Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I've missed a few weeks (because we've been biz-E), but Tuesday Ten is baaaack! Here's a glimpse at what we've been up to lately.
We had some Labor Day Weekend fun with one last hoorah of summer at the river. Of course, these two river rats just wanted to play in a mud puddle.
We've been seeing an awful lot of these 'round our property lately, which only means it's time for...
putting out some "yella a-kerns" and...
brushing up on bow skills.
It's not officially fall yet, but we have a few days of bee-you-tiful Florida-style fall weather this past week (highs in the mid-80s and lows in the 60s -- oh yeah), so that meant it had to be time to get out some fall decor. I added something new to my fireplace mantle after seeing this idea from Pinterest. A few yards of cheap burlap got me this "Give Thanks" banner, an embellished table runner for the dining room table and plenty of burlap leftover for a rainy day.
One of my favorite things about this season is the return of Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte. The other day, I was browsing Pinterest -- yet again -- and came across this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes and knew I had to try them...and soon. I decided to bake these up for our Thursday night small group to enjoy, but since a few don't care for coffee, I omitted the coffee from the batter. They were still oh so good. Being the coffee lover that I am, next time I will definitely be including that. The recipe also called for true whipped cream as the frosting. Like the kind where you beat heavy cream and powdered sugar. I short-cutted (not sure if that's a word) here and used the kind from a can that you shake. They still tasted great, but the kind in the can melts rather quickly. All around, a total crowd pleaser. AND the recipe made nearly 3 dozen cupcakes, so I took half to my small group gals and stowed half in the freezer, which later made an appearance at Saturday morning's MOPS meeting.
It's no secret that we heart Sunday afternoons...well, actually, we heart Sunday's in general. The last Tuesday Ten showed you one way that a couple-a country boys spend a Sunday afternoon. But, oh there is so much more -- naps being a personal favorite. Or, of course, you could drive a remote-controlled boat in the pond...
or just goof off like this guy...
I've been reading Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst on my beloved little eReader for a few weeks now. To be honest, it's been so hard for me to get into. I keep trudging on, hoping something will grab me, but nothing yet. I originally bought it because I had heard great reviews and the subject matter (replacing your craving for food with a crave for Christ) hits home for me. I'm a big fan of Lysa TerKeurst's blog, Proverbs 31 Ministries too. I still plan to finish it regardless, but it's been a doozy.
Monday, September 12, 2011
School is well underway and I'm happy to report that H is loving it! He's completely exhausted at the end of the day, but this Mama is so very glad. A quick kiss and he hops right out of the truck in the mornings, and has a huge smile on his face when he hops off the bus in the afternoons. We're in a routine and it's truly been great.
BUT - Looking back one year ago, my boy wasn't yet a seasoned big-school kid, but just a preschooler trying to learn the ins and outs. I can remember him bringing home that first week's work on Friday and seeing this tucked in his folder....
You can read more about our first weeks of preschool here!