Strawberry Jam

On Friday, Steph, Kara, Sophie, and I headed to Kohler’s in Jerome to pick strawberries.

It was the perfect day for picking- cloudy & breezy, and not hot at all.

Sophie was scouting out all the reddest berries for us!

Behold, she found the reddest in the patch!

Then on Saturday, we made these fine berries into jam. Here’s Sophie proudly displaying our jam!

 

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Marching on

It’s been a little hectic lately. We’ve been go-go-going every weekend for months now. It’s all good stuff; visiting grandparents, weekly get-togethers with friends, and long & fun days at mom & dad’s. I’m sure more of that is to come with pool season upon us! Coming up we’ve got another marathon of a weekend. Bible Study in Brighton on Friday night, spending the night for strawberry jam making on Saturday, leaving Sophie there to spend Sat. night while Kev & I come home, only to jet off on Sun. afternoon to Lansing for the U2 concert with Peyton & Bethany. Steph will be bringin Sophie back home on Sunday night and spending the night with her at our house, since we won’t be back until the wee hours. Mimi of course is overjoyed that Sophie gets 2 nights of sleepovers πŸ˜€

A few weeks ago we went out to visit Mom’s parents. Grandpa had found (of course) a scooter perfect for Sophie-with 2 small wheels on the back so she can balance better. She also got Grandpa to climb into the boat on two separate visits. I love these pictures of Grandpa, and they will be treasured forever!

Sidenote: I’m mourning the tragic loss of those adorable fishy shorts. They were destroyed in a devastating crayon-in-dryer accident. Despite the valiant efforts of Mom & myself to save them with WD-40, dishsoap, and oxyclean, it was not meant to be. They lived a short, but beautiful life.

 

In the hustle & bustle we seized an opportunity to get some professional pictures taken of our family, and I’m so glad that we did. Check out our beauty.

I’ll have to post the rest when Kev gets our internet at home up & working. He installed an update a few weeks ago that messed up the internet connection on the Mac side, so we were using the internet on the Windows side. But in an attempt to fix the problem (but it didn’t work), he reinstalled the entire operating system but hasn’t put Windows back on, thus…no internet on the computer. Thank goodness we can still access through our iPhones πŸ™‚

Had a soccer game last night and I think I really messed up my achilles tendon on my left ankle. It’s not swollen, but it is so sore. By the end of the game, I was unable to sprint. I did score a pretty fantastic goal though, so the game wasn’t totally awash. Today I’m hobbling around and we have our regularly scheduled weekly game tonight. I’m in for a game of pain, methinks.

Well, time marches on and Sophie is changing. She’s talking in sentences now, and busting out some lines that throw me for a loop. Like this one. Here’s a replay of an interesting conversation I had with her the other day while in Meijer:

Sophie: Chocolate milk! Look, Mama! Chocolate milk!

Me: Yep, there it is. How do you know about chocolate milk? (we never buy it)

Sophie: I drank it while I was in Mommy’s belly.

What?! Where in the world did she come up with that? Truth be told, I did drink a lot of chocolate milk while I was pregnant.Β  I’m thinking they must have been talking about babies in Mommies’ bellies at daycare or something, but who knows. Kids say funny things and I’m sure this is only the beginning!

Ok…one more:

Pink

It’s amazing how a pink ball and sunshine can make my girl as happy as can be.

Dandelions bring on the smiles too.

We were just happy to be together on a gorgeous spring evening.

We planted some trees this weekend too. Here’s Sophie next to the red maple. Silly kid wouldn’t take her fingers out of her mouth!

And here’s the sugar maple planted in the backyard:

It will be fun to see these trees and Sophie grow up together.

Lazy Saturday morning

This weekend was nice. Saturday morning was just how I like ’em, lazy. Slow. No where to be. Big cup of coffee, and my girl playing happily.

There was more to the day. We went to a birthday party. We took back recyclables.Β  I ran with Courtney. We sprung for McD’s for dinner and Sophie enjoyed her first Happy Meal.

But my favorite part of the day was the morning πŸ™‚

Welcome, Spring.

Hello, Spring? Is that you?

No need to hide, Spring.Β  No need to be shy.

Mom told me you were in town. I got to wear my new coat, that we bought especially for you, Spring.

I sure have missed you.

I’ve missed your warm breezes in my hair.

Spring, we had forgotten how nice it feels to have your sun on my face.

Spring, you sure do make me smile!

Stay for awhile, won’t you please?

Catch up.

I need to write more, but for the past like…year, everytime I think “oh I should go write something inΒ  my blog” I come to a dead end. Any topic I think I should write about seems flat to me. I lose motivation because I think I have nothing interesting to say. Maybe I don’t anyway. But there used to be a time where I’d blog everyday and never run out of things to write about.

Maybe I should start the annual season depression posts, because I think it’s setting in. The daylight is short, but it’s so cold that I don’t really get to spend time outside. I am a person that thrives on fresh air. Being out in nature is crucial for me-for my emotional and spiritual wellness. That is why the winters are so hard for me. It’s not the snow-I find the snow quite beautiful. It’s Michigan’s cold temperatures and biting wind that make me want to curl up in my bed and hibernate until spring.

I realize I didn’t do a Christmas post! We had a great Christmas. Sophie was spoiled as expected. We hosted our families in our new home and had a wonderful day! I love the look on her face in this one:

She actually got into opening presents this time.Β  After all the gifts were opened, she signed “more” and said “More. More gifts!” I told her no more gifts until her birthday πŸ™‚

We enjoyed a full week off of work between the holidays. Kev and I put our time to good use by getting many things done around the house. We went to Ikea to get office furniture:

New bookshelves, desk, chair, rug, and table & chairs set for Sophie. Everything looks so much better and the space is so much more enjoyable. I decided to organize my books by color, and I think they look great. I truly, truly thought I had more books than this. Looks kind of empty, doesn’t it? I allotted two squares for Sophie’s things-one for her coloring books and crayons, the other for a small collection of her reading books.

But I think the highlight of Sophie’s holiday season was getting to spend enormous amounts of time with her beloved Mimi! She talks about Mimi everyday. We are so blessed to live so close.

Making cookies on our Baking Day at Kim’s.

On Christmas Day, opening up the new owl pillow that Mimi made.

Sidenote: Sophie has a weird mild-obsession with owls. Those pants she’s wearing in that picture? Owls on them. She asks to wear them just about every day. She calls them either her “ooowlll nants” or her “hoot hoot nants” (nants=pants). Also, I’ve been oogling this PBK owl bedding for her big girl bed.

Can’t think of a good way to end this so….adios. Good-bye.


Tigers Game!

We had so much fun on Saturday at the Tigers game. Here are some lovely pics from the Hockeytown Cafe, where we had dinner, and the game.

Big thanks to Mom and Dad for treating us to the great time!