Archives for January 2016

Playdough

It’s been a long week in our house…  Sickness has swept through and hit every person in the house.  Not all at once, thankfully.  But throughout the last almost 2 weeks someone has been sick.  I am tired but thankful…  Thankful that it didn’t hit everyone at once, thankful that we are all generally healthy, and thankful I have a sweet family to take care of and love on.  The days have been long, but they have also been full!  It’s exhausting taking care of sick littles for sure, but I’ve been soaking in all of the extra snuggles and fun we have had at home!  The good news is that the weather has been crummy…  Overcast, cold and rainy so that’s a plus!!  Who wants to go out in the middle of a windy rainy storm!?  Not me…  At least not with 4 kids…  Or even two!  Needless to say, we have needed some rainy day activities so the other night we made playdough.  Kenley was getting antsy and wanted something different to do than her usual ‘painting.’  I don’t keep playdough in the house but decided I would make some with her to see if that would help the ants in her pants!  Meltdown averted…  She’s been hooked ever since and making ‘snowmen’ and playing and having fun with it ever since!  It’s super easy to make and I guarantee you will have all of the ingredients in your pantry.  I have kept it in a ziploc bag now for 4 days and it’s still soft and perfect!

playdough

 

Playdough

INGREDIENTS:
4 cups all purpose flour
2 TBSP vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup salt
1 cup hot water
food coloring
optional: extracts or young living oils to make it smell yummy

DIRECTIONS:
Set out 4 bowls.
Pour 1/4 cup of water into each bowl.
Add a few drops(3-6) of color into each bowl.
Add 1 1/2 tsp of vegetable oil to each bowl.
Add oil or extract if you desire.  I used 3 drops of Young Living Lavender oil into each bowl.
Measure the 4 cups of flour into a medium bowl and add the salt. Mix to combine.
Pour 3/4 cup of the dry mixture into each bowl and mix well.
If too soft, add a little more of the flour mixture and stir.
You don’t want to add too much at first because it will make the playdough dry, gritty and hard! 😉
Have fun playing with it!

Kenley like to build ‘snowmen’ with hers, or use kitchen tools to make fun designs and shapes!

bowls

 

food coloring

 

mix

 

mixing bowl

 

playdough

First…

He speaks

 

I have been listening to this song over and over and over lately and  L O V E  it!!!  It’s about seeking Him first over our needs and desires, positioning our hearts before Him, letting Him rule and reign over all things.  It has really tied into my book study I’ve been apart of at church and He is speaking to me through every facet of my life!  My soul craves intimacy with my Father, and as I learn to tune out the noise around me and listen intently to what He has to say, He speaks so vividly to the broken parts of me…  The broken parts that ONLY He can fulfill!  We are masked in a world that says do, do, do. We believe the lies that satan speaks to us telling us that we are not good enough, if we do ‘this’ then we will be happier.  If we do ‘that’ then we will be satisfied.  The list is endless and we are left with fear and shame, unforgiveness, worry, control, perfectionism and anxiety.  Satan says do, but Jesus says DONE!  It is finished, ladies, the cross deems us worthy!  We are all mercy washed.  Surrendering all is a daily task for me and something that does NOT come natural, but I’m so thankful I serve an all encompassing God.  When we find our identity in Him, seeking Him first above all else (His desires, His character) nothing else can come in and take it’s place!  His love pushes out fear and we can find our identity in His love.  I crave to know my Father more, and I want to daily choose to always put Him first because my greatest treasure is in Him.

 

 

Beef Noodle Stir Fry

Friday night I made a noodle dish that my family L O V E S!!!  You can switch up the type of meat, or only add the veggies…  Any way you make it, it’s delicious!  It’s super simple and you can make it in less than 30 minutes.  As a mom of 4, that is a plus because I hardly ever have any more time than that…  Life just seems to be incredibly busy right now which I can’t complain about!  I’m so thankful.

stir fry

 

Beef & Noodle Stir Fry

INGREDIENTS:
2 pkgs udon noodles (seasoning can be tossed)——–> Find these in the fridge section at your grocery store
24oz of the veggies of your choice (we love broccoli, peppers, carrots, mushrooms, green beans)
1 tbsp olive oil
8oz beef sirloin  (or chicken)

SAUCE:
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 heaping tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp light brown sugar
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
1 tsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup peanut butter

DIRECTIONS:
In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
Cook the udon noodles according to package directions.
Heat the olive oil over medium/high heat and cook the meat, about 2 minutes per side (cut into strips) and set aside.
Throw the veggies in the pan and cook until tender.
Add the udon noodles, meat and sauce and toss to coat, cooking another couple minutes.
Serve and enjoy!

Introducing…

It’s been WAAAAAAAAAAAAYYY too long, but I miss this little space I have and I miss you all, so I really must get back to documenting my little life.  I love being able to look back and see my babies and how they’ve grown and the fun things that we have done…  And I miss chatting with you all.  Glad I still get to see most of you on Instagram though!  🙂

Sooooooo, since I’ve been away, we have a new precious addition!!!!!!!

 

Introducing:

 

Cruz Antonio

Born October 30, 2015
7lb 15oz
20 inches long

Cruz

 

This little gem of a boy is pure perfection!  Yesterday he turned 12 weeks old (where does the time go?) and he is such a joy!  He sleeps 8-9hrs all night long, responds to his name, smiles A L L  T H E  T I M E, and is about to roll over for the first time any day now!  He is the perfect addition to our family and we are all in L O V E!  Kenley is an awesome big sister and loves taking care of sweet Cruzie!!!  I love how much she helps me with him.

Adjusting to 4 kiddos has taken me a couple months but we are back into our routine and I am loving this big family of mine!  It is crazy busy but just plain F U N!!  Never a dull moment and life just feels so right!  🙂

Thanks for the love you all sent after little man was born!  The meals, flowers, notes, phone calls and texts were so kind and we feel so blessed by the love you all poured into us!

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