Its Been a While…

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We have been busy the past… well since I last made a post! But my biggest and best accomplishment sense my last post would be the newest addition to our family! Our sweet baby girl.

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I have been slacking not only on my blogging, but also my cooking, crafting, and anything productive! With this last pregnancy I lost all motivation to do anything. It didn’t help that I was sick most of the winter. I was devastated to have to spend so much time in bed. But after having my third baby I got my groove back. At the same time… I’ve completely lost my mind! I’m pretty sure I’ve aged 10 years in the past 7 weeks!

But instead of boring you all with life lessons or how hectic my life has become! I’ll leave you with a few adorable pictures of my babies and I’ll leave the stories and crafts for later!!

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‘Tis The Season

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I am finally done with my second semester of college. I still see those beautiful dreams of mine waiting at the end of this tunnel.

I guess I will start off by saying Merry Christmas to all of you! I must apologize for not writing/ posting in such a long time! I have been keeping nice and busy! Taking 5 college classes, trying to be an active parent AND prepping for baby number 3 has kept me away from my beloved blog! But I am back, and just in time for Christmas!

I have yet to take on any holiday crafting and or baking, but I have a week to knock your socks off… with the help of Mom (of course)!
One of my brothers flew in for the Christmas holiday! I couldn’t be more excited! He has been missed around here! Bert and I had the pleasure of letting him live with us for a while before he joined the Army and I can honestly say he was my saving grace when my husband had to work or I needed my son to be entertained for a few hours so I could knock out a few things! My Dad was also able to fly in! For how long, we don’t know. He is trying to retire and the process is taking longer than planned.
Other new from this end of the world…. Emma is now a full time walker. She has attempted to run a few times in the past couple of days… it didn’t end in her favor. She is still trying though! Emma was also baptized yesterday!
Bradley is going to school 2 days out of the week and he has slowly gone from toddler to little man. It has snowed a few times here in MT and Bradley LOVES it. He is also my self proclaimed best helper! I can not deny these claims!
And, baby number 3 seems to be doing well! We find out the sex next week. I am having a hard time picking a name out for a boy… but oh well, we will play it by ear at this point! We have until the end of April beginning of May to figure it out (yes, I am that mom that can’t remember her due date).
Well, now that you are caught up on most things, I can get you ready for a few upcoming posts! Sugar cookies are on the to-do list, as well as gingerbread cookies, and yule logs! Mom and I are also making stocking again this year. We made some last year, but they are in storage so we are making some to keep at my house (and yes we know we only have about a week to do them!). I am sure there will be more blogging to do and with me taking on-line classes (except for my math class) I should have more time for my beloved blog!

So until next time, I will leave you with a few photos from the past few months.

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Bradley helping Emma walk

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Watching the snow fall

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School day

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Playing with dad

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Easy Fall Wreath

After our trip east, I was ready for the cool air of Montana. I have only called this place home for a few months (7) and I must say, after living around the world this truly is “the last great place”. I love it here.

When we got off the plane, I knew it was in the air… fall that is! And boy am I ready. I love wearing jeans and boots. I love the colors and the smells and you can’t forget football.

But one of my favorite things about fall is the crafting! Summers tend to be a little boring when it come to crafting. But luckily Summer is short lived here.

Now do’t get me wrong… I LOVE the summer time, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, the fall.

So, this bring me to Mom’s wreath! After a busy weeks of school, Mom and I took a trip to Michael’s. I was in desperate need for a new fall flower arrangement.

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Mom was in the mood to make something and she came up with this beauty!

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You only need a wreath form (we used the grapevine wreath)

Flowers of your choice

Ribbon of your choice.

That’s it!!

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You will start out by “pushing” the ribbon into your wreath, so it looks “bunchy”

We used a screwdriver to push in the ribbon.

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Then you will cut your flowers down a little (you can also bend your flowers (where you would cut them) back and fourth until the wire breaks. It takes longer but hey, it works!

Then you will push your flowers into the wreath.

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And that’s it!

I love this wreath! I placed it above my T.V. instead of on the front door because I ended up loving it so much!

I hope this inspires you to get out there and get your fall on! Because, wether you like it or not, it’s just around the corner!

Time Sure Does Fly By!

What a month! I am just now getting back to “the blog” after our almost 3-week trip east. It has been exhausting trying to get back into the swing of things!

We left on the 9th of August and headed to Washington state. We went to my Grandma and Grandpas farm first. We had such a blast on my grandparents farm! We got to spend time with my mom’s step-sisters, it was such a lovely time!

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While in Washington, we were able to go to our family cabin at Bumping Lake WA. It has been in our family for 50 years. My great-grandparents bought this beauty and we have been able to keep it in the family even after they passed.

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It was amazing to see all of our family that we haven’t been able to see in years due to military obligations. Mom hadn’t seen her brother, cousins, aunts and uncles in almost 16 years. It was so wonderful to see the emotion and love that filled the place.

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It was also so comforting to see how my great-grandparents were still with us in many ways. From the fridge on the front porch to the pictures on the walls… even the way we all prayed before we ate. It was wonderful!

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After our trip with my family, I packed my kids up and we headed east. Our first stop was in Raleigh NC to visit my husbands grandparents on his fathers side, and his aunt. All of whom I adore dearly.

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We also got to see my brother Daniel, who is in the Army.

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My children just love all of them and had such a great time in Raleigh… despite the hot weather! I must say we have been spoiled with our Montana weather!

After Raleigh, we headed even further south to Enterprise AL, where I first met my husband 10 years ago. Going to the small town of Enterprise always brings back memories!

It was great spending time with my mother-in-law and brother and sister in law, Berts grandma on his mom’s side, my husbands aunt and his cousin and her son! We love them dearly and had a great time with all of our family!

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Berts mom took us to Florida for a few days, so we got to do some shopping and got to spend the day at the beach! It was a lot of fun! Bradley actually got in the water this year. Unfortunately Bradley and I both took a beating from the sun and we are still trying to recover.

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As soon as we got home (and I’m not going to lie… I am SO happy to be home), I had to jump right into my college classes. I have decided to go back to school to pursue my life long dream of becoming a dentist (gross, I know).

I have taken on a full load of classes, so please be patient with me as I adjust to a new routine. I have a few projects I need to finish before christmas and a lot of fun fall projects! September first is here and it’s almost time to put up fall decor… I may have started early! Stay tuned to see how Mom maid this adorable fall wreath!

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Future Adventures

There are a lot of things going on in our lives right now! Some good, some bad. But we are ALWAYS grateful for the people and the time God has given us.

This Friday we will be heading to Yakima for Mom’s family reunion at their cabin. I can not wait! I have a few fond memories of that place. I am so excited to share pictures with you all.

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Mom and Grandma

After the Family reunion, I am packing up my two kiddos and we are heading east to visit my husbands side of the family! We will be gone for two weeks and I can not wait to see all of my in-laws! I have been blessed with great family all around.

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Berts Grandma (Emma) and His cousin Katie with little Bradley

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Bradley, Husband, and Berts Grandfather

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Bradley and his Uncle Dan (my brother)

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My brothers and I

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Bradley and Grandma Vicky (Berts Mom)

I have learned a lot in the few years of adulthood I have experienced. For one, don’t take any of your family for granted and second, make sure to appreciate what you have. Not everyone is perfect and God puts people in your life for a reason. Love them.

I am thankful for all of my family no matter if we are close or not! I cannot wait to see some of our family in the coming weeks and I look forward to making fun filled memories for my children! It is going to be a blast!

After our almost three week long vacation, mom and I have made a full plan for our crafting adventures! I was trying to go through my 9,300 pictures last night, because apparently my computer is out of space; and I found a lot of pictures of crafts I did in the past years. It has totally motivated Mom and I to get our craft on! It is also almost time for Fall!!! Mom’s and my favorite time of year!!!! WOOHOO!!!

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(these are all christmas… I know. But, it is enough motivation for me!)

Now… I am going to have to make time with my busy schedule for all of the holiday festivities! I am taking on 5 classes at the college here (last semester it was only 3!). Thank God for Mom! She has been awesome with the kids and allowing me to continue my education AND while my husband is doing his best to advance in his career.

Anywho! I am so excited to share the next few months with you all.  Hopefully the Fall will be more entertaining… blog wise. Also keep checking in every Thursday for our flash backs!!

Flash Back Thursday Virginia

It’s Thursday and it is time for a flash back! I have taken you back to the beginning of our military adventure, Kansas. Then on to Hawaii. Our next stop is good old Virginia.

My dad got station at Ft. Belvoir in 1993. I remember getting on the plane to go back to our home town of Yakima, Wa first. (We had to go to Yakima before we moved to Ft. Belvoir because my dad had some training he had to finish.) We lived with my grandma for a month or so and then headed east.

I remember getting to Virginia and thinking how beautiful it was. The smell of the trees will always be one of my favorite memories. As a young child, Virginia had a spooky feel about it, but it honestly it never bothered me. It was a really cool place to live.

I remember our fist visit to Washington D.C. and boy was I blown away! I loved the look of all the old colonial buildings and even at a young age I had an appreciation for the history and architecture that filled the place.

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I love this picture my mom took, it looks ten times better in person. (The pictures I put in these posts are all re-taken with my phone, so the quality is lacking to say the lest.)

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We have thousand of pictures from our trips to D.C. but they are packed away in storage. One day I will have to share them with you all!

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First day of school… I think. :0)

Some of my favorite memories are of my brothers and I playing! Wether it was on our way to the bus stop or in the inches upon inches of snow. We were always playing. One of the great things about VA is the mass amounts of wooded areas available to play in… Although this did lead to mass amounts of ticks on us kids!

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SO MUCH SNOW!

We had a blast in the snow! We would make snow ice cream, snowmen, and of course igloo’s.

I remember mom and dad making hot chocolate for us kids on a daily basis. I believe I have told you all before hot chocolate on a snowy day is one of my favorite things! It brings back a lot of childhood memories and I can only pray it becomes on of my children’s favorite things.

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My holding my brother Brandon.

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All four of us kids.

Another memory of Virginia is my baby brother Brandon being born. He is number four of us five children. He is now the tallest of us children at a whopping 6’5″.

We were stationed in VA twice, this was our first stay! We really enjoyed living there. I hope to be able to take my children to D.C. so they can see our history at its best.

Interview with mom:

What your best memory from our move to VA? 

Mom: while we were traveling, I got to see a lot of our country and places I had never ben to before.

What was on of your favorite things about living in VA? 

Mom: I LOVED being close to the museums and the area. The landscapes are awesome and the cherry blossoms are indescribable. I also love visiting Mount Vernon. It was on of my favorite historical sites. I loved bringing my kids to the zoo as well. And of course, my son Brandon being born was awesome.

Would you ever want to go back and visit? 

Mom: I have been back a few times to visit, and it never disappoints. I would love to go back with my grandchildren.

What did you think about base housing when we lived there?

Mom: Um, The first home that we lived in was okay. It only had one bathroom which was disappointing. But, we had a hill with the tree line which made for sledding fun in the winter and plenty of visits from neighboring deer. Then we moved to Icehouse Court and that housing was very family friendly. We lived in a  cul de sac with spacious bedrooms plenty of bathrooms and a fenced in yard.

What is one thing you didn’t like about VA? 

Mom: A lot of traffic and that is it. Overall, when I look back, I have wonderful memories from living there.

Zucchini Cakes

Well, the fam bam and I have tired clean eating before. It wasn’t too bad and we all felt a lot better… But the plan to eat healthy did not last long. We only did it for a week or two and went back to our old ways of quick meals and fast food.

Well it has now been a month or so that we have been in this rut and we are sick of it… literally and  hypothetically.

So after weeks of mom asking for us to go back to clean eating, we are at it once more. We looked up many of recipes and we came up with a few of our own.

We found healthy treats for the kids and yummy fruits for them to snack on.

I may need to say a few prayers for me to stick to this clean eating stuff. Not because it doesn’t taste divine, but because I am sadly addicted to those nasty diet drinks and disgusting fast food joints.

I have a plan to help keep me on track and luckily I have my mom here so we can support each other… BUT, we are about to go on a 3 week vacation and I am worried about our food options. Hopefully we will figure this stuff out and we will stick to our new eating habits!

Tonight for dinner we made a yummy side dish, zucchini cakes, with a main dish of pizza (no worries… pizza was organic and all natural!)

I want to share the Zucchini Cake recipe with you all! It was absolutely divine and I will be making these bad boys a lot!

You will need:

1 Zucchini (shredded)

2 large eggs

1 cup feta cheese

3 Tbs of coconut flour

3 Tbs of flaxseed meal

a dash of italian seasoning

2 tsp of oregano

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 cup fresh chives (chopped)

We used coconut oil to fry, but you can use whatever.

You want to blend all of the ingredients together.

We used our food processor, but you can shred your zucchini with a cheese grater and just mix well.

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Next we melted out coconut oil and placed round patties in medium heat for about 4 min. on each side. Really, you want to cook them until they are golden brown on both sides.

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Once done we garnished with regular greek yogurt and OMGosh!!!

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These delicious little round cakes of heaven are too die for good.  You could honestly eat them as a meal or a side.

We have spent the day eating clean and actually cleaning out the food cupboards and fridge of all the “bad foods”!

We hope you enjoy these yummy little guys!

We got the idea for this recipe form All Day I Dream About Food on blogher.

The Montana State Fair

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We went to the fair and it wasn’t too bad considering we had a 4 year old and a 7 month old with us! Last night was opening night and believe it or not, it wasn’t too packed. It was nice because we didn’t have to fight through crowds or wait in lines. We did however miss seeing a lot of the animals because we got there a little late, but we do plan on going again later this week during the day.

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My husband is a recruiter here in Montana (as I’ve said many times before) and they are working at the fair. We stopped by their booth many of times and I must say, it was fun to watch him and his coworkers do what they do best. The crowds where insane, everyone wants to do pull-ups! I honestly have no idea why… but they do. I’m sure if I tried to do one I would die. The pure thought exhausts me.

Of course Bradley had to show off…

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My son, who just recently turned 4, had a blast. He went on every kiddy ride the fair had to offer. He enjoyed a fried corn dog and of course a big bag of sugar… also known as cotton candy.

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When we got home and we were all tucked away in our beds he came up to me and whispered “mom, I had the best time at the fair.”  That made every ache and pain from aging go away! :0) I know yesterday we made memories with my little guy! I hope he had a great time with “all the family” as he would say!

And, I must say Emma was a peach the entire time! Mom held her in the Ergo baby carrier the whole time and she loved it. Now… when it was time to go home and sit in her car seat, that was another story!

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P.S. I want to say that I am truly sorry I missed Flash Back Thursday. It will pick back up next week. Unfortunately we had a small issue we had to tend to and I was unable to do the post. Next week it will continue.

Flowers and Gardens

Mom and I took a walk down to the garden to check on our veggies! Everything is coming along pretty well. We are worried that somethings will not grow in time due to the fact that our growing season in Montana is so short.

We have learned a few things about growing a garden in Montana and we will be doing some things differently next year. Next update on our garden I will post our “next-time” list!

As for right now, I figured I would share with you some pictures from out garden.

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Broccoli

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Corn

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zucchini

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red peppers

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Carrots

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PURPLE carrots!

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This is not our squash plant… but I thought it looked so pretty!

After our garden trip we took a detour to get home so we could prolong our outdoor walk! The sky was beautiful and I loved the colors.

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Earlier this year mom and I removed rocks from under a tree in the back yard and planted Montana wild flowers! They are finally starting to bloom; even after thousands of attacks from the massive bunnies and of course Mom’s pug, Olive, couldn’t keep her stinky paws out of there! We also plated strawberries for my Bradley. He loves berries! These are some of the flowers from our yard!

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Now it is time to get out and pull some weeds! If only I can get the motivation to do so….

Flash Back Thursday Hawaii

The next little journey (courtesy of the military) I want to share with you is our move to Hawaii. Believe it or not, I do remember living there! I remember it being beautiful. I remember the smell, the sounds and the places. One of my favorite memories was going to the flea markets in front of the Aloha Stadium. I also remember going to the beach on many occasions. Maybe this is where my love for the beach steams from?!

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I remember thinking Hawaii was the best place on earth. Now mind you. I was only 4 or 5, but maybe my naive mind was on to something…

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My father was a Huey crew chief and was always taking pictures of the islands. It was fun as a child, to look at how the islands look from above.

Hawaii was a beautiful place, but I know it was more than that to my parents. My second brother Daniel was born there. He was quite the chunk and everyone loved him! I remember the girls next door would come over and want to hold him all the time. I am sure my brother Daniel would tell you it was because of his good looks at such a young age (oh brother).

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Some of the other found memories I have from Hawaii was my grandma Charlotte coming to visit. I remember sitting on the dinning room table and letting Grandma put make up on me because I wanted to play dress up. I also remember going to Mass while Grandma was visiting (we went on a regular bases, but for some reason the times with Grandma stuck).

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After Grandma did my make-up

I loved living in Hawaii and I hope to one day be able to take my children there to visit. It is a beautiful place and the memories I have from there are some of my favorite!

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Our neighbors tree that I LOVED!

Again, I have my parents to thank for those fun memories. I hope my Husband and I can do the same for our children.

I will leave you all with a small interview from mom!

What was your favorite thing about living in Hawaii?

The fact that there was so much to do and the culture was interesting.

What was you lest favorite thing about living in Hawaii?

The traffic and too many people. Getting from one place to the other was a miserable and unpleasant experience. It could take up to 30min to travel 5 miles. 

What was your favorite memory from living in Hawaii?

Well, my son Daniel was born there and the cultural experience. 

Would you ever want to go back?

Yes, but only to visit.