Monday, July 28, 2014

Saurkraut Party 2014

My parents had an incredible cabbage crop this year.

And by that I mean, 40+ cabbages weighing 2-4 pounds each!

Mom decided to have a party with family to pick, chop, and stomp the cabbage into saurkraut!

Everyone had a job, even the littles.  

Now we wait.  In a few weeks we'll have loads of saurkraut!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

around here.

It's been a busy summer around here.  Here's a little re-cap... (click on the links for full posts)

Finished our chicken coop.
Our baby turned ONE!
Made a BIG announcement!
Spent the day at the lake with friends.
A video of Caleb's first year.
Celebrated our boy's first birthday with a party!
Got our first egg!!
Lots of growing going on in our garden.
Visited the Children's Museum while my friend Jess was in town.

Also, see our weekly "the 52 project" photos here.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

could this kid be any cuter?

Children's Museum with friends.

I haven't seen Jess in years!  So when I heard she was headed to Indiana to bring a former Springboard student to IUPUI, I knew I needed to make a trip to Indianapolis to visit with her and her sweet girl, Amy.

She was staying with our friend Ellen, who was generous enough to share her Children's Museum pass, so we spent much of the day wondering around the museum and catching up.

I was so impressed with the amazing play areas for littles Caleb's age (and younger!).  

I'm pretty certain his favorite part was the music room!!

It didn't take long to wear out the babies, which allowed us to visit some other areas that Zander & McCai wanted to show us.

I'm so thankful for these lovely ladies and the friendship that has grown over the past 7 years!!

So good to see you, Jess, and finally meet Amy!  Such a sweet baby!  Here's hoping years don't pass before we see each other again!

Monday, July 14, 2014


"A portrait of my family, once a week, every week, in 2014"

see more of our 52 project here.

{joining the 52 project at Practising Simplicity & Living Arrows at I Heart Snapping}

Sunday, July 13, 2014

2014 garden // mid July

This has been a slow season for our garden.  It's mid-July and we're getting a few cucumbers every day or two, a couple of peas, and a sparse amount of broccoli.  Raspberries have been pretty consistent for the past few weeks, but they're now dwindling. The weather has been incredibly mild the past two weeks which has basically stalled everything.   Though there is still a lot of green in our garden, we're practicing patience as there are lots and lots of flowers which mean those veggies are coming...we just don't know when! 

green beans
volunteer sunflower & squash in compost
more volunteer squash in compost
golden raspberries
 ever-bearing strawberries
My birthday Gerber daisy has bloomed two times already this summer which has been a wonderful surprise as I've never been able to keep these beauties alive longer than a few weeks!

This has been a bit of a frustrating year for our garden.  We spent a lot of time planning this spring and started many of our plants from seed early in order to spread out our harvest.  Unfortunately, much of our planning has been useless as many of those early seedlings didn't make the transfer, or were eaten by the loads of robins on our property.  Because of this, we ended up direct-sowing much of our garden later than expected.  

I guess the lesson we've learned this year is that no matter how much you plan and prepare your garden, much of it is out of your hands!!

Here's hoping the weather warms up and our veggies start making an appearance on our dinner table!!!

we have eggs!

Last night we found our first egg!!  It was a complete surprise as we had just read that we shouldn't expect eggs from our girls until mid August at the earliest.

Though this egg was small (with a yoke smaller than a quarter) it means that soon we'll be filling our fridge with loads of eggs!!!!  Can't wait!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Blueberry Pickin'

We LOVE our blueberries!

Every year we take multiple trips to the blueberry path to stock up for winter.

This year was no different, however picking berries with a little one is a LOT different! We ended up taking 3 separate trips in order to pick enough berries to keep us stocked for the winter.

I think Caleb had the best time eating the berries as we picked.

I love that this is a tradition that we'll all look forward to over the coming years!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

a first birthday party

It was so much fun to celebrate our boy this weekend with family and friends.

I wanted to make a cake for Caleb's birthday, but knew I wanted to steer clear of a lot of sugar and flour, so when I found this awesome smash cake recipe it was perfect!  I ended up making 3 cakes (each recipe made one layer) and stacking them to get the look I wanted.  I even made Caleb a special cupcake all to himself!  I used our fresh raspberries to make a filling between the layers and topped it all off with a delicious cream cheese frosting.  It wasn't the prettiest cake, but when I added the sprinkles to the top, it was very fitting for a First Birthday!

I didn't realize until an hour or so into the party that all our friends have we had to get a photo of Caleb with all the girls!  Seriously, where are all the boys!?

I'm pretty sure Caleb didn't mind though!

Caleb was only briefly interesting in opening gifts...

Once he realized the tissue paper was in the bag, he was in heaven!

He's all boy.  Loves anything with wheels!

Pretty sure Uncle Josh & Aunt Ris win the coolest gift award.  Not the fun car, but...

but the balloons on top!

Thank you to all our family and friends who made this day so special for us.  We loved sharing this milestone with you all!!