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This blog was started in 2008 when we did IVF for the first time to build our family after 5 1/2 years of infertility. We now have 7 and 1 year old boys (thanks to modern medicine) and we are enjoying our blessed life as parents ♥ In the summer of 2016 we took another huge step and moved across the country from Oklahoma to New York! This blog is about life and everything in between



Friday, July 22, 2016

Collision Calamity

My new little Honda of only a few months has met its demise. I got in a wreck the other day with my two little ones while running errands. It was purely an accident, I was pulling out of a gas station parking lot on a crazy intersection with busy traffic and didn't see a big truck coming fast out of no where. I'm quite lucky because half a second different and he would have T-boned me on the driver side.



It's the first real accident I've ever been in (as a driver) and I was very shaken up. The air bag deployed and my seat belt kept me very firmly in place... So firmly that I am developing bruises across my hips. Thank God the boys were buckled safely in their car seats so they were both unmarked.

The other driver just had a small dent and scratch on his truck and was very kind and helpful, as was everyone who came to our aid. A woman who lived right there brought us drinks and offered to cancel her appointment to stay with us! I called Nick at work and he showed up as they were towing my broken car off.

I'm so glad we are all OK, I know it could have been so much worse. My insurance company was awesome with the claim and arrangements were easily made. I didn't have the optional rental car coverage on my policy so I do have to pay for that.

I went in to work that night and they were kind and gave me a good pt assignment in the ICU. Thankfully I'm off for a few days now so I can try to rest and take care of business.

Life is just full of surprises for us!
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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Easy Cheesy Tuna Casserole


This easy and delicious casserole is a family favorite! It is classic comfort food that the kids will love and you can whip it up in no time with things you already have in your pantry.

1 box Mac and cheese
1 can peas drained (or 1c frozen)
1 can cream of mushroom
1/2c shredded cheddar
1 can tuna drained

Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare Mac and cheese according to directions. In 8x8 pan combine all ingredients except cheese. Sprinkle cheese evenly over top. Bake 20min until cheese is melted.


If you like, you can also add something crunchy on top for a fun texture, like potato chip crumbles or French fried onions! So yum.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Independence Day in the Empire State

I hope everyone had a wonderful July 4! Our family tradition for almost a decade has been to go out to my dad's house for a cookout and fireworks until late into the night. It was so fun, and over the years more and more family ended up joining us. This was our first year to be completely on our own so we made the best of it and headed out to the spot where our town was having their display.

It was at Niawanda Park in Tonawanda about 3 miles from our house. The park is along the Niagara River, just south down the river from Niagara Falls. We got there around 7:45pm and staked our claim on a prime waterfront spot looking west toward Grand Island. We set up our chairs and let the kiddos run around until firework time at 9:45pm. This was 2 hours past their usual bed time, but they both did great!









The atmosphere was so good, and the weather could not have been more perfect! It was warm when we got there but as the sun went down it cooled off to the low 70s. If there had been a breeze it would have been chilly! There was live music and people everywhere enjoying themselves. It definitely had a great small town feel. The firework display started shortly after dark, and lasted about 30 minutes. The kids loved it!
 




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We missed our family, but now we are on our own and it's time to make new traditions with our little family! Hopefully some of them will come visit soon so we can share how amazing our new location is.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Free Excursion to Glen Falls


Today we all took a short trip east to see Glen Falls! It's a natural waterfall with a very quaint park built up around it in Williamsville, NY. There are tons of ducks and plenty of walking trails. Brad thought it was pretty neat, and Jacob liked pointing at everything. The water sound was very relaxing.

Here is a link with some history of that area at this site, and it has a feature that you can see all the registered waterfalls in NY on a map! There are lots to go see.

I played around with some fancy settings on my camera and the pics turned out great!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Birthday at the Beach

Sunday was my big guy's 7th birthday!! We had a little party for him before we moved, so this time it was just us at home. We got him more presents and balloons, and he requested pizza and carrot cake for the menu! Of course brother had to help him open presents.



He had been wanting to swim all summer, so I decided to take him on a special trip with me to check out a beach close by! It's called Woodlawn Beach and it's on the east coast of Lake Erie. On the map you can see Buffalo; we are a bit northeast of it.







We both had a fun time and got lots of sun! It was very busy this day, I'm sure because it was a Sunday and very hot. There are many beaches along the coast so we have many to check out!

I haven't taken his annual birthday picture yet, so I'll post his stats in another blog.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Super Easy Cherry Dump Cake

If you haven't heard of a dump cake yet, you are missing out!! What is a dump cake you ask? Well it is more like a pie or cobbler that you literally dump into a dish and bake. It is the easiest and tastiest dessert you can make, and it pairs beautifully with ice cream or whipped cream!

Here is my cherry dump cake fresh out of the oven:


1 box yellow cake mix
2 cans cherry (or apple, peach, or blueberry) pie filling
1 stick butter or margarine
*Optional* 1c quick oatmeal + 1/2c brown sugar for crumble topping

Preheat oven to 375. Spread cans of pie filling in a 9x13 dish. Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over pie filling. Then slice butter into pats evenly over cake mix. If you want to have a crumble topping you can can add the oatmeal and sugar mix over the top. Bake for 45min, or until topping is golden brown.

I personally like the pie filling from Aldi because they do not have high fructose corn sugar or artificial colors in them.

It is so good! We really like the apple version, but really any of them are delicious. I discovered this a couple of years ago when my dad requested an apple cobbler for his birthday dessert. I wanted an easy recipe, and I stumbled upon the wonder that is dump cakes! You will never use a different cobbler recipe! Now go make one. 

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Enjoying Olcott

About a week ago we had a free Sunday with beautiful weather, so I packed up a picnic and we hit the road to Olcott! It is a great little town on the shore of Lake Ontario about 45min away. Nick and I had been there before and we knew the kids would love it. There is a huge park that overlooks the lake so we found a nice sunny spot and has a nice lunch. I packed our sweaters because I knew it would be windy and chilly right by the water, and I'm glad I did!


After that, we headed over to the awesome carousel park that was right by the park. It's free to get in and all of the rides are only a quarter each! They are all vintage restored kiddie rides from the 40s and 50s. We spent $1.50 and Brad got to ride all of the rides. He loved it, and Jacob liked watching all of the activity.

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