Today, on the way home from church, Kate was singing "Jesus loves the little children". When she got to the verse "Jesus died for all the children...", Brooks piped up saying: "Kate, Jesus didn't DIAPER all the children!" Happy Sunday everyone!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Our yard is just beautiful with flowers this time of year. I thought I would take more pictures of them. We have 2 Butterfly Bushes, our neighbors have Wisteria, 3 Azalea bushes are in full bloom, and Jasmine flowers are crowded with bumblebees. I can't wait to see the Hydrangeas and smell the Gardenias!
We are so glad that Spring is here.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Here are some more samples of pictures I took today. Yesterday Brooks asked me if we could go back to the bridge and take more pictures! :) Well, they did the best they could today. These are the best ones so far. I need to do some more editing.
Mom and Dad - look at Dapples. For those who don't know, Dapples was my best horse friend from 3rd grade until after college. Kate learned about him and now he is her best horse friend.
Not the best focus - but it was such a sweet smile from Brooks.
You would think they loved each other here. If you saw 2 pictures later, both were pushing each other and complaining.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
I'm so glad the kids were cooperative enough to do pictures after church today. It was beautiful outside! I am working on making sure the shadows and light are good, so I am going to have to remember to use some of these places again... if you didn't know, I cut Kate's hair last night (about 4 inches) and you can't really tell it in these pictures. But, it looks adorable and now I'm so glad it did it.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
I make special cakes for my kids' birthdays. Kate's is Berry Angel Delight, and Brooks' is Pumpkin Praline Torte. I had a few requests for the recipe for Kate's cake, so here it is!
Berry Angel Delight (from Betty Crocker, Simple Meals)
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 Tb sugar
2 cups Yoplait Custard Style vanilla yogurt
1 round angel food cake (8 inches in diameter), cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup quartered fresh strawberries
1) Beat whipping cream and sugar in chilled medium bowl with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold in yogurt.
2) Place cake pieces in large bowl; fold in yogurt mixture. Gently mix berries together in medium bowl.
3) Spoon half of the cake mixture into 9-inch spring-form pan; press firmly in pan with rubber spatula. Top with half of the berries. Repeat with remaining cake mixture; press with spatula. Top with berries. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
4) Run metal spatula carefully along side of dessert to loosen; remove side of pan. Cut dessert into wedges. Makes 10-12 servings.
(it is frustrating that I am spacing this differently than it posts)
Last year, a friend mentioned to me about having a birthday party in January for her niece - a swimming party, because who gets to go swimming in the winter? We thought that was the neatest idea. So, we got a hotel room for the night and had a few kids over from church to swim in the indoor pool. It was a hit. I think that Scott had the most fun of everyone!
Brooks stayed in the hot tub. He loved it. Here are some pictures from that day. Kate still wasn't feeling her best (having gotten over her latest asthma flareup that week).
And, of course - her birthday cake!