March 13, 2017

Chocolate Pretzels!

Hey everybody! How ya been? Good? Good. Remember the chocolate bear from Barrett's smash cake in my last post? Well, I had leftover melted chocolate and about a million pretzels so I decided to cover those babies with the liquified deliciousness! It wasn't hard at all and, of course, I had a little help!

This activity ended up being perfect for me and my girls! Obviously, this it requires some supervision (we're working with a stove here!), but the heat level needed to melt chocolate/almond bark is really low, so you don't need to be too worried. Just be vigilant!

*note: my four-year-old is pretty trustworthy and helps keep everyone else in line, which is why I was able to take photos

The best part of all this? The kids had fun doing it, and Chelsea doesn't even LIKE chocolate pretzels - which means more for me and Alexa and Barrett... maybe... #selfishmom

Alexa's better at sharing than I am.

So if you're looking for something to help you pass the time with your kiddos that's fun and delicious, give this a try! Although, with Spring *finally* on its way, I don't know how many people are wanting to stay indoors right now. It's so gorgeous out there!

Anyway, thanks for stopping by!

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February 26, 2017

Smash Cake Photo Shoot | Barrett's ONE!

I feel like everything I want to say has been said a million times by a million moms everywhere.

"How did he grow up so fast?"
"Time really does fly."
"I blinked and he grew up."
"Where did my baby go?"
"They grow too quick."

It's all true, and there was nothing I could do to stop the time from passing.

But even though it seems to have gone by so fast, this year has been the best yet! I think the first time Barrett met his sisters was indicative of the way things would be for, well, probably forever. (click here to see).

We all love our little Bear Bear. so. much. He is exactly what our family needs with his infectious laugh and endless sunshine. He makes me feel so special, and it takes special people to make other people feel special.

So anyway, I made Barrett this cake to smash up and was originally going to do a brown cake that was shaped like a stump and made with chocolate frosting, but changed my mind at the last minute and did vanilla frosting instead. I like the way it turned out, but I think Barrett prefers chocolate frosting over vanilla because as soon as he noticed the chocolate cupcakes were nearby, he was ALL OVER that! Must be all the chocolate I ate while I was pregnant with him! Haha! He got into it a little more once he discovered that underneath the vanilla frosting was chocolate cake, and when his sisters got in on the cake smash action with him! Everything tastes better when you share, right?

wooden "little cub" bear | Desert Twig

H A P P Y   B I R T H D A Y   B E A R   B E A R!!!
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February 7, 2017

Photography Class

Hi all! Good to see you again! I'd apologize for being a little absent around here, but I don't know that any one of you really missed me all that much anyway... :'(

Haha! Just kidding. I know you all love me and want to know every single detail of my life! So let's get things back on track, shall we?

Photography, photography, PHOTOGRAPHY!!! My life has been happily consumed by this online course I'm taking through BYU-Idaho. It's a beginners photography class and I am learning SO MUCH! Amazing all the information that just slips between the cracks when you're self-taught. Now I feel like I'm really *starting* to understand my camera and Lightroom, which is amazing and awesome and totally worth the amount I'm paying per month to have it.

So, let me tell you briefly what I've learned. No. Let me show you...

Capture assignment 01: Exposure
No edits. Just get to know your camera a little better and learn about that light meter!

Capture assignment 02: Basic Editing
This lesson taught me how to do some basic edits (in black and white) and taught me to make sure that the blacks in my photos weren't too heavy.

Capture assignment 03: Aperture and Depth of Field
I'm more prone to the shallow depth of field photos (first photo), so it was a little intimidating stepping out of my comfort zone to capture maximum depth of field photos (second photo), but I found that I actually really enjoyed it!

Capture assignment 04: Motion (frozen and blurred)
This has been my favorite lesson thus far! I learned about panning and although it takes me about 4 million photos just to get one good one, it's so worth it! And also, giving my baby boy sink baths is the most darling, and messy thing ever!

And that's where I am now! This week's assignment is called "Sense of Place" so I get to go around my town and find good places to take some photos that *hopefully* give the viewers a feel for the place that I live. Should be fun!

Other than photography, we're installing some new flooring in a couple of days! Hooray! I'm nervous and also excited about it! I've also got painting my kitchen cabinets on my mind, but one thing at a time!

Anyway, thanks for stopping by today! I've got a couple of DIY and tutorials in mind that I'll try to get up as soon as I can! Until then, get your cameras, knitting needles, wood saw, brushes, or whatever your hobby is out and get creating, because it feels SO good to create something NEW!

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January 21, 2017

The Stange Family Magic Show + WE MOVED!

Okay, it has been WAY too quiet around here recently. Well, not around my house, definitely not. Quiet is not something that ever really happens here, but on the blog? too quiet...

Let me tell you what's been going on! We MOVED! Our lovely old house was just starting to feel a little cramped + Andrew was getting really tired of scraping off his windows in the morning and freezing his patootie off! It was time for an upgrade.

We didn't move too far away, just about 10 minutes from where we were before, but we love our new home!

Everything happened SO FAST! We listed it on Monday, two days later we were under contract, and about a month after that, we were gone! I hardly even had time to process what was going on. In fact, it didn't really hit me that we were moving until I did the dishes in that home for the last time!

I felt like I was prepared for most everything you expect when you move. What I didn't expect was not feeling at home in the new home, ya know? We loved the new house so much, I thought that homey feeling would just be there. But it wasn't, and that was kinda hard.

I decided to share how I was feeling with my wonderful friend, Mariasha, and she gave me some great adivce...

Get out your camera!

Take some pictures! Make some home videos! Make memories! Until there are memories, a house just isn't a home.

So that's what I did! I made a few home videos and took some pictures and I really do feel like this new house is our home now. Sure, there are still things to get used to, but we've already begun filling our home with memories, and that feels good.

I'll always love and be grateful for our first house. We brought home two babies to that house and watched our oldest baby grow into toddler and little girl-hood. We made cookies (remember those cookie cups?) and celebrated birthdays and Christmas. We even made Magic Shows!

I used to make these magic shows with my brothers and sisters when I was little and loved it! I'm happy that it was one more happy memory we got to make in our dear little house!

Thanks for stopping by today! See you next time!

Question: What games or traditions do you have with your siblings that you want to pass down? Leave a comment!

And don't forget to follow along on Instagram and Snapchat! That's probably where I'll post my home tour, first. In fact, I've already posted one!

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