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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Rock Rolling Day

Happy blessed Easter to you and your family from all of our crazy crew over here in the desert!
We're soaking in His unconditional love for us and savoring our family.  

I'm leaving you with the annual egg dye at our house.  Nothing fancy.  As you can see at 15 Patch has decided he's too old to dye eggs. And at 17 Liv has decided it's fun again. At 11 Boo thinks anything is an opportunity to make a silly face.  And at 6, 6, and 4 the littles think the whole process is still pretty magical. 
Happy Rock Rolling Day!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Family Faves {The World's Best Deviled Eggs}

... or at least we think so!
With Easter right around the corner, I have been dreaming of these deviled eggs!  Isn't that one of the best part of holidays, all the foods that go with that holiday.  We make these deviled eggs year round though, and I like to make them for after-school snacks because they're that easy and simple, especially if I have some bacon left over from another recipe or meal.  (Ya, that happens all the time.  Extra bacon laying around that you don't know what to do with!  But go with me on this one!)  But they are a certainty for Easter.  This year I had been obsessing about them and could wait till Easter came so I made them early.

I like the regular ol' deviled eggs all right.  You know the creamy ones with vinegar and mustard.  I mean they're okay.  But if bacon makes ice cream better, can you image what it does to hard-boil eggs?!  I tried a recipe similar to this a long while back and loved it, but...  I can't leave well enough alone (It's a character fault of mine.  But I'm owning it, and that the first step they tell me.) so I fiddled just a tiny bit with the original recipe, eliminating the mustard and added more cheddar and salt.  Now it's the only deviled egg recipe we make here in the Crazy house.
The World's Best Deviled Eggs

12 hard-boiled eggs
1/2 c + 1 T mayonnaise
1/4 c grated cheddar cheese
salt to taste
6 slices bacon - cooked and crumbled
chives, finely chopped - optional for garnish

Peel hard-boiled eggs, and cut in half lengthwise. Remove yolks and place in a bowl.  

Add mayonnaise, crumbled bacon and cheese and mix will it's well blended. (Save 24 pieces of bacon crumbles to garnish the top of fished eggs.) Add a couple dashes of salt to taste.  

Fill egg halves with the yolk mixture.  
Put 1 piece of bacon crumble on the top of each egg half and sprinkle with chopped chives.  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Date night with our son

I'm gonna toot my own horn here a wee bit.
We have a lot of kiddos.
And one thing that we very intentionally do because we have a lot of kiddos is to spend special one-on-one time with them.  Of course this is something that we'd do even if we didn't have a lot of kiddos.  But since we do, it's something that we need to be especially intentional about, or it can be forgotten and slip away.  Does anyone remember that old saying Quality not quantity time is what counts. I agree that quality time is with our children is good, but honestly quantity time is really stinkin' important too.

Usually date night with the kiddos isn't extravagant. Each child has certain things that they like to do.  And we make sure that they get to do them with us.  Sometimes just one parent.  Sometimes both.  But just one kiddo and mom and/or dad and some time to connect and be together.
Sunny and I used to cook together and do crafting projects when she was still here.  ***sigh***
Liv loves to get pedicures and lunch dates.
Patch is athletic and dinners after his track meets are a fave right now as is hiking and camping.
Boo is my movie buddy.  I just saw the new Captain America movie with him!
Tess is happy doing just about anything one-on-one but going to the dollar store and picking out something... anything... is her heaven.
Mimi... well she's the one that's still not in school so one-on-one time abounds for her. Books, reading time, crafts, cooking, coloring... golly if that child is helping in anyway she's beaming from ear to ear.
This weekend we surprised Jude with a date night.   Tess went to spend the weekend at her grandparents and Jude was feeling especially down.   Not that we need to spend money to cheer him up, but we wanted to do something special, and for Jude baseball is really really special!
We bought Jude his first D-back t-shirt and we had peanuts.  We listened for the crack of the bat, and we talked about the plays.  We cuddled as he got tired in the 8th inning.
And even though it was an awful game, the D-Backs lost badly, it was a fabulous night with our son!

What are your favorite "dates" with your kiddos?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mimi's spring

Forgive the overload of Mimi photos.  I can not get enough of her lately.  Lately, like for the last 2 years when she first came into my arms.  Now she is my daughter and my muse. 
These were her 4th birthday pics.  I didn't want to get too far behind before I posted them.  
Those big kissable cheeks, the little toenails with 3 layers of chipped polish, the gentleness of her fingers and the eyes I could dive into...

my Mimi. 
Need I say more?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My dirty little secret: I listen to Eminem

I’m just gonna say it…

Please don't judge me too harshly.

My children listen to secular music.
I think Eminem is an artist.
There I said it!  

When I grew up, there wasn't children’s music, and no kid’s station on the radio.  I listened to whatever my Papa put on the turntable.  ("turntable"  You youngins are just gonna have to look that one up.)  Often we'd sit on the back porch as my papa and my uncle played the guitar, and we'd all belt out, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”  Yes, I now know the connotations.  I didn't then.  These memories of a family together wrapped in music are among my favorites.   Later I would come to appreciate these musicians as incredible artists and wonderful lyricists that were more storytellers to me when I was young.
Loggins and Messina.  
Cat Stevens.  
Joni Mitchell.  
Simon and Garfunkel.  
Peter, Paul and Mary.  
The Who.
John Stewart.
And so many more.  
And I came to realize that these artists had a lot to say about the times they lived in.  Some things were fun and some things they said were difficult to hear.  But the music told about our society, and character, and our lives and the times we lived in.   These were often the first tunes that my littles heard in my home.  Leaping and huffing on a moon shadow, moon shadow, moon shadow.  Sing along if you know this one!  It's still one of Livy's favorites.  At the age of 2, Sunny sang, Oh Cecelia! You're breaking my heart.  You're shaking my coffee up, Baby.  It's the only way we sing it now.

So my children listen to secular music on the radio too.  As much as I'd sometimes I'd LOVE to, I don’t ever really want to take them out of a secular world, (even though I have the deepest admiration for families that have chose to live counter-culture lives in accordance to His plan.)  We try to train our children to stand apart in our world.  To look different in action and spirit.  To be a magnet to others that may not know the unconditional love that He offers.  Papa and I have made a very conscience decision to raise our family in the middle of a secular world.  And it is our greatest desire that when someone meets us, they’ll go away thinking, That crazy family is different for some reason.  I wanna learn more about them and see why it seems to work for them.  We want to live within it and stand apart in it all at the same time.

I think music is an integral part of our world.

So a couple years ago I learned what a G-6 is although I'm pretty sure I called it a “cheese stick” for a very long while before an older child corrected me.  I'd like to think that they like having a mom who is actually a dork.   I've come to appreciate much about what Eminem writes about and have used it as a jumping off point for many discussions about relationships and what God intends for us to look like.   And sometimes I turn the station and that’s ok too.  I want my children to grow with the understanding that in this secular world, they too can make the decision to change the station, or take a stand in the midst of it.

If you could, would you choose to live in a community where everyone thought like you?  Where everyone listened to the same music and had the same beliefs?  Is that even possible?  Despite the fact the we want to protect our children from everything out there that's less then desirable at best and horrific at worst, do we need to let our children see it and feel it and be a part of it?  It's a delicate parental balancing act I know.  How do you find the balance in your family? 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

"Her skirt matches his hair...

... Did you plan that?"
That's what Liv asked me when she saw these pics.
Ummmm, no.  But it certainly does match doesn't it!
My friend, Kate and I are still getting together regularly and scouring the city for new-to-us photography locations.
This is where we stumbled last.  Downtown.  Urban city.  It was bright and colorful and gritty and lots of fun all the way around!
I love the dirt on his face!

PS - before I forget, I'm looking for some kiddos to shoot in this specific location.  I'd love to find a family with 2-3 kiddos, and I'm cutting my rate by more than half for one family to shoot here.  Are you interested?  Please "share" this post via Facebook or pass this on if you know a family that might be interested in a very discounted shoot in this urban location.
In the course of the friendship I've forged with Kate, another friendship has formed between our two littles.
Mimi and Riley.
Riley is a year younger than Mimi, but several inches taller.  And he calls her My Mimi. She gets excited to see him too!  Kate and I have been thinking it's our little version of Ebony and Ivory, with our own personal twist.
And just in case you're wondering if our petite little gal can hold her own in a world that's going to be larger than herself..
here she is letting Riley know who's the boss in this new relationship.  See I told you, they're friends... in every way!
That pic just cracks me up!  Ya, I laugh at myself.  And my children.  That's how I roll.
Ya we're total dorks because we even took turn taking pics of each other too!  Kate, thank you for capturing these pics of me!  I think they will be my favorite pics of myself of all time!
For every occasion I confirm that I am not a city girl, and that happens a LOT, I turn around and discover a new reason that I love this big ol' city!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Now that March is officially over...

...I thought what better time to finally post St. Patrick's Day photos!

I mean that holiday is long forgotten by now. Folks have moved on to Easter at this point, and all the shamrocks and pinching is a forgotten memory by now!  So what I great time to post my now completely irrelevant St. Patty's day photos!
I never let a little thing like completely inappropriate timing stop me!
So here they are.

I come from a very small extended family, and we're very lucky that that family all lives within the state.  Our home is centrally located and is a great meeting place for holidays.  We don't "do" all the holidays.  Only the important ones... like St. Patrick's Day of course.  It's a big deal for us!  Corned beef, cabbage, soda bread, lots of green... and a pinata of course.  'Cause what's an Anglo Saxon holiday completely American born holiday without a Mexican tradition thrown in?!
The irony of the "Kiss me I'm Irish" shirts is not lost on me.  I couldn't resist.
It's a warped sense of humor.

Coming soon, Easter pics in July.

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