Happy Valentines:)

We don’t make a big, extravagant deal out of Valentine’s Day.  This year a made Kelly & each of the kids a little scripture card about love (from the leftover Cricut shapes Tobin had cut out).  And, I found cute hats for $.60 at Target for the kids (pink & red)

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Kelly got me a sweet card and some gluten-free shortbread cookies that I love:)


German Pancakes

Found a yummy gluten free recipe, from Domata (gluten free flour), this last time we didn’t have enough and used 1/2 Domata & 1/2 Namaste Perfect Flour Blend and we liked it better.  They are a cross between a crepe and a muffin and an omelet.

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  • 1 cup milk-we use coconut milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup Domata Recipe Ready gluten free flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. orange zest (optional)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted-we use grapeseed or coconut oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Blend first six ingredients (milk thru orange zest) in a blender.Blend in butter a little at a time, in order to temper the eggs.Grease muffin tins and fill cups slightly less than ½ full.  Bake for 15 minutes, or until puffy and golden on top.Serve with your favorite toppings. We have used honey & powdered sugar, real maple syrup, strawberry jam & baked cinnamon apples.

They have found their way into our regular breakfast rotation.

Ezra’s birthday party

We had a small party right after church and then went roller skating (where Ezra invited Jenna & Charlie to join us)

So, if you know my history with birthday cakes, you’ll know that we were pretty excited about how this one turned out:)


Love this picture of Ezra not wanting to have his picture taken!

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We got him an Action Bible, so far he is through Genesis & into Exodus, highly recommend this:)

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Eight is great!

Ezra was 8 on February 13th , wowza!  Although for some reason he is always already that next age in my head before he turns it-not sure why?


And, some things about Ezra — he still loves all ball sports, he is a math whiz, he has run 120 miles in mileage club since October, he is one of the taller kids in his class, his 1/2 green left eye is still 1/2 green, his blanket is still close by, he loves to snuggle with me (but not really anyone else), he will sit and watch sports with Kelly, Grandpa K or Grandpa B, I carried him to bed the other night, his very best friends are Jenna & Charlie, he is great at memorizing scripture, he wants a dog, he’s really good at putting shoes/clothes/coats away but keeps a messy room, and some favorite things . . . show: Wild Kratts, sport: soccer, book: Action Bible, color: blue, food: Daddy’s pancakes, subject in school: math, recess activity: mileage club, animal: cheetah, hobby: soccer & art, place: church camp, game: Twister.


Family time

My great niece Kortni turned one this month, so Marian & I headed to home turf for her birthday party.  We hit Troy’s soccer game on the way there-got to see him score a goal, way to go Troy!


She was pretty tentative with the cake and then suddenly stuck her whole face in it!


With big brother Jesse


and, this is nephew Dakota


and newest nephew Caleb, he let me hold him for a long time, even though i haven’t seen him in awhile:)


And, Trish did Marian’s fingernails-she’s quite talented with it!


The smiley face is on my toe!  I thought it would be fun to look at them during yoga;)


Noelle has my mom’s “baby magnet” gene, she is so good with all kids!


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