Wednesday, April 16, 2014

{Week 15} The Boys

Kingston, Week 15: Working with daddy on pitching.
Cole, Week 15: Trying his hand at a little t-ball.

This weekend was beautiful.  I am so thankful we got to spend a little time outside enjoying it.

{Following the 52 Week Photo Project... taking one photo each week of our boys in 2014.}

Friday, April 11, 2014

{Family Photography} The Johnson Family

Such a sweet family, I met the Johnson's when I first took baby doll Norah's newborn photographs (see HERE).  Now, just over three months old and this family was ready for a few Spring/Easter-ish photos.  We lucked out with a little nice weather for a few outdoor shots at the park, as well as some in their home.  These are just a few of my favorites... but we walked away with a good solid 50 shots.  I hope they enjoy the photographs as much as I had fun taking them!

Monday, April 7, 2014

To Noni {heart} Kingston


Kingston colored this portrait of our family for his great grandma Noni.  Kingston is pink, I am purple, Cole is orange, and the hubs is blue.  We are standing on some grass and the sun is out.  I especially love Kingston's heart.  What a sweet boy.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

{Week 14} The Boys

Kingston, Week 14: Trying a different "silly face" while mama practices taking pictures of eyes.
Cole, Week 14: Zooming around the house, backwards, in his car.

{Following the 52 Week Photo Project... taking one photo each week of our boys in 2014.}

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

{Dinner} Beef Tortellini Soup

For some reason, it felt like a soup-kind-of week here at our home.  So, I decided to throw together my own take on a beef tortellini soup last Sunday. 
We were pretty pleased with how it turned out... even the boys gobbled it down.  And you know that must mean it is pretty tasty (our oldest boy is rather picky).

To Make:
1 lb. Ground Beef
2 cans Diced Tomatoes
2 cans Kidney Beans (rinsed, drained)
1 can Diced Green Chilies (to taste)
1 can Corn (rinsed, drained)
1 can Green Beans (rinsed, drained)
1 chopped Onion
2 9 oz. packages of Three Cheese Raviolis
4 cups Chicken Broth
Italian Seasoning (to taste)
Garlic (to taste)

Because we were pretty busy on Sunday and I wanted leftovers for the week, I browned the ground beef over medium heat and mixed the meat into my crockpot with the rest of the ingredients.  I set the crockpot for 4 hours on high.  And then, viola! We were ready to eat with minimal prep time.

I might add a bit more chilies the next time I make this soup... the hubs and I like our dishes with a kick.  But that is the beauty of a soup like this; pretty simple and a pretty great way to clean out your cupboards/fridge by adding whatever you would like to the mix.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Kingston's First Library Card

Last Friday, Kingston and I went on a special outing to our local library - just the two of us.  I couldn't believe the look on his face when he found out where we were going.  It was almost like it was Christmas morning.  We have been talking about getting him his very own library card for awhile now, so I was happy to find some time to actually do it.

When we got to the library, we very easily signed him up for his own card... which he was handed along with a sharpie to sign his name on the back.  Once that was done, he told me we had a certain schedule we had to follow when we were at the library.  I think he came up with this schedule based on a trip he made with my mom last summer to the library near my work.  First, we had to find the toys and play.  We worked on puzzles, had a puppet show, and built random objects out of blocks.  Then, we walked around selecting a few books and movies to check out.  Then, it was time to talk to the librarian.  Unfortunately, we did not find a librarian who wasn't busy to chat with... but Kingston quickly forgot that step when he saw that he would be able to scan his card and books all by himself.

My favorite part of the trip was spending a little time with my oldest.  It was fun to set aside one hour to do what he wanted to do at the library and share that moment with him.  But, I'm not gonna lie - I was so proud of him when he signed his name on the back of his card... something I will keep forever, friends.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

{Week 13} The Boys

Kingston, Week 13: Sitting in our new-to-us wicker chair that we placed on our front porch.
Cole, Week 13: Also sitting in our new-to-us wicker chair.

The boys were very curious about this new addition to our home... so it only made sense to take a few pictures of them sitting in it, checking it out.  Kingston also thought it was important to take a photo of me sitting in the new chair:
Oh so glamorous.

{Following the 52 Week Photo Project... taking one photo each week of our boys in 2014.}

Friday, March 28, 2014

Hello, World.

This world map will eventually be going up in Kingston's bedroom, when I re-vamp it within the next month or so.  I have been a big sucker for the map trend used in home decor, so I was pretty excited when I scored this big (and I mean BIG) classroom World + United States map for FREE.

We've decided to hold off on the bunk beds until the boys are ready to share a room, so my decorating plans have shifted gears a little.  But, it will still be fun to re-organize and re-do their rooms in a different way.  I'm still in design mode, but will definitely share what I come up with.    

Thursday, March 27, 2014

#TBT: Kingston @ 9 Months.

One of my favorite photos of our oldest when he was a babe.  How is this not yesterday... but instead nearly four years ago?!  Kingston is such a sweet boy and I absolutely love being his mommy.  Especially after what happened last night.

Rarely cranky before bed, Kingston was a little sassy last night when it was around that time.  He finally calmed down and was ready for bed... we read a book... I tucked him in... and that was that.  But then, a few minutes later, he called for me to come to his room.  As I enter his bedroom, he apologized for his behavior earlier, said he loves me, and that he wants to make me proud.  All of those words, all on his very own.

Did I mention how much I love this oldest boy of mine!?  One of the very sweetest.

{Antique} 1953 Chevy Truck

This is my in-laws' new truck.  When test driving it last weekend, they cruised by our house so we could check it out.  The boys definitely approved and enjoyed a little test drive through our neighborhood with Mimi & Papa.  Such a fun project for them... I can't wait to see how they restore it.  And let's talk about that color.  I mean, how lovely is that shade of blue?!  Beauty.