Getting back into the swing of things after loads of company, and The Death Plague of 2014 (here’s to no repeats of THAT!) … stay tuned because I have big goals and plans for this space this year! Here are some of my Little Happy Things right now, and I’ll be back later on with a new project I’m starting, inspired by Bleubird and Annapolis & Company, a portrait of each of my children once a week in 2014.
I’m writing again over at Annapolis & Company today! Here’s an excerpt:
You know, I’ve noticed something. I say the word “no” a whole lot too often to my boys.
There are those times when it’s totally warranted, when they’re doing something that could cause them harm. (Like jumping off the back of the couch brandishing “bows and arrows like Hawkeye, mom!”)
There are times when it’s necessary for my sanity. (Like the times when they want to do the messiest thing they can think of right after I mop the floor. Let’s give it 24 hours, okay boys?)…
Go read the rest here!
A reminder for today and everyday. I’ve been enjoying the devotionals from She Reads Truth lately. You can find them on the YouVersion app, and I love that I can set my phone to help remind me to be in His Word. Right now, the devotionals are about prayer, and it’s incredibly convicting and a reminder to seek God out every day. Praising Him, confessing our sin, thanking Him for His wonders.
Feel free to save this as a desktop background if you’d like a little reminding yourself. :)
These moments are the best.
I’m going to be making some changes here on the design and also I’m simplifying things. I’ve said this before, but I have a hard time keeping up with more than one blog, so I’ll be combining my two blogs into one here, and making this more general as well. Not just photography, but the designs I’ve been working on for Hey There Design and personal stuff and of course recipes. And, I want to bring back my old title, Our Blessed Road. There will be links to both Hey There Design and Blessed Road Photography. I hope everyone likes the changes I make, and bear with me as I change things around!
So, back to the title of this post, I figured out how to make Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate. I absolutely love peanut butter, and also hot chocolate. Why on earth shouldn’t they be put together?!
I make mocha powder (also good basic hot chocolate mix) and always have it on hand. It’s so simple! Mix equal parts cocoa powder and sugar! I love Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder…it’s so rich!
Mix two tablespoons of the mocha powder with enough water to make a syrupy consistency in your mug. Add a heaping scoop of peanut butter, and microwave for 20 seconds. Stir until smooth, then add hot milk to your mug! Enjoy!!
Thanksgiving Edition! Jackson wanted to borrow my camera, and he took photos while I made pie. Derik was taking photos with my iPhone, though most of his are blurry and pink…fingers in the way! He surprised me, he held the camera very carefully and listened closely when I explained how to focus and shoot the picture. When I finally got my camera back, I had about a hundred pictures of not only pie making, but also the TV, his water cup, looking outside the front windows, and his lunch. I loved seeing everything through his eyes.
We can’t get “real” internet (i.e., unlimited, fast, wonderful, etc etc) here, just the hotspot from my phone. So sorry for the lack of posting, but last month we ran short on internet and I couldn’t get on as much as I would have liked. Someone (coughmecough) went a little crazy on Pinterest too early in the month.
So here are some bits and pieces from the last few weeks…
So new things first:
I’ve started a new venture that promises to be very exciting! I’ve loved graphic design since I was a girl (just ask my mom, I started a new “magazine” probably every week.) and am constantly doodling typography quotes. So I’ve combined it into a graphic design business and Etsy store to sell my quotes, and support my Etsy-buying habit. So visit my website and Etsy shop! And please bear with me as I get both going, because with limited Internet access it takes a while to upload everything. I’m working on it a bit each day!
This belongs in the category of old and new. It’s new to me, but old. Our realtor’s father-in-law recently moved to a smaller retirement home and had some furniture to get rid of. Since she helped us find our house, she knew we had a house that was almost completely empty! It’s amazing how what felt so tight in a 950 sq. ft. apartment looks bare in a 1900 sq. ft. house! So she offered me this gorgeous hutch that needs a little TLC and I jumped at the chance! It’s going to look amazing in my inspiration room, filled with wonderful art supplies! For now I’m going to stain the outside darker to match the cute little chair I picked up, but I may end up painting it white or gray. But the inside is where I’m going to have fun…I’m going to paint it pink!
Finally, in the realm of old news, we are still working on our library, but I’m so tired of waiting for it to be finished that I decided to show you guys some progress photos! I am loving the way it’s turning out, and cannot wait to fill those endless bookshelves with a sea of books! Although as many boxes as we have, I still think we will have some empty shelves! All the more reason to go buy more books, right?