Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Cordelia got to meet three of her great-grandparents this weekend in VA!
Cordelia & GiGi
Cordelia & Granddaddy

Cordelia & Mema
Thankful for special visits with family!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


My little brother Nicholas graduated from high school (he was home educated K-12) on Friday night and we were excited to be able to travel to VA to be a part of his celebration!


We are so proud of Nicholas!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Special Blanket

My mom made Cordelia a very special blanket when she was born.  It is a beautiful pink, lavender, and white granny squares blanket that Mimi lovingly made the months prior to Cordelia's birth.  Cordelia sleeps with it every night and I imagine she will get quite attached to it! 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Pleasures of Having Girls

Two of my favorite things about having girls...

1) Coordinating/matching outfits

we all just happened to be wearing purple on Wednesday - it wasn't planned

2) Girly things like painting our toe nails together or doing our hair
Vera insisted I paint her toenails too when I was touching up mine the other day
I am blessed!

Thursday, May 24, 2012


There have been a lot of posts in the blogosphere about "mommy wars" lately... i.e., when moms compare themselves to other moms and either 1) try really hard to keep up with and measure up to what they perceive to be the standard of "what good moms do," or they 2) wallow in a hopeless state, feeling like they could never possibly achieve what other moms they know (through blogs or real life) seem to do with ease.

I personally tend more towards the first pitfall.  I think that my house should look like Sherry's, that I should be able to write amazing posts like Kate, that I should take gorgeous photos of my children like Drea, and that I should make super-healthy real food like Wardeh or Lisa that tastes as delicious as Ree's cooking.  Meanwhile, my living room should look magazine-worthy like Nester's, and I should be creating clever projects like Jen, Ashley, and Laura.  When I start homeschooling, it should look as idyllic as Ann's days and be as fun and hands-on as Kelly's

Two other friends of mine posted recently about some of the areas where they aren't perfect.  In keeping with that theme of honesty, here are some ways I'm not "supermom" either:

- I have a love/hate relationship with sewing; I love the results, but hate the process. I usually cry at least once when working on a sewing project.
- I can't keep plants alive. I really can't understand why someone would enjoy gardening.
- I don't vacuum. (Tad does. But usually we only think about it when company is coming over.)
- I am terrible at keeping in touch with anyone who is not sitting next to me at this very moment. I wish I were better at maintaining friendships.
- In the two years (!) we have lived at this house, I have not once cleaned my oven.
- I honestly cannot remember the last time I cleaned our shower.
- Speaking of showers, I don't get to take one every day!
- I get ants in my kitchen sometimes. Having a toddler makes our floor an ant smorgasbord, so I can't say I'm surprised. 
- For some reason, I feel a strong need to save every empty toilet paper tube. I have some hoarding tendencies, I think.
- I'm really bad at getting stains out of clothing.
- I rarely coupon.
- I have never been able to successfully do a Citra-solv fabric transfer, even though it seems like every other blogger in the world has.
- I will do everything humanly possible to avoid ironing. (I have ironed hems with my hair straightener to avoid dragging out my iron and board.)
- We sometimes get fast food or takeout when life is really busy (or I really don't want to cook).

Some of these areas are ones that I need to work on.  (Friendships are important. Keeping a home that won't end up on Hoarders is important.)  Other areas are ones that I probably need to let go of and realize that I can't excel at everything.  (Maybe sewing just isn't my thing.)

I also need to let go of unreal expectations that are mostly self-inflicted.  I can't possibly do all of the things accomplished by every woman on the blogs I read.  That's because no one does.  All of those amazing, talented women I mentioned have their own strengths and abilities, and you and I have ours as well.

The sooner we all realize that, the sooner the "mommy wars" can end.

Cordelia's Three Months Old!

Our sweet little Cordelia (or Delia, for short) turned three months old yesterday! I took her chair picture yesterday but didn't have a chance to write this post until today.

Some milestones:
-going through a growth spurt this week, so she's been nursing all. the. time.
-weighs around 14 or 15 lbs. (I think)
-when not in cloth, wears size 2 diapers
-rolled over from her tummy to her back at 10 weeks
-went to the beach for the first time last week
-started laughing
-has been trying so hard to figure out how to suck her thumb
-found her feet last night (and was quite delighted about it)
-typically sleeps 8-9.5 hours a night
-coos and smiles at us when we talk to her
-enjoys taking baths
-likes being worn in a wrap or carrier
-loves her big sister (who calls her "CC")

We are blessed to have Cordelia in our family!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


On Mother's Day, Tad and I were blessed to have both sets of parents with us.  We dedicated Cordelia to the Lord during church that Sunday, and it was so special having our family there!
me & Cordelia
Grammy & Cordelia

Mimi & Cordelia
Mimi made this sweet dress and bonnet for Cordelia!

me, Tad, & Cordelia

Pops, Mimi, & Cordelia
Pops, Mimi, Cordelia, & Vera
Pops & Cordelia
Phillip, Mimi, Pops, Nich, & Cordelia
Vera & Tad
Tad, Vera, Grandanny, Grammy, & Cordelia
Tad, Vera, Grandanny, Grammy, Cordelia, & Me
Me, Mimi, & Cordelia
Me, Tad, & Cordelia
our family of four!
 So blessed by our wonderfully sweet family!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies

This recipe is just about as easy as it can get!  Four ingredients, one bowl, total deliciousness.  These cookies are moist, yet crunchy (due to the chunky peanut butter) and can be whipped up so quickly it is dangerous.

Please note... they are HIGH in sugar, but an occasional treat is okay now and then in my book.  ;)

Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies
recipe from Woman's Day - pictures and instructions my own

1 cup chunky peanut butter (use a good brand, like JIF) - may also use creamy if you prefer
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all ingredients in a stand mixer or in a bowl using a hand mixer.  Spoon out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 8-10 minutes (I baked mine for 8).  Let cool on cookie sheet for 3 minutes, then remove to wire racks to finish cooling.

Yield: about 2 dozen cookies, depending on size


Linked to:
Tasty Tuesday
Tempt My Tummy Tuesday
Tuesdays at the Table
Tatertots & Jello

Monday, May 21, 2012

Beach Trip Pictures

We had a great time at the beach with my family for a few days last week!
Despite being terrified of the ocean, Vera still had a good time playing on the beach.

 Cordelia was content and happy as usual.
 Thankful for fun, memory-making times like these!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Back from the Beach

We were blessed to get to spend several days at the beach with my family! After I catch up on laundry and edit my pictures I will post more about the trip!
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