Fall goals

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It may still feel like summer here in Texas but it’s technically fall now and the change of seasons – on the calendar at least – has got me thinking about goals.

Here are a few that I’m aiming for this fall:

Get up at 7:30 am every dayI know, I know, 7:30 is NOT early, but with Pablo’s work schedule the way it is we usually don’t get to bed until midnight or later. Add to that the little sleep regression that Sofia’s been going through recently and 7:30 feels a lot earlier than it is. Anyway… all that to say, rising at 7:30 is my goal because it will usually give me a half hour before Caleb is up and I’d really like to get into the habit of spending a little time with the Lord before my day really gets going.

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Take me back to the beach!

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At the end of August we took a four day vacation to Galveston! I’ve been dying to share about it on here but I had some technical issues with loading the pictures; so frustrating! But happily everything is working now. ๐Ÿ™‚

We chose to go to Galveston because 1) it’s the closest beach to us and 2) it’s where we went on our honeymoon! It was so fun to go back to the same place four years later, but with a little company along this time. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Along with our kids (of course) we took three of my sisters; Esther, Rachel, and Julia. It was a blast to have them and they were a big help with the kids too; Pablo and I even had a date night!

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Homemade Brownie Brittle (that totally beats Costco’s!)

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This brownie brittle is hands down the best new recipe I’ve tried this year. Of course, that may have a little something to do with my great love of chocolate. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I first tasted this deliciousness when my mom brought me some after Sofia’s birth. It was the best thing she could’ve brought! (Well that and the huge bowl of fruit salad… that was heavenly too!) Anyway, if you’re looking for a good dessert to take a new mom, look no further!

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Hanging a photo collage

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Since we moved here last November we’ve been slowly but surely getting things up on the wall and making this place homier. Shortly before Sofia was born we decided to put a photo collage up on the wall in our one little hallway. I snapped a few pictures on my phone of the process and here I am finally posting about it!

We decided to keep things simple by using black frames because we already had a good many and only had to buy a few more. We also picked up aย  black “G” for 50% off at Hobby Lobby to add something different.

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Caleb’s 2nd birthday

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I can’t believe it’s been two years (well, two years + one month: this post is a bit late) since Caleb made me a mom for the first time! I had no idea I could love a baby so much, and that love has only grown since then.

At two years old, Caleb is a little bundle of energy. While he has his grumpy times he’s a really happy kid in general. He loves playing with cars and trains and is currently obsessed with keys; he always wants mine so he can “start” all his toys.

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Crock-Pot Greek Yogurt

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You guys. I don’t know why I didn’t start making yogurt sooner. Homemade yogurt is SO much better than store bought + it’s cheaper + it’s super easy to make in the crock-pot! So basically you have no excuse not to try it.

All you need is 1) a gallon of milk and 2) a half a cup of yogurt for a starter. I try to save some yogurt each time I make it to use for starting the next batch, but obviously for the first time you’ll need to buy some. Plain or vanilla yogurt will both work great. Also, you’ll need a crock-pot as well as some cheese cloth.

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Thoughts from my devotions – 7/26/16

After getting both kiddos down for bed this evening I sat out on my little front porch with my devotional book that I’m currently working through. This is it if you want to check it out; it’s excellent! I’ll hopefully take some time to review it once I’ve completed it.

Today I was reading about God’s love. Growing up in a Christian home this is stuff that I’ve heard over and over again. Sometimes though I think that when you hear stuff so much it can become “old hat” so to speak… like, of course, I know about God’s love.

It hit me in a new way tonight though, reading about it through a parent’s eyes and imagining giving up my only son. It brings tears to my eyes to even imagine giving Caleb up. I think I would die, seriously. It’s an awful awful thought.

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Chicken Ranch Pasta

 

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I’m a huge fan of easy meals, especially in this stage of life with two little kiddos. This pasta dish is one of my mom’s recipes and it’s one of the easiest ever. It’s a great meal for the summer when you don’t want to use the oven and it can be served hot or cold, whichever you prefer.

All you need are five basic ingredients:

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