Wednesday Ponderings...

“Today’s young people want to know everything about everyone. They think talking about a problem will solve it. I come from a quieter generation. We understand the value of forgetting, the lure of reinvention.” ~The Nightengale

Weekend Wrap Up

Our weekend consisted of food and fun...

We celebrated daddy with breakfast and new work shirts. And then I made dinner for my family on Sunday evening.

I also decorated the house for summer. I found several cute things at Target! I'll have to share a post on that, soon. :)

Happy Monday!

Just Like That

The other day, I was busy cleaning around the house when I noticed Evie toting her giant animals into the living room. She plopped in between them and hollered, "Mom, will you take my picture?"

And then she told me she wanted sissy in her next picture.

Then it was time for books. And I realized something...I don't have a baby anymore.

Just like that, I have a toddler, and a pre-schooler.

Slow down, time...You are rough on a mommy's heart.

My Favorite Kind of Weekend

Our weekend starts on Friday afternoons. Some weekends are jam packed with events, and others are laid back and low key...My favorite kind of weekend...and that's what we had. First up, was an iced coffee that Josh brought me from my favorite coffee shop.

Evie and I plowed through this stack of books after lunch. I love library books. Even the kid books. Also, if you enjoy reading sweet little books to your kids, I highly recommend The Jellybeans. I'd never heard of these books, and they were just too cute!

This was my stack of books for the week. I finished Deadly Pursuit late on Friday night. I just love Irene Hannon. She writes suspense/murder mysteries, and man do they leave me on the edge of my seat. I also love the fact she write very clean fiction.

While Josh helped his friend out with wood chopping, I spent some time outside in my rubber boots. The yard needed to be picked up and I cleaned up a few of the kids outdoor toys.

On Friday night, we had a date night at home. I made Butter Shrimp and Garlic Potatoes. I found that checkered cloth at the Dollar Spot in Target. It made for a fun little dinner. :)

Our Magnolia Tree is finally blooming!! We had wondered if it seems our tree is a late bloomer, perhaps?

The girls thought the Magnolia blooms were fun!

And that was our weekend in a nutshell. Happy Monday!

I Want to Remember

These are the moments I want to remember:

Evie, who takes her playing very seriously. She organizes her toys while she plays. Just like I did.

The girls learning to play together. Oh, they fight over toys. But, they also play. It's so, so cute.

Ella and her silly faces. She's a ham!!! She loves to make people laugh.

These are the days, aren't they? I am so thankful for every little memory with these girls. Being their mother is the sweetest gift.

Life After (Couldn't Put It Down)

"Did that really just happen?"

I asked myself that question when a VERY unforeseen twist took place within the pages of Life After.

I've read a couple of novels by Katie Ganshert, and one of the main reasons I'm drawn to her writing style is that A) She doesn't mind getting gritty dirty with her characters and B) Her character development is phenomenal. You feel what they are thinking and saying. You think about their life and then remind yourself that they are just fictional characters.

Twenty-Two lives are lost during a train explosion. One sole survivor find herself deeply steeped in both survivor's guilt and a desperate need to know everything there is about the victim's (former) lives.

Then, when her life takes an unexpected tangle with a victim's husband she is completely unprepared for the emotions and web of deceit she will soon face.

A million thanks to Waterbrook Press for allowing me the privilege of reviewing "Life After" by Katie Ganshert. All opinions are mine. 

Easy Sprinkle Cookies

I *love* sprinkle cookies. I can't remember where I had them for the first time, but they've become a staple at our birthday parties and small get together's with friends. I like them soft and with lots of sprinkles!!! So, I thought I'd share my favorite recipe (so far) of this yummy treat!

Easy Sprinkle Cookies

1 Box of Cake Mix (The kind with sprinkles in the mix)
2 Tablespoons Flour
1/2 Cup Sprinkles
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
2 Eggs

1/4 Cup Sprinkles

Pre-Heat Oven to 350. Mix ingredients together until a soft dough forms. Roll into balls using a teaspoon and *very* lightly flatten. Add additional sprinkles to the top. Bake for 9 minutes, then pull them out and let them sit in the pan for an additional 2-3 minutes or until the cookies have set. Transfer to cookie holder.