Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Sounds of Summer

You know that Summer is in full swing when you can hear the cicada's chirping and see the fireflies blinking...
Here is a short video taken at dusk in our backyard. Enjoy!
Love from,
Layla


Morena// The One with Chestnut Hair

Hello friends! Did I ever tell you that I love cosplays, make-up, dress-up and special effects? Well, I do! A while back ( about 2 months, actually), Hagen let me play around with her a bit. I just let my creativity flow, and this is what I came up with...


I called her Morena, which means The One with Chestnut Hair. She was an Elvish Princess and Guardian over all things Pure. 
Maybe I shall write about her story one day... maybe.
Love from,
Layla

Monday, August 11, 2014

Everything is AWESOME!

Last week we celebrated eleven years with Gabe. I just can't believe he is already eleven!
It was a rather Lego-y birthday, hence the title of this post... We had just seen The Lego Movie so we were singing, "Everything is Awesome" the whole time!


 Everyone thought that the little green candies were peas...


 A gluten-free, vanilla cake with cream cheese icing is always a good mix.

We usually don't have as many candles as we need, so we just put them in the shape of 11.




 Eli said that his drawing was Gabe's wedding suit.


 He got from cards to letters to...


 You guessed it, Legos!


I, too, got him some Legos.


 After cake we ate dinner. 'Cause what's a birthday without eating cake first?
We had a dinner of his choice. Corn on the cob and what we call, "meat muffins." 
 It was quite scrumptious.


I am so blessed to have Gabe as my brother. Our whole family is blessed by him.
 He has such a sweet heart and is always smiling. His happy attitude cheers us all up on rough days. 
We don't always get along, but he never holds a grudge.
 I love my bro. 

He's AWESOME!

Love,
Hagen

Sunday, July 27, 2014

15 years...

15 years ago, my first little sister was born. Although I was not the best big sister starting off, I soon learned that Hagen was special. She was soft-spoken when I was loud. She was compassionate when I was unruly. And she has become my best friend. Today, she inspires me to be more Christ-like, more kind and loving. Although I am a hard worker, she has inspired me to work harder at putting others needs first. Because that's what she does...




Hagen requested Strawberry Lemonade cupcakes, so I did my best at making them gluten-free. Apparently they were good, because 2 dozen cupcakes were gone by the end of the day. Recipe coming soon!


For her birthday dinner, Mom whipped up a dish of Hamburger Pie, which has delicious layers of meat, green beans, sauce, cheese, topped with mashed potatoes and baked to perfection. I'm guessing you'll want that recipe too, right?


We all made Hagen gifts, from artwork, to jewelry, to paint-stirrer crosses ;).


Hagen is a very special part of our family, and I couldn't imagine my life without her!
Happy Birthday, Sister!

Sunday Style// Floral Dress

Hello Lovelies! 
I'm going to share an outfit post with you that is way over due. With Summer here and lots of work to be done outside, we don't really dress up much, except for church. Here's an adorable outfit Hagen put together a few weeks ago...


I really love this outfit, not only because it was pieced together cheaply, but also for the way everything complements each other. The neutral tones of the shrug and sandals counter the pop of the maroon flowers. And not to mention, it's modest!
















-What She Wore-
dress: thrifted $8
shrug: from a friend
tank: hand-me-down
sandals: Wal-mart $10



Isn't my sister a beauty? She turned 15 last week (I can't believe it!), which I will be posting next. I hope your Summer is going great! 
God's blessings over you,
Layla


Monday, July 7, 2014

The Fourth Day of the Seventh Month

I hope you all had a wonderful, safe Independence Day! I know I sure did! 
   It was a fun, delicious, bright day.

To start the day, we ate patriotic pancakes. Sourdough pancakes. I didn't get a picture though. If you know anything about me, you know I am not a morning person. Meaning I just didn't feel like it...

 Later we went to the creek, had a little picnic lunch and then splashed around for a bit.
Gabe and Dad also enjoyed catching craw-dads.







 When we finally went back home it was dinner time, so we started up a fire. We ate all natural, uncured, pure beef hot dogs, wrapped in equally healthy pepperonis (that's what I'm talking about!), watermelon, potato salad, smoothie and for dessert we had chocolate ice cream floats and of course, s'mores!


 Our little camp site.

 Afterward, Layla played us some campfire tunes...


You all know what happens next...

 FiReWoRkS!!
 I am so happy with how all the pictures came out. I'd been preparing for awhile. 

 Sparklers and Roman candles...



 Mom's sparkler looks like an eye!

Layla managed to do a star...


It was a blast. All of it. The whole day.
I am so thankful for our Independence and Freedom. Everyday I think, and pray, for those who have to hide their love for Jesus and go underground just to sing praises to Him. We are very, very blessed to live in this country. To be able to be bold without fear and love Him without hiding it.
Anyway, it was just a really good day and no one got hurt (except for just a few minor burns...).

How was your 4th of July?

Did you do anything special? Get any amazing shots?

Love,
Hagen

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Joyeuse fete des Peres!

Joyeuse fete des Peres!- Happy Fathers Day!
I know it's a been a few weeks, but I had to do a post sooner or later. I guess it turned out later...

We celebrated Fathers day the night before, after Dad came home from work. We were just too excited to wait any longer!



 We all made cards and different things. I love to watch the little one's faces light up as Dad smiles over their card or whatever little thing they made him.


 Layla made this. "Dad: A son's first hero, a daughter's first love." So true!



"We love you because... You read the bible to us and make us laugh... You work hard for us and help us shoot guns... You are courageous and AWESOME!"



A delicious cheese cake Layla and I made. It turned out pretty well considering we didn't use any type of recipe!


Layla also made homemade Ding-Dongs aaand cake balls. They were AMAZING! I forgot to get a picture though, I was too busy stuffing my face with them... ;)


So, my Dad. He's SO cool.
He's a hard worker. He protects us and always makes sure we all have what we need, even in tough times.
With him there is never a dull moment. His sense of humor always brightens the day, even if we are having a bad one. He might not like for me to say this, but all his little jingles and parodies are the BEST. He's just awesome. Hilarious. Fun. Not to mention he reads the Bible to us every morning which helps me just be full of God's Spirit and our day just goes so much smoother.
I love my Dad. I wouldn't trade him for anything. I am so thankful for him.



Here's just a little taste of our Dad. This picture doesn't even barely show you all the crazy stuff he does!

So, Happy late Fathers Day to all you awesome Dads out there! Keep being awesome. We need you. Don't forget that.

Love,
Hagen