The Boys

  This is post 2 for today, be sure to head back 1 post for a delicious potato side dish!

Do you remember my best friend, Kasey?  You heard about our fun book signing adventure yesterday, and officially met her for the first time this past winter in her Top 10 of 2011 post.   Anyhow, between the two of us, we have an 8 1/2-year-old, a 6 1/2 year-old, 2-5 year olds, 2-3 year olds and an 18 month old.  Counting my miscarriages, one or BOTH of us, have been pregnant or nursing for the past 9 years! 🙂

  We hardly have a spare moment to get together with our 7 bundles of joy, and the good Lord knows the days of lunch dates to Applebee’s with kids are LONG gone, but we do plan play dates once in a while when all 7 of them are healthy at the same time.  (the odds are not in our favor)

  We recently went to Kasey’s beautiful farm for a fun date, and I snapped some pictures of our boys in their matching play clothes. 


  Kasey hasn’t gotten to see them yet, so I told her I’d post them to the blog.  This reminded me of an OOOOOLD picture we took, way back in the day when we only had 4 between us!  So today, I am going to share them all with you!!!!

  Our babies are growing up SO fast, but I am so glad they have each other to grow up with!!!!!!



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And let’s not forget a shot of our sweet girls, who LOOOOVE each other:

This was taken last August at Paxton’s birthday, and no we didn’t plan their outfits.  (we are just that good)  LOL  🙂


Kids back in the day:

Destiny with Kolby and Karter


Tylan & Karter


Karter and Ty



3 Musketeer’s Then:

Karter, Kolby & Tylan


3 Musketeer’s Now:


Precious friends!



Cheesy Ranch Potatoes

  I know I have mentioned this before, but I am always looking for fun new sides to try.  So when I saw this one from Crumbs & Chaos, at Friday’s fun Weekend Potluck party, I printed it right away and was making it by Monday.

   My family voted this The #1 Best Red Potato recipe we have ever tried!!!!!!!!  Mmm, mmm, GOOD!

Cheesy Ranch Potatoes

from Crumbs & Chaos

Cheesy Ranch Potatoes (1)


  • 3 lbs. RED POTATOES, diced small
  • 1 teaspoon PEPPER
  • 1/2 teaspoon SEASONING SALT
  • 2 teaspoons CHILI POWDER
  • 2 Tablespoons BUTTER
  • 3 strips BACON, cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 cup CHEDDAR CHEESE, shredded


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place potatoes in a baking dish. Sprinkle them with chili powder, seasoning salt, & pepper. Place butter around the top of the potatoes. Cover with tin foil & cook for an hour or until potatoes are fork tender. Remove from oven and add bacon, cheese, and ranch dressing. Stir and return to oven uncovered until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

ENJOY with your favorite meat and veggie!

Cheesy Ranch Potatoes (4)

  A big thank you to the 4 Crumbs & Chaos sisters, for allowing me to share this amazing recipe!