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My husband and I are a young, growing, Christian, military family. My husband is a Captain in The United States Marine Corps. I am a former Elementary school teacher. We are first time parents to a beautiful little two year old boy, with twin boys on the way! I am a stay at home Marine wife, who loves to bake, cook, sew and craft! I enjoy being a Domestic Engineer. The purpose of this blog is to document the story of our life and adventures as they take place.


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Our Fall Afternoons


I just love beautiful, crisp, amber colored Fall afternoons... don't you? We have been having the most beautiful afternoons lately. Earlier this week, my sweet friend, Amanda, invited us to go to a preview day at The Cal Poly Pomona University Pumpkin Patch. The Pumpkin Patch didn't officially open to the public until Saturday, so we were thrilled to go early on Tuesday!

 
 
 We all had such a nice time! Robbie had a blast picking out pumpkins and the twins loved every minute of watching their surroundings.

 

Gigi went with us and she and Robbie had so much fun searching for the perfect pumpkin in the huge patch!

                                       Robbie loved climbing up the huge hay stacks.

 
It was a good day.
 
 



Our house is on a street that is home to so many little squirrels... in fact, we call it squirrel lane.
Robbie and I enjoy sitting in our living room in the mornings and late afternoons as we watch the squirrels run, play and climb the tall Oak trees and more.
 
 
This little squirrel is named Peanut, ( courtesy of Robbie), this is a picture of Peanut looking into our window. He is a bold little guy!

 
Last week, I brought out all of my paints and helped all three kiddos make a hand print Fall tree on a canvas. I  think it turned out pretty well!
 
 
 
Speaking of Fall afternoons, I would like to share another one of my Mother's stories from her book, "At Least A Thousand"
 
An Afternoon In Pasadena
By: Robin Sieverling
 
Since my mother did not drive, she and I frequently took the bus to Pasadena. My mother's sister, my Aunt Dora; worked in Pasadena. We would often spend an afternoon in Pasadena shopping and  having lunch with Auntie Dora. I loved these adventures! We usually had lunch at a restaurant called Beadles Cafeteria. I believe it still exists today.
 
"Shopping With Mother" ~ Vintage Children's Book
 On this particular day, we had just about an hour to kill before my Auntie was to meet us. My mother loved to sew, so we went to a fabric store called Maximes Fabric. On our way out of Maximes, we buttoned up our coats because it was cold and windy outdoors. It was mid-November, almost my birthday, and I was excited about the Fall weather. It started drizzling a bit, so my mother stopped off at a store called Kress'. We were looking to buy some rain bonnets there. My mother bought a red one and I bought a blue one. They only cost a quarter!
 
Just as we were leaving Kress', we noticed a crowd congregating around a table in the center part of the store. There was an extremely large, black woman. This black woman was making pancakes on a portable grill. She had a beautiful smile, with the whitest teeth I had ever seen. She was wearing a red and white checkered dress with a white cotton scarf tied around her neck, and a simple white apron tied around her waist. She had a bandana tied around her hair with a knot tied toward the right side of her very round face. I was mesmerized at how beautifully this woman prepared thick and fluffy pancakes with such ease. Because I was only about four years old, I was totally unaware of sales tactics. I guess I just thought the world was a place filled with good people who wished to share their talents in stores. Everyone kept calling this woman "Aunt Jemima". She answered to it and she encouraged the public to, "Try my new temptillatin' recipes."
 
 
 
My mother purchased  a box of Aunt Jemima's Pancake Mix from this woman. The woman known as, "Aunt Jemima", handed me a small booklet filled with recipes. She also said, "Child, now you and your mamma may choose any of those scarves for only fifty cents since you bought a box of my mix." I was so thrilled! I chose a Fall-colored scarf with yellow, orange and brown leaves all over it. I chose that particular one because it looked exactly like the weather outside. I tried putting the scarf on my head in exactly the same way Aunt Jemima was wearing hers. The incident took place in about 1959. People dressed up when they went to downtown Pasadena. Women wore gloves and high heels to town, and men wore Stetson hats and wing'-tip shoes.
 
Above is the scarf my Mother got that Fall afternoon, she still has it today.
 
 
While admiring Aunt Jemima, I overheard some women commenting on, "How fat that woman is" or "I wouldn't buy from her" or " Looks like she ate too many of those temptilatin' things." I wanted to put my arms around Aunt Jemima and hug and kiss her. I prayed to God that she did not hear those so called, "ladies." Dressed in her Mammy attire, the very fat and cheerful, black woman, stole my heart. The woman had a warm manner about her. She was kind and gentle, and she was very good at her job of demonstrating a product. She was earning an honest living, and she promoted nurturing and loving atmosphere at Kress' department store.
 
My mother read to me all about the legend of Aunt Jemima, from the little recipe booklet that Aunt Jemima had given me. According to legend, Aunt Jemima was a Mammy cook at Higbee's Landing. Even in those days. the fame of Colonel Higbee's cook, spread far and wide throughout the South. Guests flocked to the home of Aunt Jamima's master to taste the delicacy for which she was famous. Colonel Higbee would call Aunt Jemima herself in from the plantation kitchen and praise her before his guests.
 
With my childish expectations, I was unaware that Kress' Aunt Jemima was a hired employee, trained to create an illusion. This was a great sales-hype! Whatever the intention was, I was affected by it! I never heard the name Jemima again, at least without regards to pancakes.
 When I was forty years old and taking Bible study classes, I came across the name Jemima. I was thrilled and eager to learn about Jemima in the Bible. In Hebrew, the name Jemima means, "dove". A dove is a Pigeon, meaning the symbol of peace. In the Bible, Jemima was one of the daughters of Job, born to him after he regained his fortunes. The Lord had brought trials upon Job and finally, the Lord blessed Job at the end of his life more than at the beginning.
 "After Job's trials and tribulations, God gave him seven more sons and three more daughters. The following were names of his daughters; Jemima, Kezia, and Keren. "In all the land, there were no other girls as lovely as the daughters of Job." ( Job 42: 14-15). That cold and dreary, drizzling day in Pasadena, suddenly turned warm with Aunt Jemima's temptilatin' recipes.  In all of the stores, there was no other employee as lovely as Aunt Jemima!
 
Would you like to try Aunt Jemima's Pancakes at home?
 
 
How are you enjoying your Fall afternoons?
Blessings,

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Searching For The Good



While listening to the news this morning, I was overwhelmed by all of the negativity, hype and fear presented within the one hour news broadcast! Ebola Virus, Terrorists, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), criminals, deaths, murders, the list goes on and on!! Whew, how depressing! If we let all of the scary news dictate our lives, we would never leave our house and we certainly wouldn't enjoy life! I am on a quest to find the good in my life... it isn't hard to find, each one of us has so much to be happy and thankful for!


Children truly are a gift from the Lord. This past weekend we welcomed two new little babies into our life! My dear friend, Amanda, welcomed her beautiful baby girl, Chloe Anne, into the world!
 
 

On Monday, our cousin Kim and her husband Brandon, (from my hubby's side of the family), welcomed their beautiful little girl, Tinley Paige, into the world and our family!
Love and blessings to both families! :)
 
 
 
Speaking of babies... On Monday night, Jacob and Joseph tried sold food for the first time! I started them on steamed and pureed sweet potatoes. Yummers! Most Pediatricians will tell you to start your baby on some starchy, processed, sugary food like baby rice cereal or oatmeal. I have read and researched this area since having Robbie and decided to start these two little guys on all natural, whole foods like sweet potatoes, avocado, pears and apples.
The babies loved the food and it is inexpensive to make!
 


 
 Above is a little video clip of Robbie getting Jacob to laugh during his dinner!

 
 
 
 
 
Jacob loved the sweet potatoes!
 
 
Joey wasn't too sure!
 
 
 
Last night, I attempted to take a six month photo of the boys.
 
 
Well, I think I took the photo too late when the boys were too tired !
 
 
 
We had quite an exciting Tuesday evening! Just before bedtime, I was getting Robbie ready for his bath when we heard a knock at the front door! Robbie ran to the door and found this..
 
 
 
 
 A letter from Jingle!!
Do you all remember Jingle, our Christmas Elf On The Shelf?

Jingle decided to send Robbie a little post card from his vacation spot on the beach to let Robbie know he will be coming back in December!
 

 
 Robbie was thrilled to hear that Jingle will return and that he knows we have moved and now where to find us!!

 
 
On Wednesday's, Gigi comes over bright and early at 7:00 am and babysits, folds laundry, does dishes, makes lunch and cleans my house while I am at Bible Study with Robbie from 8:30 to 11:30. Gigi is so awesome, all that is asked f her is to watch the babies, but being Gigi, she goes above and beyond doing EVERYTHING else!!!
I took this picture of her yesterday while she was changing Jacob, because only a Grandma of three boys would be wearing a Jake and The Neverland Pirates bandaid! haha :) You're a boy grandma now Gigi!
 


Robbie begged to spend the night at Gigi's last night! He loves staying with her!
The babies are still sleeping this morning and since Robbie is with Gigi, I have a little time to myself this morning! I am menu planning for my knitting night get together tomorrow night. While planning I have been watching a show that I have never seen before called, Quints By Surprise! Love it and boy oh boy, I will NEVER complain about having it hard with twins! This woman is a saint!
 
 
 
I'm pretty excited about dinner tomorrow night for Friday Night Knitting Club.
 
I'm off to the grocery store. Happy Thursday!
Blessings,
 

 

 
 


 

Friday, October 3, 2014

This and That






Happy Friday friends! This morning, one of my dearest and best friends is welcoming a beautiful baby girl into her family! Prayers please for Amanda and the Adams family as Amanda gives birth this morning! Blessings to you and your family Amanda, love you and pray for The Lord's guiding peace upon you! :)


 
I thought it might be fun to start today's post with a little Throw Back Thursday photo, on Friday! Oops! yes, I started writing this post yesterday, bud sadly didn't have enough time in the day to post it until this morning.
This is a picture of Rich and me from our very first date fourteen years ago this week,( we were only seventeen years old)! Yep! That's right, Rich and I first met on September 29th, 2000... and we have never been apart since!
Happy 14 years babe!
 
We checked our seeds this morning,(remember the ones we planted a few weeks ago?) well, with all of the itch-ies  last week, we completely forgot about the seeds until this morning.
 
Here is our before picture from when we first placed them in a baggie.
 


And... here are the seeds today!


Such a fun, natural learning experience!


Robbie was pretty excited about, "Bible School" this week. Robbie was asked to be the line leader of the rope, ( you know the big rope with all of the circles that all the little children hold onto on their way out to play.) He was beyond thrilled , because they also asked him to hold the flag as he lead the way! Awesome, little man!





I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday for material and yarn to make Robbie and the twins Halloween costume. Robbie is going to be a squirrel and the twins are each going to be acorns! I love this years costumes and can't wait for Halloween!

While we were searching for squirrel material and yarn, Robbie stumbled upon this fun little house!



As you can imagine, Robbie had to have this! I had  a 40 % off coupon and thought , Why not? It was only $ 10.00 !


It is really fun, because once it is all set-up your child can color the outside and then play house inside!
We set it up last night and we had hours of fun!


I fact, the whole family got in on this.


 I have always wanted to make one of those tie fleece blankets. I found this fabric which was on sale for 30% off the original price. I was able to make a tie blanket for Robbie and I have pleanty of the brown fleece left over for Robbie's squirrel Halloween costume!

here is Robbie's new blanket that really only took me about an hour.


I think he really likes his new blanket!



Have a happy Friday and a great weekend friends!
Blessings,

 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Goals...

 
Ahh, (Content Sigh) , It's October... and my heart is happy!
 
 
When it comes to October, I have SO much to say, my love runs deep!
 
 
I simply adore the Anne of Green Gables series of books and movies.
Do you remember this quote;
 
 


I have decided to write/collect my thoughts and goals for the month at the beginning of each month... so here are my October Goals!

 
 

October Goals

1. Get up a little bit earlier than everyone else and complete my daily Bible Study.
2. Get to bed at a descent time... let's say by 9:30 ish.
3. Get all the kiddos back on schedule after being sick.
4. Read 2 books.
5. Walk/ run more.
6. Go to the park with the kids at least 2 times a week.
7. Go to a Fall festival/ Pumpkin Patch and Go Apple Picking!!!
8. Enjoy Pumpkin Spice and Pumpkin EVERYTHING!!!!
9. Finish-up my Christmas gifts.
10. Finish Robbie's room/closet organization project.

Here are a few pictures from our last October 2013!
Can't wait to see what new memories we make this year!












 
 Photo: Happy Halloween Everyone, from the cutest mouse I know! :)





Blessings,