wordless wednesday

the littles…

are not so little anymore.

november gymnastics meet #2


Last weekend Caroline competed in the biggest gymnastics competition in our region.
There were about 2,000 gymnasts in attendance, and some fierce competition.
Caroline did really well with a 9.225 on vault, 9.200 on bars, 9.000 on beam and 9.225 on floor.
Caroline’s learning so much so quickly and more importantly some really good life lessons along the way.

family day

Today we celebrate five amazing years with this little guy.
I love the unique person God made in him.
Noah’s truly a gift from God and we couldn’t be more proud that he’s ours.


I have a new recipe that I think you’re going to like.  It taste like a warm hug.  It’s hearty, healthy, made in the slow-cooker and fairly inexpensive to make.  Please excuse the picture,  the lighting wasn’t quite right and the kids think I’m out of my gourd when I photograph our dinner, so it is what it is.

Slow Cooker Chicken Stew

1 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 stalk of celery, chopped
3 medium red potatoes, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp. salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp. black pepper
sprinkling of dried parsley
1Tbsp. chicken bouillon
2 cups of water
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. flour
1/2 cup milk

Place vegetables in the bottom of the slow cooker.  Top with chicken, spices and water.  Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours.  In a small sauce pan melt butter over medium heat.  Add flour and whisk.  Add milk and whisk until it thickens.  Add the thickened sauce to the slow cooker and mix in well.  When you’re ready to serve, pull the chicken out and shred it into large bites and then add it back to the stew and serve.  Hope you enjoy!

november gymnastics meet #1


Hold onto your seats, because the month of November is going to be a whirlwind of gymnastics
competitions.  Caroline did really well on her first meet in November.  She placed 2nd on vault,
3rd on bars, 1st on beam, 1st on floor and won her age division.


I thought the coolest thing about the competition was that she had the 3rd highest
score out of 192 girls that competed at all levels and age divisions.
Way to go Caroline!

a happy halloween

The kids had a great Halloween.  It was low key and just what we needed.  Noah dressed up as Woody from Toy Story, Katherine was a “friendly” witch, and Caroline was a scarecrow, although no one could quite figure out her costume.  Some people thought she was Jessie, Woody’s sidekick, which didn’t go over well with her.  And Hunter thought she looked more like a German bar maid, to which I told him to keep to himself!

It’s amazing at this day and age we still hold true to the tradition of trick or treating.  For us, it’s still what it was when Trey and I were kids.  Oh, there are some differences, I remember going to the grocery store to pick out my costume.  They were flimsy little things that were only meant to last the night (if you were lucky).  And no one asked if you had peanut allergies before giving you candy!  Times have changed, but for our family trick or treating has essentially remained the same, pure sweet fun.

so determined

Caroline had an out of town gymnastics competition this weekend.  I’ll tell you what…that girl is so determined to do the very best she can.

She did really well with a 9.250 on vault, 9.400 on bars, 9.000 on beam, 9.400 on floor; winning her age division.

She has out of town competitions every weekend now until December.  We’re bracing ourselves for the whirlwind, but so excited to watch this girl give it her all and touched at how thankful she is to be doing what she loves.

in the garden – october

I planted a fall garden for the first time this year.  I planted lettuce and broccoli.  The lettuce is doing really well, if I can find the time to get out there and harvest it.  The broccoli on the other hand is questionable.  Once again some unidentified creature has taken a liking to it and it’s not looking too hot.

It’s been quite hectic around our house so I’m not sure it was a great idea to start a fall garden.  Fortunately, we’ve gotten some rain so it’s on auto pilot for now.

(Thankful for low maintenance gardening right now!)

happy birthday little man!

Noah is a big 7 year old now.  Man, how time flies.

We went to an amusement park for the day and he just made the height requirements
to ride some of the bigger rides.  He and Caroline had a blast riding the big kid rides
themselves.  Happy birthday little man.  We think you’re a pretty amazing little guy
and we’re so blessed you’re our son, brother and friend.

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