Saturday, May 28, 2016

Let summer begin!

We started the day right with Mexican hot chocolate, homemade bread and Nutella.
Then we put together a picnic and grabbed our bikes and rode out to lake Accotink.

It was a hot day, but we were lucky! Today was opening day for the pool!!!

After we all got cleaned up we went to a lovely Peruvian chicken restaurant, El Rancho, and had the most flavorful roasted chicken, yucca fries, salad, ceviche, a beef empanada and horchata! Fed the whole family for under $20. Guess what our new favorite place is? :) I can hardly wait to try more on their menu!

The Kirby Vacuum salesman

We got a knock on the door just as I was about to put Mila down for a nap. The man at the door explained there would be a new Kirby vacuum store nearby and they were telling people about it by offering a free floor cleaning for one room in the house. Would I like a free floor cleaning in exchange for telling my friends about it? Uh. Yeah!

So they sent over a representative a few minutes later and he showed me their amazing machine. He showed us how that thing sucks and all the dust, dirt and grody in our carpet, then he showed us the couch cleaning and continued to clean the floors with a wet cleaner. The kids and I sat and watched and listened to his presentation. 

I was impressed. 

When we have over $1,000 dollars to spare on a vacuum, I would like that one. 

Morning at the park

We had a lovely time at Pogick park under the trees, swinging on swings, going down slides, staring at frogs and picking flowers.

The birds are getting used to us and letting us get closer and closer! Now we are right next to the window!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

For the grad

Our dear family friends, the V family, are having some wonderful events lately! The second youngest daughter, B, just came back from her mission in Provo, Utah Spanish speaking! Their youngest,T,  is graduating from high school in days! 

We are really looking forward to seeing them this weekend and I wanted to make sure I didn't show up empty handed. I made this quilt for the grad this week and finished it tonight. It was made with love in mind, not perfection. I think it will be a cheerful, layout on the grass and study or  movie watching blanket.

These three

Nothing makes my heart pitter and patter like a picture of all three of my babies being happy to be together. I have a few of such pictures this week! 
Everyone excited for Mila in her toddler car seat!
Having lunch outside on the curb
And of course breakfast on the steps!


This week is a hot, sunny one. May has been such a grey, wet one so we are even more excited than normal! We got together with our buddies for some sprinkler fun in the afternoon and it was a blast! What a great way to celebrate the warm season!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

His Day

For Family Home evening we went to try a new burger place called the Burger Joint. We liked it a lot! Yummy burgers with a variety of toppings. Good fries and AMAZING milkshakes!!

We did our lesson while we waited for our order. Our Ward is focusing on the #HisDay campaign the church is running to help us all focus on making the Sabbath day a delight, focusing on the Savior and Sabbath appropriate activities. 

Here is a great quote from the Apostle Russell M. Nelson that I love:
"How do we hallow the Sabbath day? In my much younger years, I studied the work of others who had compiled lists of things to do and things not to do on the Sabbath. It wasn’t until later that I learned from the scriptures that my conduct and my attitude on the Sabbath constituted a sign between me and my Heavenly Father. With that understanding, I no longer needed lists of dos and don’ts. When I had to make a decision whether or not an activity was appropriate for the Sabbath, I simply asked myself, “What sign do I want to give to God?” That question made my choices about the Sabbath day crystal clear."

Monday, May 23, 2016


I realized I hadn't shared any of my drawings lately! They are all gifts so I wanted them given before I posted them here :).
Here we have the Washington DC temple,
Our friend's cabin in West Virginia,
And Orlando, Florida Temple!
 I'm really enjoying myself exploring watercolor and ink. Here is a conference quote I made for a friend I visit teach.

The kids love painting with me and I must say, Liam's technique is getting better! His color choices are expanding (from black and brown and occasionally red) as well!

I love Mila's little fingers holding that paintbrush!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Making strawberry jam

I love freezer jam! It is so quick in comparison to the cooked kind and it still lasts as long as we need it! Strawberries were $2.99 and that is as good as they may get, so I bought a bunch. Three containers full made 10 jars of jam, which cost about 3 dollars each. Not only is this really tasty, but great economics. :)
Look at the size of this thing!

1/3 fruit, 2/3 sugar. Oh dear. But oh yum.

Friday, May 20, 2016

A good start

You know it is going to be a good day when deer come to visit in the morning. We watched them try to cross the way and get back to the forest and get scared of cars. They finally made it and we cheered for them!
Friday playgroups are back on outside! We didn't go much before for various reasons, but we may be going more often. Especially now that the group doesn't have to meet in the church gym because of the cold.

After lunch and naps we got ready to have a bike ride. As we were about to leave Ben surprised us! He was home early! So we all went on a bike ride! We even took a new trail off to our friends, the G family's, house!
Liam rode his bike the whole way to Lake Accotink Park, no stops for breaks or swerving off the road, and then home again. I am so proud of him, and even more happy that he enjoyed himself too!

Thursday, May 19, 2016


Thursday was our last turn to do Ezra's preschool at our house this school year. We talked about masks and how they are used in different countries. We played with play dough and made faces and a lot of other things :).
Then we decorated masks

And played a shape game to make masks! It has been fun to do preschool with Ezra and his buddies. I'm looking forward to next year!