2017: January – March

Here are some more photos to try and catch up with what we’ve been up to so far this year:

January – My Sister’s Baby Shower

Sienna and I flew to New York for the weekend to celebrate my sister’s baby shower!  She was expecting twin boys (who are now four months old and so cute!!)  The theme was “Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars.”  It was nice and simple, and my mom did most of the decorations herself!

I copied this sign from something I found on pinterest using a simple chalkboard and chalk marker my Mom bought at Michael’s.  My sister now has it in the boys’ nursery.

My Mom assembled these little mason jar decorations with fake votives and made the little gift bags using personalized stickers she ordered from etsy (they are filled with gold wrapped Rolos and star chocolates).

She also ordered this cake from a local bakery – but was disappointed that they made a slight error in the writing! (Although, to be fair, they probably thought it would be a mistake to write, “twinkle twinkle little starS”)!

The beautiful Mom-to-be!

Posing in the airport, pretending we stopped in the city!

With our mocha and hot chocolate.  🙂

Somebody turned 7!!

We had a little fun in the snow.

And welcomed two sweet baby boys from afar! H:And L:

And poor Charlie broke his arm in a soccer game…which meant he missed almost the whole season!  🙁

We also did some house hunting, and ended up buying a home!  🙂  Woohoo!  That’s enough for one post, I think!

 

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Well, hello there

I’ve spent months telling myself I would start blogging again soon, but I am nothing if not a supremely talented procrastinator.  So many months later, I am finally logging in and playing a little catch up.  To be fair, a LOT has happened in the past half a year.  We went to New York as a family for Thanksgiving, Sienna and I flew back in January for my sister’s baby shower, we bought a house and moved, my sister had her beautiful twin boys, we hosted my in-laws and went to Savannah with them, and I flew up to New York to visit my sister’s family and love on my newest nephews!!  Then all five of us drove back up to New York to see family, and we hosted my husband’s teenage cousin from England for a couple of weeks!  Those are a few of the biggest events that jump out to me, so we have been keeping ourselves quite busy.  I am excited to get back into a more regular routine with sharing what is going on with our family and also talking about some of the wonderful books I’ve been reading! #imanerd  So without further ado, here’s a little photocentric walk down memory lane.

Our Thanksgiving Trip to New York

While there, we visited our NY house for the last time, as it had just sold after being a rental for a few years.  That was a very bittersweet experience.  It is the place we brought all of our children home from the hospital to.  We lived there for seven and a half years, and it will always be where our family began.  There were some tears, but it was a great chance to say goodbye to our first home.  I’m so thankful that we were able to do this!

We got to see some dear friends that we used to live around the corner from!

After we came home, it was time to get ready for Christmas! We started with our annual pizza and Christmas tree night.

We also took a trip to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville.  It is so beautiful at Christmastime!

They even had visits with Santa in the Antler Village section of the estate!

Sienna was really oohing and aahing over the dollhouse village on display, which I was happy about because I had been working on assembling a little gift that my parents, sister, and brother-in-law had bought her for Christmas…

(Which, by the way, still isn’t entirely finished!!) It took so many hours, though, that I am having a nice, long break.  Maybe it will be completely done by next Christmas. 😉

I will continue some updates in the next post – working my way into 2017!!

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The Best Sweet Potatoes Ever

The Best Sweet Potatoes Ever

Our family loves Mexican food.  We LOVE it – it is one style of food that we can all agree on!  Tacos, nachos, burritos, quesadillas, rice and beans…it’s all good.

Sweet potatoes are another story.  To me, they are always “meh.”  My husband isn’t the biggest fan.  And sure, my kids all devoured sweet potatoes when they were babies and it was pureed, but for some reason when they started eating solid food my older two never wanted to eat sweet potatoes again.  Not even in french fry form (what?!  I know, right?  I thought kids liked anything that was fried and could be dipped in ketchup).

Then this recipe walked into my life and everything changed.  It marries the unpopular (in my house) sweet potato with the delicious flavors of Mexican food and voila!  We have a winner, ladies and gentlemen!  I have my friend Brandie to thank for passing it along to me.  All five of us enjoy this dinner, and so sweet potatoes are in our regular dinner rotation.  I’m sure that these would come out tasting amazing if you followed the recipe exactly, but I changed a few things: I added ground turkey (my husband thinks a meatless meal doesn’t really count as dinner), and I don’t serve it stuffed back in the potato skins.  Instead, I wrap the mixture up in a tortilla with shredded cheddar (for the kids) and my husband and I eat it straight out of a bowl with cheese and avocado.  It’s also great as a dip for hearty tortilla chips!  I highly recommend the Trader Joe’s quinoa and black bean infused tortilla chips (pictured above).  Add some baby carrots or salad on the side, and you have a super healthy meal packed with flavor.  Did you know sweet potatoes are high in fiber and full of calcium, potassium, and vitamins A & C?  So if your kids (or husband) are convinced they don’t like sweet potatoes, try this recipe and see if you can change their minds.  🙂

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