Fantastic Friday: Pancakes

Friday, July 31, 2009

Today Scott and EK made the most delicious Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes ever!!! Yum! EK LOVED helping her dad mix and pour. She loved eating them too. She kept saying, "These are so delicious!"


Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes
2 c whole wheat baking flour
2/3 c quick oats
2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1&1/2 t cinnamon
1&1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
1 c sour cream
2 lightly beaten eggs
3 t vanilla extract
3/4 c milk

1. Heat a lightly oiled griddle over medium heat.

2. In a bowl, mix dry ingredients, then stir in remaining ingredients and mix until even. (The batter will be pretty thick)

3. Cook on prepared griddle until golden brown on both sides.

4. Serve with butter and maple syrup.

*I thought they were a little blah without syrup so I think next time we may add a little splenda to give a hint of sweetness and I will eat without syrup- I'm not a big syrup fan. Hope you try and enjoy!!!


Beautiful Children!!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A few weeks ago, Amy asked me to take some images of Max for his nine month portraits. How could they not turn out great with such a precious baby? Today, I did the same for my sister. I took images of her two children, Rebecca & Samuel which turned out beautiful too!!! Here are a few of the best.


Bec & Sam


One of my Favorite Things to See...

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Savannah coming home!!!



What about EK's old room?

It is the perfect size for a study. We moved our desk, two chairs, filing cabinet, and piano in there plus I moved all my scrapbooks and supplies in so I can work on the girls' books. I want to continue traditional pages until they graduate and then they're on their own. My family books are totally digital. I am excited about this new space.



And because we moved all EK's toys out of the sunroom, we were able to open up the sitting area a little and create our school area. A & R start back to school a week from Monday so EK and I will get back to it then too. I am looking forward to this school year. She is the perfect little sponge to soak it all in now!!!





Thankful Thursday: Sisters & Friends

What makes a girl want to go out in the front yard and practice her golf? Savannah and Sarah gave Amelia some golf lessons today. I looked out the front window and thought I was at the golf course. What a great day!!!




Wordless Wednesday: Playing in the Rain





EK's New Room

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

When I was a teacher, there were days when I just wanted to move my whole room around and I did and it was so fun!!! I love organizing and getting things fixed just so. We have been in our house for a whole year now and as I sat thinking back over the past year, I could count on one hand how many times I had walked into the living room and sat. About one... right after we moved here. Needless to say, it has been a wasted space although used by the girls for the computer and piano...

One day about two weeks ago, I had a huge brainstorm of converting it into EK and ShayleeJoy's room. I don't call it their bedroom because it so much more functional. I have always wanted EK to have a room where she slept and played. When we moved here, there was a small space connected to our bedroom where we set up her bed and necessary items. It was wonderful because it gave her a chance to get used to the new house and be close to us too. There was never much room for her toys or for to play so I thought why not give her the BIG space???

Well, what a daughting task. There was a bed, vanity, chair, dresser, and bookshelf to be moved from her room. There was a sofa, two chairs, a coffee table, big desk, and a piano to be moved from the living room. Oh boy... now I had to talk Scott into it. I first consulted a few friends one of which was my stager when we moved here, Beth Hendry. She thought it was a fabulous idea and had tons of suggestions. That just fueled the fire and there was nothing that would do except to get on with it. So Saturday, I looked at Scott and said, "Let's just try it. We can always move it all back." He is such a sweetie and said ok- with the help of the girls we had it knocked out by lunch. I loved it!!! We still have things to do: french doors, window treatments, a rug, and maybe pulldown shades with ricrac. It is perfect for now though!!!

The first night was not fun. She had a terrible time sleeping in there and I finally went in with her and slept on the trundle. Since then she has slept so soundly and loves her new space. We moved all her girly toys into this room (dress up, babies, kitchen, and doll stuff) and the horse and farm stuff all to the basement. It is really cool because now when I go down to sew, she has things to play with she has forgotten about. And now the sunroom space is her school area. More on that later. Here are a few shots of the room. What do you think?

This is the view from her door

Bed and Kitchen

I decided to leave the pink sofa in there and we sit on it all the time to read!


This was used for a china cabinet until now but my sister helped me clean it out and we put all EK's things from China on the top two shelves and some of her clothes in the baskets. I thought it turned out really pretty!

So what do you think? Crazy or completely functional???

Catching Up

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

These are a few shots taken from the past week and a half. Sam turned 9 and we took them out on the lake.



Sam turned 9!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Monday was Sam's 9th birthday and we celebrated with a cookout, strawberry cake, and swimming. Here is a precious picture of him when we went out for a ride in the boat!



Fun Times

Monday, July 13, 2009

Some cute pics of EK and Madelyn.


Saturday, Scott and EK cleaned everything in sight: the car, the golfcart, EK's bike, and Fisher.




That morning we all strolled the farmer's market and picked up some fresh tomatoes- so what for lunch? A good old tomato sandwich! EK LOVED it!!!
It was a GREAT weekend!!!


Photo Editing: Frame-ups and Special Effects

Thursday, July 9, 2009

I am taking another cool class at Jessica Sprague called Photo Editing: Frame-ups and Special Effects. Check it out and get learning!!! Here is a image where I added a frame and word art- turned out cute. Now I want to print and frame for my house.



The 4th! Savannah's 20th Birthday

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Our family enjoyed a wonderful weekend together. Savannah and Josh made it home on Friday around 3 and we were about halfway with second coat on the arbor. We enjoyed a pasta dinner to give Scott and Amy carbs for the Peachtree Road Race. They both drove down with Jason and Brandon for the run. All four did a fantastic job and headed home for a day of celebration.

We spent the day lounging around the pool and grilled out for dinner. We had a big crowd for Savannah's dinner party. Amy made a delicious strawberry cake for Savannah and Jason (bd tomorrow!) and we made homemade ice cream- YUM!

Picnik collage

Picnik collage

Picnik collage

Later that evening, we took the boat out on the lake for another fireworks show- it was awesome. It was beautiful driving back after dark with a full moon. The perfect ending to a wonderful day. Happy birthday sweet Savannah!!!