Friday, March 20, 2015

maggie and dan come to town

My baby sister Maggie and her boyfriend Dan have spent the last week with us, and it has been so much fun exploring our part of Pennsylvania with them.  Maggie lived with us a few years back, so it was fun for her to show Dan her old stomping grounds.  They spent a day hiking, a day in Gettysburg, eating crepes and thrifting in a nearby town, and hitting up a few favorite restaurants.  Kenzie grew to love having them around and called them "Dam" and "Mana", and she cried when they said goodbye.  Thankful for the time spent together and the new memories made!

Gettysburg was windy.  So.

Abe couldn't find the camera. Hardy Har.

come back soon, little lovebirds!

Thursday, March 19, 2015


mckenzie // exploring Gettysburg on foot, always insisting she walks everywhere

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

family session

A few weeks ago we had family photos done by Marti Aiken, and we just got the pictures back and love them!  She did a great job capturing our little family, especially in the freezing cold and with a child that doesn't warm up to new people quickly.  I know these photos only capture a small moment in our life, but that makes them all the more special and I will treasure them forever.  Here are just a few of my favorites.

Monday, March 16, 2015


I have decided to make my blog private.  This is something I have been thinking about for a while, and it finally feels like the right time and the right decision.  

The internet is a funny can feel both personal and enormous all at once.  But as I get older and grow a family and share about the details of our life, I would like to have a bit more awareness of who I am posting these photos and words for, and who is following along.  This certainly isn't coming from a egotistical place, thinking too many people want to know the exciting details of my life! Can't control the masses!  Ha, no.  Just another step in my relationship with social media and being more intentional about the way I use it.  

I do love this space and the avenue it provides for creativity and documentation of life, and I will continue to post here.  I love documenting both the mundane and the exciting bits and pieces of life, and I don't want that to stop.  Blogging has never been about the publicity for me, and I actually look forward to sharing life in a more personal setting.
If you are interested in continuing to follow along, please leave a comment with your email or email me at and I am happy to share the password with you.  There are many people I don't know personally but have met through this crazy blog world, and I would love to continue keeping in touch.  I'll be making it private in the next few weeks.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

sneaking veggies

My daughter has this highly unusual habit where she sometimes doesn't like to eat vegetables.  Wait, you too?  Gone are the simpler days of just throwing the child on the boob and knowing she will always be getting tons of nutrients and will always be eager to eat.  We lived that glorious life for about eleven months before she started showing any interest in solid food, and even then I kept up the nursing because it made me feel more justified when I would share my chocolate chip muffin with her in the morning.  

Well anyways, we have entered the lifelong battle of the vegetables, and truth be told, Kenzie is a pretty good eater.  But I try to sneak in the extra veggies where I can, and I thought I would share a few of my go-to (as in daily) recipes.  If you have any tips or suggestions, please share!  

And on a related note, if you have any tips on getting your kid to drink milk, please share!  Every morning Kenzie asks, "milk? milk?" but when I give it to her she doesn't drink it.  She just likes the thrill of getting something she asked for.  Anyways.  This is unrelated.  Onto the recipes.

Approximately 56% of Kenzie's diet is spinach pancakes.  She inhales these things at alarming rates.  I can't make them fast enough.  

1 banana
2 eggs
1 cup spinach leaves
1 tbs ground flax seed
1 tsp vanilla

blend together and prepare just like normal pancakes

Honestly, these can be hit or miss.  But they are worth having on hand in case Kenzie decides today is a broccoli day.  

1 bag frozen broccoli, steamed and chopped
1/3 cup italian seasoned bread crumbs
2/3 cup shredded cheddar
2 eggs

mix all together and form into balls (the size of cookies) on a foil lined cookie sheet.  Cook at 375 for 20-25 minutes, flipping and flattening a bit at 15 minutes.  Freeze in a ziplock bag to have on hand.

I always make these for myself, but then Kenzie selfishly hijacks most of them.  These are the unseen sacrifices of parents.  It's a painful journey.

sweet potato
olive oil
salt and pepper

Peel and slice sweet potato into thin strips. Toss strips with a few tablespoons of olive oil.  Spread onto a foil lined cookie sheet and season with salt, pepper, paprika.  Cook at 400 for 15 minutes, toss strips around, and cook another 10-15 minutes.

A few years ago David and I started drinking smoothies every day with our breakfast (with our breakfast, you people who can just drink a smoothie for breakfast and feel full are cray) and now Kenzie is in the same habit!  We don't have exact measurements or even stick with the same ingredients all the time, but this particular smoothie is:

1 banana
handful of kale (or spinach)
4-5 peach slices
2 heaping spoonfuls of plain greek yogurt
 pinch of flaxseed
4 tbs water

blend until smooth.

Hope this helps!  I know some parents love the adventure of figuring out what their child likes to eat and thinking of creative ways to present it.  Truly, I would opt for the IV if I had that option, but I don't, so I will slowly navigate this eating thing each day.  Thank God for pinterest, is all I'm sayin.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


kenz // playing peek-a-boo in the clean sheets while she "helps" me make up the guest bed for some exciting visitors this upcoming weekend

Thursday, March 5, 2015

homemade edible playdough

The other day I was searching for some new activities to do with the girls.  Winter is long, and things are getting crazy in this small apartment.  I wanted to have the girls help me make some playdough, but I knew Kenzie would immediately put it in her mouth.  So I came up with this recipe that is safe to eat, salt-free, and actually a bit moisturizing for your hands while you play!

2 cups flour
3 tbs olive oil
1/2 cup water
food coloring of your choice

Mix it all together with your hands!  The girls were fascinated by the texture and the different colors.  We formed our playdough into snowballs, noodles, pancakes, and lots of other shapes.  When you are finished, place each color into an airtight baggie and it will save for a few more days of play.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


kenzie // wearing the tiniest little ponytails now, which make my heart want to explode

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


kenz // getting so big in my arms but still prefers to be carried everywhere.

Monday, February 23, 2015

an evening outside

We got more snow this weekend and then Sunday was straight up beach weather.  It hit forty degrees!  Where's my sunscreen!  So we all bundled up and walked Amber to the dog park and played in the snow. 

Here we are, at the end of February, and we have finally collected an entire outfit for Kenzie to wear in the snow.  We are late to the party, but we are making up for lost time.  Our friends just let her borrow these boots, so she can finally stomp around in the snow and not get soaked.

Poor Kenz thought she finally had this walking thing down and then we are like here! walk in this totally uneven unpredictable wet stuff! She quickly decided she preferred sitting down, thank you very much.

Amber being the absolute snow psycho she is.  We probably get asked once a week if she is a puppy because she absolutely bounces and prances around in this weather.  Nope.  She's, like, six.  But if you are volunteering to help rid her of some of this energy, then yes please.

obligatory mama-daughter photos, kenzie is looking thrilled about it as always

Kenzie has started to say "Amber come!" which she obviously picked up from us always yelling at our dog to come.  Awesome.  But it is also the cutest.

And we couldn't leave without a snack of snow! In the dog park! Don't think about it too much!