Thursday, August 30, 2012

10 Months Old

I say this every month, but it is truly unbelievable how fast the time is going. Olivia is already 10 months old and has become a proficient walker over the last few weeks. Her determination has us marveling as she masters one thing then moves on to the next. Other new skills include climbing stairs and all kinds of different noises. She and Andrew enjoy little screaming contests too! It's so fun watching them interact and develop what I hope will be close sibling friendship.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Taking shape

The kids and I were able to go out and see the progress on the new house today. With the exterior walls going up, you can see the house from the street as you drive up. It also helps that the giant piles of dirt from the excavation are almost gone as most of it is back in the hole that was left around the house. Carl took me around and pointed out some details like where the dryer exhaust vent is and where the air conditioner will be. There's a long way to go yet, but our new home is taking shape!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Barley, Peach, and Goat Cheese Salad

This recipe is adapted from one I found in Clean Eating magazine. It makes a great snack/small meal and the flavor can be adjusted to your own tastes.

Barley, Peach, and Goat Cheese Salad

3/4 Cup uncooked barley
2 medium peaches, chopped
1/2 Cup goat cheese crumbles
1/3 Cup chopped walnuts
Juice of half a lemon
2 Tbsp olive oil
Dash salt
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1Tbsp honey

1. Cook barley according to package directions. Allow to cool or rinse with cold water.
2. Wisk lemon juice, oil, salt, honey, and ginger together.
3. Combine barley, peaches, and walnuts in bowl. Pour in lemon juice mixture and toss to combine. Stir in goat cheese. Enjoy!

Monday, August 13, 2012

House Update

The kids and I took a ride out to the new house yesterday to check out the progress. With the subfloor installed and floor plan marked out, you can really get a feel for what the finished product will be like. Olivia enjoyed crawling around in her future room and Andrew got to run around in the basement. I was able to start picturing all of the ideas I've pinned on Pinterest. Each step closer makes me more anxious to see the next and more excited to move in when it's ready!

Monday, August 6, 2012


Olivia took her first steps last night and we captured her new moves on camera this morning. She's growing up too fast!