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I love going for hikes, I wanted to go again this past weekend but it was Homecoming weekend and the schedule was full.

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Always good to get outside and enjoy the beauty around you.

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The weather has been so nice. It makes me want to be outside all the time

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My people are pretty cute.

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Cole didn’t like that I wasn’t in the picture.

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Rare shot of these two together

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Can you tell which one is more lovey-lovey and which one is more hands off? Been that way since day one.

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Cole loves being outside. He spends the whole time collecting sticks, breaking sticks, throwing rocks, you name it.

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I think Blake talked about what we were going to eat for lunch the entire time.

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Eva wanted to do everything the big kids did.

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Austin and Cole wanted to walk across this tree to the other side of the river.

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It made me a little nervous.

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I didn’t want Cole to do it. He got mad. So I let him do it. He was fine.

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Sometimes its hard to step back and let them enjoy just being kids.

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They were tired and hungry but this Mama’s heart was happy we made the effort.

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It was worth it.

Hannah - These are awesome. And I totally get the battle…it’s hard to just let go of worries and let them be a kid. It’s one of my daily battles. Glad you got a little nature time :)

Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken

Tried this earlier this week and even my pickiest eater loved it. Super easy and super good!! Found the recipe here.

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Easy Creamy Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken
Author: Lovely Little Kitchen
Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 5-6 large)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
8 ounces cream cheese, cubed
2 cups salsa verde (I love Trader Joe’s)

Directions:

Add chicken to the crockpot, and then top with seasonings, cubed cream cheese, and salsa.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Shred the chicken with two forks. Use a whisk to mix the remaining sauce in the crockpot. The cream cheese may look a little lumpy, but it will smooth out as you stir.
Add the shredded chicken back to the crockpot. Cook on low for another half hour to allow the chicken to absorb the creamy salsa verde sauce. I usually turn my crockpot to the “warm” setting at this point. The sauce will thicken up slightly as it cools.

Elizabeth's - I made this too and it was so good!! Even better the next day. I’m so glad it’s getting cooler out bc I hate cooking and now I can be lazy and use the crock pot more often well that still involves preparation so we’ll see how well that goes LOL

Laura h - Thanks for sharing! I love a good crockpot meal!

Hannah - It sounds awesome.

A tuesday night walk

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Because it’s Fall. Because the weather was perfect.

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Because this cute little girl needed some extra mommy time

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Because the sky was golden

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Because the river at the end of the street looks different in the Fall.

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Because there were lots of dandelions that needed to be blown.

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And wishes that needed to be made

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Because Fall flowers are just as gorgeous as summer ones.

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Just because.

Elizabeth's - What a nice post today :)

Gretchen P - I love E’s shirt! The pictures are beautiful. fall is my favorite!

Yellow Springs

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We loaded the whole family up in the car yesterday and headed out for a little hike.

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Austin was a little stressed because he had a ton of homework and a test today but he went anyway- and I was SO happy to have him along.

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I’m not sure what this is a picture of but it looked cool

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I love Fall hikes.

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The weather was absolutely perfect

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It was one of those days you wish you could rewind and repeat. Best kind of day!

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Hannah - Sounds like an awesome day :)

I love fall hikes too, I can’t wait to go on a few!

Lisa - Mama, you sure do look short next to those tall, handsome boys! ;-)

Jen - So fun! I graduated from Cedarville University and spent many days hiking in Yellow Springs! Glad you had a great day together!

Beagle Love

I love kids that love dogs. Seriously, they are the best kind of kids.

Last night my friend Aimee was over with her fam. This little chicky is one serious dog lover.

And while she was hoping to walk out of my house with one of my pups snuggled under her shirt, I sent her home with a frog instead.:)

And Hannah you were texting me about pics from the new iPhone 6- I lost the ones I took at xc because my sim card died- these are the first two I took. Not bad!

Hannah - I love people who love animals. Dmitry is not an animal person, but I still love him :)

I’m so on the fence about the phone. I’ll probably sit on it a while. That’s what I tend to do…little decisions make me crazy, but I’ll make big ones at the drop of a hat.