Saturday, December 14, 2013

Starting off the Weekend....

Its Snowing in St. Louis... and I have the perfect drink in hand.... I cannot take credit for this amazing idea but I must share it.  My friend Wendy taught me this and it is truly Fabulous.

Coffee with a spoon of Coconut oil and my little addition, a bit of wonderful Trader Joe's Whipped Cream...
Life Changing... 
Aside from all the wonderful natural healing and cooking ways you can use coconut oil STICK IT IN YOUR COFFEE!!! Its good for you and gives a fabulous natural flavor to your cup... I have had 3 this morning. :)   

And if you are unaware of how delightful these little treats are or have an addictive personality... :)  you better not try these!!!!  They are really good! 

My Cousin Dani came to visit which is ALWAYS fun to have another hand and a sweet face that loves our boys.  We Love your Dani.

And Just a few pics to share from this weekend so far.  


Oh dear... crawled right out of his britches :) 

Oh to be a twin... I of course don't remember what being like a twin was like at this age but it must have been fun!!  Always someone of to play with... 

Our first shopping cart rides.... Wahooo... 

Steal my Heart!!!  

The rest of our weekend will consist of Packing, Packing Packing.... Headed on a BIG adventure in an RV to Colorado... Any tips on nap times with twins or sanity for the adults with 2 almost 10 month olds, 1 sweet cousin that is 1.5 years old, and 6 adults :)... Don't worry we are staying in a Hotel on the way.  

Seriously Any Tips :) 

Have a Fabulous weekend.  

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

9 Months and Merry Christmas

We are 9 Months old and its gettin CRAZY around here!!!  
Silas can now crawl ALL over the house and stops to pull up to a standing position on most things.  He is getting better at falling but we have had a few doosies :( You still love your Passy... 
You also absolutely know that your mama can't stand to hear you cry for very long and so you cry for you and Eli.  I wonder sometimes what Eli is thinking wide awake letting you scream knowing, she will come, so you don't waste the energy :)
Silas you will eat basically anything I put in front of you.  So glad you both are great eaters.
Elijah you are still most happy pulling along with the Army crawl which you do pretty quick.  You pull up to stand occasionally but at this point you are content to watch your brother do the hard work.  You are my cautious one when it come to other people.  But you both have done such a wonderful job in the church nursery or when friends and family are around.  Eli you are my thumb sucker and it is the cutest darn thing!!!  You both had your 9 month well check up this week.  

Elijah is 15 lbs 12.8 oz 
Silas 15 lbs 3.4 oz
Both of you are 26 3/4 in. tall
 and the only % above 2% is your Head Circ. at 17.5" (34%) I think this means you have lots of brains!!!
There isn't a chart for multiples but 
you both are growing at a fabulous rate for twin boys.
 We love you both so much.        

My Absolute favorite thing to put out during Christmas is our beautiful Nativity.  I was given this as several gifts over the years from friends and family.  I am so thankful for it!

Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born,   to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Also I was super excited about their stockings!!! So fun to go from 2 to 4.

What are some of your Christmas traditions?  

I am new at this but excited to get to start some special things my boys will remember forever.  
I ordered Si and Eli each a Christmas book about Jesus.  I think this will definitely be a tradition.  I grew up always having a big basket of Christmas books under the Christmas tree and always loved it.  I am going to write in their books and then someday, Lord willing, I will be able to give their kids the books.  A friend of mine wraps their books every year and then they open them each year as an Advent treat or just when they want to read a Christmas story before bed.

Hope you are having a fabulous Christmas season and that you know 
Christ's Everlasting Love.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Celebrating the Bride

I can't believe how fast November flew by.  I had the honor to throw a bridal shower for my sweet friend Emily.  Here are some fun pics of the event. 

My Sweet Dad helped me with some of the fun decorations.  I need some of my own power tools :).  

Party Favor... Ornaments (Thanks Dad for cutting so much wood for me)
I drilled a whole in each wood piece.
Painted a simple Christmas tree on one side and the date of E and T's wedding on the other side and  then dipped them into polyurethane. 

We also used some of the wood pieces to label the delicious food.  We painted them with chalk board  paint and then wrote on each of them.  

The Bride and Kelli (Other Hostess... my sweet friend)

Bridal shower game that isn't super Cheesy!! 
Break up into teams and give each group 1 Roll of Toilet Paper and 1 Roll of tape.  
Give Each group 10 mins to design a beautiful wedding dress... It was a big hit and super fun!

The Beautiful Bride

Bride and Cheryl her Momma

This was the after party clean up.... and Us eating the Crack Dip... it was amazing!!! Recipe Below :)

 My fun Pinterest Vintage Doily Table runner...
(say that 3 times fast)
 Which is a collection from different thrift stores.  Love it!!!!  
Pine cones came from the tree up the street and were dipped in grey and white stain and the fun wood pieces came from my parent's farm and I gave them a good coat of Polyurethane.

Fabulous Holiday Fruit Dip (Crack Dip)

Carmel Cream Apple Dip
by Cindy Dude

Picture from Cindy's Blog

Cream layer:
1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1 container Marzetti's Caramel Apple Dip
1 bag Heath English Toffee Bits

Put cream cheese, both sugars and vanilla  in a food processor and pulse until smooth.  Or using an electric mixer, beat on medium until smooth and creamy.  

Spread on a serving plate.  Either a dinner size plate or a decorative platter.  Top with Marzetti's caramel dip found in the produce section of your grocery store.  They have just recently added Marzetti's Sweet and Salty.  I think that sounds wonderful.  I have not tried it yet, but I bought one to try this weekend.  I am going to be big as a barn!!!!

Spread the caramel over the cream cheese to about a 1/2 inch from the edge. About 3/4 cup or so. Then sprinkle with the Heath bits, (not ones with chocolate). About 1/2 cup.  
Very easy.  

Find this and other FABULOUS Recipes as well as a super cute way to serve this dip:

And leave a comment telling her how fabulous it is!!! You will absolutely love it!!! 

Hope you have a Fabulous Weekend.