Apple Picking

Apple picking is one of our favorite fall “traditions.” Skytop Orchard in North Carolina is such a festive place this time of year, not to mention SO beautiful!

We start off with some fresh, hot apple cider donuts and grab some baskets to start picking. Granny Smiths and Pink Lady apples were the only ones still on the trees, so I see some great apple desserts in the near future! 😛

I think it’s clear who was having more fun with this apple-picking strategy. 😉
4 months old
Sweet boy was such a trouper the whole way!


Just a Little Update in Photos

We’ve moved along again.

Since we discovered on our last road trips that Nolan very much dislikes his carseat after like 30 minutes, we decided to do our trip from Mississippi to South Carolina during the night.

It was a great success. We made good time and Nolan only woke up about twice to eat. Randy and I, however, survived on Peanut M&Ms, coffee, and gummy bears. We made it to a SC rest area at 5 am and crashed in the trailer for a few hours of sleep. After more naps and dinner with Mark and Sherry, we drove the last couple hours to our current city.

Once again we’re grateful for safety over so many miles! God has been so faithful on each of our trips to keep all 3 vehicles in good working order. We were especially grateful we both missed the deer that darted out in front of the trailer somewhere on I-85. 🙂

This boy clearly has no personality. 😉

Easy Cinnamon Rolls


Okay, let’s just talk about cinnamon rolls for a minute. Scratch that, let’s just make them and eat them.

Give me a cinnamon roll and a cup of coffee and….mmmmm…I am one happy girl. I think cinnamon rolls have to be ranked #1 of all the foods or at least very close. I mean really. Cinnamon rolls are amazing just about however they come. Some of the best I’ve had though are Old West Cinnamon Rolls in Pismo Beach, California. A close second are the ones from Legacy Bagelry in Springfield, Missouri. Oh yeah, you can be sure everywhere we travel, I’m on a hunt to find the place with the best cinnamon rolls. My mom used to get those pop open, ready in 10 minutes cinnamon roll cans every now and then growing up, and that was such a fun treat. Even the McDonald’s cinna-minis are amazing–have you had them?? Okay, but not the Little Debbies ones, I draw the line there.

Alright enough talk let’s just get back to making them.

I found this recipe a few months ago and love it! It is so much easier and faster than most other recipes I’ve found. Start to finish, these rolls can be done in about an hour, or less if you’re quick. They only require 20 minutes of rising time! Plus, they’re delicious!

Go ahead and try them. You can thank me later. Just kidding. 😉

Handmade Baby Toys (Part 2)


I wish I had made this baby mobile when Nolan was first born, I think he would have really liked seeing the colors and movement early on. He has been enjoying it now, and  I even caught him rolling over from his tummy to look up at it during nap time one day. 😀 🙂

This project was very simple and low cost. I had everything already on hand, but the materials I used were:

  • various colors yarn
  • bakers twine (like this)
  • old wooden hoop (I probably got it at a thrift store for 25 cents a while ago)
  • pom pom maker like this one but you can also make pom poms with a fork or even your fingers.





Handmade Baby Toys (Part One)


Randy and I both love working with our hands, so when it comes to baby toys we think, we could make that! I saw a wooden baby gym online and I thought it was so unique and cute and then I thought, how hard could it be?? 😉 Of course projects always seem to take longer than expected, but it is definitely fun too! Something we have to remind ourselves when it comes to handmade is, it’s not always cheaper to DIY. This project cost around $25-$35. But we made it so it can easily come apart to store it if we don’t want it taking up space in the trailer all of the time. So customization is definitely an upside of doing it yourself. And though I’ve seen baby gyms in the $25-$35 range, a wooden one like this would cost over $100! So in that sense, we saved money. 🙂animals


I realized after taking these photos that we have a lot of different wood shades going on in the trailer. Oops. 🙂