Sunday, June 27, 2010

Peach Jamboree

This past weekend we took a trip back to the hill country to spend some time with the precious Prehn family and experience the Stonewall Peach Jamboree as a family. I have been going to this Jamboree since I was a little girl but it was so much fun to get to do this together with Matt and Arabelle.

The same summer that Alli and I were roommates Matt and I began dating. It was during the peach weekend that we took a girls weekend road-trip that stands to be one of the greatest weekends of my life. It had a little bit of everything in it for me, new friendships creating life long memories, healing from my past, new love, and some serious fun. Now five years later I got to go back with that boy I had just started dating and we have been married for four years and have a one year old bundle of Joy. God is so good to me.

And then this weekend was just as full of fun, adventure and special memories. I felt like a kid again as I got to ride a horse across the beautiful hill country. Oh, how I miss saddling up whenever I please.

Of course we went to the Rodeo. Didn't think to get better pictures but here is what we have.

We couldn't go to the hill country and not dip our feet in the water. Oh....I miss this too! Never thought I would miss living in that area but weekends like this make me want to go back.

I got to pick a ton of peaches...I mean seriously, I had to leave thousands and thousands behind for the birds. Alli's family owns a peach orchard and this years crop is so good that there isn't a market for #2,#3 peaches because they are smaller than this years #1. So because of that there were tons of peaches on the ground waiting to be eaten by the birds or get saved by a little birdie named Robyn. Six cases is what would fit in the car so six cases is what we brought home.

The one on the left is considered a #1, middle #2, left #3.

Now I have been busy cutting, canning, preserving and freezing all of these peaches. I do believe that if next years crop is bad I have them covered.

If anybody wants a post on canning, making jelly and how to store all of these peaches let me know.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Quick Shout Out


I just wanted to share a new favorite of mine. I have long been on the hunt for a natural deodorant that was free from aluminum and parabens. Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer's while parabens are found to be damaging to pregnant and nursing mothers. All in all I wanted no part of this dangerous chemical cocktail and set out to find a great alternative.

My first few options ended with me hiding in my closet rubbing on my "powder fresh" scent because Matt would not even want to kiss my face after putting on the kiss my face deodorant. Then my friend Lyns told me about this amazing deodorant.

I bought it almost ready for it to fail me. I put it on first thing in the morning thinking by lunch time I would need to go use my backup that puts some pretty over my stinky but you can still kinda smell the stinky.... but I didn't need it. Unlike my old deodorant this left me smelling great... like as in no scent at all.

I have been using it for some time now but found this product blog worthy because just the other day my husband know the one that won't try anything new used it on his own. He came home told me he had been working outside all day and didn't smell bad at all. He's the boy who slathered deodorant all over his body and he has now thrown aside his strong overpowering chemical filled deodorant for this Aloe and Almond.

You can buy it online or at an HEB that has a Central Market section or Whole Foods, Health Food Stores, you get the point.

The last thing I love about it is that it is made somewhat local as in Kerville, Texas. That makes me happy :)

I hope you give it a try and enjoy it!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Not enough words to describe

Yeah...this pretty much says it all

You are one Amazing man! Arabelle is so blessed to have you as her Daddy. It brings pure joy to my heart to watch you with our daughter. The way you love her, the way you care for her, the way you play with her, encourage her, soothe and comfort her are some of the many things I will never grow tired of watching. You give your whole heart and soul to the duties of being a father never once complaining. You are faithful in praying with her and teaching her about Jesus with her sweet little "Alice in Bible- land collection." You are working so hard to teach her how to walk on her own but in those lessons the most important thing you are doing is encouraging her and showing her that she can trust you and look to you for guidance, something I know will last for a lifetime.

I love it when we go into her room after she is asleep and we just watch her, pray over her and thank the Lord a million times over how blessed we are to have her in our lives. I love how you make her laugh. I love that you brush her hair every night. I love how she honks your "horn" nose. I love that you make the noise each time even if your tired.

I know that you would do anything for our family. You lead us in the direction of the Lord. You desire his will in all our ways. You provide for us in a way that tires you more than I will probably ever know but you have never once complained. I love that you are so thankful I stay at home to raise our daughter and take care of our family. You sing my praises even when you don't know I can hear you and that is one of the sweetest rewards. You encourage me every day and build me up to be all that I am created to be in the Lord. You make me the mother I am.

You are the most incredible man, father, friend and husband. I love you with all of my heart. Arabelle loves you with all that she has in her, I can see it in the way she looks at you. She loves you so much. We all love you so much.

The moment you became a Dad. I love the expression on your face. It's one of amazement, emotion, and wonder. I still see it often.

First Dance

Being such a sweet Daddy and giving Arabelle a manicure.

Getting sugars

So happy when with you


Watching some cartoons

All the things you do for us

Daddy and me

Oh yeah...this girl loves you too!