Monday, October 27, 2014

Fieldtrips and Caramel Apples

Last week I drove out in the country to meet Cannon's 2nd grade class at an apple Orchard. 
The drive was incredibly beautiful and good for my soul!
It was nice to have a little alone to think about all the good in my life and appreciate the beauty of Autumn here in Tennessee.
Then it was a JOY to be with my little Cannon who was thrilled to have me there. 
Which I know I need to enjoy while I can--pretty soon he will be too old and cool to want his Mom hanging around with him and his friends:)
Man I love this little boy!
Aren't 2nd graders just the cutest?!
We learned all about the orchard, went on a hayride, had lunch together and left with fresh apples and cider to share with his brothers at home.
I am so glad that I went even though I had a long To Do list waiting for me.  It was worth it! 
I left feeling a deep sense of happiness, I knew it was one of those days I will always remember!
We ended up making caramel apples--YUM!
I used this recipe below--
Homemade Caramel Apples
1/2 cup butter, cubed
2 cups packed brown sugar
 1 cup light corn syrup
Dash salt
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 to 10 Popsicle sticks
8 to 10 medium tart apples, washed and dried

In a large heavy saucepan, melt butter; add the brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil, about 10-12 minutes. Stir in milk. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 248° (firm-ball stage). Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Insert Popsicle sticks into apples. Dip each apple into hot caramel mixture; turn to coat.  Place on greased waxed paper until set. Enough for 8-10 apples.

oh these silly boys of mine!  Connor and his photobomb shenanigans--lol!
Can you tell Cannon is proud to share these yummy apples with his brothers?

And I have saved some of the cider to make these Apple Cider Caramels.
Hope you have a great week!
This morning I listened to this talk and was completely inspired.
(it was given at the mens meeting but I still found it powerful for me)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bridger's Heart Two Years Later

I can't believe that it was just two years ago this fall that I found myself sitting next to my little boy in the pediatric ICU hooked up to all kinds of machines and now I am cheering him on at the annual district cross county event for his school where he finished 26th out of over 200 kids!  
  ( I posted about his heart problems  here, herehere  here  and here....)

This little boy has a lot of heart and he has come a long way in the last 24 months!
His heart function has improved so much that his cardiologist approved him to run as much as he wants!
What a blessing!

Look at all those boys all ready for the race to start!  I couldn't even get the whole line in my shot.  There were well over 200 3rd graders!  CRAZY!

Close to the finish line--he is giving it all that he has!  Look at the little face!  He was part of the first group!!  I was so impressed!

They give individual shout out and a ribbon to the first 40 boys.

What a special day! 
He was so excited to have qualified for this event, just like his big brothers Connor, TJ and Coleman did.

 I couldn't help but think back on his heart issues during the last 2 years and feel so incredibly thankful for the miracle of modern medicine, for the knowledge and skills of Dr Frank Fish, and for all the prayers for Bridger from so many of you!  THANK YOU!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall Break --Last one promise

 Before we took off the boys got in a couple of hours at the pool.
I am so happy that I still have one that is little enough to  enjoy the playground pool!

Please don't grow up Cannon Jay!

Somebody mad about something--classic!  
 I couldn't help but snap a picture--he he! 
 I am telling you boys never get tired of throwing the football!
Thanks for the great time Orlando!
We love you and will be back!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall Break in Pictures -- Part 3 The Beach

  We drove to the gulf side to what we had heard was a great beach Fort Desoto (close to Tampa)
It was a bit wild for me--but the boys loved it!!

 We have some good friends that moved to Tampa and they met us as the beach!  It was so much fun

  Back to the resort--
and some more pool football:)

Ended the night with pizza and a movie.

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