Florida Family Fun

  Our Florida company packed up and headed out.  We miss them ALREADY! Avery keeps asking if they are coming back yet?  We are so blessed that they are willing to come our way, to come hang with us each year. We wish they’d stay a month! 🙂

  I thought it’d be fun today, to share the photos from our week together:

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Looking at photos of Aunt Ashley’s wedding venue and dress!

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There’s been a bike theft!!!!!

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Destiny, I think Daddy is too big for your purple bike!

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Watching the Bike Show and relaxing….

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Pax says enough is enough…..

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And proceeds to try to tip his sister over…..

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Papa saves the day and Avery is all smiles…..

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  So, last year, for my 30th Birthday, Papa  & Drea brought me a lovely gift…

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A new-to-me table from their consignment furniture store.  One big enough to seat our growing family, plus a guest or two! 

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  I have been in the market for a matching hutch ever since.  Guess what I found in their store while I was visiting my new baby nephews?

A matching hutch!  YAY!  And I even bought it with my own photo money I’d been saving, thankyouverymuch.   🙂

  Thanks to Papa & Drea for delivering it to me!

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After:

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The best part of all?  For the first time in TEN YEARS, I got to get my antique china out of the boxes they’ve been hidden away in.

  A silver and white set from my Great Aunt Mary {not pictured}, and an ivory and gold set from my Grandma Beckler.

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  Since it was over 103* all week, Drea took us to Target and let the 3 big kids pick out a movie.

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What a special treat to get to eat supper in the living room during tv time!

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Who could these GORGEOUS flowers be for?

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“They are for YOU, Momma!”

  Sweet Avery went to the grocery store with Drea, and INSISTED her Mommy needed these flowers because she loves sunflowers.  Precious. 

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   The next day was Destiny’s birthday!  Birthday tradition in the Ferguson household states, you can open ONE gift in the morning, but the rest have to wait for after supper.

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The Birthday Girl also gets to pick supper, dessert and does not have to do ANY chores the WHOLE DAY! 

  Destiny picked spaghetti.  With all our extra tomatoes, I decided to try my hand at homemade sauce. WOW, was it ever tasty!  Recipe to come next week.

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I’ll share the recipe for her Birthday Cheesecakes on Monday.

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Destiny picked to go to the museum that afternoon, again it was SO hot, like 108* so we thought that was a great plan!

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We learned all about the “Harvey Girls” and the train station waitressing they had to do and QUICKLY!

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Drea wishing she could be a Harvey Girl??? 🙂

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The museum has a GREAT kids hands-on play area:

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Even the “big kids” had fun!

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When we got home, it was birthday time!

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I’d like to take a moment and point out Paxton back there “helping” big sis blow.  I love that we caught him blowing mid-drool.

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Ewwwwww!

These mini cheesecakes were KILLER!  Can’t wait to share the recipe.

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The kids don’t get dessert very often, so you can imagine, Pax in particular was thrilled with this new sweet stuff!

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Check out the bottom left pic, when he realizes he has DROPPED his yummy on the floor!  The next photos after that are his face when he realizes he still has a morsel left on the table, phew!

  Silly Paxton!

Now, for present time:

FINALLY! Destiny says.

She got two more from us, for a total of 3 gifts.  This applies at both birthday’s and Christmas, just like Jesus got 3 gifts from the wise men.

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Papa and Drea got her some pretty cool stuff, too!IMG_0207IMG_0209IMG_0211IMG_0216

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  We hired my crafty cousin, Brent to make this bunk bed for Destiny’s dolls AND he even sewed the mattresses himself.  A TALENTED young man, I tell you!  And a new daddy as of yesterday, CONGRATS! 🙂

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The rest of the evening was spent playing with new things….

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Pax thought the curry brush for the horse would be nice to use on dolly’s hair.

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She apparently needed some feed too……

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Hmm, something is just not right here.

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There, that’s MUUUUUCH BETTER!

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The other kids thought the big box was equally as fun as the toys….especially with Papa around to give them rides!

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Before we knew it, our week with Papa and Drea was over.  IMG_0290

We had one last special supper together!

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The next morning, it was time for them to go…….

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Bye, Papa & Drea! We love you and miss you already! Come back soon…..

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~T

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Holiday Weekend Fun

  Things sure are quiet at our house right now!  After 2 weeks of back to back Florida family staying with us, we are MISSING all of our guests!

Here are the photos from a fun week with Uncle Chad and Auntie Lauren:

  Remember their big news before they came, that not only were they miraculously pregnant, but with identical twins!!!!  (Mono-mono twins that share a sac actually.  This only happens 1% of the time!)  God is so good! 

  Pray for Lauren and Chad as they embark on this HUGE journey to parenthood.  Pray for the twins to remain safely on their own sides, the doctors will watch Lauren closely as the twins grow, so they don’t get mixed up in each other’s umbilical cords. 

  Being pregnant is hard work for BOTH parties apparently.  Afternoon naps were a must while they were here, and I couldn’t resist posting this on Facebook while they slumbered:

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We had such a fun week just hanging out, no big agenda.

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Lauren’s babies wanted a Banana Split…..

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Woah! This stuff is COLD!

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I’m not so sure I want more of that stuff…..

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Hmmm, maybe just a LITTLE more….

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So, how about I try some of yours, Auntie Lauren?

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I’m feeling a bit sticky, Uncle Chad…..

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Great fashion minds think alike…….

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Thanksgiving 1: Dale’s side

1- 18 leaf table, a teen table and 1 1/2 kids tables in the kitchen

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Time to go home for a quick nap before Thanksgiving 2: My side for supper.

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And the GRAND finale to our Thanksgiving Day:

The 3 oldest kids were invited to have a sleep over at Great Grandpa and Grandma’s house with Nana. 

HOW FUN!  🙂

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AND as tradition dictates, we put up our Christmas trees the day after Thanksgiving!

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There is nothing like a twinkly Christmas tree-lit living room that makes me want to curl up in a chair with my feet tucked up beside me, with a cup of tea and a GOOD book!

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  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of laughter, love, turkey and gravy, pumpkin pie until you have to unbutton your pants, and thanksgiving to our God and Father who makes all things possible!

Happy Monday!

~T

Florida Family & Tangy Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

I want to start of today’s post with a BIG thank you to Cousin Christy for all her hard work these past 3 days to prepare those freezer cooking posts for us. I LOVED seeing you all get excited about freezer cooking and interact with her.  You are so nice to my family and friends, I just love it! 🙂

  We were blessed to have my Dad and Drea come visit us for a week.  We love it when they come see us!  We KNOW they love us when they leave 81* weather to drive to Kansas JUST in time for our first snow of the season!  (Poor poor freezing Floridians!)

  We had such a great week with them!  We were so busy having fun I got very few photos taken, but here are a few from our week together:

Drea & Avery making Autumn Hugs. Paxton testing out the pretzels.

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Pax hard at work unloading the dishwasher.  (Guess its true what they say about little ones learning all they know from watching big sisters and brothers!)

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Pax was totally obsessed with Papa & Drea’s dog, Harley. He loved to lay on his tummy next to her and watch/copy her every move.

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Another gorgeous sunset, painted by the Creator Himself!

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Fun with Daddy in the leaf mountain.

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The whole gang

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  Drea, you are always such a wonderful help to me in the kitchen and with the children. I love how you jump right in to lend a hand!  Dad, thanks for all you do to help Dale around our property and for helping me get my computer & coupons organized!  The kids ADORE when you guys are here and we can’t wait until we get to see you again.

  Next week, more Florida guests!  How blessed are we?!?!?!

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Uncle Chad & Auntie Lauren, coming to KS for the first time as a married couple!  Remember their gorgeous wedding this summer?

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  They will bunk up with us this time, since my mom is between homes.  When I say “Bunk up” I do mean Bunk up!!!!  We occupy every square inch of our home, so no cushy guest room here, just the boy’s bunk beds.   Good thing they love us enough to come anyways!  🙂

  I have to come back and add a VERY importnant announcement….

 Chad & Lauren just called us with reallyreally BIG news that couldn’t wait until they came:

They are PREGNANT!!!!!

With IDENTICAL TWINS!!!!!!

{Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!}

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  I pretty much screamed and then bawled my eyes out when they told me on the phone.  Being a parent is the most amazing job in the whole world!!!!  Their lives are about to change in the most indescribable, incredible ways and they have no idea just how much they will fall in love with those precious babies over & over again. 

  Or, how about just how much their love for each other will grow and change as they love each other as both husband and wife AND mommy and daddy.  This is SO SO SO exciting!

  On to today’s recipe:

  Dale HATES Sloppy Joes, HATES them.  He says they are too sweet and tomato-y.  But alas, I have found THE Sloppy Joe recipe to please both my kids AND my sweet tomato sauce hating hubby.

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Ingredients
  • 2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 1 whole Onion, Chopped
  • ¼ cups Water
  • 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Red Pepper Sauce
  • 12 ounces, fluid Chili Sauce
  • 8 whole Wheat Sandwich Buns

Cook beef and onion over medium heat until cooked. Drain.

In a 3 to 4 quart slow cooker, mix beef and remaining ingredients except buns. (I cannot believe sentences like this make cookbooks, but whatever!  Maybe someone, somewhere mixed their buns into this sandwich mix and complained at the lack of instruction?!)

Cover and cook on low heat setting 4 to 6 hours.

  Easy schmeasy and oh-so good! 

  We served this with french onion dip & chips and raw carrots and broccoli.

Happy Slow Cooking & Congrats to my baby bro and his lovely bride on their BIG news! 

 Twice the babies to love = double blessing from above.  We serve a God of DOUBLE portions and extravagant love!!!

Praise His name!

~T

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Good-bye for now….

 We are sad to be saying goodbye to Papa & Drea today.  We had a wonderful week with them, finishing it off with a delicious meal at Grandma Eileen’s restaurant yesterday.  After all, its tradition! 🙂

   The next few days will be a bit hard, as the kids adjust to a smaller lap-to-adult ratio, and our days will be filled with questions about where Papa and Drea are, and when will we see them again?  Are they coming over tonight?  Destiny in particular, felt sad that she had to spend most of her days away from them in school.  But, we hope to make a trip to them when school is out, so that makes her smile! 🙂

 So long, Papa & Drea, farewell, adieu, and thanks for coming to cold Kansas and warming our hearts with your love, generosity, painting skills and fun! 🙂 

How blessed we are, to have 2 such people in our lives that are so hard to say goodbye to!

Love you & hope to see you soon,

~T