Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New Do and Week 22


The news of the next boy on the way, and the reminder that it is going to be another hot Southern summer, prompted me to get my long hair chopped off and restyled to make me feel super feminine and super cool (as in, not hot).

I like it a lot. I was finding that with my long hair, I was always tying it back in a pony tail or messy bun, and only on rare occasions was I taking the time to blow dry and straighten or to mousse, scrunch and bobby pin.

This shorter style will be so much easier to manage and gives me a fresh new look too, don’t you think?.

As I said, I like it a lot.

And I like 22 weeks a lot too. Feeling great and energetic. Feeling slim, even though I’ve put on 10lbs. Feeling happy and delighted over the frequent kicks and somersaults of my little guy. Feeling overjoyed at God’s blessings and the gift of pregnancy. Feeling content and thankful with my brood of boys.

Oh boy, a new do and week 22… it’s a great place to be.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mud City

Remember last years blog post about preparing my garden with the help of my little boys? And the hose that got turned on, and the garden bed that turned into the worlds best construction site? And the mother (named me) who let her boys dig and plunge in the beautiful muddy wonderland they’d created?


Well, this years garden started out much the same way. In fact, aside from the age lapse in my boys, and that Noah is out there helping (instead of napping like last year), you’d have a déjà vu kind of feeling.

Take a look:




Oh what fun we had preparing the garden bed once again this year! After we turned over the soil and mixed in my organic (homemade) compost, the boys and I headed to the garden store, and bought organic seeds together. We had a great time choosing what to plant. I let the boys each choose one package of seeds of their choice.

Isaiah picked pumpkins. This was the only seed pack that we got a non-organic hybrid seed—because Isaiah read on the package that they can grow up to 300lbs in size, and… well, what five year old (or what homeschooling mother of three!!) can resist something that incredible? I expect we’ll be out there measuring every day).

Joshua picked “waterlemons.” This is what he still calls watermelons, so cute, its become a family joke and even though he knows the right name, we all laugh and smile a little and call them waterlemons too.

And Noah chose bush green beans. Probably not so much because he likes green beans, though he does, but more because that was the package his oldest brother recommended. Haha, such is the life of the youngest one!

Because I’m the mom, I chose the most seeds and picked out bush peas, zucchini, cucumbers, carrots, spinach, asparagus, and tomatoes. For herbs, I chose basil, parsley, chives and dill. The cilantro, rosemary and oregano from last year are still growing strong, so no need to plant them.

We got home mixed in some extra manure and peat moss, with the help of some great gardening tools (i.e. dump trucks and front end loaders) and we got our seeds planted in beautiful rows.

And a little water, a little sun, and waaaa lahhhh!!


Actually this picture is from a month ago (yes, I’m that behind on life again!!) and my plants are twice as many and twice as big now. The South is such a perfect place to garden, its amazing how life thrives in this climate. This years garden is just as big and luscious as last years.

Won’t it be fun to show the pictures of next years garden? Not just the mud and dump trucks and the thriving garden, but with FOUR (!!!!!!!!!!!) little boys digging and preparing the soil for me?

Yes! I’m a proud mama to be of four little boys. We had an ultrasound this past week and there was NO doubt about this little ones gender. Haha! We are SO excited, words can’t express. I have found myself feeling very overwhelmed this week… not in a bad or oppressive way, but in an awed and inspired kind of way… to think that God should shine this blessing upon our family and give us the privilege of raising another son in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Wow.

Four boys with an exclamation point is right. An amazing incredible gift that we can’t stop smiling about.

It’ll be so hard to wait.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Oooooooh la la

My hubby’s birthday is tomorrow, so I decided to get off my lazy hindquarters and actually start whipping up masterpieces again. Oh my its been too long since I felt like eating/cooking.

Carrot cake is Nick’s favorite, so I made these from lovely little carrot cake cupcakes (with carrot, smashed pineapple, walnuts and no raisins). And then topped them with the most delicious possible cream cheese frosting you can imagine.


It’s a whipped cream cream cheese frosting. Light, sweet, melt in your mouth deliciousness. Its got that beautiful rich cream cheese ring to it, but none of the heaviness. Its literally as light as whipped cream, only it holds its shape and could be used by the expert piper (obviously, not me, haha)


I’ve never tasted anything so good. And I’m hoping my hubby hasn’t either.


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