Monday, April 21, 2014

{Week 16} The Boys

Kingston, Week 16: Proudly showing off his colored Easter eggs (complete with silly face)
Cole, Week 16: In his great-grandma's backyard on Easter Sunday, after eating a few M&Ms.

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

Coloring Easter Eggs

Coloring Easter eggs is fun, but sometimes I think plain white hard boiled eggs are almost just as pretty.  I can't be the only one who thinks that... can I?  Well, we were sure to color these eggs up right with a store bought kit.  I had originally planned to use food coloring instead of a kit, but the hubs thought Kingston might have more fun with the traditional wax crayon.  And, he was right.  Kingston loved to scribble all over the eggs -- no rhyme or reason to his scribbles.
The blue was Kingston's favorite.  He constantly wanted to check it and see if it was done.  I made sure to set our kitchen timer so he wouldn't have to keep asking "is the blue ready yet?!"
 And, I may have distracted him by giving him one of the plastic eggs a day early.  He was happy with the one he chose... and the yellow peep inside.
Yep, I think these are the best eggs we have colored so far... wax crayon scribbles and all.  Just one small part of our Easter weekend traditions, but so very much fun.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

New-to-Us Kitchen Stools

So excited about these stools, friends!  Last Saturday, the hubs and I spent an adult day away from our kiddos in Portland visiting my sister and brother-in-law.  The guys got to go golfing while my sister and I got to spend some time shopping... and shopping we ladies did!  We hit up nearly a dozen stores in a span of five or six hours, one of which was a Goodwill my sister suggested we stop by.  This particular Goodwill has been known to have pretty decent furniture in the past... and this time, these two beauties were there.

I have been eyeing this style of stool for awhile now, but didn't want to pay the price for two of them. Plus, our kitchen island wasn't really set up for stools because I never really thought I wanted that style of island.  But after seeing the boys sitting at them off and on this week, I am sold.

Although these stools look worn and have the aged-schoolhouse shop-kind-of-stool look, they were both brand-new with the original price tags still affixed to the top of each stool.   Kind of exciting to bring these babies home for less than half the cost of just one brand new (or even more savings, depending on which store you find them at).  I think we'll use them and our island to color Easter eggs today.  Happy Easter weekend!

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.}