Sunday, June 10, 2012

Babies and Books

This was our weekend!  Saturday was incredibly lazy... We laid around the house and watched "I Love Lucy" re-runs.  That evening, we went to a Gender Reveal Party for our friends Chad and Lexi.  Adam and I were on Team Blue.

This morning at church, we talked about 1 Thessalonians and communication with God and each other.  In an effort to better communicate with each other, Kelsey, Vegas, Adam, and I went to have burgers and chat after church. (Actually, we just really wanted onion rings... but we do like to talk!) Baby Layne provided endless entertainment for the table. He really is just the funniest kid!

And of course, you know I have to squeeze in time to read and hang out with Diesel!  I'm reading The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble.  I am SUPPOSED to be reading the books I assigned to my students over the summer, but I haven't quite gotten motivated yet.  I think this week is going to call for a trip to the library!

Happy Birthday, Grandma!

Last weekend, my sweet Grandma turned 80.   The whole family made the trip up to Atlanta and went to church at First Baptist.  Then we drove up to Queen City to tea house, Rose Garden Eatery, for lunch, coffee, and cake.  My Grandma is so special to me.  When I was a little girl, going to her house for the weekend was such a treat.  I have six first cousins who all live in Atlanta, and so we would have slumber parties at her house.  The group picture below is of my rapidly growing immediate family, I don't think all the cousins can fit in one frame anymore!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Strawberry Pie and Some Brand New Things

Over the last year, my younger sister and her husband welcomed a new baby.  I know he's my nephew, my favorite (and only!), but I really do think he might be the cutest baby in the wide world.  This picture is from around Christmas.  Adam and I call this get-up his "Max Outfit," as  in- "The night Max wore his wolf suit, and made mischief of one kind... and another..." (from Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are)

My youngest sister was married earlier this summer, and she was an absolutely beautiful bride!  Adam and I had dinner with her and our new brother-in-law at their apartment earlier this week.  I made a strawberry cream pie, and I wish I'd thought to take a picture because it turned out so beautifully!  It's easy-peasy to make, and my mom calls it "Bunny-Milk Pie" because she thinks it tastes like Strawberry Nesquik.  I got the recipe from my grandmother, but I think it actually is a variation on an old Cool Whip/Jello recipe.

1.  Make 3 oz. package of strawberry Jello according to speed-set directions.
2.  Before putting in fridge to set, whisk in 1 8 oz. tub of Cool Whip until smooth.
3.  Gently fold in 1 cup of fresh cut strawberries, put in fridge for 20-30 minutes to set.
4.  Pour into graham cracker crust, leave in fridge to set over night. (If you skip the step before this, your pie crust will get soggy and gross.)
5.  Top with fresh whipped cream and strawberries, and you're done!
 *Note: You could also make this with light/free Cool Whip and sugar-free Jello if you are so inclined, and it tastes about the same!

Happy Weekend!

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Catch-Up Post

So I've been away for a while now, and a few things have changed....We moved out of our "Little House" and into one slightly larger, although it DEFINITELY still qualifies as a little house.  The best part is, this house is right in the middle of "town."

In all fairness, town is only one block of beautiful old houses, but it always makes me think of the E.E. Cummings poem:

"anyone lived in a pretty how town
  (with up so floating many bells down)
  spring summer autumn winter
  he sang his didn't he danced his did."

It's one of my favorite poems!  Happy Friday everyone!