Sunday, September 29, 2013

A weekend recap

I was all set to write my usual Instafriday post on Friday, I had the pictures uploaded and everything but then I just couldn't find a positive voice and after Monday and Wednesday's post, I figured you didn't want hear my grumpiness again on Friday and I really didn't want to share it with you.

This weekend didn't start off that great.  Bristol has croup and I am pretty sure Eldon is getting it as well. Which upsets me a little bit because the whole reason we had his adenoids taken out in April was to hopefully leave the allergies and croup behind. No such luck.  Friday Jeremy was checking his work email and got a notice that he is probably going to be furloughed on Tuesday because of this whole budget thing.  I won't get into my view on it because it's not pretty but I feel like his company should have given us more than a couple days notice.   We haven't been affected by the looming government shut downs before so I figured this time was the same... not so much.  Hopefully it doesn't happen. But even if it does happen, I know God has a plan.   I am also kind of surprised that I am not even worried about it really.  Just more annoyed with the whole situation.
Really mom, another picture

Saturday was a good day.  We had to make our biweekly trip to costco.  While we were down there we went to a car show with Jeremy's family. The kiddos had a lot of fun.  They got to play on the huge inflatable slide.  Boy, am I sore from climbing up that thing.

Eldon thinks he is the fresh prince

Bristol wanted to lay down, to bad she didn't take a nap.  Probably a little too much going on for her.

Since we have to drive at least an hour and a half to get anywhere, we thought Brighton could use a few toys for her carseat. 

Today was a wonderful day.  I have mentioned several times that we have never found a church to call home here but thankfully the church we attended in Colorado Springs has the services live on the internet.  So this morning we got to listen to a great message on the core values of the church.   Later on I did a little sewing and got my craft on.  Always a good thing when that happens. Even better, Brighton has FINALLY started to like the swing.  I didn't understand why she hated it so much at first since Bristol and Eldon practically lived in that thing as babies but after 11 long weeks of screaming at it, she has finally realized the beauty that is the swing.  It is wonderful.  It allows me to finally have my alone time back during the big 2's nap/quiet time.

After a really rough week last week, this relaxing, fun weekend was needed.

I cannot believe I do not have one picture of a car from the car show.  Jeremy is really off his game, normally he takes at least 30.

Totally off topic but I think I have settled on a homeschooling curriculum for Bristol this year.  Yep, it is almost October and I am just now getting around to it, but in my defense, I was a little busy with a newborn in July and August.  I think we are going to the Abeka video K4 program.   After a long talk with my mother in law on what she thinks we should do, we decided to try K4.   And then later in the year we will decided if we are going to move on to kindergarten next year or if we will just redo K4 since she misses the cut off date for kindergarten by 4 days.  Oh, and can I just mention that like the bad mom that I am, I wasn't really planning on doing school this year since we are still trying to adjust to Brighton but Bristol has been asking to do school work everyday so I finally gave in.  And with the Abeka program, I don't have to do any of the planning, which I love.

Now Jeremy and I are going to watch movie for a little date night at the house.  Hopefully it is better than our last movie night where we watched, GI Joe 2.  Which sucked.  Such a let down.  Edit: this one sucked so bad we turned it off and put in an Adam Sandler movie.

How was your weekend?  Did you do anything fun?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I wish...


Sweater and jeans//Ross

I really wish I wore heels. Because these boots are super cute. But alas I don't. 

found here

I sometimes wish, actually, I really wish I had gotten a degree.

I wish the thought of homeschooling didn't overwhelm me so much. I am reading this book but still am super confused by it all.  Maybe if I could get past the first 10 pages...

I wish that I didn't push my quiet time aside so easily. I need God in my days so much so and yet I forgo it all to often.

I wish I was more patient with our kiddos. When I am upset about something with Jeremy, I shut down and don't talk about it until I have figured out why I am upset,  if it was truly his fault, or mine for not communicating my needs, but why can't I be this way with the kiddos. Instead I am quick to anger and slow to apologize. Not the way I should be.

I wish I wasn't so tired lately. Jeremy is getting neglected because I always fall asleep before he does. I can't remember the last time we spent time together without a kid attached to one of us.

I wish that I could stop worrying about my weight. Yes I know I just had a baby. But it doesn't stop the thoughts in my head.

I wish a lot of things.

What do you wish?

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Easy Honey Nut Granola

Rarely will you see a recipe on this blog that is by me.  Seriously, I follow recipes too a T, I refuse to deviate because I am just that way.  I have no creativity when it comes to cooking.  But granola is hard to screw up.  And after following a recipe the first time, I decided it needed some tweaking.  That's tweaking not twerking.   Sorry bad attempt at a joke.  Anyways, I know I have made mention of my LOVE for granola before.  I make it 2 or 3 times a week. So I thought I would share my recipe with you.


wheat germ

shredded coconut

brown sugar


chop the almonds

almonds and walnuts

melted coconut oil


spread evenly over 3 cookie sheets

drizzle with honey

bake at 225 stirring every 15 minutes until the wet ingredients are dry usually about 30 minutes

Here is the non picture version.

Easy Honey Nut Granola
adapted from StoneGable

6 cups Old Fashion Oatmeal
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 1/2 cups Almonds-- It is probably easier to buy already chopped/sliced almonds but I buy ours in bulk and then chop them in the food processor
2 1/2 cups chopped pecans--same as above
2 cups coconut flakes
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil-- not necessary but it really does put this granola over the top, if you don't want to use coconut oil, I used olive oil the first time and it wasn't too bad.
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla

Mix all the ingredients except for the honey together.   If you use coconut oil, melt it, then mix it in.  Distribute the mix onto 3 cookie sheets so it is less than 1/2 inch deep.   Drizzle with honey, I use a decent amount of honey here.    Bake at 225.   I set the timer for 15 minutes.  Stir it and then I keep resetting the time for 15 minute increments until all the wet ingredients are dry.  Remove from the oven to cool.  If you are impatient like me, put some in a bowl and stick in the fridge for 5 minutes, then devour.  

I like to eat mine plain or on top of yogurt.  Jeremy also likes to eat his like cereal with coconut or almond milk.   Next I am going to try a version with peanut butter to keep the husband happy.

A side note.  When one is taking pictures for a recipe, one should probably not allow the kiddos to help bake unless one is willing to clean up messes in between pictures.  Since I am not one to do that, you get real life messy photos.  

Monday, September 23, 2013

Let's be honest...

While most of my days look like this... 

Okay the crafting doesn't happen everyday

Some days are just filled with screams and messes...

right before she had a major break down.  

me bouncing Brighton while trying to pump and blog.  

So while the happy moments like enjoying the temps that have been in the low 80's and taking advantage of a husband who is home and can take over grumpy baby duty while you craft, it is easy to get caught up in the craft area mess, piles of laundry, and dirty bathrooms... sometimes it takes a post full of pictures to remember the good.

Now I must go clean and try to get pictures of Brighton and Eldon's room between naps so I can finally show you what it looks like.

I hope y'all had a wonderful weekend.

Happy Monday!

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Another Friday is already here.  It was a pretty good week in Bennett land.   Why don't you take a look for yourself.   You can follow along in real time on Instagram @crazyrandombennetts

No, no, no// tulle, lots of tulle//the many smiles of Brighton Ann// my littlest loves

Eldon asked me to play cars with him and then proceeded to tell me "no,no,no" the whole time. I apparently don't know how to play cars and we won't even start on how horrible my car noises are.

I started working on Brighton's crib skirt last week. I am almost done.

Bristol and Eldon have a very special bond. I worried that Brighton would feel left out but she adores Eldon and he adores her. He takes his big brother roll seriously. Like he sometimes freaks out when they are sleeping and makes us come in their room so he can check on her.

Music heaven// hair cut// Morning Joe// it sleeps?

Bristol loves music. The guitar especially. Jeremy pulled his electric out for the first time on Saturday and that girl didn't stop smiling.

My uber girly girl who loves all things cars.

I am a coffee snob. I like my coffee black. I like it strong. I like it to have a really good flavor without any hint of berries. I like my Morning Joe but it is impossible to find. It took us 5 stores and Jeremy bought 2 bags. This should last us a month.  Oh, and it has to be whole bean because the pre-ground stuff tastes completely different.  I told you, I am a snob.  A coffee snob that is.

Sleeping Brighton lasted all of 5 minutes but it was a nice break on a very rough day.

Shot time// bunny feet// granola//big bow

Ugh, shots!   My least favorite thing to do with little ones but we got it done and over with and don't need to go back for 2 months.  We will be going elsewhere.  

I love looking at these little feet in the morning.   Brighton is already growing out of her 3-6 month sleepers.  I really need to pull out the 6 month girl clothes.  

Granola!  I eat so much of this stuff, it can no longer be considered a healthy snack.   I made this batch on Wednesday and here it is Thursday night and we just ran out.    

I couldn't find the black flower headband this morning so I pulled out a big bow.  This was actually a Bristol bow.

weather forecast//Happy place

See that weather?  It is beautiful.   Remember when I complained about the forecast lying here?  Well this isn't a lie. Today is was only 94.

Why did I hate the Ergo before? I mean I took one look at them and decided they weren't for me with Eldon.  But I threw that out the window with Brighton and I absolutely love the thing.  So does Brighton.  She is obsessed and would spend all day in the thing if I let her.   I love it so much, that I will probably included it on my next favorite things post.  We were vacuuming here.   

Well that is all I have for you in phone pictures today.

Do you have any grand plans for the weekend?
We are hanging around the house and I want to finish up a few craft projects.  I have a pallet sitting out back that I am dying to paint and I want to get the tulle bed skirt finished up, so I can finally reveal Brighton and Eldon's finished room.  

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

DIY Nursing Top

I absolutely hate all nursing bras and nursing camis.  My major complaint against the bras is that they are not supportive in the least bit.  I don't think you get saggy boobs from nursing, I think it is from the horribly unsupportive, one size doesn't fit all, thing you have to wear for however long you choose to nurse.  I recently fixed my problem and converted a regular bra to a nursing bra using this tutorial.  Super easy to do and if you have a nursing bra you hate, do what I did, cut the clips off of it and put it on the non nursing bra.  So along with my hate for the nursing bra, I hate the camis too which I already mentioned.  I have a really long torso so the bra tops never fit me right, normally they hit like mid boob which just isn't attractive and it really uncomfortable.  So after fixing my bra problem I decied to fix the cami problem too.   I looked  on pinterest for a tutorial but they were all for cutting the straps and looping it around your bra and, well, that didn't work for me.  So I decided to make my own tutorial.  Using a Costco cami and the clips from the white nursing top. 

supplies// Cami and Clips

Cut strap long enough on the front to fit around the clip.  I did the clip oppsite of my bra. So on my bra the hook part is on the cup so I put the hook part on the strap and the one with 2 slots on the shirt portion.  This way I can clip the strap onto my bra strap.  

Sew the clip on

repeat on other side

See I just hook my strap to my bra, that way I can still find my strap when I am done.  

Yes I should have used smaller clips but these ones were from my old cami, next time I will order smaller ones.  And yes I used white thread on my nude bra.  I am lazy and hate to change the thread on my machine.

So there you have it, a super easy way to convert any cami into a nursing cami bra top or no bra top.  Now I need to make a black one, want to come change my thread for me?

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