Out of the Mouth of Babes, and Moms

I was looking through old posts I started and never finished- this one was written 759 DAYS AGO, and then just sat in my drafts.

I am so glad I recorded these moments because, well, LOOK at Sarah! She was younger and smaller than what Elanor is now! She is still just as hilarious.

Here’s to the past, and how quickly time escapes us…


After picking Sarah up from Mothers Day Out and we discussed playing in the gym with sport balls.
Sarah: “I’m not a soccer ball. I’m a goofball.”

Mom: “Is that the broom?”
Sarah: “No, it’s the sweeper.”

Sarah: “Mommy, Whatcha eating?”
Mom: “Chicken soup. Do you want some?”
Sarah: “Sure… Mmm, that’s really yummy. You did a great job makin’ dinner.”

*Sarah helping me bake fresh bread*
“We don’t bake with our hands in our pants.”



[While in the bathtub Sarah likes to sit next to the drain]
Sarah: “Mommy, an alligator got my hiney.”
Mom: “Silly girl, alligators don’t live in drains.”



Mom: “Sarah, what’s your middle name?”
Sarah: “Smart”
(This happens almost every time I ask)

Mom: Sarah, what was that?
Sarah: “That wasn’t a toot.”
Mom: “It wasn’t?”
Sarah: “No, it was a monster!”

A Quick Trip

Last weekend Stephen and I took a fun trip to Orlando with our friends Brandon and Nicole.

We have talked about going somewhere together since our last adventure to Houston in March of 2014, for our friend JD’s wedding. We randomly decided in July that if we did go somewhere it should be to Orlando to visit what I’m just going to call the amazing World of Harry Potter. Well, that is just what we did.

Stephen turns 30 in a few days, so we used his birthday as a reason for the trip. Not that we really need a reason, but it felt more justified this way for my budgeting brain.

We left on Thursday and got back Sunday afternoon.

Visiting Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade were just awesome. It made me wanna re-read the books and watch all the movies. 

We stayed at a Universal hotel, so we took the shuttle to the parks each day, and also got 1-hour early admittance. The line wait was less than 25 minutes the whole time, except the Hogwarts castle ride. It seemed like everyone was in the HP areas so riding The Mummy and Jurassic Park rides was so quick. A definite nice break from the humidity and heat.

In the afternoon we grabbed the shuttle back to the hotel for a nap then got up for dinner and back to the park at night. It was so relaxing. In the evenings we would play cards down in a quieter spot in the hotel, in true McKenzie-Ringl spirit.

Thanks again to my parents for sending me pictures of the girls during their stay at Papaw and Nanas house. They had a blast swimming, going to the train store and eating loads of chocolate ice cream with marshmallows for 3 days :)

Here are a few photos of our adventures.

It was a wonderful trip and I’m already looking forward to our next one :)


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!

Yogurt Faced

While Elanor was having a snack today Sarah decided she wanted to share it with her. Meaning of course she fed Elanor some of her very own snack and then ate some herself and asked me to refill “their plate” more than once.

It was adorable and sweet. It also quickly led to a much-needed bath.

yogurt 1

yogurt 3

yogurt 2

That last shot is Sarah going to the backdoor and telling me she wants to go and play outside. I’d probably let her go out there more often if she’d keep her clothes on. Girl loves to hang around in her panties.

I have so much chaotic fun with these girls.

Saturday Fun

This past Saturday we went out to a blueberry festival. It was a last minute decision while we were sitting having breakfast that morning and I’m so glad we went.

The girls had a blast! I intended to pick berries while we were there, but Sarah was pretty distracted by the horse rides, bounce house and blow up slide…

We plan on picking some blueberries this week with friends, so that’ll make up for it. Especially since the 1lb we did buy while there was eaten before the day was over.




Sarah was quiet the whole time, but LOVED getting to actually ride a horse for the first time. So much so that that is what we did last night, only I was the horse and now my knees will probably be beautifully bruised from all our fun.




Handsome man holding a cute little girl


That evening we went to our friend and neighbors house for dinner and the girls played until they were ready to drop. So much so, that Sarah did when we got home…



It was a really great weekend. I love when we get to go out and do things together as a family, especially since I get a little cabin-feverish during the week sometimes. I plan on dragging Stephen to the beach sometime soon so we can have a fun time getting the car all covered in sand and vacuuming the floor mats for eternity.


I thought it would be fun to do a little “get to know me” update. Share a little about the inner-mind of Cassie Ringl. Hopefully this goes well and is entertaining and not just weird. To make it more interesting, once I type a fact I will not delete it. This will either lead me to think before I “speak”, which I should work on as it is, or say some really weird stuff that will make you question being my friend hereafter. Let’s hope for good results.

  1. Before kids I did not like bananas. When I first had children I only liked them slathered in peanut butter. Now, I eat them plain. One example that kids change you.
  2. While I will eat a plain banana, I can not stand banana “flavoring”. Not in smoothies, icecream, candy, and especially not banana pudding.
  3. I drink crystal light lemonade constantly, but I’m secretly afraid of aspartame and ALSO afraid to admit that to myself because I don’t like the idea of giving up my sugar-free delicious water flavoring.
  4. I have bad hearing in my right ear. Happened about a year ago and I keep telling myself to go to the Chiropractor and an Ear-Nose-Throat Doctor. I’m really bad at going to the doctor.
  5. Technology scares me. Not in an “I won’t use it” way, but more of a very minor conspiracy theorist way and believing that Skynet (from Terminator) could seriously happen and that these very words could possibly be being “recorded” or watched. Yep, already regret typing this one out. Eesh.
  6. My husband works in IT and is a computer whiz. He pretty much thinks I’m bonkers for what I just admitted to in #5.
  7. I don’t like scary movies, scary cartoons, or scary books. Pretty much anything scary, or with suspenseful music, is not my style. I have slapped myself in the face several times from covering my eyes & “peeking” and then hitting myself from trying to cover my eyes too quickly.
  8. I still get phantom baby kicks in my stomach and momentarily freak out and also miss being pregnant at the same time.
  9. No, I am not pregnant.
  10. I have recently become a huge fan of roasted veggies and pesto on everything.
  11. I eat my salad out of mixing bowls (as pictured below) because stir-spillage drives me crazy.
  12. I love strawberries. All things strawberry. My favorite fruit: strawberries. Cake: strawberry/strawberry shortcake. Icecream: Strawberry (and equally cookies & cream).
  13. I was always an early to rise, early to bed kinda gal, for 27 or so years of my life. Then I had kids.
  14. Our older daughter, Sarah, has become hard to get down for a nap. These past few weeks I discovered if I lay in our bed with her she will eventually fall asleep. It’s been glorious.
  15. Now I just need to discover how to get Elanor to sleep 2-3 hours, at the same time, so we can have family naptime!
  16. I love to garden. Growing up I didn’t understand why my parents enjoyed planting and watering plants so much. I get it now.
  17. I have discovered dry shampoo and it has changed.my.life.!
  18. I want to learn to roast a chicken. Actually I want to own chickens and learn how to not-get-crazy-attached and then later cook one of said chickens, and replicate those meals with the eggs our other yard dwellers provide. #CircleOfLife
  19. I am both excited and terrified by going “public” with my Birth Photography. I am confident in myself and not seeking a big money-making venture, and I think will make it more relaxing.
  20. I am an anti-hoarder. I don’t like clutter, or having items that we aren’t using. Because of this, toys are quite possibly my nemesis. I struggle with both wanting to give our girls sweet special gifts, and also wanting them to be just as excited and content with drawing on their rock collections and learning how much fun it is building with sticks, string and mud.
  21. I’m hyper critical of myself. From my walk with the Lord, to being that “awesome” mom I want to be but constantly doubt I am. We women think to much, and I am continually striving to not judge myself so harshly.
  22. I’m a nail biter. I go through phases where I stop and then without realizing it I look down and they’re gone again. It’s nutty.
  23. I miss running and think about getting a double jogging stroller, but then I remember it’s almost summer and that it would sit lifeless, sweating on itself, while we all melt from just thinking about the humid florida heat.
  24. Knowing how to give people’s hair more “body” in photoshop makes me feel like a magician.
  25. I like to mow the lawn. It’s a workout where the end result is noticeable and looks great everytime.
  26. Sarah is very interested in learning to read, but I’m secretly hoping that Stephen will want to teach her.
  27. I would gladly do laundry, without complaint, for the rest of my life, if I could hire someone solely to wash my dishes. #SoManySippyCups #PeanutButterNeverComesOffInOurDishwasher
  28. When I grow up I want a minivan. A roomy, door sliding, hatchbacked minivan.
  29. I can’t watch shows or movies with a lot of language or gore. The older I get, and more kids I have, the more uncomfortable they both make me.
  30. I love my age. I never have to think what it is, which will change next year and wasn’t true last year.

With that being said, I’m going to end this at said number. Thirty has been my favorite age so far. I can’t wait to see how much changes and the new things we get to experience before next year.


Kitchen window dress-up. Pretty and free, my favorite combo.