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A Peak Into Our Week of Vacation

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

This past week we’ve been enjoying a little family vacation and it has been absolutely lovely!  This is the first family vacation that we’ve ever taken just for fun (as opposed to going to visit family, which is what we’ve typically done) and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.  The last year has felt incredibly busy and hard in a number of different ways and we felt like we needed some time to just relax and breathe and reconnect as a family.

We’ve been in Northern Kentucky at a lovely little guesthouse that I found on  It’s been just perfect for us; it’s small enough to feel cozy and yet big enough that the children had room to play.  The kitchen is nice sized too which has allowed us to make our own meals and save money in the process.

It’s beautiful where we live in Pennsylvania, but there is something about the rolling hills, all the trees and the rugged beauty here in KY that just made me fall in love with the area.  I honestly think I could live here and that is not something I say very quickly!

This man of mine insisted on giving me a true vacation. He’s been so sweetly getting up early with the children, doing dishes and even making a lot of our meals! I feel quite undeserving….but am grateful all the same.  And the break has been so glorious and refreshing!  He’s so good to me and oh how I love him!

The two oldest kids and I.  What’s with little boys and goofy faces on pictures?!

We spent a lot of our time simply relaxing but we also headed to the Creation Museum one day.  In addition to the museum, they also have a lovely botanical gardens that we enjoyed walking through.  The gardens were the perfect spot to eat our packed lunch.  So much beauty there!

Another evening we headed to Dairy Queen and got $1 medium cones, their weekly special here, and then headed to the local park.  They had the coolest playground with this huge slide.  We all had fun going down it- yes, even me!  It was crazy fun!

And this evening we enjoyed a small taste of Cincinnati, Ohio.  They have an amazingly beautiful waterfront there.  See all that nice green grassy area along the river?  That’s all part of a park and it’s so very lovely.  We enjoyed walking along the river and around the various sections of the park.

In the park there was this row of huge swings along the river front.  Such a great idea!  It was so peaceful to sit there and swing, looking out over the river.  Well, at least it was peaceful when our rambunctious 2 yr. old would sit still long enough to swing!

 We also walked across this bridge and the children thought it was the coolest thing!

Sometimes I forget that you don’t have to spend a lot to have a great time and make wonderful memories.  It’s easy to think that in order to truly enjoy your vacation you really must do all the touristy, expensive things that you see advertised everywhere.

But obviously, some of us need to remember that little things like drinking from a water fountain and splashing your sister the process are obviously a blast too!  And the bonus?  It’s free!

All told, our evening in Cincinnati cost us just $7, which was for parking.  But we had a beautiful evening full of enjoying each other and making memories together.  It was such a good reminder for me that sometimes the simple things are truly the best things!

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Welcome, sweet baby!

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

You probably noticed that it’s been a bit quiet around here.  We’ve been rather enthralled and occupied with the latest addition to our little family.  We’re so very grateful for the precious gift of Adelyne Grace who arrived Feb. 6 and weighed 8 lb. 12 oz.  I’m remembering again how much fun (and how much of an adjustment!) it is to have a newborn around!

Obviously, I’ll probably be posting a bit less the next couple of weeks as I recuperate and get used to life as a mom of 3.  Thanks for understanding!

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…and then there were Five

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Yesterday I heard one of the most beautiful sounds in the world…and one that I never lose my awe for.  It was the sound of our baby’s steady heartbeat!  We are so, so grateful for this precious gift of life and so thankful that after a pretty rough first trimester I’m finally feeling almost like my old self.  We’re looking forward to the beginning of February when this little one will make his appearance, Lord willing.  It’s kind of strange to think of our family soon numbering 5!  Well, actually, we already number 5 I suppose, it’s just one of us is in heaven.  But you know what I mean.

Some of you regulars may have noticed that I haven’t been posting as much the last couple of months.  You may have noticed that I did only a couple of Tasty Tuesday posts.  Well, this is the reason why.  As I mentioned I had a rough first trimester- I was more sick than I was with our other 3- and most days I was barely able to get the basics done around here.  I can’t tell you how good it is to feel better again and I’m hoping to get back into my usual swing of posting again here in the next couple of weeks.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock

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Happy 4th of July (+ a short blogging break)

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

I hope each of you has a safe and happy 4th of July!  We are going to be spending the weekend with family and since I want to just enjoy being with them and also because I won’t have good internet access I decided to enjoy a short blogging break.  I’ll be back as usual on Monday.


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5 Minute Homemade Ice Cream-in-a-Bag (frugal family fun)

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

We’re like any other family and love to have fun together but we don’t love spending lots of money to accomplish that!  And so recently when I came across this recipe for Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag and knew that we had to try it.  We all love ice cream and I was pretty sure that we’d have fun watching the milk turn into ice cream almost right before our eyes.  And I was right- in fact, it kind of felt like we were performing magic or something!

Want to try it yourself?  Here’s how:

Combine 2 Tbsp. sugar, 1/2 tsp. vanilla and 1 cup milk or half and half in a small quart sized Ziploc bag and seal tightly.

Then place 1/2 c. salt and enough ice cubes to fill a half gallon sized Ziploc bag half full.  Place the smaller bag inside the larger bag and seal the large bag tightly.

Shake the bag.  (The gloves help keep your hands from freezing!)

And shake it some more.

And some more—hold on to it, it likes to try to slip out of your hands!

And yet some more until you’ve shaken it for 5 minutes and it gets ice cream consistency.

(If your child gets tired of shaking it, you might have to help them out like my husband did here.)

And then you can open it up and see your ice cream!

Eat it in the bag or do like we did and dump it out into a bowl.

Ours was a little soupy still but we got tired of shaking it.  I’m pretty sure it would have gotten a little bit firmer had we just kept at it.  But we were impatient and it was good anyway.

This little guy loved it.

Can’t you tell by that grin?

Okay, so here’s the recipe and instructions in an easier to read format.

 5 Minute Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup half and half or milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup salt (The bigger the granules, the better. Kosher or rock salt works best, but table salt is fine.)
Ice cubes (enough to fill each gallon-size bag about half full)
1 pint-size ziplock bag
1 gallon-size ziplock bag

Combine the sugar, half and half, and vanilla extract in the pint-size bag and seal it tightly.  Place the salt and ice in the gallon-size bag, then place the sealed smaller bag inside as well. Seal the larger bag. Now shake the bags until the mixture hardens (about 5 minutes). Feel the small bag to determine when it’s done.  Take the smaller bag out of the larger one, add mix-ins, and eat the ice cream right out of the bag. Serves 1.

Recipe via Family Fun

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