I baked the best experimental gluten free chocolate chips today. I used this recipe... and added 2 TBSP milk and one packet of Jell-o vanilla instant pudding.
We're all taking meds since Ava's been diagnosed. JJ had MRSA in his ear that gave us a tiny scare and so far in the last thirty days, our family has had eight doctor co-pays, eight prescriptions and I've had nearly eight physical therapy apts on top of that. I do believe we may meet our family medical deductible very soon. I will not take health for granted ever again.
Sometimes you just have to stay up until midnight watching Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. And sometimes you just have to paint aqua stripes while you do that.
I have the best man. He tolerates my ideas and always jumps in and helps me with the things I can't finish. I honestly don't know what I'd do without him.
One of my favorite looks is the non-matching, yet co-ordinated look. I pulled all of these pretty linens out of my closet and once they were all stacked together I realized that they were all going to pair perfectly with one another for my guest room bedding! I had no idea those floral sheets would go with the old quilt in the bottom of the pile. I've had the quilt for years and I love it.
I'm painting trim and doors. It feels like I may be painting for the rest of my life.
Getting outside for a few minutes to pull a few weeds and trim some herbs etc. I love it when the rain lets up. It smells so clean and fresh outside. But now I have to get back to the painting....
Oh my heavens, these boys are my favorite. Working together on removing door hardware... so cute together. This project has taken over my family now.
I would like to point out a few things just for giggles. End of the day. All the furniture has been pushed into the center of the room for the second coat of trim paint. You will notice piles of laundry, folded, on the furniture. I have a system. I'm sure that shocks you. Please also notice the single glass of wine on the coffee table. That was my reward/motivation for collapse at the end of a very hard working day, I'm not gonna lie.
There is nothing quite like the first popsickles of the year. Everyone had a brightly colored mouth and it was grand.
Yes I have an addiction to creamy white paint and distressing. Doesn't everyone?
Oh the wisdom I have yet to acquire. I love starting a study with a direction in mind, and realizing that God is taking us elsewhere... and for such good things.
I am madly, hopelessly in love with this little boy. Please note the look on the captain's face. Does he look worried to you? I think he's worried. My boy doesn't look worried... Why isn't my boy wearing a life jacket? I see grown men wearing life jackets. (It was a good thing I didn't go, wasn't it? Don't answer that.) Praise the Lord they made it back. Alive.
We don't like yard work in our house. I wish we did. We work together but man... it's just not any fun.
I am newly addicted to Summer squash and kale sauteed with garlic and olive oil. Delicioso.
He melts me. He is the most amazing father... He loves with a pure quality you don't find many places, and he has taught me so much about being a parent. I wish I was half as calm, steady and gentle as he is. My special prayers to the single Mamas out there today. I think so highly of you.
I stole this poppy while I was on my walk. It was leaning far over in the sidewalk so I hope that isn't really stealing... it was smiling at me and the day was so gray, I borrowed it's sunshine... don't tell anyone, because I'd hate to have the poppy police arrest me.
I have one very strong addiction. I have been known to drive out of my way just for this. I've been known to make a special trip only for this...I've been know to buy two- one for myself and one for the fridge for the next day... it's a 32 oz white pomegranate iced tea. It's amazing. I can make this last all day. I'm craving one right now. It's my summer addiction at $2.12. It's huge. You see... you get the 32 oz cup and one tea bag, and it's PERFECT!
My baby girl... giving a sweet speech in front of her entire school. I would have died. She did an amazing job. She just stood right up and delivered it! I was so proud!!
Trying out beachy waves, using a twisty hair technique and a flat iron. It left my hair a little frizzy, but I kind of liked the windblown look. The problem is that I'll never get it to look like this again. I hate that about hair.
School is officially over now. I must find time to read though every paper. But first... we are going to see "Brave" tonight in the theatre for a special school's out treat. I can't wait!
It's amazing to me how seldom both my man and I are low at the same time. However... every now and then. Today was that day. I got caught up on some Beth Moore videos and did a lot of soul searching. Sometimes you have to have the tough days to really appreciate the good ones. I guess.
Completing an order. And indeed... Great is thy Faithfulness. Thank you for that, Lord.
I am crazy happy to have these little hoodlums home with me. I'm also happy that the most exciting thing I could come up with (a trip to the local library for fifteen books a piece) still flies with them. It will be a quiet afternoon for sure with tiny noses stuck in books!
So you know how I said that over the past month we'd logged eight family co-pays and a total of eight various family prescriptions? We just added two x-rays, another co-pay, and three prescriptions to that! I think we're making a new personal best/family record here! I'm happy to say that we have the nicest pediatrician on the planet, (And this is not an exaggeration. She is a total sweetheart... and she calms me when I'm worried because I know she really cares for these kiddos. And laughs with my kids funny antics. And reassures me. I knew she was the right doc for us when I brought my crying baby and my crying self in during the first week of JJ's life and she listened, took me seriously, and then HUGGED me. I'll never forget it. She told me it was "all going to be okay." Loved her ever since.) And we also have the nicest pharmacist too. He now knows us by name and upon seeing us headed his way exclaimed, "Well hello Brodeur family!" It's nice to be known. Ha! The good news.... I think we're all going to live. (grin.)
I have vacation-itis. It's a common disorder that overtakes you right before you're about to go on vacation and prevents you from getting anything done. I really need to get a.w.a.y!!
Ava decided that she wanted a separate color on each toe. Apparently that's all the rage with the nine year olds. Ha! (I have to admit... it was pretty cute. I was almost tempted to do the same pedicure.... but not quite.) And now we're ready. Packed, car loaded and alarms set for 3am.
Vacation at last.
Such a funny and sweet moment. After walking the entire city, following a map and exploring, we hit rain. We took refuge in a Starbucks, filling up on bananas and Vanilla Rooibos tea lattes (my personal fave drink, being the non-coffee drinker that I am). Poor Ava had just had enough. She was cold and wet and tired and dropped, right there on the table for a quick cat nap. She was quickly revived by a hot cocoa. I love vacation.
The End. (Well, of June anyway.)
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