Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Road Trip: Montana Wedding Part 2

And then there was a wedding!


Father of the groom, Uncle Butch, performed the ceremony.


Flower girl with all the sass (to match the bridesmaid!) Cousin Brooklynn




Brother of the bride and sister of the groom stood on the "correct" sides, and then switched to support their sibling!




The setting was gorgeous!  At one point the bride and groom went over and stood on this bridge just for a minute.  When they came back his dad had put on a tall white hat with a gold cross and started going "Mawwaige, mawwaige is wot bwings us together today" and everyone cracked up!  Unfortunately the hat wouldn't stay on in the breeze and I didn't catch a picture of it.  That and the sound decided to cut out right then, but we all knew what he was doing anyway!


Kiss the girl!




There was coloring on the paper tablecloths, cousins are happy!



There was an ice cream bar for dessert, and Joy will one day hate me for this photo, but it's too cute not to post.  Don't mess with a toddler's ice cream!


With Grandma and Aunt Priscilla!


Cousin Cassia was DONE.  Uncle Brian had a turn holding her and trying to get her to calm down.


Dancing with Aunt Priscilla!


These girls LOVE to dance.  They had so much fun.  When they weren't making a running dash for the open door on the other side of the hall!


Cousin Brooklynn showing off her dance moves!


Unfortunately because of said dashing and the time we didn't get to stay for much after dinner, just the parents of the couple dances.


Aunt Sheila and Joktan.  Happy wedding!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Riding in Cars with Bears

The girls have decided that they love these bears, and they must bring them in the car with us whenever we go anywhere.

Joy

Hope

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Book: All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes

 Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie's bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.

But when Lucas Brannen, Kat's best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York.

As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself---her---is suddenly in danger of slipping away.

The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat's senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams . . . or sabotage her chances to keep her in Louisiana.

***

This book was not what I expected.  For a large part I just kept wanting them to have a conversation about their relationship already.  But really, that's what is driving the story.   What happens when you are lost in your head and don't really know what the other person is thinking?  Lots of hijinks along the way!

The premise of a reality TV show was a fun one.  I can't even imagine how nerve wracking it would be to go on one of those cooking shows blind and then be told what you have to cook and with a time limit!

And finally, what do you do when your life feels like it's not in your own control anymore?  Hmmm, that applies in real life too!

I enjoyed this book for very different reasons that I normally enjoy chic lit.  It was a good one.

***

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Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana with her young daughter and has a heart for sharing the amazing news of God's grace through her novels. A freelance journalist, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she's not reading, writing, or singing along to a Disney soundtrack with her daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing.


Betsy St. Amant All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes

I received this book from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Road Trip: Montana Wedding Part 1

So, now that it's two months later and our summer of all the crazy is over I have a few minutes to actually get to the pictures I took... back in June!

We left off leaving Yellowstone a day early due to crazy hail and rain. We went back to spend the night with my friend in Bozeman and the next day headed over to Billings for Brian's cousin's wedding.


We stayed at a KOA, which was world's apart from the campground in Yellowstone... we even got a Kabin the first night as we heard it was going to rain again... it did!


The boys climbed this tree and then Noah realized just how far off the ground he was.


Daddy to the rescue!


I have zero pictures from the rehearsal dinner that night, but it was fun.  Time to see most of the family and have yummy food.  Also, the boys having (pool) noodle fights with cousin Keenan.

The next morning we went swimming with Auntie Allison and Cousin Cassia, who got in from Africa at midnight!


Then we went to Cracker Barrel for lunch... sorry, we were not impressed.


These cousins are stair stepped exactly 1 1/2 years apart.  Miss Brooklynn.


Brooklynn's mom Cassandra, and Cassandra's mom, Aunt Cindi!


After a mad dash to change into wedding clothes in Aunt Priscilla's hotel room we made it to the site for family pictures.  Noah fell asleep on the way so he was kind of cranky.


Then to entertain little girls for over an hour until the wedding starts... look Mommy, I'm picking the flowers that are part of the landscaping!  Whoops!


Tea for two!


The monkeys were from Aunt Eloise.  All the kids got one and they were a hit!  Sadly Noah's got switched for William's in August so it's taking a trip to Africa for adventures and hopefully we can trade back in December!


By the time the wedding actually happened we had to put the girls in our baby packs and pace at the edge of the seating area.  But otherwise they did really well.


The groom, Joktan, and cousin Cassandra


Cousin Cassia was distraught after many many hours on a plane and little sleep.  But shredding the grooms boutonniere was fun!




Gorgeous flowers as centerpieces


Joktan proposed to Caitlin after a long hike to the top of Granite Peak.  He actually hiked it once the day before to leave his guitar up there so he could surprise her!


Sadly, the ring got left at base camp on a rock wall and I'm not sure if they ever got it back even though he hiked up again the next day to try and find it.

Next post: actual wedding pictures!  This is why I will never be a wedding photographer, I don't have time to edit that many photos!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Whisper...

Living with the four rowdies that I do, whispers are often hard to hear.

Right now it's late, the house is mostly quiet and the roar inside my head still makes the whispers hard to hear.

The lists of things to do and things undone.  The friends I wish I could spend more time with.  The patience I run out of right around dinner time.

There's a whisper under all of that.  I know it's there, but I can hardly be quiet for long enough to hear it.

The whisper calling my name.

To peace, and rest, and things that are truly important.

And somehow I need to find a way to listen to the whisper...


I know there is a song or poem or something(s) that speaks of this, but it's just eluding my jumbled brain tonight. 

What does it remind you of?



Five minute Friday has changed! It's now hosted over at Kate's place. But as always please join in or leave a comment!

On Vertigo and Other Adventures

School started this week for us.  I feel like I've been seeing back to school photos on facebook for weeks and finally ours is here! 

It means we have to get up WAY earlier than we are used to and for some reason it means the girls have decided 6am is a good time to wake up.  But that 10pm is still a good time to go to sleep at night.  I've had full on toddler meltdowns over the smallest things.  Fun times.

But the most fun of all?  Apparently I have lots of fluid built up in my middle ear.  After 6 days of off and on vertigo (I fell over trying to get out of bed at least twice) and constant lightheadedness I finally took myself to the doctor today.  Only to be told that there's not much to be done, but wait for it to go away.  Yay. 

It might possibly be caused by allergies, but I don't have any other symptoms.  So I take Claritin anyway in the hopes that it will help it go away.  And I have a prescription for the dizziness which will make me drowsy... while I have to chase twin toddlers.  Since the dizziness is actually worst when I lie down I guess I'll only get to take that one at night.


They do sit still occasionally...

This is not an auspicious start to the school year.  I had lots of plans and very few of them have happened yet.

But Noah is making new friends and Cory is getting back into the swing of school.  Here's hoping for a better week next week!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

First Day of School times Two!

It wasn't hard to get Noah out of bed this morning, he's been waiting for this day since he turned 4 in March!


First day of preschool, new lunch box, new tennis shoes, he's ready!


I think he might be a little sad when he discovers he's not going every day... good thing because of Labor Day the first day happened for both boys on the same day!


My second grader wasn't quite so ready, he wanted a late start for today!  This change to being out the door when we're normally just getting up is going to be a bit rough!


This is what they're really like... pray for their teachers!

Here's to a good year of school, preschool and second grade!