Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Behind the Scenes

Just another day "at the office."

This is where it all happens, folks. This is our SweetSeat manufacturing/fulfillment facility....affectionately called "The Cottage."

Last Summer when we felt a move coming on, one day at lunch I took a white board and wrote a wish list of things we would love to have in a house. Everyday at lunch Thomas would come from the farm and we would pray as a family that God would provide a few of these things. a praise to God, He provided EVERY LITTLE THING on our list in the house we are in now. Among those "wish" items was a building that we could produce SweetSeats in. It's about 800 sq ft (bigger than the little space our family of five just moved out of!) and right behind our house on our property.

You can find me here every morning at 6am, sewing. I love to watch the sun come up over this porch and listen to the rooster crow.

Silas at 14 months.

Riley with his chickens.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Pictures of Boerne House

Living room

Boys' room

Feasting on good food and the goodness of God in our new home.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

We Moved!

We're living in the famous Hill Country of Texas...a small town called Boerne ("burn-ee"). It's hilly, it's's bee-you-ti-ful!

The Lord provided a dreamy 1899 farmhouse on 120 acres for us to live in for a while. We moved from 700 sq. ft to 2300 sq. ft and this Mama couldn't be more grateful. More to come.

Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
Psalm 31:19

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Silas' First Birthday

One year ago today Silas Creed was born!
We celebrated his life today with lots of hugs, kisses, rides around the farm, and cupcakes!

Mama and her birthday boy

Grandpa and Gigi joined us for cupcakes and gift-giving

They gave him a wonderful toy we love...the wheely bug! It's awesome and so loveable! Riley and Abram had to take turns "showing" Silas how to ride on it. I think they were having so much fun it will be hard to tell who the gift was intended for in a few days!

The birthday set-up (with a SweetSeat, of course!)

He wasn't sure what to make of this flaming candle.

Older brothers enjoying cupcakes too

...I love those blue eyes

(doesn't he have lovely eyelashes too?)

He devoured two cupcakes right in a row! I think he would've been thankful for a third, but I had to stop somewhere. No surprises here, folks...this boy loves his sweets!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Saturday, June 4, 2011

This is what I usually find...

...after naptime.

Abram loves to cuddle with his baby brother in the crib.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Barn Party

The other night Grandpa and Gigi hosted a "Barn Party." Which, in Texan-speak means we all got together and sat on hay bales, drank tea and cold coca-cola, and talked politics until the sun went down.

Thomas was a keynote speaker at the gathering. He was preaching to the masses about county-level control and constitutional government...all with a baby on his back.

Here's the crowd.

Riley wanted to go hear Papa speak but Papa told him he couldn't come out there until he was cleaned up and in nice clothes. He jumped in the shower and put on a polo shirt. When I showed up he told me, "Uh-oh! Mama, you need to look nicer. You should go back home." Guess my long stained skirt, tattered running shoes, a floral apron, and perpetual bed-head weren't gonna cut it. In the end, we agreed I looked just fine.

Riley and Abram watched and listened from the top of a round bale.

We're in Texas now, baby!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Garden Dinner

What to do when Riley unloads yesterday's harvest on the counter?

Make Ratatouille!

1) Score bottoms of fresh tomatoes, blanch for one minute, peel.
2) Chop loosely and place in pan with olive oil and fresh basil.

3) Add slivered garlic, cook for 20 mins or so.

4) Meanwhile, salt the eggplant and let sit in colander to drain. Pat dry.
5) Cook cubed zucchini, summer squash, onions, sweet peppers, and eggplant in more olive oil.

6) When all is cooked well, but still crisp, add to tomato sauce.
7) Serve over pasta or rice accompanied by fresh bread.

Tastes like summer!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Unwelcome Visitor

Went to go pick parsley the other evening for our dinner and as my hand went down into the middle of the plant, I felt something furry and then it moved.
Y.I.K.E.S!!!! A tarantula!

I looked down and SCREAMED!!! Riley ran out out to see if I was okay and I told him to look.
He, of course, was thrilled! We contemplated capturing it and keeping it. But, um, no!
The next morning it was gone.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

After Lunch...

We go outside and harvest whatever there is be picked. Afterward, we reward ourselves with homemade juice popsicles.

This is the last of our beets and carrots. Our zucchini, squash, and cucumbers are in full swing. In about two more weeks, our tomatoes will be ready! We have 26 thriving tomato plants so I hope we will be able to keep up!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Silas Goes For A Ride

One of big brother Riley's favorite things to do is tour around with his little brothers in tow. This was Silas' first ride in the wagon without adult escort.

It went pretty well.
Riley put a plush pillow and blanket in the wagon for Silas to lean up against and filled the wagon with toys to entertain him.

They started out with no hats on but after seeing how red-faced they were, I had to put sun hats on them. Especially poor Silas...he's as white as a sheet!

(If you look really close, you'll see his first tooth popping up out of those tender gums!)

...just chillaxin...

What We Picked Last Night

A bouquet of vegetables!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

The Rickstrew Family packed up and headed for the Gulf of Mexico again for Mother's Day. We enjoyed playing in the sand and sun in Port Aransas.

The Gulf is completely child friendly as the shore is very shallow for a very long time. We can walk out into the sea quite a ways and still only be knee deep in water.

Fair-skinned Silas stayed in the shade tent all day. This was his first trip to the beach. He ate his fair share of sand, let me tell you.

His eyes are as blue as that tent!

If you are wondering what Silas looks like/does most of the day...this is it! This is Silas' quintessential pose. Sucking on his two fingers, looking down, right hand in the air about to grab something he's looking at on the floor.

We were parked next to a truck that had the sign "Sandcastle Lessons" on the doors. He was creating a big castle for a young couple that would be strlling by later that day. He wrote the words, "Bianna, will you marry me? - Dave" on the front. We stayed late enough in the day to watch the whole proposal was very exciting. Oh- and she said yes!

My beautiful Abram, 2 years old.

He played all day in the sand until...

He got so tired he kept saying "bed, bed, bed..." and looking around. We made him a bed in the shade on towels and he slept through a major chunk of the afternoon.

Riley's favorite part of the beach is surfing. He goes out with Papa in the whitewater and Papa pushes him into the waves...over...and...over...and...over again.

Papa, Riley, and Abram.

Happy Mother's Day!