Sweet Summertime

I love summer! All the busyness, the warm sun, the flowers, fresh fruit and veggies, all of it! Here are a few shots of summer around here…

cody and misc 005_edited-1 cody and misc 006_edited-1Beautiful sky right before a thunderstormcody and misc 013_edited-1 cody and misc 014_edited-1 cody and misc 022 cody and misc 028_edited-1 cody and misc 029_edited-1swimming at the neighbors’ poolmisc. may & june 033_edited-1 misc. may & june 035 misc. may & june 038_edited-1misc. may & june 054playing in the creekmisc. may & june 040 misc. may & june 041_edited-1 misc. may & june 042_edited-1 misc. may & june 043_edited-1hotdogs and marshmallowsmisc. may & june 046 misc. may & june 047 misc. may & june 048 misc. may & june 049And lest you think it’s all fun and games around here…There is work to be done too πŸ™‚


So my sis-n-law said she needs a family picture for a scrapbook page, could I take one? I say, sure, but I’m not used to doing families πŸ™‚ She was fine with that, and one night as we were both getting ready to go away ( we live right beside each other ), she asked if we could quickly do that. And quick was the word here! In 5 min. I took of them and the my nephews by themselves,and hoped for a good one πŸ™‚ I told my brother-in-law I like longer sessions, but he said quick was his preference. Men πŸ˜‰

Here are a few of the Goods. Aren’t they a cute family? πŸ™‚may 2014 074_edited-1 may 2014 076_edited-1And the 2 cuties..may 2014 066_edited-1 may 2014 067_edited-1 may 2014 068Brothers are the best of friends. Mostly πŸ™‚

Hope you are having a great week!!



My sis asked me to take Cody’s pictures, and I was very happy to do that πŸ™‚ He did very well, but after being patient for quite a while, he proclaimed,” I am done!” πŸ™‚cody and misc 043_edited-1 cody and misc 049_edited-1 cody and misc 054_edited-1 cody and misc 071_edited-1Since Cody will soon be moving to Haiti with his family, I left him stay for a sleepover after his pictures were taken. The boys had so much fun together!!

Before I took him home the next day, we grabbed icecream at McD’s and took it to the park.misc. may & june 002_edited-1 misc. may & june 004_edited-1They had fun running around there for a bit before it was time to head home.2 3 misc. may & june 005_edited-1 misc. may & june 006 misc. may & june 013_edited-11misc. may & june 011_edited-1I love this one of my girlies! misc. may & june 017_edited-1I enjoyed the time he spent with us and we will miss them all alot!

Farm Pics


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It’s strawberry season around here, and we are loving all things strawberry πŸ™‚ If only they lasted a little longer!misc. may & june 062_edited-1 misc. may & june 063misc. may & june 060_edited-1misc. may & june 061_edited-1Strawberry jelly ready for the freezer.misc. may & june 064_edited-1 misc. may & june 065_edited-1 misc. may & june 066_edited-1I made a pie and there was 1 slice left πŸ™‚ This is the recipe we like :


1 1/4 cup water

3/4 cup sugar

2Tbsp. cornstarch

Cook together till thick and clear. Add 1 3 oz. pack of strawberry jello. Cool slightly and add sliced strawberries. ( I use approximately 1 qt. ) Pour into prepared crust.

I take the easy route and buy a ready made crust πŸ™‚ This recipe says to bake it at 425 degrees for 8 min., and cool before adding strawberry mixture.

misc. may & june 067_edited-1 misc. may & june 068_edited-1 misc. may & june 069Jenna needs to be told when she had enough πŸ™‚

We’ve also enjoyed strawberry shortcake, strawberry milkshakes, and fresh strawberry danish. YUM!

More of Jenna

In a post from a few weeks ago, I had a few pics from Jenna and I said there would be more. Here they are…jenna, school trip, etc 049_edited-1 jenna, school trip, etc 051I had so much fun! She definitely cooperates better if you let her do her own thing πŸ™‚ Not too much posing for her!jenna, school trip, etc 054_edited-1 jenna, school trip, etc 058 jenna, school trip, etc 071_edited-1jenna, school trip, etc 072 jenna, school trip, etc 077 jenna, school trip, etc 084 jenna, school trip, etc 086 jenna, school trip, etc 099This is so her πŸ™‚ Naughty grin!new Untitled-3The cards I handed out. I can’t believe my baby is 2 1/2!!

# 1 Dad

In honor of my favorite guy in the world πŸ™‚ Happy Father’s Day!!

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Was Jenna really this little?! Time flies!

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Joke I pulled on him πŸ™‚ The yard was full of cows πŸ™‚

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Love this one!

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The boys spend alot of time with Dad


Poor Dad squished on the bottom πŸ™‚


So sweet! ❀

pictures 171And just because he loves John Deere…

giving the girls a ride

giving the girls a ride

I rode along for a round :)

I rode along for a round πŸ™‚


he loves pics like this ;)

he loves pics like this πŸ˜‰

Thank you for the long days & short nights, the booboos kissed, the tears wiped, your patience, kindness, & love for us!

We think you are the bestΒ ! Love you!!


I’ll be honest, I usually do my baking when Jenna is napping, but this time I let her “help”:) It is fun to watch her eagerness to turn the mixer off and on.may 2014 003_edited-1may 2014 002_edited-1may 2014 006_edited-1 may 2014 007_edited-1This is a quick, easy recipe we enjoy.

Chocolate Oat Bars

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 cup oatmeal ( I use baby oatmeal )

1 1/4 cup flour

1 tsp. baking soda

dash of salt

Directions :Β  Cream together butter & sugar. Stir in egg & vanilla. Add oatmeal, flour, soda, & salt. Press 2/3 of mixture into a greased 9×13″ pan.

6 oz. chocolate chips

1 14 oz. can sweetened, condensed milk

1 Tbsp. butter

Melt together chocolate chips, butter, and sweetened, condensed milk, stirring constantly over low heat. Pour over mixture in pan. Crumble remaining oat mixture over top. Bake @ 350 degrees for 18 – 20 min.

Tip – Be careful not to overbake πŸ™‚may 2014 005_edited-1And then you may lick the spatula if you’d like πŸ™‚