Monthly Archives: July 2013

3 Years Already??

My goodness, I can’t believe that Dieter is turning three today! He is such a wonderful boy and has been such a blessing. God certainly knew what he was doing when he placed him in our family. Dieter is funny and energetic.  Never stops moving and loves everything that involves wheels or balls.  His imagination amazes me and he can turn just about anything into whatever he needs for that moment, whether it be a fishing pole, a sword, or a car (out of a cracker, usually). He is inquisitive and soaks up the world around him, remembering details that slip past me. Just ask him what year the Twins were established (1961). The thing that warms my heart, though, is his love for God and desire to learn more about him.

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Dieter, we love you so very much and are so thankful that we can be your parents!


Here are some questions I asked Dieter today.  We’ll do it every year and see how it changes…

What is your name? I’m Dieter

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite TV show: Thomas

Favorite food: Oatmeal

Favorite restaurant: Chik-a-fe (Chick-fil-a)

Favorite animal: Bear

Favorite song: Jesus Loves Little Children

Favorite book: Thomas book

Favorite place to go: To chik-a-fe

Favorite drink: Apple juice

What do you want to be when you grow up? Work on power lines

I took a video of it too but we only got about halfway through…I’ll post it on Facebook.


Why My Son Has THE BEST Grandparents

And why I have the coolest parents…


Nana and Papa weren’t using their garden space anymore and it had a tarp over it to keep the weeds out.  Little did we know that they were keeping the weeds away so that they could create this AWESOME dirt pit/construction site/little boys dreamland. The only problem is trying to tear him away to come home.


Getting the Stink Out


I’m a little bummed I have to write this post. I’d like to think that I smell wonderful all the time and glisten instead of sweat, but let’s face it I’m human. And it’s summertime. And even though it’s very irregular I do have a workout routine that gets my heart pumping. And then my shirts get a bit smelly.

I’m also a little disappointed because my homemade laundry detergent just wasn’t cutting it anymore. I used it for a good year and a half but lately I just didn’t feel like our clothes were getting clean. Maybe I wasn’t using enough or the recipe I had wasn’t the best out there but nevertheless I had to switch it up. Lately I’ve been using an all-natural store-bought detergent that I’m very happy with but some shirts were still a bit stanky. And I say “were” because they no longer are! Thanks to Pinterest I was able to combine a couple tricks to get my shirts smelling fresh and clean.

First I washed them (whites and colors separately) in hot water with a cup of vinegar. This didn’t quite cut it, even though sometimes I think it will, so I washed them again in hot water but this time with 1/2 cup of baking soda. After that I threw them in the dryer with two felted dryer balls that I added 4-5 drops of orange essential oils to. You could do any kind of oil you want depending on what smell you would like. And after this treatment my clothes came out smelling wonderful!

You can make your own dryer balls using this tutorial. I highly recommend it because they replace dryer sheets and can cut your drying time down while still making your clothes nice and soft..double win!