Monday, July 14, 2014

How did you celebrate Cohen’s 6th Birthday?


Cohen has a summer birthday, so in order to celebrate his birthday with his friends at school, we just picked a day on the last week of school to celebrate (next year I will plan this better and do it on his half birthday instead!). He requested donuts and they were a huge hit with his friends.


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On Cohen’s actual birthday, we celebrated with donuts for breakfast.



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Can you believe he’s 6??


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The weekend after his birthday, Nan and Pops came to visit. Jace made one of his famous birthday cakes. I’m always amazed at what this boy can do!












We invited our neighbors, The Brown Famly, over for some yummy cake.


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A couple weekends after his actual birthday, we loaded up the van and headed to Dallas for a weekend full of fun.


Our first stop, the hotel to drop off Lucy and Ella. This was their first time staying in a hotel and they were perfect angels!







After we dropped them off, we headed to Ranger Stadium to watch a ballgame.




You want to know why we are all smiles? Jace purchased seats in the ALL YOU CAN EAT SECTION! That’s right folks, all the soda, nachos, hot dogs, peanuts and popcorn you can image!!




The next day we went jousting with the knights at Medieval Times. Cohen LOVED this! We got first row seats and our Blue Knight won!









Ignore the scary dog eyes for a minute, and look at this sweet setup. Cohen and Ella sleep in the same bed at home, so she made herself right at home on the couch with him.




Next…on to Farmerville.

Friday, July 11, 2014

How does your skin feel?


You know me, I’m all about some homemade stuff! I love to make things. Lately I’ve become rather obsessed with Coconut oil. I’m usually not one to follow trends, but I read an internet article on a million uses for this oil (ok so maybe there were a hundred, when reading it felt more like a million). Anyway it said coconut oil can make your hair and skin smooth, it can help cook some mean veggies, coffee creamer, chap stick, sunscreen, and it may cure cancer.


And since we know all things listed on the internet are true, I thought, “I’ve got to get some of this magical oil.” But seriously, I did, and it really does a great job with my veggies (of course McCormick seasonings do too). To be honest, I’m still waiting for it to get rid of the red bug bites from our most recent geocaching adventure, but that just hasn’t happened yet. Maybe it just can’t do EVERYTHING.


I decided since my veggies were so yummy, maybe it would make my skin glow. I used this recipe, but I just left out the Vitamin E capsules, because I just don’t have those lying around my house today.



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(Please ignore the table bottom in the background…Jace is in the process of building me a table. For now we just use the base as a place to stuff boxes apparently. Really should have paid more attention to that when I was taking the picture, but I’m not a professional!!)


The basic recipe:

1 part white sugar

1 part cocount oil

2 parts brown sugar

vanilla (maybe one day I’ll share our recipe for homemade vanilla)


I just mix it up, then put it in a mason jar. Now, I’ve only used this a few times, but it does make my skin feel better. San Antonio is dry, and so is my skin. I never had dry skin issues in Louisiana! I wouldn’t’ say that my skin “glows” but it is softer and less chalky.


Now, I’m not suggesting you take this as a midnight snack, but you could definitely eat this stuff. I licked the spoon after mixing. Yum.