Summer Oatmeal


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Oatmeal does not feel especially “summery” to me, being hot & all, but this recipe is a perfect update to keep it in the breakfast rotation all year round. It’s cool and refreshing, filling, and best of all you mix it up before bedtime so it’s 100% ready to eat as soon as you’re up in the morning.



  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds (this is optional, but I’ve been throwing it in looking for more iron in my foods)
  • 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • Blueberries & chopped strawberries (about 1/3 cup each. Any other berry would work in this too.)


Mix everything together. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, spoon into bowls and serve! Makes 3-4 servings.

The kids get so excited when I say we can make it at night, it’s a new favorite for everyone – even Daddy likes to too:)

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life on the iPhone


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I always imagine my “life flashing before my eyes” looking something like watching my iPhone import. Here’s a little of what life looks like around here lately :)

Reading & playing.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetPopsicles on the porch.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetBug hunting & sparklers in the backyard.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI’ve been working on some more iron-rich recipes. Chinese dr says I need it for my immune system, so I’m trying. I feel like I’ve had a cold every other month the past year or so and it is seriously old. So working in lots of molasses, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas… Will share some recipes here soon :) Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with t1 presetJournaling before bed. It’s a really nice way to close out each day.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetFinished putting our bedroom together.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetIMG_8831Watching the rain and the deer. Both happen nearly every day.Processed with VSCOcam with x1 presetIMG_7624She seriously loves dress up.
IMG_7821Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetPiano time.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetIt’s been a pretty laid back summer. But overall it’s been nice. Chill & relaxed, settling into our new house, while I’m still working on getting over this cold.Processed with VSCOcam with x1 preset

Family Tree Wall


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The kids and I put up together a family tree wall this week and I really love it. I’ve had the idea floating around my head for the past two or three years and am really happy with how it turned out!

To make it I used:

  • this tree decal from amazon
  • 4×6 clip frames from Michaels
  • photos, hammer, & nails

3treesFirst we assembled the tree. I like that I could order a second decal set in the future & add more branches when we find more photos to add.

We arranged the frames how we wanted them on the floor, and then started hanging them on the tree.

IMG_9087IMG_9091Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI asked K who the man on the left is and he thought it was his uncle “D” (it’s actually our great-great grandfather – but there is a resemblance!)Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetHe thought the photo of Landon as a little boy was a picture of himself too :)
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Something about seeing my ancestors makes me feel really present, and gives me a good perspective on life. That it’s a gift. That it’s temporary. That the good stuff should be enjoyed, and let the bad stuff go. And then I feel different while I’m rocking the baby, putting away the laundry, or doing the dishes. Looking at everything from that point of view it really does all feel like a gift.

And it simultaneously makes me feel really big and really small. Like who am I out of the thousands of people who came before me, I’m just really no big deal. But then at the same time, the love of all these people whose lives are gone now went into making me and I’m alive now and what am I’m going to do with it? Because it’s temporary and precious and such a gift. Anyway, I like it.

I like to think about all the mothers before me too. As I was getting the babies to sleep last night, with Kaden laying on one arm & Alia cuddling her “Good Good” teddy bear & nursing on the other, I wondered how many women in my family tree have cuddled their babies holding a teddy bear as they fell asleep. It’s such a precious thing. And it all just really makes me want to love. Because one day all that will be left of me is the love I shared. And I want to be sure I did it with all I could.

So there it is, our family tree!

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DSC_0010Hello blog friends! This has been a crazy month. Mostly good, a little bad. The bad is the cold I’ve had for nearly 4 weeks straight now. It’s terrible. And it’s not a debilitating sort of flu, just enough of a cough/sore throat/sinus ick to make you feel really tired and blah all the time. I think I’m nearly over it now, although I’ve thought that before (it has been four weeks, after all!)

So for the good! We moved! (and if you’re thinking didn’t you just move last year? Yes, yes we did. And the one before that too.) It was very up in the air, in the way leases and rentals can be, but we moved to our first house (not a condo or apartment) at the beginning of this month. And this time we have a two year lease! We are really, really loving it. Almost every day I feel like, is this a dream? But so far it’s not, and I’ll take it.DSC_0033DSC_0221The living room windows face the backyard(!) and these beautiful woods. I call them the Enchanted Forest (of course!)DSC_0080There are a lot of favorite things about our new home, but one is definitely, definitely my piano. When we looked at the house there’s this little nook right by the staircase, literally the perfect size for a piano. I saw it and told Landon I had to have one. So I found this beautiful instrument on Craigslist, got a phenomenal deal on it, and am really happy beyond words about it. Alia & I play it every day and now I just don’t know what I would do without it.DSC_0063DSC_0101A couple more house pictures…DSC_0073DSC_0095DSC_0049DSC_0160Hope all is well wherever you are!



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DSC_0718-2Kaden is turning four this week. Everytime I say this to myself I think, already?!

Four is looking like a fun age. Kaden has always been a delightful mix of stinker & sweet, but over the past month or two the balance has been tipping in favor of sweet, and no one complains about that :)

When I close my eyes, this is how I picture Kaden at four…

DSC_0856-4Sitting and playing by himself. His imagination with his toys is so fun to watch. He will sit and play forever with his Disney figurines or Lego people. They have conversations, and sometimes I catch them singing songs he hears on the radio.

DSC_0637Asking for delicious snack. Which is actually a precise thing, not just a something good to eat. O’s, raisins, walnuts, & banana chips. Unless it’s mealtime, which means he wants a tuna sandwich (every meal, breakfast, etc.) We try to limit him to once a day, and we call it tuna but it’s actually salmon.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetReading. This boy loves books. And can I tell you when I see him loving books I just feel like at least I know I’ve done something right as a parent. He sits and reads aloud to himself, or to Alia. And he knows the words to nearly every one we have.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetRunning around laughing with Alia. They chase each other and both have a good time. They are buds.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetJumping on the furniture. From couch to chair to whatever else he may land on.

DSC_0217Yelling out the window to anyone walking by. He is so friendly and loves to talk to people. His favorite are the neighbors with dogs, especially Jango & Rocky. I think it’s one of the highlights of his day when they walk by, he drops whatever he’s doing and runs over to knock on the window and wave.

DSC_0886-4So curious. He was born curious, but it’s really growing into wanting to know details about everything. Birds, clouds, trees, planets, weather, lightning. He watched the rocket launch last week and was completely fascinated. He asks me so many questions and often the answer is “I don’t know”, which makes him pause, and then say “we should get a book about that.”

DSC_0226Dancing. Especially to One Direction. He thinks the You and I video is the coolest ;)

Happy Birthday Baby K! (I think I will call you that forever.) I love you!!!DSC_0714-2

{ Kaden at threetwo18 months }