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 8 and 2 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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

32 Years Young

Monday was my birthday, and it was a fabulous one! I got to spend a nice quiet day at home being pampered by my darling hubby. He cooked me a delicious breakfast and let me read while he wrangled the kids.

After lunch I got dolled up and we went back to our favorite Amish farm for some more veggie plants to put in the garden. Went to some other stores and just browsed around before relaxing some more while Jacob napped.

I requested chicken fettuccine alfredo for my dinner, which he pulled of beautifully! He also made a carrot cake from scratch with cream cheese frosting--YUM.

I have been trying some recipes for no-churn ice cream, and my latest one is mint chocolate chip. So good!

The weather has been lovely this week, and my rose garden is in full bloom. I decided to finally snip some of the prettiest and most fragrant plants for bouquets in the house.

I've enjoyed a few days off, but that ends today. Out of the next 7 days I'll be working 6 so I won't see much of my boys. Thankfully I'm off for Father's Day so I can dote on my favorite guy!

Friday, June 1, 2018

A Fun Memorial Day Weekend

Last Saturday was opening weekend for our favorite Lakeside town, Olcott! They have a great vintage kid's carousel park with rides for only a quarter. We packed up the littles and drove there for lunch and fun! It was a nice overcast day so we didn't have the sun beating down on us. We enjoyed some lunch on the boardwalk overlooking Lake Ontario.

Unfortunately I think this will be Brad's last year because he was at the max height allowed for the rides!

Nick put together the swing set and the boys just love it! They have been on it every day.

For Memorial day Monday I made some homemade no-churn cherry cheesecake ice cream...and it was DELICIOUS. We grilled out hot dogs and BBQ chicken and had a fun day at home.

In other news...I booked a beach vacay for us in Florida! It's been way too long since I've relaxed by the ocean so I found a quiet weekend in September for us to all sneak away and have fun.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Spring Planting

Our weather has been consistently warm now, so I've been working hard trying to beautify the outside! We bought lots of gorgeous flowers from a local Amish farm and I planted some in the back. The rest I put into hanging pots for the front porch.

Have you ever seen black petunias?

We've been looking for a good deal on a riding mower because it just takes way too much time to do it with a push mower. Our issue was how to get it home since we don't have a truck or a trailer. Well this Troybilt popped up right down the street,and it turned out to be an awesome deal! Only a few months old with all paperwork. And Nick was able to drive it home!! I'm the mower in the family, and I'm planning the maiden voyage for this weekend.

We also got a steal on a much bigger and stronger snowblower, but I didn't get a picture of it.

Today Nick and I manually tilled up the dirt in the garden and mixed in some good compost. I planted seeds for corn, bell peppers, carrots, and romaine lettuce so cross your fingers that they all sprout and grow! And on that subject, our grapevines, blueberry bush, and pear tree are still alive!


Monday, May 14, 2018

Happy Mother's Day 2018

We had a great Mother's Day here at home! The boys let us sleep in, then Nick made us coffee and breakfast to start the day. He got me a lovely card, some of my favorite chocolate, and a strawberry plant for the garden! He minded the littles while I got to relax and read. After lunch Nick took the boys outside and washed our cars. After Jacob's nap we all went to the park, and Nick snuck off for a few minutes and brought us all back slushies to snack on.

We headed back home in the evening, and he cooked a delicious dinner of spaghetti and garlic bread. Then he bathed and put the boys to bed while I mowed the yard. I know--I wanted to!

Last week was Nurse's Week, and we were treated to an awesome dinner! Stuffed chicken breast, veggies, roll, mashed potatoes, salad, fruit, and cupcakes! YUM

Now that the days are getting warmer, we are having to childproof the windows...our dearest little troublemaker has figured out how to get them open, and that's NO bueno on the second story. We found these guards online, and Nick installed them on the windows we'll be opening to cool off the house.

Our beautiful yard has just blossomed this spring! We can't get over how thick and lush the grass is. We haven't even fertilized yet! People in Oklahoma pay good money for grass like this.

For Cinco de Mayo of course I had to cook a Mexican feast! Chicken enchiladas, guacamole, quesadillas, Spanish rice, and refried beans. It's the only way we get good Mexican food here...

With the warm weather came a much needed haircut for our oldest child. His hair is so thick and coarse, the underlayer gets matted and is impossible to comb out. He's much happier now.

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