Judah turns 1

Wow, I can’t believe a whole year has passed nearly since I have last posted anything!  I am ever so sorry to not have shared anything on here.  Thankfully for FB, I have most things documented!!

I wonder if I can go through the year??  =)

September 2013, of course Judah was born, Micah turned 9, my mom and dad came to visit and it was a beautiful month! (pictures below on last years post!)

October 2013: My high school friend Tracy and her husband Herb were in England for a wedding and stopped in for a visit (from Hong Kong!)

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Can’t think of much else that happened until the end of the month when we went over to Belfast for my SIL’s wedding!

November 2013, the wedding!  The boys (minus 2) dressed to the nines!

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I was one of the 4 lovely bridesmaids =)

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And we celebrated Judah’s first Thanksgiving where most of us had the stomach bug at some point!

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And we celebrated Ezra’s 4th birthday!!

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December 2013:  Judah in all his cuteness! And our family photo for our prayer cards.

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And I’ll end this here as I won’t get it all finished in one go anyway!

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I can’t believe that Christmas is next week!! So crazy….

Yea, so I started Christmas shopping in November, for the first time ever really and felt that I was doing good. I had to wait till pay day at the end of November to do the next bit of shopping, but now I feel a bit lost as I thought I had really everything but there are little bits and pieces that I don’t want to forget! I guess that is how it always is. Though last week was a bit of a write-off as the boys were all sick over about 8 days and we spent a lot of time at home on the couch! So I didn’t get out shopping at all!

Things (and boys) are on the mend and hopefully we are nearly there. I have a lot of baking to do on Saturday but that should be fine.
so in the start of the sickness, we sent Andy, Noah and Jonah out for the Christmas tree as they were the ones that were well and healthy. Its the first time I’ve not gone these last few years but I’m sure they enjoyed not having me as I am so picky. But, they choose a great tree that is even better than last year!

So we decorated and slept most of Saturday, oh and watched Christmas movies (Veggie Tales!) and others. Ezra was potty trained through all this and that has been a relief for me! No nappies to change in the day for the first time in 8 years!! Whoo-hoo!!!!!! Even while sick he used the toilet! Yea =) Anyway, here are some recent photos! (We haven’t taken much!)

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My cookies that didn’t quite turn out as I wanted!

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Hopefully there will be more, but Merry Christmas for now 😉

Weddings and new hair style…

So Friday we had the joy of attending 2 weddings. Yep, 2 weddings in one day! We went to the ceremony of Andy’s cousin Beth and then travelled down to Hitchin (outside of London) for the wedding breakfast of our friend Josh. It was a lovely day and it was fun to see 2 different weddings in one day =)

So, for the occasion I wanted to do something different with my hair and had seen this: Pretzel braids and really wanted to try it! Since my 2 sister-in-laws would be here, I knew they would help! So here is the result:
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What do you think??

So here are a few from Bethan and Matt’s wedding:

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and from Josh and Sarah’s:

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and here they were blowing kisses to Josh’s niece Isabella who was up in a window:
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I think that Jo took a photo of Andy and I so I’ll have to post that later!!

so, when did July come along? i mean, really?

*These months are just flying past us aren’t they!! In June we had 2 birthdays for 2 great boys!! Noah turned 5 and Jonah turned 3. We had a party with our friend Cana who turned 5 as well. It was a hit and much fun.
*We had a few illnesses in between Jonah’s hospital visit and the birthdays….Ezra got hand,foot and mouth. Thankfully no one else did! Noah’s nose got infected but that thankfully went away {literally} just in time for his party =)
*The boys participated in our Homeschool Sports Day at cannon hill park with great success! All of them got certificates and Micah won a few and Jonah one one too {by fluke}!
*Our weather has been pretty great these past few weeks, so lots of outside time and walks =) We had Uncle Phil here for 4 days and the boys loved that very much! He made bows and arrows with the boys and spend a whole afternoon out front with them! We went into town one day and enjoyed Nando’s for lunch and then were treated to Blue Nile, an Ethiopian restaurant. We dined with 2 Ethiopian men and learned about the culture and sharing meals. Including being fed by them. Interesting! Definitely out of the comfort zone there! Thursday was lunch with our friend and her boys then the bus down to Worcester for afternoon/evening at our friends. It was nice and I am glad I had Philip with me as all 4 boys fell asleep on the bus!
*Andy has 3 weeks left of school…they have just finished an Ofstead inspection that thankfully went really really well. I made some cakes for him to take in yesterday as celebration and they went down well =) So thanks to Short Stop blog for the recipe!! {She has the best recipes by the way! Everything from breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks!! Check her out!}
*Once school is out we’ll be heading to Belfast to meet our new nephew Levi! And just enjoying a few weeks with the family!
Here are some photos for your enjoyment!
In May:
Home school day out:
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Andy’s 2nd sportive:
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Baddesley Clinton {National Trust}
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Uncle Phil’s visit:
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4th of July:
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Surprise!

I have just found my phone today after not having it for 2+ days! The baby took it and left it in his bedroom on the bookshelf! So glad I finally found it! Especially as I had a text from my sister-in-law Jo, to say that her flight comes in tonight. TONIGHT?? I thought she was coming to visit next month!!! HA HA =) So, yay! I am quite excited as the boys and I are off on a home school adventure tomorrow and its a long walk, and so it’ll be nice to have Jo with us!

So, here are some photos for now!
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march already?

i mean really? where.has.the.time.gone? it has been absolutely crazy. i think since andy’s february half term was literally the last week of february instead of around valentine’s, we just kinda missed the end of feb and the beginning of march! we had andy’s parents here for half term week which was nice and relaxing. valerie got lots of laundry done and some ironing too =)
andy and i were able to get out one afternoon on our own, although it was slightly messed up b/c of rain! but we went out to lunch at ‘jimmy spices‘ which is a world cuisine, buffet! it was gorgeous =) italian, indian, chinese, thai, and mexican =) then we just walked around outside and inside at solihull, looking at books, drinking coffe/hot chocolate and just being together.
we also got to visit friends from church who had just had a baby! it was so lovely to hold a newborn =)
on that saturday we got to go to goodrich castle, outside of ross-on-wye. we meet-up with another british/american couple and their 2 boys. racheal and i happen to both be from baltimore and even went to the same church, just in different decades! but we both married british lads, have all boys and are homeschooling! what are the odds? racheal has a lovely cake business if you live in south wales, they are delicious!! cakes by rach

we just had andy’s birthday last weekend. i made beef and mushroom manicotti/canelloni dish, with salad and apple caramel cake for dessert. *thanks to duncan hines!*

i haven’t been taking many photos recently but i do have a few from the boys playing in the kitchen and creating a new hiding place =) so here they are!
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dinner

i love the taste of these…but i hate peeling them!
maple glazed salmon
{its a swede/rutabaga, btw}
add some carrots
maple glazed salmon
take a few simple ingredients
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mix it
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glaze and grill it
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and enjoy =)
maple glazed salmon

Maple glazed salmon
1 swede
2-3 carrots
4 pieces of salmon
1 lemon – zest and juice
3 T maple syrup
2 T dark soy sauce
2 T english mustard

boil swede and carrots
mix glaze
put fish under grill and glaze
grill for 8-10 minutes
mash swede and carrots
serve with broccoli or some other green veg

yum =)