Friday, April 21, 2017

Weekend Plans

A spring weekend is upon us. And as much as I love those cozy autumn and winter weekends snuggled inside, I am ready to throw open the screen door and enjoy some time on the porch. Although looking at the weather, I think that will have to wait until next weekend. Supposed to be a bit chilly here.

Friday night is free. I have some tilapia in the freezer, so I think we will have that with some brown rice and broccoli. Then we'll have a quiet night in with some movies. And maybe popcorn.

Saturday during the day, I have some organizing tasks waiting for me. Tough decision between cleaning the mudroom, which entails packing away the winter coats, hats, mittens, and boots, or organizing the linen closet...Which of course involves attempting to match sets of sheets and then folding balling up the fitted ones. And trying to make it look half tidy in the process. Then we have Mass, followed by a trip to visit Mum and dinner out. My mom is coming with us and hopefully spending the night. : )

Sunday Steve will mow our yard for the first time. And I am planning on some pasta with fresh tomatoes and garlic for dinner. Peyton will make a yummy dessert as well. And then we will end another weekend and prepare for a brand new week ahead.

Here's some random pictures from this week here in our cozy home...

Spring arrived.
And the first chance we got, we were outside with one of our favorite spring and summer activities.
And...spring also means going outside just as you are...
Even if that is in last year's sundress and with yesterday's unbrushed hair. : )

Sidenote: I found these amazing battery operated bubble things at our Dollar General for six dollars each. Love!

In "Believe It Or Not" news...
Guess who laced her sneakers and started walking this week???
That would be me.
Why would a lifelong exercise-resistent, nap-loving, middle-age woman  suddenly decide to start walking?
Well, it could be due to a combination of things.
Mainly, a puppy who likes to get up at daybreak...a few extra pounds that keep creeping on...and a call from my doctor that my cholestrol and triglycerides are simply too high, despite my medication. 

Surprisingly, I enjoy it.
Walking in the quiet, as the world begins to awaken, watching the sun come up to start a new day...
It is actually relaxing.

And beautiful.

And although I will never love exercising,
I do enjoy this little time alone in the morning.

Well, not totally alone. : )

That's about it, my friends.
Thanks so much for visiting!

Have a cozy weekend!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

An Underrated Disney Princess

It is no secret that Flynn adores Cinderella. She currently has no less than thirty Cinderella dolls, as well as many other Cinderella inspired items. She still talks about meeting Cinderella at her castle during our trip to Disney World. And she watches the movie as many times as she can. : ) Cinderella is and always will be her very favorite princess.

Recently, however, Flynn discovered a long forgotten video on our movie shelf. And fell in love. As soon as she played it the first time, memories flooded my heart. It is a movie my little Madison watched over and over again. It is the story of a beautiful and brave princess who lived long ago. Her name is Pocahontas. And her movie, while slightly historically inaccurate, is full of amazing music and beautiful animation.

I am so happy to have this movie playing again in my home after all these years. If you need a break from the new "Frozen" type Disney movies, take a look at Pocahontas, one of the wonderful classics. And sit back and enjoy.

The Easter Bunny brought a new DVD for Flynn to enjoy. 
Rest assured, I am keeping the old and loved video.
Because. Memories.

The sneaky Easter Bunny also brought a Pocahontas dress...

And my little Flynn wears it every single day.

Have you ever seen Pocahontas?
What do you think about it?
And what is your favorite Disney Princess movie, my friends?
I'd love to know. : )

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter 2017

Our Easter celebration this year was quiet and cozy. It was just the five of us, and although we missed our Madison, we were happy she was enjoying a happy and blessed Easter in Denmark with Nicolas and his family. : )

Saturday we colored eggs...

And they turned out pretty, pretty, pretty!

We lit our Jelly Bean candle too.
And we loved our pretty Easter wishes from some very dear friends. : )

We had our special Easter dinner Saturday night.
I set the table while Steve cooked the venison tenderloin...

And it was delicious.

Dessert was Peyton and Flynn's bunny cake...chocolate cake with peanut butter icing.

We watched our favorite Easter movie...

Read our favorite Easter Bunny book...

And set out the snack for him. : )

Such good sports I have!

Easter Sunday dawned bright and beautiful.
Flynn and I enjoyed some time outside while everyone else got ready for Mass.
She was thrilled to find the first of her very favorite flowers.

Her dandelions.

Easter 2017.

Meanwhile, across the ocean, my Madison was also attending Easter services.

You can read more about her first ever Danish Easter on her blog over here.

Mass was beautiful.
We went to brunch at a favorite restaurant after...
Then we came home and searched for baskets!
The remainder of the afternoon was spent playing with new toys, reading new books, taking cozy naps, and snacking on yummy Easter chocolates.

I hope your Easter was happy and blessed, my friends.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Day With My Flynn And Happy Easter

A Thursday post?
I thought I would post tonight instead of tomorrow, which is of course Good Friday.

Yesterday, Steve took the older two on a day trip to the movies and the mall.
Around here, it does take a day to get to a big mall.  : )
The watched a movie, did some shopping, and ate at Outback Steakhouse...

As seen in this photo Steve sent me. : )

( And did I ever tell that when my dear Peyton was born and the nurses wrapped her up and handed her to me, I immediately saw a tiny Steve?!? )

I was entrusted with the care of Peyton's pup Kirby...
And this pretty much sums up how he felt about that.

Meanwhile, my little Mocha found the few rays of sunlight peeking through, and made herself at home.

And so as my little Flynn said it was, "Just you and me, Mom!"
We had a special Mommy and Me Day.
And we both loved it.
First off we decided to bake a treat to surprise the big kids and Daddy.
We put on our aprons and got to work.

And although I rarely bake anymore...Peyton takes care of that...I think we did a good job.
We decided on chocolate chip cookies...with a few m&m's thrown in for fun.

After that we snuggled on the sofa and watched this movie.
It is actually one of my favorites!
Any guesses?
I'll let you know down below. : )

We also took the puppies on a walk down our road, and were thrilled to find these!
I am so happy because soon I have a science unit prepared all about the life cycle of frogs.

After a dinner of...what else?...Kraft macaroni and youngest proceed to beat me in a serious game of good old fashioned checkers.

It was a wonderful day.
I tucked my girl in and she told me she had one of the best days of her life.
And then we both fell asleep. : )

Have a blessed and Happy Easter, my friends.
Enjoy your time with your people.
I'll be back to posting on Monday.
Thanks for visiting!

(Oh. Did you guess the movie? It is The Emperor's New Groove.)
And it is super funny!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Little Lenten Tea

Tuesday afternoon the kids and I took some time to sit down, pray the Rosary, and enjoy some treats together. I treasure these moments with my children. Time passes so quickly, and it is in these moments it seems to slow down, if only for a bit.

I set the table with the "good" dishes.
Don't save them for special days.
Every day is special. : )

I brought the Lenten centerpiece out onto the kitchen table for the remainder of Lent...

And then I set out the Rosaries.

We made little pretzel snacks...

And Place and Bake cookies.

It is delicious.

After we prayed, we visited and enjoyed our snacks.

And each other.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I must admit that I was the only one actually drinking tea at this little tea party. 
The remainder of the guests enjoyed Tropical Punch Kool-Aid. : )