let's face it, we all have to ignore the kiddies at some point just to get. it. done. part of my problem is the mindset i have about taking the kids somewhere everyday. i used to be guilty of this., and even though i am better about it, i am still riddled with guilt if i haven't done something special with the kids.
special could mean a walk around the block, or an ice cream off of the ice cream truck...but i do pressure myself to give my kids experiences each day. it's exhausting. finally, at the brink of exhaustion, kelle told me to stop it.
(vote for kelle here! she is throwing her hat in the ring to win her own tv show. it would be amazing because she is amazing and has so much to share with us!)
what's wrong with letting the kids play inside? it teaches them to find ways to entertain themselves instead of having to be stimulated out of the house. SOLD. i took it and ran, and while i feel the guilt creep up every once in a while, i am way better at letting the kids just do what they do. with this said, we have been doing a lot, trying to fit it all in before we leave for michigan!
we are having a great time and with the daily thunder/lightening/black sky storms we have been having...it's been like heaven.
father's day came and went. it was a wonderfully lazy day with an impromptu dinner with friends, and lounging around on the couch. man, i really love my couch. does it ever feel weird to be laying on your couch, because you don't do it enough? it felt so weird to actually lay my head on a pillow on my couch this weekend. totally means i need to do it more often!
i didn't take many father's day photos, but here are the ones i did take...
peyton and beckham chose a couple of bouquets of flowers for daddy and then they helped make breakfast for him.
then, daddy golfed and when he returned, they went outside and looked for baby lizards...
after we released the baby back to the comfort of our lanai....
i prepared daddy's father's day dinner...
happy father's day, daddy! we love you so much!
here is the photo book peyton and beckham made for daddy. we made it at snapfish.
jeff is an amazing father in so many ways, but mostly just because he loves his kids so
deeply and shows them every single day. we are a touchy family, we kiss and hug and
say i love you a hundred times a day. i love that he is the kind of dad that shows his love
i know my kids are lucky to have him, and i can't think of anyone else more perfect.
thank you for being an exceptional father to our babies, xoxo.
and to my own dad, i love you for taking care of all of us through so many rough times.
for getting up for work after only three hours sleep without complaint. and for being
papa to my own little ones. xoxo
i can't forget gido! what can i say? you are amazing. we love you.
and my grandpa. unconditional love forever. i love you & yes, i'm carrying mace;)
***out of order, but i served the basil chicken with pasta made with my homemade sauce! it is really, really good and
it's the way my mom taught me minus the wine-jeff's not a fan of the vino. it's super easy. you can find this recipe here.
if you have any questions, just email me. i realize i need
to be more detailed with my recipes. i have gotten some requests for that, and i promise to do better...
on the next food post:)
we filled our week with this...
oh, this little boy is the sweetest thing ever. i am in love with his personality and he's funny. really funny.
i think he's learned some of his wit from his sister. lately, he's been responding to things with an enthusiastic
beckham, did you score a goal?
oh yeah, mama!
beckham, did you have fun at the park?
beckham, did you finish your dinner?
oh yeah, mama. (this one was a lie. the kid won't eat these days)
it's always followed by the biggest, kindest smile ever.
our little mother hen. after i took this picture, a kid i had never seen before, walked out when his mother
called him to leave. i heard him tell her,
"a little girl was picking me up and carrying me around. it was fun."
ha, i didn't see it, but it made me laugh. and... girlfriend is strong!
then, we got our hair cut. i wanted a bob, she wanted it long. we compromised and i don't see much
of a difference, but she loves it and we had a great time at the 'adult hair salon.'
becks couldn't stand it, he had to have his hair washed too. the kind hair stylist did it with a smile. no charge. score!
our baby girl did great. i had to hold her hand for most of it, but she was so into it. she didn't move...or smile the whole time. she was
taking it all in.
when we left she told me it was boring. go figure.
then, home for some sparklers. i bought the wrong kind, these are big and freaked me out a bit, but we were cautious.
i love summer nights. i feel like we're on vacation every single night. we have late night popsicles and we
eat more fruit. we listen to the residual thunder and spy heat lightening!
we dream up more places to go. more than we will ever have the time or funds to do, but there's nothing
wrong with talking about it. it's like winning the lottery in your daydream and then saying to the person
in the room with you, "hey, let's pretend we won a million dollars and talk about how we would
tell our families and how we would spend the part that wasn't going to charity-bc, of course that's a given.!"
bus to pick up my mom, sisters and grandma for a spa retreat. a cherry red pick-up for gram, a vette
for daddy parked in the drive with a big blue on it, random anonymous checks to friends to help pay off
ha, we don't often play the lottery, so we are not likely to win, but it is so much fun to pretend!
*i have been busy with a few photo shoots!! to have fun and be inspired by something other than a little guy
wiping his own poopy butt is not only essential, but very creatively fulfilling as well.
i have to say though, as a mama, a child wiping his own poopy butt is as good as a glass of wine and new us weekly.
throw in a free twenty minutes to enjoy it and we have ourselves a tie!
it's been hot out so i have been trying to make it fast, so when we were kicked out of an area for trespassing
apparently the hotel guests shouldn't be disturbed by my 'screeching' that early in the morning...ha.
well, i totally understood that! luckily though, only a few minutes was needed to capture this
beautiful mama and her babies, lila and aj!
and i have so many great ones, that i could go on forever, but instead i will show you what else keeps jennifer busy these days besides
these two beautiful babies...
she designs and makes the most beautiful, organic bracelets for mama & child.
how cute is this? bracelets can be made to match for both mama and daughter, they are called Bonding Bracelets. she is in the process
of designing a line for boys as well and they are to be called Buoy Bracelets! oh, i love it. jenn designs these beautiful
creations out of inspiration she gets from her favorite places by the sea! you can learn more at her blog site.
*another pretty girl...
lauren looks so much like lauren hutton to me. she is enchanting and so natural in front of the camera. she is
amazing and so sweet and beautiful. she earned her ice cream that hot night!
oh, i had the best time with her and her mommy. lauren cured the killer headache that had been attacking me that day. it was too much
fun, and the headache didn't stand a chance!!!
*and, as promised, a killer cherry chocolate oatmeal scone recipe! my kids LOVE scones. really, they love the
starbucks scones that are coated in glazed sugar. which is fine at times, but i wanted to try a healthier
alternative and i LOVE these. they are so good and easy to make.
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
1/4 c sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
6 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cubed
3/4 c buttermilk
1 large egg
1/2 c dried cherries
1 cup dark chocolate chunks
preheat oven to 350. lightly butter a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.
stir together the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. using a pastry blender (i didn't
know what that was so i used two butter knives to cut in butter the butter until the mixture looked like crumbs.
in another bowl, whisk together buttermilk and the egg. add this to the other bowl with the flour mixture.
add cherries and chocolate as well. if you knew me well, you'd know that i upped the chocolate amount
from the original recipe. the original recipe called for 1/2 cup. i think it NEEDS a full cup. these are dense
and heavy. and true to a scone's making, not very sweet, so for me the chocolate makes this an amazing
treat or healthy breakfast.
stir with a fork until evenly moistened, try to not to over stir. dough will look crumbly.
scrape dough onto floured surface and with floured hands, work the dough into a bal. divide the ball into
8 equal sized pieces and gently pat each piece to about 1 1/2 inches thick.
bake until tops are golden, about 25-30 minutes. cool before you eat one! i burned my mouth on a melted
ps of chocolate. not fun, i have to say:)
i found this recipe from the william-sonoma eating well cookbook. it's my mother-in-laws cookbook,
but i loved it when i leafed through it.
one of my favorite past times is to go through cookbooks and make
lists. it's a great way to learn and when you are in a what-to-cook-tonight-funk, it lifts ya right up!
okay, that's all i've got for today, but i have so much more to share.
*a hat fashion show at target.
*and due to the frequent photography questions i am getting, i will be answering some
of those in a photog q&a of sorts. i'm not a big time photog, but since you ask, i am soooo honored to share what works
for me. it may not be the best way to do things, but maybe it is...who know. lol! i love to help because i know
how it feels to not know jack crap about it and want to know so much.
*more recipes in the que and of course, more of my babies growing up.
have i mentioned how insanely happy & insane they make me. all in one.
happy summering! here's hoping that your summer nights are filled with races to the
car to get to your nearest dairy queen after dinner and WAAAY past the kids bedtimes...
and just so you know, it's always better eaten while sitting on a non-chair in front the dairy queen. when we were kids, we would sit on the
curb in front of the shop...all six of us kids! memories.