Friday, October 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I call this colorful concoction "Abundant Garden vegetable soup with Chicken". Beautiful red and yellow potatoes from my mother-in-law's garden, rich zucchini, yellow squash and one spicy red pepper, just to flavor it up, from my Grandmother's garden along with a chicken breast, broth, carrots, celery, minced garlic and olive oil make up this soothing meal. Mhmm, topped with some freshly grated Parmesan, and paired with sliced and diced fresh-from-the-garden Honeydew melon, it makes for a delightful treat! And I must say, quite an abundance of beauty. I always strive to create colorful, healthy meals for my family because when it's pleasing to the eye, it begs to be eaten.
The overflow of praise and thanksgiving from our grateful hearts has already begun as we reflect on and enjoy the abundant blessings of this summer's gardens. The renewed sense of Fall is in the air today. Beautiful.
What an amazing adventure, and one God surely wanted us to trek upon. If it wasn't for Him and His plan for our lives, we wouldn't have this little sweetheart. What a blessing and it's good to know that God knows what's best!
Another spectacular blessing was how much my kiddos were able to play, visit and camp with their out-of-town cousins! Spread from Oregon to Utah, soon to be Cali, and Colorado, these cousins absolutely delight in being together and supremely adore each other. They seriously have to be tearfully pried from one another's loving grips when the time to leave inevitably comes.
Many Hannah Montana concerts, Princess dress-up, slumber parties, splashing in the pool, tree house adventures, picnics and even weddings took place between these little ones this summer! There's just something about the outdoors that brings out childhood imagination in droves!
Although, we are still testing, trying and dabbling in many activities, my kids do have their own favorites; such as my little man and DIRT, my first born and soccer, my second in command and her beloved gymnastics. My little angel is trying out gymnastics as well. She started this summer and they had a performance at Fruitland Fun Days in Fruitland, ID just a few weeks ago! Don't they just look adorable in their matching T-shirts and hair ribbons? I certainly think so but I may be biased.
We also made a stop at the bouncy house, obstacle course and blow-up slide(My eldest won fairly when we raced through the obstacle course... I still can't believe it-smile).
This was also where one of my new fave photos of Ella and I was taken.
Which resembles in beauty and closeness to this shot of daddy and his littlest girly that I took this morning.
These days, in school, we are enjoying ALL being involved, whether it be my little man and his play dough, puzzles, sidewalk chalk and blocks or my oldest daughter and her endless writing projects, math problems, book reading or newspaper hat making to keep the sun off of our face; it's all for the sake of learning and we sure are enjoying embarking on it together!