Daily Humor

This YouTube video is super funny!  A couple my husband and I know showed us this and we've watched it several times... not to mention forwarded it on to many of Mark's male friends.

These guys cracked me up, for sure! 

Grilled Romaine Toss Salad

I found this amazing salad recipe in my Taste of Home magazine.  I added grilled strips of chicken and avacados.  It was delish and Mark even loved it. 


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 plum tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 large sweet onions, thinly sliced

  • 4 romaine hearts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Add tomatoes and onions; toss to coat. Transfer to a grill wok or basket. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 8-12 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Set aside.
  • For grilled romaine, cut romaine hearts in half lengthwise, leaving ends intact. Brush with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place romaine halves cut sides down on grill. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side or until slightly charred and wilted.
  • For dressing, place the oil, vinegar, garlic and brown sugar in a food processor; cover and process until smooth.
  • Coarsely chop romaine; divide among 10 salad plates. Top with tomato mixture; drizzle with dressing. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 10 servings.

Braid Obsession Continues...

I have been having a braid obsession this summer.  I braid my hair all the time.  One of my faves has to be the fishtail braid.  I love the look of it, and it looks nice enough to wear out and about.


He looks so big...

...with his new haircut.  I can't believe my little man looks like a big boy.  Mark wanted to take him to the barber that his dad took him to when he was little.  I decided it was a fair request.

He wouldn't put on the cape, nor would he let go of his "bedtime bear".

Liam did great sitting in the chair while his soft locks fell to the floor. He just sucked his thumb or chewed his finger the whole time (we have a little bit of a "teething" situation going on in our house).  Little girls look different with haircuts, but little boys change completely.  They immediately age 6 months, or even a year, when they get their hair cut for the first time.

Now he looks like a total stud with his new do!


Ahhh... vacation!  That is what I was thinking when Mark and I decided to take a vaca this summer.  We would fly to our destination with the kids in tow and then have a relaxing time for three full days.  Now, if only the flights would go seamlessly.  Mark and I thought we would try and find someone with a travel DVD player for the flight, but then we decided to go "old-school."  You know, two kids with lots of energy pinned between two seats for 3 hours non-stop.  Of course, there would be no crying, fussing, fighting, or begging during these three hours.  Just peace and quiet.

We left early in the morning, ate breakfast, and got to the airport in plenty of time.  We were a little concerned as to how we were going to get everything from point A to point B, so in walks Mark with his pack-frame fully loaded with carseats and strollers.  I just knew we would need two strollers and two carseats.  I just knew it!!!

Once on the plane, Liam fell asleep before we even had all wheels lifted-off.  It was so nice.  When we landed we gathered our things and headed for the hotel.

We woke bright and early every morning to ensure we got a good spot by the pool.  Ella swam like a fish and even went down to fetch diving rings.  I was super proud.  Liam on the other hand, just wanted to get in the "hot pool" and had nothing to do with the regular pool.  Once you took him to the hot tub, a big smile lit up his face.  It was so cute.

We saw dolphins, tigers, lions and more.  Ella and Liam both loved the Belagio fountains and she even asked to go back and see them a second time.  She was even part of a sidewalk magic show!!!

The whole trip ended with a less than convenient plane malfunction which landed us in Phoenix in 108 degree sun on a tarmac with warm air blowing from our overhead vents along with two tired children, with little-to-no patience.  After an hour of this, we then were ushered off our aircraft into the airport which allowed us to dry our sweaty bodies before boarding a different plane 3 hours later.  We finally landed at home and then got the pleasure of driving 1 hour home in 70 mph winds, driving rain, and hail.  Gotta love vacations!!!

All in all, we had a great time and Mark even said he could have stayed another day or two.

P.S.  we never used the carseats... oops!

Veggie Pasta

This isn't really a recipe, but it's something I whipped together one evening and it was tasty. 

Whole Wheat pasta
can of stewed tomatoes
1 green bell pepper
1 small onion
2 cloves garlic

Chop the veggies and garlic and throw in a saute pan.  Cook the pasta while you cook the veggies.  When the veggies are tender, and the pasta is finished combine and enjoy.  Yummo!

She Comes by it Naturally

I was always called a 'fish' by my mom.  She said that I was always a very strong swimmer, even next to boys.  I decided it was time to start getting Ella in swim lessons.  Mark's aunt gives lessons and offered to let Ella join the class.  She has done fantastic and loves the water just like me!
We would get to lessons early so she could play for a minute before it was her turn to do lessons.

She would put her entire head under the water and swim without plugging her nose.

The last few classes she got to go off the diving board.  Here she is excited that it is her turn.

Here are a few of the little man and me swimming while she takes lessons.

Big Boy Table

Buddy-boy has officially moved to the "big" table.  He loves being right next to mommy and being involved in conversation.  He has started praying in the last month, or so.  It is so cute to watch him bow his head and put his hands up to his eyes to thank Jesus for our food. 

Excuse the messy hair... he's a wild man!!

Shepherding a Child's Heart

I recently finished this book by Tedd Tripp.  It was eye-opening to hear his perspective on parenting.  Some of his basic ideas are that to be a biblical parent, you must care more about what is happening in the child's heart, and less on how their behavior looks to the outside world. 
In other words, what is happening externally is a direct reflection of the obedience, or rebellion, of the heart.  Christian parenting takes a great deal of time, effort, and discipline. 
Shepherding a Child's Heart, Revised and Updated   -     
        By: Tedd Tripp

I recommend this book to any parent, or about to be parent.  It gives you a biblical viewpoint on what God wants from us as parents.  If we are to be obedient to God, we must parent our kids the way he calls us to.


ummm.... It has been HOT around here (and the rest of the US). 

So, this is what we do.  We do a combination of 'toy bin pool' and 'sprinkler action'. 

Good thing we live in the country so we don't get ticketed for indescent exposure. 

And then there was this little tree frog that came and piqued their curiosity.

I think he was scared of the great naked frog hunters.

He lived.