Hive-y Sister

on thursday i noticed that sister was a little on the hive-y side.  i called the pedi... they said to "watch it."

grr... like any mother with a sick kid - i want the instant fix!  not gonna happen....

so friday morning -- she looked like this!


does this even look like my daughter???  at all??  remotely??  here is a normal photo: 

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bless her poor little swollen heart.  the pedi suspects a food allergy.  eggs?  corn?  peanut butter??

on saturday morning... she was all better... still off schedule and a bit out of sorts, but the hives were gone.  i let her take a long morning nap and by the evening i really felt like she was back to herself.

fast forward to bed time on sunday evening... i started noticing a few hives cropping up. 

GO AWAY HIVES.  WE DON'T WANT YOU HERE.  and this mama does not want to be dealing with food allergies.  thx.

xoxo, s



i know.  totally cheesy.  i couldn't resist.

i really am happy that the pickles i was planning on making last night were not dill pickles.  they were spicy pickles.  because these very hungry caterpillars managed to wipe out my dill in an afternoon.



a good mother would have put them in a cage of sorts and let them turn into butterflies.

i am not a good mother. 

i also live in a small house and don't relish caterpillars sharing real estate with my bedroom/kitchen/bathroom/living room.  what is left?  the garage?? too hot.  case in point.  i mean, seriously.  the 2 cats we do have are pushing it on shared space.

this is why i would eternally suck at homeschooling. 

but to prove that i am not all educational doom and gloom, this is ethan's sunflower he planted at school... it grew quite a bit. 


so i don't totally stink.  i didn't let the flower die.  i just halfway stink... faustino "took care of" the 20 or so little friends...

don't mess with my dill!



i have two words for june:  Four Molars.

as in, savannah is getting four molars.  at the same time.  and i didn't discover this until tuesday night.  apparently, its been going on all month.  i just didn't realize it because she only had 2 teeth on the bottom and four on the top.  i figured she would get more of the front teeth before she got the molars!

but, now june makes a bit more sense.

so i figured i could just post a few things that have made me smile this june...

like this little rascal stealing craft supplies... while wearing my very favorite pjs.  {hanna andersson organic cotton.  love.}


of the 4 varieties of sunflowers, these were my favorite.


if you are dying to know the variety, ask me and i will go dig the seed packet up and tell you.  they were lovely.

and this big one made me smile, too.  it must have been 8 ft. tall.  living up to it's "mammoth" name.


another random make-me-smile-thing from june -- miss savvy can now grub on pizza without me cutting it into little pieces.  LOVE IT.  and you know, the one nickname that i failed to mention in her one year post?  the grub.  she wants your food...


i have made pickles twice... and will be making more tonight.  our cucumbers have given us around 10 lbs thus far!  you can count on the cucumbers!


and you can count on eggplants


i got inspired by this photo on pinterest and tried to make some eggplant fries.  i will say, mine turned out well, but we didn't drizzle in honey.  and i didn't artfully display them either :)

image via pinterest and userealbutter.com  {does anyone know how to properly cite from pinterest??}

and one last random june moment before i have to leave to pickup ethan from vbs... making me happy from june -- family celebrations.


well, family minus my husband who was on call.  it was really very lovely to get everyone together to honor my grandmother.

and then to be home in longview to celebrate father's day with my dad.  and then when we came back to fort worth -- faustino had made salsa with tomatoes from the garden, and oh. my. golly.  i think i have put on five pounds this week just from enjoying salsa on things i shouldn't have... like homemade tacos.  and central market tortillas.  and corn & zucchini quesadillas.  and chips.  for breakfast.  i do not lie.

xoxo, stephanie
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