Monday, November 26, 2018

Mid year homeschool update! (Video)

Hey everyone!
Here is a little mid year homeschool update. We've switched a couple of things curriculum wise, but overall our year has been going really smoothly! Check out this video for more about our year so far. Hard to believe we are almost half way through! 

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Twin Boys Shared Room

My boys' room is one of my favorite spaces in our house, because it's just simple and sweet. 
I've found some statement pieces that appeal to both them and me, but it generally stays very clutter free because there just isn't stuff to become cluttered in there, and I really like that. It's what I would ideally really like for our entire house, but most of the other rooms in our house just have more stuff than this. Being in their room just brings me a lot of joy and makes me feel at ease, and I like that feeling. 
When I was dreaming up what I wanted for their room, I had a lot of different ideas but I ultimately decided to go with a black & white theme. I thought that it would give a streamlined, simple, classic look while also being able to find things we liked to fit in. I also have a kiddo with some sensory needs, so keeping it basic was important for that reason as well-not much to overwhelm him when he's in there. 
For now, we are doing floor beds with them. We were just switching them out of cribs when we moved into this house and wanted to see how they would do, and it has worked out really well having their beds on the floor. My boys are boys and are really hard on things, so it's just less furniture for them to destroy ;) We have toyed with the idea of building little pallet beds or something in the future. 
So, welcome to my sons' room!

This was a verse I prayed over the boys a lot when they were in foster care and we were quite literally fighting the system. The whole chapter of Exodus 14 was very comforting to me and reminded me of Who is in control. Read it if you haven't :)

That's pretty much it! They have a dresser in their closet, and most of their toys are in the play area we have in our basement. 
Thanks for checking it out! Is there any space in our house you'd like to see next? I am trying to get around to photographing rooms now that a lot of them are complete! We're working on our master now, so hopefully I'll have that done and can share it soon! 

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Souper Soup Recipe

I've found that sometimes if I give food a different name, my kids will eat it. 
Like cucumbers. "I don't like cucumbers," they said. So I called them pepinos (spanish for cucumber) and what do you know, they liked pepinos. Same with beans. They don't like beans, but they'll eat frijoles. #kids. 
My husband and I love this soup. It's hearty and filling and just really hits the spot on a cold day. It's veggie packed and you can really put whatever you want in it, but our kids thought they wouldn't like it until I called it souper soup and again, whaddyaknow. 
I took a couple of different vegetable beef recipes I was following and mixed and matched with the veggies my family likes best and that's how I came up with this recipe. It'll make a nice big batch, so there'll definitely be leftovers for lunch the next day! Hope you enjoy it! 

Here's what you'll need: 
  • 2 lbs ground beef, drained 
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 4-6 carrots, peeled & chopped 
  • 3-4 red potatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup corn
  • red bell pepper, diced
  • green bell pepper, diced
  • yellow or orange bell pepper, diced 
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (or any type of tomatoes)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley

Here's what you'll do: 

Brown the beef with onion, celery & garlic; drain. Add the rest of the ingredients, bring to a boil, then cover & reduce to simmer for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are soft.

Serve it with some warm bread on the side! 

Enjoy, and try to stay warm!! 
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