Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Newport Wine & Seafood Festival & Night Sledding

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Hope you had a fabulous weekend!  Our's was fantastic!   It started with Thursday when I was able to stay home from work and go work in two of my kiddo's classroom's.  One of my benefits at work is that they grant us 40 hours a year of paid volunteer work.  They encourage all employees to get out into our communities and volunteer.  I love it.  So, I choose to use my volunteer hours by working at some of my kid's schools, since I have four kids in 3 different school in the district.  It works out nicely, that I can be involved in their classrooms.

Friday, the hubs and I took off for a great weekend at the coast.  Our lovely cousins volunteered to not only take care of our four kids but also to puppy-sit our two dogs, for the whole weekend.  Bless them!   They took they kids up to Mt. Hood and did a little night sledding.  The kids jabbered our ears off about the sledding from the minute we picked them, to even last night at dinner.  We are extremely blessed to have The Mister's family so close to us, not only in location, but also in our relationships.
 
We have never been to the Newport Seafood - Wine Festival before; we were invited by some friends of ours (you'll see them pop up on the blog a lot during the summer, I'm sure of it.)  We drove down to the coast, and it was miserable.  The rain was just dumping buckets outside.  We didn't care.  We were together for a little getaway, and besides, we are Oregonians a little rain has never hurt anyone. 
 Our friend's had about 16 people in their group. 
 We caravaned down to the festival and walked around the tents.  There were different winery's and vendors, and crafts, and a little bit of everything. 
 
The following night we had a H U G E, and I mean HUGE feast at the house.  There was so much deliciousness there, I can't even begin to explain it all.  There was this amazing marinated flank steak, steamer clams cooked in a buttery garlic sauce, oysters, steamed asparagus, homemade will real crab crab cakes, a cod fish with this creamy sauce, fresh crabs, a lobster bisque, ceviche dip with tortilla chips, smoked salmon, and I just know that I'm forgetting something, but I wish I was eating that right now. 
To say we stuffed ourselves was an understatement, I may have eaten more than Thanksgiving dinner.
 
We stuck around the beach town of Lincoln City on Sunday.  We never get to just hang out with the two of us, so it was nice to just walk to town and check out the little stores, and walk down to the beach.   The day was simply gorgeous.  Always seems to be that way when you are heading home...doesn't it?  It was so nice to just be a couple, not a referee to fighting kids (obviously not mine, mine are perfect...riiigghhtt!), to just stick around, relax, hang out, hold hands, and talk and be on a date.
 
It was also nice to come home.  Be a family unit again.   We just snuggled up on the two couches and watched America's Funniest Home Video's...giggled and ate pizza on Sunday.  Kids were tuckered out and so were we.   That's the best way to end a weekend.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Meal Plan Monday 2/25/2013

Another Meal Plan Monday is in full force!!!  I'm a little behind schedule this week.  Hope everyone had as great a weekend as The Mister and I did.  I will follow up with that in another post.

Last week was the first week that we didn't eat all 7 meals at home.  In fact, the kids were at our cousins house for the weekend while The Mister and I were out of town.  This weekend we have a birthday girl in the house!!!  Little Miss Firecracker is climbing the ladder all the way to 12!!!  Hard to believe she's 12 already.

Here's what we are eating this week.  Hopefully, it helps make your dinner plans a little easier for the week. 

Monday:  Rotisserie Chicken w/ garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, and green salad
Tuesday:  Crockpot:  Pot Roast w/ leftover garlic mashed potatoes, and green salad
Wednesday:  Crockpot:  Honey Garlic Chicken
Thursday:  Taco's
Friday:  Chicken Florentine Pasta
Saturday:  Spaghetti w/ Chicken Caesar salad and garlic bread
Sunday:  Birthday Girl's Choice



If you have any recipes that you'd like to share, please share them, I'd love it!  I'm always looking for new meals to try out.  Have a great week everyone! 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Our Floating Shelves

A while ago, I was scoping out this website where you can get all these woodworking plans for free.  There are plans to build things like furniture for your home, toys for your kids, and even patio sets, along with so much more.  This amazing site is one of the ones that got me hooked into the world of blogs. 
It started when I saw these floating shelves used in a home on this blog and I just KNEW I had to make some of them.
So, I went out and bought the lumber, as per the directions and cut list.  This was my very first wood working project and The Mister was so good with teaching me how to pick out the right lumber and what to look for with bad lumber. 
He taught me to measure, over and over, before you cut...
How to use his tools...
It was a mixture of hard work, fun, and learning.  Before long, we were tripping over each other in the garage and waiting for one another to finish up with a tool, so I moved to the driveway and turned the tailgate of his truck into my work bench.
Note:   Always wear proper safety gear.  Safety glasses AND closed toe shoes aka sneakers...not flip-flops.
He even taught me all about sinking the screws into the wood and how to make sure things were square.  I would have never known how to do any of that.  Who knows what my shelves would have looked like in the end.  :)
So here you have the three inserts for the shelves.  This is what is going make them "float". 


Here is the shell, the case, the actual shelf all made out.  Which I chose to primer and paint black.
This project was a true test of my patience.  Not that it was hard, because it wasn't...and not because it was time consuming, because all in all, it really wasn't.  I just worked on it a little bit every night after work and on the weekends for a couple of weeks (schedules permitting).   It was just a little big for my first wood project and I had a few learning hiccups along the way.  Nothing The Mister couldn't fix for me and show me how he fixed it.
So I taped everything out.  I always do.  I wanted to make sure that shelves were going to be equal heights apart from each other, level and even on the vertical sides as well as horizontally.  I had taped a yard stick (as you can see in the above photo on the right hand side).  That is to make sure that each of my shelves are lined up on the ends equally.
Once I had them all marked up; The Mister came in and did the hard part for me.  Getting them onto the wall.  Here he is attaching the frame to the wall.
So the actual shelves, the casing, that were built, slide right on top of these frames.  It was so neat. 
Note: To the left is a collage of pictures that I had planned on putting up there, but was trying to decide if they were going to look good.  Again...taping and planning.
Before:  Family photo gallery wall, hanging by ribbon on staggered curtain rods
After:  A select few photos, some books, plants and a few other items.

I could not believe that I built these. I was so proud of my self. Seriously, Ana's plans are SO, SO, easy to follow. If I can do this. You can do this! Do not be afraid to try something new!
Have you ever done a wood working project before?  What was it?  Was it hard?  Please share in the comments below.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Chalkboard Calendar

I have had this vision in my head for a  r e a l l y  long time.  The problem was finding the right spot in my house to put this vision.  We needed it to be a place where everyone could see it.   I thought about doing it in our hallway.  But the hallway is narrow.  And dark.  And currently getting ready to redo it, to make it brighter, and this would have gotten in the way of everything.  Then I thought about this open spot by our front door.  Nope.   I am going to redo the entry way as well and I have that whole wall planned out.  So, there it sat.  My idea.  In my head.  With no place to put it.
And then it happened...this weekend.  When The Mister was leaving to go out of town with a couple of the kids and go dirt bike riding.  The light bulb went off.   I honestly, don't think he made it to the freeway before I was calling him and rambling my idea off in hyper speed a mile a minute.  I have to say, I'm a lucky girl.  When I get something in my head and I get a moment to execute it my man just simply says, "What ever you want to do babe.  It's all up to you."  I love him.  He lets my creativity flow with no restrictions. 
Okay, back to my idea, the first thing I needed to do was my research.  I have to say, it pays off!  In this case, if I had rushed out and bought everything I needed, it would have been wasted money and I would have had to return everything, which results in a waste of my time.  I do not like running around to various store for no reason.  Honestly, who does?  I like to tape out my big projects, sometimes even sit on them for a couple of days to see if it's something that I really want in that location.  I measured and lined up where I wanted this project with painters tape and stared for a while....at this.

But see, this....was my problem.
 Yup, the 3 mirrors, I had originally planned on putting chalkboard paint on and then turn into a large readable calendar was NOT going to work, they were going to be too big..  FAIL!  My precious idea was failing.  I was devastated, but yet determined to figure this out because I wanted we needed this calendar.  So I slept on it; woke up fresh and rejuvenated, we went to church, and then when I got home again it came to me.  I started searching the garage, because I just KNEW we had scrap pieces of wood in the garage AND I am allllll about using up scraps and working with what we have, repurposing, if you will.

Turns out that we had everything I needed.  Except the paint.  No biggie, the chalkboard paint was less than $10.   What I was looking for was a 48 x 36 piece of MDF backing, which is a super thin plywood.   What I was found where 2 pieces of 48 x 24 in our garage from a previous project.  Since the space I had taped out was 48x36, yes this is a big calendar but we have a big family with big activities, I was only going to need one and a half of these MDF boards. I measured, many, many times, and use the T square to get my straight line down the middle of the board.  Had I been thinking I would have taken photos for you, but I was caught up in completing my calendar...bad blogger, sorry.  I got to use The Mister's table saw, I like to joke with him that it's just like using a sewing machine. Just a straight stitch down your line, not really.  I got this, sorta!
I had to do a little bit of multi-tasking.  Nothing like making dinner for the kiddos and painting MDF board on the kitchen counter at the same time.  All is well, and we didn't eat the paint.  :)  Yes, I did use the dog kennel as an additional counter for the 2nd piece of wood dry...I tell you our kitchen is small and that's how I roll, using what I've got, where I've got it.  :) 

I had a sample container of a very soft grey.  It was BEHR - Igloo, it was such a soft grey that it appeared white.  I also used a 1/4 inch nap roller.  You could use a foam roller too.  But like I said, I'm all about using what I have on hand, and those rollers and paint were in our paint storage container.

Now comes the fun part...I nailed the snot out of it to wall, especially along the seam.  I didn't want any movement, because I didn't want the seam to break or be seen later with any cracks.  Afterwards, it was time for the wood putty.  I put putty all over that baby.  Sealing up the seam.
You can see the seam of the putty, since it's drying, in this photo.
Now, you might be wondering why I just didn't paint this directly on the wall?  Eventually this wall is going away.  It will be a part of our kitchen/great room remodel.  I can at least, relocate our calendar when this wall goes away.  But until then, this is the most beneficial wall to have it on.
Once the putty dried.  It was sanding time.  I sanded, and puttied and sanded again. 

I chose to hang the trim work before I measured and taped out the squares.  It was going to be easier to make sure that the squares were equal both horizontally and vertically, since I just needed to work with the inside measurements.
It looks like a white board right now
Then it was time to TAPE! THAT! CALENDAR!  Yay!  This proved to be a little more time consuming then I had original anticipated.   I needed to measure out my width and my length.  My length, needed to be divided by 7 so that I could fit all the days of the week in there.  Next, I needed to measure out the width, and I did it by 6.  One week for the days of the week.   Five for the weeks for the month.  So, if you followed all that craziness my calendar is a 7x6.
Piece of advice: Cut your tape and the ends.  See how I have mine wrapped around the trim pieces.  Ya, don't do that.   It caused for a little bit of bleeding.  Not to thrilled about it.  Lesson learned.
I am still borrowing my friend's Cricut and I printed/cut out the first letter for the days of the week.  I set the Cricut to 5, since my squares were about 5.25 x 6.5 each.  I could have gone a smidge smaller, but I like the way it's turning out.  I wanted it big and clear for the kids and The Mister to read.
Finally, the paint!   I was so excited that the end was nearing on this project!!
 
This was the first coat.  I did about 3 coats of chalkboard paint because I wanted it nice and even.
Peel the tape off and WA-LA!!!
 A calendar!!  Yes, it's big.  We have a big family, with big activities, and big schedules.

The last step to the chalkboard paint is the prime the paint.  Meaning you I color chalk all over the board and then wipe it off.
 
I am still trying to figure out if I want to paint the trim or if I want to paint the walls.  I am thinking about painting the walls.
Now, just write up your schedule for the month!
 
Cost:
Wood trim: FREE
Vinyl Lettering: FREE
Chalkboard Paint: $9.98
Sample Paint: FREE (already owned)
MDF Wood: FREE, but about $4 each
 
So, $9.98 for an organized family...small price to pay for a happy wife.  :)
 
What do you think?  Have you ever used chalkboard paint?  How do you organize your busy family's schedule?


 



Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mitered Corners

As you know, I worked in Bubba's room this past weekend.   I was able to tackle his bulletin board and frame it out, which I talked about here, and something that has been on my To-Do List for quite a while now.
Mitered corners can appear to be easy and yet seem self explanatory, but they can also be very tricky.  Especially when the piece of wood you are working with has some detail or design to it.  You really need to pay attention and remember what you are doing.  The Mister, thankfully, taught me how to miter corners a while ago for another project.   We happen to have a miter saw, but you can also use a miter box with a hand saw to do these cuts as well.
I had cut and placed a piece of wood up on the wall.   Lined it up the way I wanted it along the bulletin board.  I cut both of my corners at a 45 degree angle.
I measured from the inside, of the piece of wood.
Here is the tricky part.  As you can see in the picture below I was laying it out, trying to make sure everything was going to line up flush before I cut the other side.  I didn't want to have to caulk any parts of the corners.  I wanted them to meet flush, but as I was laying out another piece of trim, they just weren't lining up.  Do you see why? 
If you look closely at the picture, you will see the ever so slight design of the wood is actually on the outside of the trim.  I was using it with the chunkiest part on the inside; closest to the bulletin board.  Good thing I double checked all of that, before I made any of my cuts.  It was a lot of up and down the stairs, to and from the garage, but it was worth it.
Always remember to measure twice, or three, or four times, so you can cut once.
This is how you want your corners to line up, but as you can tell in this picture, this is pre-putty, sanding and painting, and that line you see is actually my pencil mark for when I wanted to make my cut.  This is a very raw picture, but gives you the idea of the 'rights' and 'wrongs' to mitered corners.  When they are done correctly, they look beautiful.  Your corners ARE supposed to match up and look seamless.
This little corner of his room is turning out quite nicely.  Might add a little chair or make a bean bag or something for him over there, so he could read, or relax.  Who knows!

Have you ever had to miter corners before?  How did you do?  Any woodworking projects that you are currently working on?  I have another one in the works and will be up on the blog soon!  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Slow Cooker: Pepper Steak

Slow Cooker:  Pepper Steak
 
 
 
Ingredients:

2 lbs of stew meat
1 can/jar of spaghetti sauce (I used some homemade canned marina that I made last summer)
1 onion sliced
1 green pepper sliced

salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp of Italian seasoning
 
Instructions:
 
Put everything into the slow cooker and cook for 7-8 hours on low or 5-6 hours on high.
Feel free to add any other seasonings you think would be good.
 
Serve with pasta and a veggie such as cauliflower.  We like to mash our cauliflower.  It looks like mashed potatoes, but tastes better.

*I was going to add a picture for you, but unfortunately my camera just isn't working right.  So I will add next time I make this meal.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Meal Plan Monday 2/18/2013

Hey guys!  Hope you are enjoying the start to your week.   This weeks menu is a little different just because we have two night this week that we are not cooking dinner.
We've been doing really good with keeping eating at home and eliminating all the processed foods from our diet.  I have to say, it really is amazing what that does for one's body.  The Mister was on business all last week, and in result of that, ate all his meals out.  Well, he came home feeling like total crud; his stomach was upset the first few days home, and felt better the minute he started eating whole foods again.

Here is out menu for the week:

Monday: CrockpotPepper Steak w/ mashed cauliflower

Tuesday: Steak with Ratatouille (can't wait to see the kids face!)

Wednesday: Crockpot:  Chicken & Dumplings

Thursday:  Chicken Florentine Pasta w/ Green Salad

Friday:  Dinner with Friends

Saturday: Dinner at our Cousins home

Sunday:  Salmon w/ corn, green salad, and garlic bread


Have a great week everyone!!!

Almost done...with Bubba's Room

Goood Morning everyone!!!!   Happy Monday!   Today is wonderful because I HAVE TODAY OFF!  How was your weekend?  Hope you had a great one!  We had lots of stuff going on.  Our youngest son, Bubba, moved ranks in Cub Scouts at his Blue & Gold Banquet.   He has gone from a Wolf to a Bear!  Yay, Bubba!
 
After the banquet, The Mister, Hotrod, and Firecracker went out to Central Oregon and did some dirt bike riding.  Bubba, Baby Girl and I stayed home because Bubba had a follow up doctor's appt for his broken finger.  Which I talked about here. So while they were gone I worked on some projects.  Did you guess that?  I bet you did... 

There were a few things that I have had on my To-Do list for Bubba's room for a while now.
  • Hang his bulletin board
  • Frame the bulletin board
  • Hang the star and moon lights
  • Hang the truck - car holder
  • Hang the USA map
  • Find a new light
  • Curtains???
  • Bamboo Blinds
  • Few more 'camping' themed decorations
So, I tackled his room.   I had my trusty side-kick and helper, helping out.
 
Bubba is holding his bulletin board in place so I can nail it to the wall.
I made this bulletin board and Bubba picked out the fabric for it, all on his own. 
  • What I did was cut a piece of thin MDF board to  24x36.  I believe they are less than $4 at Home Depot. (If you don't have the tools to cut the wood at home, Home Depot and/or Lowe's will cut the wood for you)
  • Then I had some cork 12x12 pieces that I got at Target a while ago, just for this project.  They come in packages of four, so I purchased 2 packages. 
  • I glued them to the MDF board.
  • Then I had some batting in my sewing room and I covered the cork with the batting. 
  • Next, I covered them both with the fabric.  I stapled the fabric to the back of the MDF board and pulled it tight and stapled it down. 
It was super quick, super easy and pretty inexpensive.

I have been meaning to hang this for a while, but I knew I wanted to frame it out.  One of the gals at work had some trim work leftover from a project she was doing at her house.  I went to her house to see if it would work, and it was PERFECT.  Free and perfect, my favorite kind of combo!   

When working with mitered corners, it is VERY important to measure again and again.

Doesn't that look great!  I just love it!  He loves it!  That's all that matters.

Here are a few other things I was able to cross of my To-Do List:

This was handed down from Big Brother: Hotrod, and holds all of Bubba's favorite cars
 
This corner is a Lego building center, down below, and reading corner up top.  He loves it.
 
Because we just HAD to see what it looked like with the lights off.  :)
I still have these items left to do, but it's just a matter of finding the "right one", for everything.
  • Hang his bulletin board
  • Frame the bulletin board
  • Hang the star and moon lights
  • Hang the truck - car holder
  • Hang the USA map
  • Find a new light
  • Curtains???  Yes or No?
  • Bamboo Blinds
The hardest thing that I am finding, is patience.  I really just want it all done, but I want it done right.  So to wait for it, it will have to be. 

Have you ever had to wait for eternity (or at least it feels that way) to find the right item to complete a room you've been working on?  Did you get some rooms completed this weekend?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

It's working! It's working!

Did you all read my post the other day?  About becoming unplugged?  I've had a lot of feedback from people in my inner circle.  Some who loved it.  Some who thought I hit the nail on the head.  Some who were sheepishly shy about it because it hit home for them.
Well, this week of being unplugged has been fantastic with the kids.  We've had a ton of play time together.  Everyone is helping out around the house more and the kids are TALKING TO EACH OTHER, like SHARING THEIR LIVES, talking to each other.  Do you know what this means?!?!?!?  This means MAMA is thrilled!  Like-squealing-inside-but-can't-let-the-kids-see-me, thrilled!

I did fall upon this article today; Dear Mom on the iPhone.  It actually brought tears to my eyes, because it's happened.  It's so true.  I see it.  I've been guilty of it.  I know you have too.  I think we all need a little reminder of this.

Please take the time to read it.  Maybe some of us need to change our perspective on family time.  Because deep down, it's not the quantity of time together, its the quality of time together.

This is also a good piece to read, an excellent story of a boy who wanted time with his dad.

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.
"Daddy, may I ask you a question?"
"Yeah sure, what is it?" replied the man.
"Daddy, how much do you make an hour?"
"That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?" the man said angrily.
"I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?" pleaded the little boy.
"If you must know, I make $20 an hour."
"Oh," the little boy replied, with his head down. Looking up, he said, "Daddy, may I please borrow $10?"
The father was furious, "If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are so selfish. I work long hard hours everyday and don't have time for such this childish behaviour."
The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door. The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?
After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think: He may have been a little hard on his son. Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $10 and he really didn't ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door.
"Are you asleep, son?" He asked.
"No daddy, I'm awake," replied the boy.
"I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier," said the man.
"It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $10 you asked for."
The little boy sat straight up, smiling. "Oh, thank you daddy!" He yelled.
Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man, seeing that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, then looked up at his father.
"Why do you want more money if you already have some?" the father grumbled.
"Because I didn't have enough, but now I do," the little boy replied.
"Daddy, I have $20 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you."

Time. That is a four-letter word almost all of us have trouble with!

Go, get off the computer, get off the phone, get away from the tv, stop playing the video games and go be with your kids, your spouse, your family!  Enjoy this life you have!  Because one day those babies of yours......

 Become big and won't want to play with you when you are ready to play.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Meal Plan Monday 2/11/2013

Good Afternoon Lovelies!!!   I hope you all had a great weekend.   We kept busy around the house.  Going through stuff.  Getting rid of stuff.  Organizing a craft room (hope to have that post up later in the week) and a few little crafty projects.  :)


The Mister is out of town on business, so I'm running the show by myself this week, which also means, I am running all the after school activities by myself; so simplicity is what I'm striving for along with quickness. 

Here is what we are eating for dinners this week:


Monday: Taco's
Tuesday:  Spaghetti w/ Chicken Caesar Salad and Garlic Bread
Wednesday: Crock Pot: Chicken & Dumplings
Thursday:  Breakfast for Dinner - Heart shaped pink pancakes, eggs and bacon, fruit w/ Fruit Punch with Heart Shaped Pineapple Juice ice cubes.  :)
Friday:  Salisbury Steak w/ Mashed Cauliflower and spinach salad
Saturday:   Steak W/ Chick Pea & Tomato Basil Salad
Sunday:  Salmon, garden salad and corn


How often do you use your crock pot?  Do you love yours as much I as love mine?  Are you planning any fun meals for Valentine's Day for your kiddo's or loved one?

Slow Cooker: Chicken Fajitas

Slow Cooker: Chicken Fajitas

These were so delicious and E-A-S-Y.   I have never had such an easy meal before.  Hands down I will be making all of our fajitas this way.  The kids gobbled them up and didn't realize they were eating peppers or onions.

Ingredients:

3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 bell peppers, sliced (I did a green and a yellow one)
1 onion, sliced
1 packet of taco seasoning

I even used frozen chicken breasts and did not thaw them out before hand, just popped them in frozen.


Slice peppers and onions then place them on the bottom of the crock pot.
  1. Put Chicken on top of peppers and onions
  2. Sprinkle taco seasoning on the top
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hrs (or high for 3-4)
Shred the chicken with 2 forks. 
Mix and serve

We had guacamole and Greek yogurt, in place of sour cream.  The Mister, taste-tester-of-all, couldn't even tell the difference between the yogurt and sour cream.  Score!!  One point for me!!!   You could even switch this up and do it with top sirloin and slice up the beef.

What are some of your favorite crock pot meals?   Do you have a favorite chicken meal?  I'd love to hear about it, and would even try out your recipe!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Hey Girl!

We've all seen the Ryan Gosling "Hey Girl" memes that are all over Pinterest.  Well, these Five Fabulous bloggers are hosting a "Hey Girl" link party;  View Along The Way, Decor and the Dog, Bliss Ranch, Two Twenty One and Domesic Imperfection.  This is a fun way to show some Valentine's Love for my main man. 
Anyone, who knows The Mister and I, knows that we are in such love that we are inseparable.  I thought this would be easy, you know, since I've been with The Mister, for-ever.   But it was a little harder than I thought.  Trying to find the perfect picture to go with the perfect "Hey Girl" was a little tricky, too.  However, once I got into my groove, I could have done a gazillion more of these.
How do you not fall in love, even more, with a man that falls asleep with their babies?
Cheers baby!  You love me and you know it!
 
Happens every. Single. Time. I rent a movie
Working on it, baby, working on it.
You're the best, Honey!
 
Just babies!  He had no idea (yes he did) what he was getting into that day.  :)
I love this man with all my heart, he knows it.  We were just a couple of young teens with nothing but hopes and dreams in our eyes.  Thanks babe for going on this wild ride with me.
The day our family was complete and turned into a family of 6
 
Happy Valentine's Day baby! 

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