Friday, January 31, 2014

5 on Friday

Happy Friday! Let's do this.

I stumbled across this blog a week or so ago and I cannot stop thinking about Kilee's hair. Love the style, love the ombre, love everything about it. It doesn't hurt that she is so freakin cute. I'm dying to get my hair cut like this and try the ombre look again, but probably a little more subtle than Kilee's.

I am loving these colored skinny jeans on Jack. I also ordered him a red pair from Baby Gap this week when they were having an additional 50% off sale items online.

My friend and boss got Ben this Ninja Turtle bath towel for his birthday. It is the softest thing ever. If I didn't think he'd get upset, I would totally use this for myself. How awesome would I look?

A couple of weeks ago a new Chick Fil A opened about 30 minutes away from us. I've eaten at one a couple of times on vacation and when I visited my sister when she lived in Georgia. What I'm about to say might seem like blasphemy for some of you southerners...Chick Fil A is good, but I don't think it's  overly special or delicious. Definitely not amazing enough to warrant sleeping outside in tents in -10 degree whether to be one of the first people to eat it when it opened. Oh yes, people did that. LOTS of people. Don't get me wrong, it's good. Much better than other fast food alternatives, but there's a lot of hype. I do however LOVE being called ma'am by the employees. 

I started reading the Wife After God devotional and am doing "online discussions" with Kate and a few other ladies. I was so excited Kate suggested this. I've been wanting to do a devotional and discussion for a while and this is perfect! I'll let you know how it goes.

What do you all have planned this weekend? We're supposed to be celebrating my MIL's birthday on Saturday, but with projected snow and ice on the way we may be staying inside and snuggling up in our pjs. Whatever you do, have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Lego Themed 5th

Ben is definitely my child. He began thinking about the theme for his 5th birthday months in advance. Several ideas were thrown out. Ninja Turtles, Regular Ninja's, Scooby Doo, Superheros, Avengers, and the list goes on and on. But as the months drew closer, it become clear that Legos would be the official theme for his 5th year. In the past 6 months I've stepped on hundreds in the middle of the night and J's wanted to simultaneously cry and cuss while trying to put together a car with 1,000 tiny pieces. Yay Legos!

This was the first year the party wasn't at our house and the first year that he's invited people other than family. The party was at a gymnastics place where kids got to climb, tumble, roll, and just be all out wild for an hour. We followed that up with pizza, cake, and presents in the upstairs "party room" which turned out not to be a room at all, but more like a big open space with tables. Nonetheless, everyone had a blast, especially the now 5 year old.

Jack got to hang out on the mat for a few seconds before everyone got there. All that sitting must have worn him out because he slept through a good chunk of the party after that.

Both kids and adults all loved this huge foam pit.

Daddy testing out the rock wall.

Each year we have a local bakery make Ben's cake and they don't disappoint. This is also the same bakery that made our wedding cake.

A little excited and shy as everyone sang.

Another year gone just like that!
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ben {5 years}

Our wild, smart, funny, lovable Ben. Today you are 5 years old. I can't believe it's been 5 years since you completely changed our lives. 
This past year you've grown and changed so much. You still possess that strong desire to learn and you love asking questions. You excel at writing, coloring, and drawing. You love art and doing projects. Without fail, there is always several pieces of art in your cubby when I pick you up from school. You are beginning to read sight words, and can count well past 100 although you mysteriously manage to leave a whole section out when playing hide and seek. 
I know how excited you are for Kindergarten and I hope you soak up every minute of it...even if the thing you're most looking forward to is not having to take naps.
You're a great sleeper and have only woken up once to Jack crying in the middle of the night. You're also a pretty good eater, and you LOVE to be active and outside. You have more energy than any one person should have, but I wouldn't trade your spazzy little self for anything!
You make me laugh every single day. You say things that someone 2 or 3 times your age would say and you say them so matter of fact. 
I know I've said it a million times, but you are such a great brother. You are very protective and within seconds of Jack crying, you're running to him to offer comfort. I know you can't wait for him to get bigger so you can really play together.

Happy Happy Birthday Big Boy! We love you.
Monday, January 27, 2014

Happy Sunday + New Blog Design

Just wanted to stop in and say hi! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Ben had a great 5th birthday party and has opened and played with of his presents. You can imagine the state of my house.

Here's a sneak peak at the birthday boy blowing out his candles. Full birthday recap post to come this week!

You might have also noticed that things look a little different around here. Audrey over at Miss Audrey Sue Design created this fabulous new layout and I am obsessed with it! You can find her here on ETSY or here on her website. And y'all, she is FAST. It took her less than 24 hours to get back to me.

And since it's now midnight, I need to get my behind to bed. Here's to a great Monday!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Easy Cheesy Sausage Quiche

I love a good quiche. I don't however, love the time it can take to make one. Luckily this recipe makes a quiche that is both deeeelicious and requires little effort. I scoured the internet for the perfect, easy recipe and when I didn't find one, I came up with my own combining bits and pieces of some of my favorites. The best part? Don't like sausage, use bacon. Want to add veggies? Add em! 

What You'll Need:
-1 pre-made frozen pie shell (easy remember)
-3/4 lb sausage (use whatever variety you like)
-5 eggs
-1 c. heavy cream (if you want to lighten it up, use 1/2 & 1/2)
-6 slices Swiss Cheese
-1 1/2 c. shredded Cheddar Cheese

While browning the sausage, mix the cream and eggs in a bowl. 

Tear the swiss cheese slices in half and layer them in the bottom of the pie crust.

Top swiss cheese with 3/4 c. of shredded cheddar. 

Once the sausage is cooked, drained, and slightly cooled, add it to the egg and cream mixture.

Place 1/2 of the sausage mixture on top of the cheeses.

Top with the remaining swiss and cheddar. 

Pour the remaining sausage mixture over the cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes.

Remove from the oven, let sit for 5 minutes, then cut and serve.

Friday, January 24, 2014

5 on Friday

This 5 on Friday is going to be a little different and devoted to Ben since he's turning the big 0-5 on Wednesday. How can my first baby be turning 5 already?

Ben's birthday kicks off tomorrow with a Lego themed birthday party. This is the first year that the party isn't at our house and I can't tell you how nice it is to not have to deep clean the house, make a thousand of Pinterest crafts, and cook a bunch of food. His party is at a local gymnastics place with a big foam pit, rock climbing wall, and of course all the typical gym things like the balance beam and bars. After playing, we'll head upstairs to the party room where we'll have pizza, cake, and open presents. The best part? They clean up!

When J and I first had Ben I felt like we were babies ourselves. I think we've grown up just as much as he has over these last 5 years. 

I don't think one day has gone by where he hasn't said or done something that makes us laugh. Some of the things he says I have no idea where he gets it from. He is wise beyond his years. And also crazy. Wise and crazy.

And just as we laugh every day, we also have many days where he tests our patience. He is one of the most spirited children I've ever met. He's smart and loves to learn and ask questions. He can be hyper and loud and have very selective hearing at times, but he's also extremely sweet and loving and sensitive. 

From the minute we brought Jack home he's been the best big brother. And he has yet to ask if we can take him back to the hospital so I think we're in the clear.

Say a little prayer for me tomorrow that I don't lose it and ugly cry as I light 5 candles on his cake.