Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter Pizza

I planned a really yummy Easter menu: boneless leg of lamb with mint balsamic drizzle, roast chicken (for the non-lamb-eaters), sweet potatoes, asparagus, fancy green salad, and homemade lemon meringue pie.

But we didn't eat that - not one bit of it. Instead we had pizza. In the photo above, the caprese skewers represent the only homemade item we had at our entire Easter feast! And it was GREAT!

It's been a busy few weeks, and even Spring Break was filled with things like taxes & doctors' appointments. So when the Saturday before Easter came and I started making my little "to do" list ... I also started to panic. My quick-thinking (and awesome) husband decided that the remedy was to skip it all, have pizza for Easter, and take the kids to a carnival Saturday night instead of staying up all hours to finish deviled eggs.

We had a blast at the carnival -- I wish you could have seen K's reaction to the thrill of her first fun house, first ferris wheel. We did a lot of spinning and going up high - and a lot of laughing. We stayed out late. And no one missed the leg of lamb. There's no obligation to make a big meal at Easter - the only obligation is to REJOICE in our Risen Savior!

This may go down in history as one of my favorite Easter Dinners ever!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
(1 Peter 1:3 ESV)


I don't really love myself in this photo - that shirt is so much cuter in person, and I have strange unflattering shadows across my face. But there are so few pics of all seven of us ... and we worked so hard to get this family shot of our spring break getaway. (You should have seen the camera -- self-timer all set -- propped on a book-on top of a pillow-on top of a barstool. That's a fast 10 seconds, let me tell ya!)


Sunrise in the Blue Ridge Mountains

We enjoyed a quick getaway at the beginning of Spring Break. Found a good deal on 2 nights at a cabin with a hot tub, pool table, and this amazing view! It was SO GOOD to just slow down and spend a couple days just hanging out as a family!

Monday, February 27, 2012


daughter, M (almost 13), took this photo on the way to school. it was a very gloomy, yucky day and then, all of a sudden - a rainbow and a patch of sunlight! the phone camera just doesn't do it justice!

The heavens declare the glory of God,

and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. - Psalm 19:1

Sunday, February 26, 2012


my sweet hubby built me this table! i'm in LOVE! (with the table AND the man ;-)

Saturday, February 25, 2012


terrarium we made for my brother-in-law's birthday. i love the way it turned out

Monday, February 13, 2012


Chocolate-dipped S'mores. I made these for youth group snacks and they were a big hit! (though it was kind of tedious, made a big mess i still haven't cleaned up, and didn't turn out AT ALL like what i pictured in my mind. but i think the teens felt loved, and that's all that matters.)


we took our Durer-inspired animal drawings and made "woodcuts" out of them (carved styrofoam plates and practiced making prints.)

Sunday, February 12, 2012


a student's interpretation of me. much thinner and cuter than the original. ;)

Saturday, February 11, 2012


another snapshot of art class: Nativity Triptych

Friday, February 10, 2012


owl sketch by one of my art students. we studied Albrecht Durer's animal drawings as inspiration.

Thursday, February 9, 2012


Note from my sweet hubby. Found in my lunchbox one day at art class.