Monthly Archives: June 2012

The one where I lose my baby.

I mean, not really, but check this out:

Here’s a picture of Lucas and his crazy, out of control hair from just 2 weeks ago in Virginia Beach.

I was seriously tired of how uncontrollable his mop was. I loved his curls, but it only looked nice right after a bath. So today, Lucas got his first real haircut.

He looks so different. Like a little *boy* now. He’s unrecognizable from the back. It’s nuts. I love the cut. I don’t love how he’s growing up so fast.

My baby boy is officially gone. Seriously, look at the picture again – his hand is vanishing. It’s proof, I tell you!

It *might* be starting already. {recipe too!}

OH. YEAH.

It’s summer. Know what that means? STATE. FAIR. You do remember my obsession with the State Fair, right?

Yes, I know it’s still 40 days away (who’s counting?!) but I’m starting to see advertisements for concerts and I just read that this year is the “Official Year of the Dairy Cows” at the fair. Which makes sense, considering Indiana is home to more than 1,500 dairy farms that produce 3.5 billion pounds of milk, contributing to Indiana being 2nd in the nation in low-fat and regular ice cream production. {You know, just a little tidbit of summer knowledge for you. 🙂 }

Dude, we love dairy in this house – cheese, yogurt, milk, ice cream. So naturally, we love dairy cows. And so naturally, I’m *already* stoked about the State Fair. And, did you know that June is Dairy Month?! They have a *DAIRY* month, yo.

So to honor dairy cows and dairy month, and as a commencement for my excitement for the State Fair, I made a yogurt-based peanut butter dessert dip to take to our neighborhood Supper Club tonight. (Normally, Sunday nights are cook-free if I’m not up to host our weekly dinner, but tonight’s dinner was super-sized as we combined our group with a bordering neighborhood’s supper club at our ‘hood’s playground, and I signed up to bring dessert.)

Here’s the recipe (based off this one from allrecipes.com):

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Peanut Butter Fruit Dip

  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup whipped topping, thawed

Combine first three ingredients until well-blended. Fold in whipped topping and chill. Serve with fresh fruit (apple slices work perfectly), pretzels and/or graham crackers.

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I love this dip because it’s healthy and you can serve it with healthy dippers. I would probably use Greek yogurt next time to thicken it just a bit. You could always add miniature chocolate chips and serve with nilla wafers too. That would be good. Naughtier, but good. 🙂

The best part is that my kids think it’s dessert, so when I give it to them for lunch tomorrow with apple slices, they’ll think it’s some ultra-special occasion and I’ll get extra “good mommy” points.

Seriously, I could stick it in the freezer and eat it with a spoon once frozen, it’s that good. Honestly, you should probably replace your other junky delights with this dip because you gained 5 pounds in the last 6 weeks. Oh, that wasn’t you? Sorry, it must have been me…

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It’s how we roll.

I think it’s easy to take your family for granted. You live your day-to-day life, battling housework, schoolwork, sibling fights, etc. just to get through the day most of the time.

Don’t get me wrong – I feel the love for each member of my family each and every day. And I express it daily as well.

But I think it’s easy to take my family – as a whole group, a unit – for granted. Our family dynamics are easy to complain about and wish for change. It’s simple to desire a better relationship between sisters or more obedience from the kids or being able to go to dinner together and not want to run out of the restaurant screaming within 10 minutes.

Last week, Adam and I vacationed in Virginia Beach with the kids and the majority of my mother-in-law’s extended family. All 5 sisters, their kids, and their kids, totaling 49 adults and kids. Our personal beach house slept nine.

Being with that many people, for a whole week, is tough. All families work differently. Different bedtimes, different eating schedules, different ways of handling differences. Even in our house of nine, our ways of parenting, or working together as a family unit, were drastically different at times. Not always bad, or wrong. But very different.

Some days were easy, laid back and even celebratory.

Me and the girls at the family talent show.

Other days, you had no idea what was coming up from behind.

Adam and Alaina playing the “wave” game.

I became acutely aware, very early on in the week, that I needed to confirm: Who my family was as a whole unit. How Adam and I parent. How we work hard to make the best choices for our children. How we all love each other in so many ways. How important it is for our family’s actions to glorify God. And just as important, how it’s necessary that we practice forgiveness and grace during the times our actions (or others’) don’t glorify God.

What I realized mid-week is that I am so thankful not just for my husband and children as individuals, but for our family as a unit. For how we roll. Of course, it could be better some days. But it sure could be worse, too.

So I left Virginia Beach with a renewed sense of validation. That while I make mistakes in raising my kids, I’m making some really great choices as well. My girls may fight and have their own issues, but don’t we all? If we work together as a family, with one goal at heart, all of us making smart choices for our family as a whole, with Adam and I raising children who love God and who will become selfless more and more as they get older, that’s what matters. And I’m good with all of that.

Commitment and the Indiana Fever

One thing I’ve always wanted for my kids is for each to be good at something. Not so they can get famous or a earn a college scholarship (though come on, honestly, I wouldn’t complain about not paying for college) but so that each can see how hard work and commitment pays off.

I’ve struggled with my two oldest on this topic (the little guy is too young yet). My oldest, well, commitment isn’t her thing, though she really wants to be good at things. She just really doesn’t want to work hard to get there. She loves rehearsing and performing in ballets, but doesn’t like ballet class, etc. She wants the end result without working for it.

My middle child, she simply doesn’t want to do any activities. She’s quite a homebody and would much rather make age-appropriate art and play with her siblings than go to a class. She has recently expressed interest in learning to play the violin after hearing/seeing one in music class at school, so we’ll start lessons in the fall. I’m hoping she’ll love it as much once she starts lessons. *fingers crossed*

I’ve been thinking more about this in the last few days, since some central Indiana women bloggers were hosted by the Indiana Fever in the Legends suite on Saturday night. It was really inspiring listening to Julie Graue, VP of Business Operations for the Fever, speaking to us about how hard these women players work, and for amazingly small salaries (a fraction of what NBA players make). Most of the women play each WNBA off-season overseas as well. Talk about commitment.

It’s so awesome watching these women play their hearts out for the *entire* game. It’s not about dunks or fancy plays or waiting until the 2nd half to turn it on. It’s about fundamentals and playing a good game of team basketball.

This isn’t the first time I’ve been to a Fever game. Our whole family goes to a couple games each season because we can afford to take the whole family to a WNBA game! My kids love it. We can sit close and enjoy the environment – it’s mostly families and friends, rather than business suits in the seats.

We’ll be heading back several times this summer, thanks to great deals like these:

Family Night:
Tickets start at $13 and include a free t-shirt, hot dog, chips and drink. This applies to all Saturday night home games throughout the season. 6/16, 7/7, 8/18, 9/1 are the remaining family night games.

Two for Tuesday/Thursday:
Two for one ticket prices in all levels at all Tuesday and Thursday home games. Tuesday, July 10th would be a fantastic game for kids, with Freddy the mascot’s birthday celebration with mascots from all over joining the crowd. It sounds like a ton of fun and is a daytime game this year (noon), perfect for younger kids and a summer outing.

And guess what?! The Indiana Fever would love for you to come to Friday’s game (June 8th), so tickets are on them! Yep, you can get TWO TICKETS to Friday’s home game against the Connecticut Sun at 7pm for a total of $1.50 (silly Ticketmaster fees). Just go here www.wnba.com/fever/offer.html to redeem the offer.

We’d love to see you there this summer! Let me know if you plan a Fever night and we’ll try to go too!