Sunday, February 19, 2017

Weekend Rewind February Week Three

What a wonderful weekend this was!! The warm weather has been amazing and we are loving it!! We know it's going to get cold again so we are doing everything we can to enjoy this weather while we can. :)

Starting off with a little Valentine's Day cookie that Levi was thrilled to get <3


A perfectly yummy breakfast from Big Oak. Levi wanted a cinnamon twist which he enjoyed after he ate half of a egg and cheese breakfast sandwich. He also enjoyed a couple donut holes. The way to get this kid to eat a good breakfast is give him sweets... 



Some Saturday morning Leapfrog watching while we were cleaning the house. 


Levi enjoying some "coffee" because he hadn't had enough sugar yet... 


We found a nice little park to stop at in Frederick before heading to town for a walk. 



Walking along the Carrol Creek Canal. He's very ornery but I love his sweet smile.  










Thursday, February 16, 2017

Simple Waffle Recipe



We are HUGE fans of breakfast foods. Pancakes, Waffles, French Toast, Eggs, Bacon, Sausage... You get the idea!! And we are pretty sure this waffle recipe can't be beat. It's simple any so delicious!! 

Take your ingredients...


Add a super cute helper! 


And gently stir until everything is just combined - a few lumps are ok! 


Your end result *should* be absolutely delicious!! You don't need the extra special toppings like whipped cream and blueberries but they do add a nice touch! 


SIMPLE WAFFLE RECIPE

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (I use white wheat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 whole eggs, beaten
  • 2 ounce unsalted butter, melted & cooled
  • 16 ounces milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla 
In a medium bowl whisk together the flours, soda, baking powder, salt and sugar (let's be honest I never do this part, I just dump it all straight into my wet ingredients once they are mixed well - I'm sure I'm breaking all kinds of rules!). In another bowl beat together eggs and melted butter, and then add the milk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined. Allow to rest for 5 minutes. 

Preheat waffle iron. Ladle the recommended amount of waffle batter onto the iron. Close the iron top and cook until the waffle is golden on both sides and easily removed from the iron. Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200 degree F oven until ready to serve. 

Can be served with maple syrup, blueberries & whipped cream

Recipe from Alton Brown is slightly adjusted. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Weekend Rewind February Week Two

Levi's weekend included enjoying some Dona Pepa chocolate cookies! These came all the way from Peru and an awesome co-worker of mine shared some of her remaining stash with Levi. He was very excited when I showed him his special treat! 


Saturday was such an awesome day. We started out making waffles and having a delicious breakfast!! You can never go wrong with such an adorable helper and homemade waffles!!


Saturday was gorgeous out! Unfortunately I spent most of the day inside and didn't realize until mid-afternoon that it was a beautiful spring-like day. However, we managed to salvage part of the afternoon by stopping by Rooster Moon for some coffee and then heading to Hagerstown park for a walk. 



Love this shaggy headed little man of mine (should have had Daddy get in the selfie too)!! 







Sunday, February 12, 2017

Disney Day Two - Magic Kingdom


When you go to Disney in September be prepared, it will be HOT!! We decided to spend our first day at Magic Kingdom since it's most toddler friendly. We spent the day riding rides and learning the layout of the land. 

Levi's first ride at Magic Kingdom was The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. It had actually started to rain a little bit but we stayed in line and eventually it stopped. As hot as it was the rain actually felt good! 


Our first stop to eat was at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe. 
Levi tried some churros(didn't like them)! 


Prince Charming Regal Carousel 


A parade that we caught several times through out the 
week and Levi enjoyed watching it every time! 


First character meet and greet. Levi was SO HAPPY to see Donald!! 


One of Levi's favorite roller coasters - The Barnstormer!! 


Our first official sit down meal at Disney was at Tony's. 
We loved it and actually ended up going back later in the week... 
Per Mike's facebook picture "We enjoyed supper at Tony's. The Tramp had good taste in food..."




One happy little boy!! 




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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Disney Bound Day One - Flying with a Toddler


Our Disney adventure was back in the beginning  of September 2016 and it just dawned on me that I never blogged about it. So here goes nothing... there are a week of Disney pictures  coming to you over the next several posts!! 

A HUGE part of me was worried about flying with Levi. Sure it's the easiest way to get to Disney and driving would be brutal. Levi has never been the worlds greatest traveler so thinking about getting to an airport early, maneuvering through the lines only to then confine him to one seat for several hours was a bit nerve wracking. However once we got on the plane I was pleasantly surprised with how well he did. It still felt stressful to me because I was worried about disturbing other passengers but I don't think any one else really noticed him...

Our excited for Disney face! 


What do you do with a small child at an airport? Important things... like eat donuts!! 


Just hanging out waiting for our plane. 


Things to do on the plane? Push buttons, push the window 
shade up and down, and make silly faces at Mommy.


What does a child do for several hours on a plane? I would say watch T.V. but really there 
wasn't anything on to watch and I didn't have headphones for him so silent T.V. gets old 
pretty quick. I packed several activities for Levi that were distracting and helped pass the time. 
And of course there has the ever so magical cell phone. 



Someone is getting mighty comfortable!! I was hoping for a nap but that doesn't 
normally happen and this week was no exception to the no nap rule... 


I finally got my way and had him put the window shade up. 
I love the view from an airplane. Really that's the only part of flying I like. 
I neglected to mention that we flew Jet Blue and thought they were fantastic! 


There is nothing like finally getting to your destination. I was tired and just 
wanted to get to our room so I didn't get any pictures between the plane and getting to our Disney room. Once the Magical Express dropped us off we found our room, found some food (oh it was so
crazy insane there the first night you could barely move!!) and then we crashed in the hotel 
room and relaxed getting ready for our busy week of Disney fun!! 







Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Family Pictures December 2016

Sharing some last minute photos we had taken (because I wanted a nice picture for our Christmas cards) in December. Deanna Martin was willing to brave the cold for a few minutes and captured these wonderful pictures(that apparently I am smirking a lot in) that are a reminder of how fast Levi is growing up!!






Love that mischievous grin!! 






Sunday, January 22, 2017

In Celebration of Abby

It’s Abby’s birthday month! Actually her birthday was just over a week ago on January 13th. Mike and I both took the day off and we just spent time together as a family. That included visiting her grave and releasing some balloons. Levi still doesn't grasp letting balloons float off into the sky and had a bit of a meltdown. Maybe someday we can do it without that extra drama. The sweet boy still doesn't completely understand and yesterday requested that we "go to heaven and pick Abby up". Oh how I wish we could do just that... 
(This picture was from a couple months ago)
In celebration of Abby's birthday and short life, Mike and I will be donating to both Chambersburg Pregnancy Ministries and Sweet Grace Ministries.  One organization is helping save the lives of babies and the other reaches out to parents who have lost their sweet babies. We would like to welcome each of you to join us in supporting both of these organizations! 
We will be collecting items through the end month of January and will then forward the donations to both of these ministries. If you would like to join us in celebrating Abby's life in this way you can drop baby items off at our home, shop online(FYI Target has some good baby sales this week) and have them shipped to our home, or send a money donation in the mail or via PayPal and we will shop for items or put it toward the Sweet Grace donation. Please specify if you want the donation to go toward Pregnancy Ministires, Sweet Grace or both.  
If you need our address please email me at letlifeblossom@gmail.com 
Money can also be sent through PayPal via friends and family to letlifeblossom@gmail.com 
Infant Items Can Include
  • Similac/Enfamil/Gerbers Formula (cans of powder)
  • Bottles
  • Diapers & wipes
  • Baby clothing & onesies
  • Receiving blankets
  • Baby towels and washcloths
  • Baby wash, shampoo and lotion 
Thanks for helping us celebrate our sweet girl!