Happy 6th Birthday Falyn!

Hard to believe that the “baby” of the family turned six today. She is so smart and outgoing. She lights up a room just by being there. She is not the type to fade into the background. When she is around you know it. She is destined for great things one day.

Valentine’s Bark

I made this for the kids tonight. They loved it! Truth be told, I did too. Be warned, it is highly addictive. This recipe can easily be converted to any “holiday” bark just by using different colored M&Ms.


1/4 lb saltines (about one sleeve)
1 cup brown Sugar
1 cup butter
2 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup (about 1/2 a bag) Reese’s peanut butter chips
chopped M&Ms


Preheat over to 400 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet. Be sure to use one with sides or this messy mixture will get all over! Place saltines in pan, salted side up. Melt butter then add brown sugar and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes – do not stir. Pour over crackers and place in oven for 5 minutes. Sprinkle peanut butter chips over top and put in oven for 1 minute. Use spatula to smooth melt peanut butter chips evenly over the top of the mixture. Sprinkle chocolate chips over top and place in over for 1 minute. Use spatula to smooth melted chocolate chips evenly over the top of the mixture. Sprinkle M&M’s over the top and place in freezer for 1 hour to set. Once set crack into individual pieces.

Daisy Fire Station Visit

Falyn had a great time touring the Fire Station with her Daisy Girl Scout troop. They got to see where the fire fighters slept, ate and worked out. They also got to check out a fire engine. They got fire fighter hats and coloring books at the end of their tour.

The Minear Bunch

With three girls and three boys in our family, I hear a lot that we have a “Brady Bunch” family. I’ve been wanting to put together something like this for a while but never had individual pictures of everyone taken at the same time. During our Christmas Card photo shoot I took individual shots of all eight of us.