Working at the house

Hey sis,

This long weekend Nate and I busied ourselves working at the house. We learned how to use our new lawnmower, and Nate cut the entire yard. Unfortunately, the lawnmower can’t get to close to the pond, or it starts to slide down the hill. So, we had to weed whack all the way around the pond. Then, we raked all the grass an algae out of the pond again… and again.

Afterwards, we started to clean up the quad trail and plain the location of our chicken coops. We also went to the mall to test fit Nate’s wedding suit, and pick out the suits for the rest of the groomsmen.

It’s easy to fall in love with the wildlife at our new home. We have hummingbirds, gigantic woodpeckers, a doe and her two fawns, a mallard that floats in the pond in the morning, a squirrel that runs in circles around the bush in front of the kitchen, massive bull frogs, fish, water turtles, and we even had a grey heron visit us.



Girls Afternoon

Hey Sis,

Just in case you were wondering. My idea of crazy straws at the wedding has been both MOTHER tested and MOTHER approved!

20160526_184409Mom and I had a great afternoon together, and we didn’t only test the straws. lol. We went to try on and see my wedding dress for the very first time…Yep, I was one of those girls whom ordered a dress from a picture online. And, I don’t regret it. 

Afterwards, we enjoyed a taco dinner, picked our your bridesmaid dress, went shopping at Kohls (I need a bra with straps that are on the side instead of in the middle of my shoulder, as my straps sometimes peak out), and then tucked in my adorable chickens. 


Mom got a laugh as I pointed to the door and hollered at some of my frisky roosters to go to bed. Those boys turned right around and walked right into their coop. I’ve got them trained like dogs. lol  Oh, and by the way. I need your measurements.



Trimming Idea

Dear Sis,

Here is a sketch of my trimming idea for the super green bridesmaid dresses:)

Trim Sketch

A belt alone is not enough to break up the intensity of the green! Hopefully now everyone can see what I envision. 




Week 14

Dear Sis,

As the first trimester comes to a close, I am grateful to have it behind me! Having ones body hijacked by a nauseous, starving, sleep deprived little creature, is an adventure to say the lease. One through which, I have managed to taste nearly every kind of freezer dinner, have watched about a year’s worth of tv and movies in 2 months, neglect my usually tidy home, have fallen asleep 1-3 times each day without any calculated attempt at napping.

The Best Part

In the end we will have a very own little person. …we don’t have to give back to anyone else!!!!!

The Worst Part

The only signs of baby is waking up and going to sleep each night on the verge of vomiting! No visible baby bump!! No exciting little flutters or kicks!!! If it weren’t for OB/GYN visits, I wouldn’t be certain there was life growing in there at all!!!!

13 Week OB/GYN Visit

The highlight of my visit was hearing baby’s heart beat. Baby was hard to find. We would catch faint sounds of the heart beat and then it would disappear. Then, we would find faint sounds someplace else. The stinking kid is already playing hide-and-seek! Finally, the doctor cornered the little critter near my pelvis. The heart beat itself was about twice as fast as mine. 

Again, the doctor reminded me that it is normal to feel awful during the first trimester, and that the symptom would be subsiding in the next week or so.

One/Third of the Way There!

It feels good to think of myself as 3 months pregnant! Counting weeks on at a time makes it feel like time is dragging on… and one. 

Over the past month and a half, nausea (which can’t be help with any amount of tasteless cracker munching or ginger ale consumption), heart burn, and reoccurring diarrhea have gotten more sever each week. This is the first week where at least the nausea seems to be easing up. Also, instead of taking a dose of Imodium every 2 or 3 days, the doctor suggested taking Metamucil to help with the wet stool. I took some for the first time this morning. I hope it works, because it would be a shame to drink chalky orange goo water for no reason!

Also, yesterday is the first day in nearly a month where I haven’t taken a nap, voluntarily or otherwise:)

Emotional Support

I love that I can whine and complain to my husband as much as I want about being pregnant and it doesn’t effect his mood. We joke that I am sleeping, eating, getting sick, and whining for two! …which means I need sympathy, cuddles, and attention for two as:)

Only 6 more months to go, and each day is a new adventure!





Bridesmaids Dresses

Hey sis,

Kaela’s bridesmaid dress is coming along. We attached the skirt today. All that remains is the zipper, back seam, and hem of the skirt. So, we pinned Kaela in, and took some pictures! We are looking forward to starting on Jenn’s dress this summer.

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Accessory time! Kaela and I both like the dress, but think it is the accessories and accents that are really going to make it pop. So far, it looks like a green dress… a very green dress. lol. 

We are thinking about adding a black silk belt/shash with a bow in the back. We are thinking something like this might be cute? But, there are of course others we are considering. Kaela is going to go to JoAnn Fabrics to see if they stock anything she likes.

buckleA pretty hair comb? If we have any accessory/jewelry to the outfit, we figured a hair comb would be it. It is hard to not think hair combs are pretty!


The white shawls I made!


And we also talked about the black shoes.  Kaela doesn’t have any black shoes, so she has to buy a pair anyway. So, we spent some time looking at things we liked online. 






Hey sis,

A couple of weeks ago, Nate moved into our house! It’s been a busy past few weeks, packing, unpacking, organizing, and fixing things. Thankfully, we have had lots of help from family and friends! There where so many people on moving day, that I didn’t have to carry a single box to the box truck.  Which… was great. Because then I could focus on cleaning Nate’s apartment. Becca and I finished cleaning Nate’s apartment in less then half a day, it was fantastic!

Last weekend, I completely unpacked all of Nate’s things and organized the house.  I may adore the kitchen, dinning room and living room. So bright and beautiful.  I must get pictures for you! We are yet to do anything with our huge game room. lol. But, Nate naturally has big dreams

Nate had to fix our leaky gas stove, but was tired from all the work, so I made him one of his favorite dinners! Needless to say, he was a happy camper when he saw what was on the table!

City Chicken (with chicken instead of pork) brussel sprouts, corn, and my recipe for Angel food cake.


Chicken Farmer's Angel Food Cake
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  1. 1 3/4 c sugar
  2. 1 c cake flour, sifted
  3. 1/3 c warm water
  4. dash of salt
  5. 12 fresh egg whites
  6. 1 t vanilla
  7. 1 t almond extract
  8. 1 1/2 t cream of tarter
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Place sugar in the work bowl of a food processor; process until superfine.
  3. Add half the superfine sugar in a bowl with the sifted flour and salt.
  4. In mixing bowl, combine egg whites, water, and cream of tarter. Beat; gradually adding the rest of the sugar until stiff peaks form.
  5. Fold stiff whites into dry ingredients with a rubber spatula.
  6. Spoon into a tube pan. Bake about 30 min. Check for doneness (If you see any wet batter in the cracks, do not bother testing it yet.)
  7. Remove from oven when done baking. Allow to cool upside down on a cooking rack for an hour. Remove pan.
  1. I like to serve each slice of cake with fresh strawberry sprinkled in sugar!
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This weekend, to celebrate Mother’s Day, we spent Saturday with Nate’s mom and Wayne. Nate stopped at Lowes to buy his mother a flat of pink petunias and took us all out for lunch. After lunch, we went shopping for bedroom furniture and to look at flooring and paint options for the new house.

We also ended up with some pond trouble. Our fountain stopped working. Nate removed it from the pond, cleaned it, and looked around to see if there where any issues he could find. So, far we aren’t sure why it isn’t working, and are hoping to get Carmin out with his meters to see if we have an electrical issue or need a new pump.

On Sunday, Nate’s father came over to help at the house. The two started the quad trail to the chicken area and spend the afternoon scouting the property, trimming bushes, and cutting down trees. They both want to prep the quad trail and house for a family gathering in a couple of weeks!




Happy Mother’s Day

Dear Sis,

All our blogging inspired my Mother’s Day gift this year. I made cookbooks on shutterfly with recipes from our blog.

Mother's Day

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For Mom

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Paleo Collection 2015

Paleo 2015

Here is a peek inside the cookbook. The recipes used were:

Paleo Ginger Cake Muffins & Pumpkin Pie Spice

Paleo Cinnamon French Toast Bars & Paleo Sweet Potato Hash

Plain Greek Yogurt & Vanilla Coconut Granola

Turkey Vegetable Chili & Paleo Biscuits

Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing

Taco Seasoning & Taco Salad

Cranberry Honey Glazed Carrots & Chicken with Mushrooms & Cream

Chicken Fajitas & Guacamole

Honey Ginger Baked Salmon & Ginger Garlic Green Beans

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Paleo Chocolate Sheet Cake

Paleo Pumpkin Pie with Nut Meal Crust

Paleo Vanilla Chia Pudding