Last week, we were headed home from our weekly Costco haul and I asked Alex if he could please pretty please drive through our local park. It was out of our way, it was the kids nap time and we were definitely worn out from a busy morning. He could have shared all 12 reasons why going home was the most practical thing to do at the time, but he turned the car around and headed towards the park.
This was one of the coolest experiences for us. I’ve seen people ice skate on ponds on TV, but never in real life.
Coming from Florida, where the water is warm year round, seeing all that ice was spectacular. It left us speechless and in awe of creation.
Today, I’m thanking God for husbands who take the longer route for their wives, for the desire in us to experience God’s creation and for seasons that change landscapes and turn lakes into ice-skating rinks. Highlight of my week… for sure.
This past Christmas my brothers flew up to spend Christmas and New Year’s with us. We had some snow and spent so much time catching up, playing all the games and sledding. I am looking forward to the day we can all get together again. I think the kids had the best time. They played from the moment they woke up till the moment they passed out from exhaustion in their beds. Their last day here, we took them to the zoo. It was so cold so we only had a chance to check out the indoor exhibits but man… it was so much fun. Grace had the most amazing time showing her cousins around and listing to her uncle explain all about rocks, caves and the animals. Haddon and Simon still have another year to go before they become best friends. They’re still trying to figure out how they feel about each other. They’ll get there.
These two little girls were inseparable. They held hands, told secrets and giggled the entire time. I overheard them try to find all the things they have in common and then yell out “we’re twins again!” It doesn’t get any cuter. Also, kids in snow shoes!!!
It was so good seeing this little lady. She looked so grown up with her grown up teeth and her grown up hair!!! She’s gorgeous!
One day Sam and I will have free hands to hold our coffee or do our makeup. Until then, our hands will be busy holding babies, passing out snacks, changing diapers and keeping kids from touching all the wet surfaces and bird poop on the floor.
It was so much fun having them over. Also, baby Selah’s face is everything!!!
Such a fun time. When we moved to NE we bought our house with the hopes that our family would come and visit and they finally did. It was so wonderful and everything I imagined it to be!
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We love starting off the new year with planned resolutions and goals. Some of our goals revolve around our finances, or mental health, time with our children, spiritual goals, and health related goals. One of our goals this year is to cut dairy out of your diet for 30 days.
This is not a complete life change, because eventually we are going to want cheese. However, we are hoping to adopt a healthier and lighter way of eating through this challenge. So far, we have been doing a great job at being dairy free and I wanted to share with you a few tips that have helped keep us On track.
Here are our five simple tips that can help you with a 30 day dairy free challenge.
Set a clear start and end date. Having a set date, keeps us focused and reminds us that this is not a deprivation diet. When I want a piece of cheese, it’s easier for me to put it down knowing that I can have it in a couple weeks.
Clean out your fridge. If the ice cream is in the refrigerator, we are going to eat it. For that reason, we do not keep any dairy in a refrigerator. Out of sight out of mind.
Stock up on the good stuff. There are a lot of dairy free alternatives. We keep our favorite Silk Almond Unsweet Vanilla Half Gallon and Silk Almond Unsweet Original Half Gallon handy. I use almondmilk in my coffee, in my kids cereal and in my favorite recipes. Silk Almondmilk is simple, great tasting and made from natural ingredients. It’s low in calories, and it’s dairy-FREE and lactose free. Silk’s Progress is Perfection campaign fights the notion that “extreme” is the only path to being healthier, small victories are still victories and every sip is a step towards a dairy free life. I also use almondmilk as a creamer to my cafe con leche and cortaditos.
Accountability. It’s much easier to stick with your goals when you have people to hold you accountable. Alex and I text each other throughout the day to see how we’re doing and I also text my mom. She’s really good about encouraging me. There’s a sense of camaraderie that comes with achieving a goal together.
We’ve had the most amazing Christmas. Our Florida family is over, we’ve had a ton of fun and woke up to a winter wonderland outside. We’ve had full days full of great food laughter and a whole bunch of sledding and hot cocoa. Grace has been playing with her cousin Ellie around the clock and I’m pretty sure I’ve drank my weight in hot chocolate. Today the boys are out skiing and we have plans of going out shopping and catching a movie afterwards. We still have a bunch of activities planned but I wanted to stop and share these fun pictures of us sledding yesterday.