Sunday, April 30, 2017

Easter Weekend 2017

Happy Easter!!!

I was sooooo excited to have my family home together for the whole weekend!!! It would be Kamry's first overnight TI visit and I could hardly wait to have everyone here. Nathan and Kayla came on Friday and were able to stay until Sunday evening, Logan, Lindsey, and Kamry arrived on Saturday afternoon and stayed until Monday evening. I had my wisdom teeth surgery on Monday, and I still wasn't feeling quite up to par from being put to sleep, but I was so excited about everyone coming and celebrating Easter weekend and having the Gender Reveal party, I just kept pushing myself (and had a helping hand from Mom)!
someone is excited about coming to Nana & Pop Pop's house!!!

I had made a Mississippi Roast dinner, but everyone was starving when they got here. Peter grilled some hot dogs to tide everyone over until dinner. Nathan and Kayla had counseling with the Pastor, then we all gathered for dinner before the Easter Egg Hunt. Kamry LOVES to eat!!! A girl after my own heart!! :O)

We were 5 minutes late for the egg hunt, and everything had been cleaned up. We didn't mind though, because we had a chance to get caught up with friends and get lots of great pictures. Piper shared a few of her treats with Kamry - how sweet! 

(Lindsey said that cupcake was DELISH!!)

Next on the agenda, the Gender Reveal Party!!!!! 
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How exciting!!!! So nice that we could all get together for this! 
Pretty much everyone was team blue! :O)
and we were right!!! I am sooooo excited that it's a boy....
now one of each for Nana to spoil!!!

IT'S A BOY!!!!!!
source: Alicia Thomas

Easter baskets.....

Pop Pop & Nana got her a swing! :O)


a visit with Mom Mom...

then, finally, some down time.....

Nathan and Kayla had to leave on the late boat since she had school the next day, so they didn't get to stay for dinner. Peter had bought a bushel of crabs!!!! YUM!!!!! We were stuffed (but had leftovers for us and Logan and Lindsey to take home the next day!) 

My favorite!!!!

look at that claw!!!!

Kamry loved them too!!! She got a little restless before we could finish, but nothing her first organic lollipop wouldn't take care of! :O) And no worries, Pop Pop kept her "entertained" while we all finished eating...("Where's Allie"...."Holler for Allie") LOLOLOLOLOL

bath time & jammies!!

some certain cat thinks she owns the place!! 

look at those Peppa jammies!!! :O) :O)

I had a follow-up appointment the next morning, so the three of them slept in then hung out at Gran & Pop's house for awhile.

a little more time together before they left. 

What an awesome, awesome, weekend!!!!! 
I can't think of anything I love more than having my family all together!!
Looking forward to everyone coming again in a few weeks for the wedding!!!

I love you all sooooooo much!!!!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

goodbye quiet mornings - hello work mode

.......enjoying this beautiful view!!

lilacs + bacon + coffee= the most heavenly scent!!

....having my coffee in Marion while everyone sleeps! :O)
Ready to party...despite the rain!! Happy 1st Birthday Kamry!!

Maple-Bacon Scones and Coffee w/Mom & Dad :O)

this time last year......GOD IS GOOD!!!

Goodbye quiet's back to work for me on Monday morning!!!!

I have a feeling my morning coffee will soon be a to-go cup on the run!!! :O(
October seems like a loooonnnggggg way off!!! :O(

Friday, April 28, 2017

Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle Dessert

I made this easy, yummy, dessert while the kids were home for Easter weekend. 
It was definitely a hit!

~Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle Dessert~

  1. 1 fudge brownie mix (13 x 9 inch pan size)
  2. 2 packages (13 ounces each) miniature peanut butter cups 
  3. 4 cups cold 2% milk 
  4. 2 packages (5.1 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  5. 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  6. 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  7. 1 cartons (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed  

Prepare brownie batter according to package directions.  Bake in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs (do not over-bake).  Cool on a wire rack; cut into 3/4-in. pieces.  Cut peanut butter cups in half; set aside 1/3 cup for garnish.  In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes (mixture will be thick).  Add peanut butter and vanilla; mix well. Place a third of the brownies in a glass trifle bowl; top with a third of the remaining peanut butter cups. Spoon a third of the pudding mixture over the top. Spoon whipped topping on top of pudding mixture. Repeat layers twice. Cover with remaining whipped topping; garnish with reserved peanut butter cups. Refrigerate until chilled. 

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