Pancake Mix

I was sitting at my desk yesterday helping my sis with some photos when something unexpected happened.

I looked over at the kitchen because I heard a banging noise. I didn’t see anyone but my eyes looked down and I saw some white powder and random crackers from underneath the pantry door. Time slowed. My eyes grew 5x larger and I slowly walked towards the pantry door. I opened it and saw the horror inside. I called Stephen over to the area and Sarah ran over with him. We opened the door to a site that was funny to Stephen, HILARIOUS to Sarah and sigh-inducing to myself.

She was so proud. Of course it also happened about 20 minutes before we needed to leave for churh, so in the tub for a quick bath and we were good to go. 

After a lot of sweeping, wiping and moping my pantry is now the cleanest it’s ever been. So in that respect, thank you Elanor?!?


Jumping is such an easily fun activity. Well, maybe not super easy the older we get, but definitely fun!

One morning the girls and I were playing and they started off by crawling around on the couch. Crawling turned into rolling off onto pillows which somehow turned into jumping into stacks of blankets.

We may have all been breaking a dad-rule. No jumping off/on the couch. They broke it by jumping, I broke it by allowing them to jump AND laughing while capturing photographic evidence. I apologized for my lack of parental control and responsibility. I think he forgave me ;)



The Year our Christmas Tree had Bugs

I don’t think a post title could be more obvious what this is about. Yes, our Christmas Tree has bugs. What kind of bug you ask? I have no idea. But it’s a bug, and they are dropping by the 20’s out of our tree and onto my floor. I feel like it’s the year of bugs in our home. I have toddlers you guys. Curious fingered little girls. I am normally in the teaching mindset with my “lets check out these new bugs” mindset when we play, but not this time. No thank you. Not when they are unexpected and inside our house. Thankfully Sarah is a great listener and big sister. She tells me when new bugs are trespassing and does an amazing job keeping Elanor away from the tree and it’s uninvited inhabitants.

First we had the acorn-larva incident, now we have a Christmas tree bug invasion. That is such a weird sentence. Yuck.

To fully understand the insanity of the events I’m going to give you a photo break-down…


Tree shopping with our little helpers on Thanksgiving weekend


Picked out and ready to take home


The decked out tree of 2014!


We were having so much fun adding the personalized ornaments we made.



Then, one day I found a bug or two on the floor. That turned into several bugs during the day. Then I would wake up and find them slowly crawling off the tree skirt, or around the tree.

Because telling you isn’t enough, this is what I would find all throughout the day…


I somehow managed to just sweep them up and keep the tree for a few weeks. Thinking clearly they would stop, right?!


Goodbye 2014 Christmas Tree –



A close up for you. It looks a lot like a tick, but wasn’t a tick.
We still have no idea what they were.



Sorry you now have that ‘itchy bug crawly feeling on your skin. I know how that feels…

The sweet hubs removing the lights after I took off all the ornaments
(I didn’t want to get my arms in there…)



He went into the storage shed while it was storming on Christmas Eve-Eve and brought our fake tree inside.
He added the lights and I put on the decorations.




Now you can fully understand the craziness behind this years Christmas tree. I dub it, the year of unusual bugs!

Sunday Brain

I have a confession; sometimes I dislike Sunday morning. It sounds bad in my mind when I think it, and much worst when I wrote it out just now.
Sunday’s are weird for our family. Stephen usually gets up and plays with Sarah before he leaves for church. He goes early for band practice, so a friend picks him up which leaves Sarah and I at the house until we [hopefully] leave around 10:30.
Between 8 and 10:30 we play, and then she gets a nap, at which point I get ready for church. For some reason getting dressed on Sundays is difficult. I hate that I change clothes 875 times, usually ending up back in outfit 1 I tried. I know it sounds stupid and superficial, but it’s the truth.
I try to get showered, dressed, eat a snack, pack the diaper bag, and if I’m lucky apply some mascara, and on an especially good Sunday, blow dry my hair, all while Sarah takes her 9am nap. (if baby is napping I tend to skip the hair-care for a few extra quiet minutes).

Picking out clothes has always been a downfall of mine. I’m not really a fashion person. When Stephen first laid eyes on me I was wearing gym shorts and a tee-shirt. That explains more than 1/2 my wardrobe. I’d rather not admit how many times Stephen gets home from work and finds both us girls still in our PJ’s.

Spending a few minutes online this morning I came across 2 outfits that caught my attention.



I would love to wear one of these outfits today if I had them in my closet. However, when getting dressed I would probably end up leaving the house in some dark jeans and a top with a cardigan.
Realizing this I have finally figured out my “style”.
I am a safe dresser. When push comes to shove, 90% of the time I leave the house in something comfortable, modest, and usually involving the color black, white, or navy. I like black, white, and especially navy :)

That being said, I gotta get a move on and go get ready. I’m thinking dark jeans, layering my white and blue tank top with my red cardigan (it’s always chilly inside church, am I right ladies?!)

Also, please note I’m not fishing for compliments or anything silly like that. I simply saw these cute outfits, was gonna make a post that ONLY said “aren’t these cute” and ended up writing all this silly banter. Welcome to a small piece of my brain ;)


Does anyone else have the Sunday outfit challenges?
My dad always told us to pick out Sunday’s clothes on Saturday, and so has Stephen since he married me and found out just how crazy I am. Maybe one day I’ll actually take them up on their advice…