints have started hurting and I've been needing coffee more and I'm gaining holiday pounds that I never gained before. I guess it's true what they say. 
I'm no longer celebrating my birthday, but rather the death of my youth. :O

Friday, December 19, 2014

12 Posts of Christmas #8

 That day when you look over at your kids and go "woah, how did that happen?" That was this day. It might have been the way they were sitting, or that they were sharing an app on my iPhone... but literally Beckham looked almost as big as Keaton and neither one of them looked like babies.
 Now, Beckham's behavior today proved he is INDEED still a baby. But on this day, he didn't seem so.  Of course Mother's can always think of their kids as their "baby", but the reality is that actual season of life is a very, very small one.
 The Orange Rethink Company has a lot of great blogs and thoughts on the preciousness of parenting young kids and appreciating the moments and the impact you have in this season. They suggest having a jar filled with marbles for every week you have until your kids high school graduation, and then removing one marble each week to remind you of your "window of impact". Such a visual reminder is great, because even though time passes fast, I want to try my bestest to enjoy each season that I'm in and influence them as much as I can. Because these pictures, (while they don't contain any babies) still show my young, small, innocent children, and I know it will not be that way forever. But for now it is....

12 Posts of Christmas- #7

I wrote about Keaton's 3rd party, but since I don't do monthly blogs past 1 year, I really want to keep in the habit of talking about them at their birthday. 

Having a child changes you. Having a second child changes you even more.  I can't comment beyond that capacity, but I do think the more kids you have, there is probably a smaller impact of change on the parent. When I look back at the posts I've written about Keaton when he was a baby, I just see how central he was to everything we did at the stage of life. And I wonder how that affects first children. Obviously not all first children are the same, but there are lots of first child qualities that resonate across the board. These pictures perfectly sum up Keaton

sweet

                                                                      and a little cautious
                                                                           yet brave
                                                              He's a curious, lover of nature
                                                        passionate, emotional and obstinate

                                                            fun-loving, silly little man

Sometimes at 3, I just love this little person to pieces. He's hilarious and quirky. He says the funniest things, has the best imagination. He is so stinking good at conniving and negotiating. He is so passionate about everything he does, he quickly makes you love, everything he loves.

But on the other end of this stick, he is SOOOO bossy. Like the bossiest 3 year old ever. He is easily angered and so fiercely protective of his brother, I get scared when people cross Beckham and Keaton is around to see it. One minute he's sensitive to discipline and the next he is as stubborn as a mule.

He runs around calling me Stacia and his Daddy, Jacob. He is SOOO curious. He loves nature and animals so much, he barely talks about anything else. He LOVES to cook, like let me boss you around and tell you how to cook, even though I'm only 3, I must stir every pot or be involved in every food making process. Speaking of food, the kids loves food. I once read the term koodie (kid foodie) and that is him. He says, "oh yum, wow, this is delicious. This is my favorite ever, I love this"... at almost every dinner we make. HE LOVES DESSERT even more, (if that's possible) and I've never met a 3 year old who likes dark chocolate as much as him.

He loves to learn, and run circles around house, and to be a human buffalo. He wakes up every morning revving to go saying, "oh, it's a beautiful day today" even when it's cloudy. Keaton was a fairly even tempered little baby, but he was definitely passionate about the things he loved and did, and that's only magnified in his preschool years.

Even though this strong willed, determined little boy makes me want to lose my mind sometimes, if he never stops loving Jesus, I know he will turn out as such a strong leader (for his family, and future wife and the kingdom of God) and that makes all the work of raising him just fine!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

12 posts of Christmas #6

One of our sweet, sweet friends at church who just loves my boys took some pictures of us for our Christmas card. She doesn't have a company at this time, but as you can see she is fabulous, and if you are local to South Jersey, I can definitely pass on her information. We went to a cute little site about 30 minutes away and just had a great time as a family on one of the last nice fall days before the weather started turning. I didn't spoil our Christmas picture. But these are some of my favs!

 If you only knew what we thru to get this picture. I always have unrealistic ideas in my head. But I still love this shot!

Me and my MCM (man crush Monday for anyone who doesn't follow on social media)

Literally this boy, for all the fights we have. He is a passionate lover, and he's my boy.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

12 posts of Christmas- #5



Harvest Time. We definitely had some fall fun. We made homemade caramel apples, went to several pumpkin patches and had our small group over for Halloween cause we have a really family friendly neighborhood for trick or treating. I didn't grow up trick or treating, and I know a lot of people who are Christians have mixed feelings about, but we have just decided for this season in our lives, that we will enjoy the simplicity and fun of it.



 I never want to downplay spiritual implications, but how cute is my little man dressed up as Daniel Tiger??    P.S. if you are a preschool mom and your kids don't watch that show, it's a must. My favorite age appropriate show.




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12 posts of Christmas- #4

Keaton turned 3!! I know none of these pictures are really that good. The iPhone is just not the same as the Canon. But sometimes as a busy mom of 2, you just go with what's easy.  I'm sure no one knows what I'm talking about concerning that. ;)

This was the night before Keaton turned 3. He's standing next to his potty training chart, because once he filled it up, he got a toy buffalo. In case you missed that comment on Beckham's birthday party post; for whatever reason the North American buffalo is my son's favorite animal. He loves animals in general, but this one takes the cake. And even though he already has one toy buffalo, he needed the girl version. So, he's showing her off for the world to see. 


My best friend Brittany came into town over Keaton's birthday (she is literally the best). So here my boys are at Toys R Us on the little toy car because she took Keaton to pick out a toy (spoiled!) They don't usually look that similar, but I see it here.

We have been on a major Cars kick since we watched it for the first time this past year, so we had a little at home Cars party with a few friends, and I made him a "Cars" cake. Keaton requested red since that's his favorite color, but since I couldn't bare the thought of that much red dye #40 being ingested, I put red M&M's on it, and he called it good!




The hardest picture of our lives to try and take.  Our 3 squirmy boys. :)

Happy Birthday my first "baby" boy. I love you!

Monday, December 15, 2014

12 posts of Christmas- #3

I know I posted this picture yesterday, but I literally took it with my iPhone and did nothing to it, the deep reds are just nature, and I love that! 

 
I really wanted to use my Nikon for these pictures, but we couldn't find the charger for awhile, since I use pinterest to organize all my web recipes, I just went ahead and snapped a few phone pics to attach to the recipe I used, that did not use a photo option. 
This Roasted Tomato Sauce was originally from Bon Apetit, so maybe there are photos somewhere. This recipe is simple, but so good. The fire roasting adds so much flavor and a little spice. Yum! The recipe doesn't say, but definitely roast on parchment or foil, because the tomato juice glazes onto your pan.

ingredients
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 2 pounds plum tomatoes, cored, halved lengthwise
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste

preparation

Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Arrange tomatoes, cut side up, on sheet. Toss with 2 tablespoons oil. Turn cut side up again if needed. Sprinkle with coarse salt, then oregano. Roast until soft but beginning to brown, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool on sheet.
Puree tomatoes in blender until smooth. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add tomato puree and tomato paste and bring to boil, whisking to blend. Boil until sauce is reduced to 2 1/2 cups, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Cool sauce. Cover and chill up to 3 days.



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