Thursday, October 8, 2015

Our week

We had a fun start to our week... I am exhausted and it's only Thursday! Embry came to spend a few days at Mimi Camp while my older sister Cori healed and spent time with baby Toddy on her own (moms of 2+, isn't it so nice to be one on one with the baby?! You realize how easy the newborns are!) and Ford was so excited to spend time with her! Monday we got a behind the scenes tour at PDQ and I am still craving their chicken tenders. If you live in Austin, there are two in Cedar Park and basically you need to go right now. It is SO good! And side note, they give back so much to the community and work with sports teams and organizations, I love that. Jon has been in New Orleans this week (jealous) and gets home tonight so for a change of scenery we spent Tuesday night at my parents house. Sure I have to pack everything but the kitchen sink when we travel overnight but you mamas with traveling husbands know how nice it is to have an extra set of hands to catch a break when your husband is gone! We woke up early yesterday and drove to Waco, halfway between Dallas and Austin, to meet my sister with Embry. We strolled the Cameron Park Zoo and had a yummy lunch at McAlister's before parting ways. I got to snuggle my gorgeous nephew Toddy and my sister looks incredible for not even being 3 weeks postpartum! It is so fun to watch Embry and Ford play together, they sure do bring out energy in each other. I can't wait to watch Lucy and Todd (Embry & Ford 2.0) grow up playing together. Now a picture dump...

When you go to PDQ, take it from me and order the lemonade. You can see that Ford is thoroughly enjoying it.

They wouldn't stop giving each other smooches

Lucy rarely gets Mimi time with Ford hogging it all but she was happy to watch the big kids playing on the sport court and cuddle with Meems!

Embry LOVES "baby Yucy!"... the 2 girls got to stick together

The kiddos pretty much liked the statues and play stuff more than the animals at the zoo ha!

My buddy the Orangutan

Mimi and her grands, what a lucky lady!

Can you tell she was so tired? God I love her

The #higginslittles

My twins

Toddy is a stud, look at that hair!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

My favorite picture of my babies

I am always changing up the decor in my house and moving around small pieces and knick knacks. I LOVE re purposing things and try to incorporate as many pictures as possible into my decor (hence why I have 2 picture walls each with about 15-20 frames). I can't get enough of Lucy's newborn photos because our photographer captured real life moments of our family of 4 rather than super staged/manipulated photos. I have a few hanging up on my gallery walls but have been playing around with the idea of getting canvases made. I plan on creating a big canvas picture wall someday but started small with my favorite picture of Ford and 5 day young Lucy Joy. I ordered it from Canvas My Photo and I love it SO much! The photo itself is such a good example of Ford's affection towards his sister... always watching over her. And the canvas is fabulous. I've ordered from other companies before but this one from Canvas My Photo is thick, which I love. The colors are vibrant and beautiful, adding such sweetness to my entry table. I highly recommend Canvas My Photo and can't wait to order more. I am giving away a free canvas, scroll down for details!


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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Pumpkin Dump Cake

Because it's the first day of October, you will now experience my obsession with all things pumpkin. And today I present to you the most delicious thing you will put in your mouth this fall. We've coined it 'pump dump'....not to be confused with pumping and dumping (nursing mom humor). When my girlfriend Jen posted the recipe, I knew I was a goner. I immediately grabbed the ingredients from the store and made this cake for missional community and it was a hit. I can't even begin to tell you how good it is... pumpkin, sugar, chocolate, pretty much anything else you want. Each bite is so different and so delicious! I will warn you, you should probably make it for a group rather than just your family because you'll want to eat the whole thing.

1 15oz can of pumpkin 
1 can of evaporated milk
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
2 dashes cinnamon
1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick butter
Topping: 1 cup chocolate chips, 1 sleeve crushed cinnamon graham crackers (other options- cinnamon chips, toffee bits, peanut butter chips, almonds)

1. Mix pumpkin, milk, sugar, eggs, and cinnamon in a large bowl
2. Pour mixture into a greased 9x13 in baking dish
3. Sprinkle the cake mix on top (don't stir it in)
4. Top with your toppings of choice
5. Melt butter and pour on top
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.
7. Devour!

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