My little girl.
Both much loved.
My little girl.
Both much loved.
The day after Christmas we ventured to Fosston, MN to visit my Great Grandma Inga.
I never get it right, but I believe she is 94. Or 93. Or 97.
Lets just say she is over 40.
My Audrey is named after Grandma Inga’s daughter Audrey. (My grandma Audrey)
This picture gets me a bit choked up… even though the lighting was off and its a little blurry… its Inga and Eddie. Grandma Inga was married to my Grandpa Eddie. He passed away over a decade ago, but obviously was a huge impact in my life as I named my son after him.
This visit with Grandma was different.
The way she recalled memories of her beloved, the way she allowed herself to get caught up in thinking about him and their life together, I was choked up more than once listening to her reminisce.
So thankful for our time together!
Although her birthday is technically not until today, we celebrated Audrey’s birthday over the weekend.
My friend Kristen has this amazing picture of birthday streamers and I knew I wanted to do that for Audrey.
So I spent a whopping $3 and got three rolls of streamers, then taped them up all over the living room.
Audrey stood in the center and beamed a beautiful and proud grin at anyone who would walk by. She was so tickled that it was all for her!
She was dancing and moving like a robot and having so much fun maneuvering through the pink and white crepe paper ‘room’.
Then we all hopped in the car and met the family over at Grandma’s house. Audrey was so excited to see her cake and even steal some frosting!
She is so just like her mama.
If you want to see more of her birthday cake its here!
I was busily typing an email today and Audrey came up and asked if she could sit on my lap.
Not breaking my stride, I moved a knee out and let her hop on.
She kept leaning closer and closer to my computer until her face was completely blocking the screen.
I stopped just looked at her.
She turned around and said,
“Mom you forgot the Q.”
“Oh really? Did I need one?”
“Yup.” she told me matter of fact-ly. ”You must not be very good at Q’s.”
My mom sent me this: (thanks mom!)
YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2011 when…
1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.
2. You haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years.
3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of
4. You e-mail and text the person who works at the desk next to you.
5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they
don’t have e-mail or text addresses.
6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is
home to help you carry in the groceries…
7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen
8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn’t even have the first
20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic
and you turn around to go and get it.
10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your
11. You didn’t notice there wasn’t a number nine because you are busy mentally locating your phone.
My son drew me this.
Here is our conversation:
“Colton, this is fabulous! Tell me about it!”
“That is you and Eddie and Audrey and Parker and me and Daddy and I wrote the dogs names and that is our calendar and we are on day 15.”
“What is that on Mommy?”
“You are fat.”
“Just mommy is fat?”
I swear to you I could not keep the giggling inside. Oh how I love the honesty and purity of youth!
Now I need to go run 27 miles. No more treats for me!
I didnt mean to interrupt
your impromptu photo session
of the ‘pretty birds in the rain’.
But I am so glad I did.
I adore that you want to take pictures just like mommy, but am so glad that right now, you let mommy take pictures of you.
Dont ever change ok?
I just wanted to show you a fun and simple and easy way to give a photograph dimension.
It involves Photoshop and The Pioneer Woman.
I took a picture.
Simply downloaded her FREE ACTIONS.
And hit the “play” button.
How cool is that for an easy fun effect?
I was taking some pictures of Audrey today.
She is always busy doing very important things and cant be bothered to sit still for mom to take her picture.
But I try anyway.
Its such a treat to catch her expressions. And Audrey, like any two year old girl I am sure, seems to have a lot of them!
Mostly though, its smiles. She is quick to share her smiles and offer you her joy.
I hope she never loses that.
And just who on earth IS THAT?? Where is my two year old?
She looks like a young lady already getting annoyed with her overly protective mother.
Not that I am overly protective or anything.
Ok, I totally am.
They just grow up so fast.
I have never been a soda drinker.
If anything, I will have a Sprite or Sierra Mist… but I usually always buy it in the bottle and then I open it and wait until it gets flat.
Seriously, why do I admit such things? I am so weird.
Anyway, when I came across a recipe to make your own lemon/lime soda I was pretty darn stoked.
Just in case you were wondering, it is completely normal for middle aged stay at home moms to get stoked.
At least, I keep telling myself that.
The recipe could not be easier.
AND its cheap!!
And fresh. And yummy. And your kids can drink it because you know what each and every ingredient is.
Its a win-win folks.
I love fresh cut lemons. There is just something so clean and sparkling about them!
Recipe for Homemade Lemon/Lime Soda
3/4 cup Simply Syrup*
1/4 cup Fresh Lime Juice
2 cups Sparkling Water
Lemons and Limes as needed for flavor and garnish.
Put all ingredients in a pitcher and stir to combine.
*I tend to like things on the sweeter side, I would start with 1/2 cup and add more if needed.
I tried using that fake lime juice that comes in the green plastic thingy… it was no good.
I highly recommend using fresh lime juice. One lime (I squeezed every last drop) was about 1/4 cup.
Audrey loved it and kept trying to take my “props”!
She got downright testy when I tried to take it back!
I let her keep it… and just whipped up another batch for myself.
If you like lemon/lime soda at all, this is one recipe that is definitely worth trying!
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