December 20, 2012

December 19, 2012

December 19

He made it home and is stuck at home.
Snowpocalypse does funny things to ya. Dec 19

December 18, 2012

December 18

No Whirley Pop for us, just microwave.
It's still good and fills the tummy.
Our afternoon snack of choice!!!

Dec 18

December 17, 2012

December 17

Mama + Son time on the the Ferris Wheel at Scheels! Dec 17 (2)

 He loved it! Dec 17

Dec 17 (3)

December 16

Santa Claus!
He came to Cabelas again this year.
We were excited, really we were!
Our kids are awesome!

Dec 16 Dec 16 Santa 2

December 15

Bath time.
One digs the bubbles. One is freaked by the bubbles.
Fun Times!

Dec 15

December 14, 2012

December 14

Tweet tweet. It's Friday.
Dec 14
Let's enjoy a Hard Cider and a $5 pizza.

December 13, 2012

December 13

Molasses goodness. #finished #timetotaste Molasses goodness. Time to taste!

Molasses Cookies with Brown Butter Icing


  • ½ cups Butter, Softened
  • ½ cups Vegetable Shortening
  • 1-½ cup Sugar
  • ½ cups Molasses
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 2-¼ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 2-¼ teaspoons Ground Ginger
  • 1-½ teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1-½ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ cups Sugar, For Rolling Dough
  • _____
  • ⅓ cups Butter, Browned*
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 4 Tablespoons Milk

Preparation Instructions

For the cookies:
In large bowl, cream together first three ingredients. Beat in molasses and eggs. In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Blend thoroughly with a wire whisk. Gradually mix flour mixture with the creamed mixture, until dough is smooth. Roll dough into balls, roll into sugar, and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350° (F) for EXACTLY 10 minutes. Cookies will look slightly underdone. Cool completely on wire rack.
For the icing:
Brown butter* over medium heat, set aside. Combine remaining ingredients and add browned butter. Mix until smooth, adding more milk as necessary.  

*To brown butter: heat in skillet, swirling butter CONSTANTLY, until fragrant (approximately 3 minutes). Immediately remove from heat. You will know when it is done when your kitchen smells like heaven.

December 12, 2012

December 12

Driving Hwy 6.
We saw a Military helicopter practicing lifting and placing supply bags. Dec 12

Made for one happy little boy!

December 11

Another beautifully painted sky by the Master Artist. JOY!

Dec 11

December 10, 2012

December 06, 2012

December 04, 2012

December 4

Dec 4

63 degrees and Dandelions growing, in December, in Nebraska.
Unheard of!

December 03, 2012

December 3


This is what it looks like to throw a fit in the car.
-By Nadia Lucas

December 01, 2012

December 1

December 1
Early morn Nativity play.

December Photo Project

It's here. The December Photo Project.
I've been looking forward to this as it so helps me to slow down and take in my surroundings more.
I really need it at this time in our life.

 December Photo Project 2012

August 25, 2012


Just a snapshot of what usually happens to Mama's lists when she isn't looking.

He's quite a doodle bug, and it's pretty darn good. ♥ my Evan.

August 16, 2012

So I hoop a little

Mama don't have much flow yet. But she can move while she hoops. Flow will come with practice and more practice. So for now I look like an awkward dancer. So is life!

Loves Dadda

August 07, 2012

Thief caught in action!

After noticing one of my beautiful Gladiolas was broke off and laying on the grass I was bummed.  The next day I noticed 3 or 4 of them were missing. 

I blamed the neighbors.  Who would steal my flowers? I can't believe it.

Two days later...broad daylight.

Thief caught. In action.

Sneaky rabbit. They are most all gone now. Travis saved part of a pretty red one that popped out this morning. Evan thinks they must taste sweet like candy.

July 31, 2012

Mesmerized by Morning Coffee

Morning.  Stretch.  Time to wake.  Breakfast.  Kids. Husband.  COFFEE.  Stillness.  Morning sounds.  Mesmerized by steaming coffee.  It swirls.  Sigh.  Let the day begin.

July 25, 2012

VNA Farmer's Market

Travis made the evening news promoting the Farmer's Market he helped bring to the VNA! (Be patient and the video will pop up)

July 24, 2012

Psst. I'm a hooper and I love it!

HELLO my friends.
For those of you who don't yet know, I have become a hooper.
A Hula Hooper!
I have 2 adult size hoops. One which actually comes apart to make for easy travel.  I love them.

I'm not that good at it yet. But I have been having a blast learning how.   It is an amazing workout and just so much fun.  I know I hoop best to music. All types of music and have created a few Hoop Mixes that Travis says seem be played on repeat. 
(They aren't, but He thinks so)

Hooping takes practice, practice, practice.
It's what every hooper tells you. So when you are impatient and just want to 'get it' , it doesn't always happen.  So I've  been practicing. I've actually stepped out-doors with  my hoop and even taught a few other friends how.  This was a big step and took courage.   There is something about a hula hoop that draws people in. It is joyous. It brings smiles.  How I love that.

Oh how I am excited for Autumn.
Hooping outdoors in the crisp air without breaking a sweat the first minute I 'm out. I'm ready for open space to practice in. My living room isn't quite cutting it. 
I seem to feel clumsy with my hoop and am working on the "FLOW" of moving my hoop around. So I practice.

Will you join me. Practice with me?  I promise you will love it.

I have become an avid follower of and love all the inspiring videos that help encourage my journey. Here are a few of my favorites.


July 19, 2012

They do love each other

The sound of sweet laughter and play. No screams, cries, loud noises. It really makes you stop immediately what you are doing to go catch the moment.

And you find them... together... smiling... in a BOX.

How fun is that?

July 17, 2012

Peachy July

When a friend sends a text letting you know that their peach trees are ripe, loaded, and ready to be picked, but they are out of town on vacation for another week or more. 

When she she says the house keeper is expecting your call. Please go pick peaches for your family because the peaches taste like candy. 


Forget about the 100 degree weather. They are sweet and juicy.

Take a stroll down to visit the chickens. Cock-a-doodle-do a bit.

Soak in the joy summer-time brings.

Peach moon of July's night sky.
We were a sweet, sweaty, sticky mess of FUN!  Thank you Dodd family!

Then the return home. 

The work begins.

All for Jam!