I have many titles including but not limited to momma, wife, friend, daughter, sister, cook, house keeper, Physician Assistant. All of my jobs keep me rather busy. In my spare time I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, cooking, gardening, bike riding and keeping up with friends and family.
Sydney is our 6 year old "baby girl". She is full of energy and has a huge appetite for life. She loves being outdoors, especially helping her daddy in the yard, loves reading (or should I say being read to), sings constantly, and is a huge fan of arts/crafts and projects. Syd adores her little brother and is so sweet to him. She is always ready to help momma in the kitchen. Sydney is an absolute joy and will always be our "baby girl".
Griffin Sawyer is our 3 year old "little man". He is so content and always has a smile. He is very attached to his momma but loves daddy and big sis. We cannot remember what life was like before Griffin and we are thankful for him.
I made this frame for my jewelry. I found a bargain frame at Salvation army, removed the picture, spray painted it brown and using a staple gun attached chicken wire to the back. I love having my earrings and a few necklaces displayed.
This past weekend we received our free Thriving Family December issue from Focus on the Family. Included inside was an Advent activity calendar and I am excited to read through it with our family. Each day has a scripture to read and a short activity/discussion point. You can visit ThrivingFamily.com/Advent and download a digital version.
The challenge for December is to stay focused on the reason we celebrate Christmas and not lose your mind!
My mom was here last weekend for a visit and we crammed as much as possible into one weekend. She brought clothes and gifts for the kids. Griffin loves his new puzzle and Sydney has been working on her princess book every free moment.
We visited the Natural Science Museum
huge turtle "bone crusher" believed to have been born in 1918
mom surrounded by kids (human and animal)
Sydney by the tigers
With grammie playing her Ipad- a major hit with both kids!
This soup for butternut squash soup is amazing and so easy. I left out the marjoram leaves and I used 4 ounces of the Neufchatel (1/3 less fat) and it was so yummy. Sydney loved it and was upset the next night when she found out I had taken the leftovers to work for my lunch. Butternut squash is very nutritious and full of vitamins, especially vitamin A! I am making this while my mom is in town and I am doubling the batch. It is delicious with a nice crusty bread.
Sydney sitting on stool reading to Griffin while he soaks in the tub. Our kids love each other so much and they always (well almost always) want to be together. It makes me smile (and run downstairs to grab my camera).
It was time for a kitchen change up. Our kitchen has been yellow since we painted when we moved in 7 years ago. We wanted to change the color to an apple green and so we did it! The color is actually called Japanese Fern by Behr
I bought this frame at Salvation army for 3.99, took out the back, spray painted it white, sanded the edges a bit and sprayed it was an acrylic topcoat. Then I used a staple gun and attached chicken wire to the back.
We bought two new sets of dishes at Ikea, so we have a matching set of 12.
Plus these sweet little bowls, perfect for ice cream.
Bill and I met Scott and Nicole during our childbirth class. When we arrived at the hospital to have Sydney we ran into Scott and Nicole on the L&D floor and found out Max had been born the day before Sydney. We have kept in touch ever since.
This past weekend at Max's party, it is so fun to see them both grow.
These kids are both awesome and so very blessed and LOVED!
I was inspired to make a few crafts- first this give thanks banner. I used burlap that I bought by the yard at Hobby Lobby, card stock and letters that I traced with stencils and cut. I used a glue gun and attached the burlap squares to twine and hung it across our mantel.
For my H sign I painted a canvas black, cut burlap and scrapbook paper. I painted a wooden H and bought an embellishment.
This year we wanted to visit our favorite orchard and spend a little time checking out the area so we left on a Saturday afternoon. We stayed in Flat Rock but headed to a nearby town, Hendersonville for dinner.
Griffin eating spaghetti
the restaurant was called Mezzaluna and it was yummy!
while we were eating dinner we saw a horse drawn carriage go by several times and the kids asked to go for a ride
this is Sydney with Peter
family pic- if only Griffin had been looking at the camera
it was fun, a first for all of us riding on a carriage
Sydney and Bill
Juliet was our driver and she was very sweet, we rode up and down the main street in Hendersonville
the town had all kinds of neat shops, it would be great to visit without the kids so we could browse
donuts and a movie back at the hotel
We got up and had breakfast at the hotel, checked out and headed to the orchard. It was a chilly 5o some degrees, we all layered up and Sydney added Bill's extra jacket.
we were told most of the apples were picked but we could go out and see what we could find
(last year we went earlier in October and there were still plenty to pick)
a bit of climbing was involved but we did find some Granny Smiths
Griffin, Charlie, Sydney and Sam (the Parker's went with us)
We had a wonderful time, and now I have 30 lbs of apples to use! If you have never been to the western part of North Carolina, you need to plan a trip. The area where we stayed was close to Asheville, Waynesville, Chimney Rock, Brevard and Lake Lure! We would love to go to the area for a week and just check out all the shops, restaurants and attractions.