‘member that time?


‘member that time when i was in eight grade? and remember how i was kind-of cool in the eighth grade hallway and lunchroom, but the seventh graders that rode my bus still generally hated me?

and remember how i was sitting by myself on the bus and the seventh grade girls behind me were all like, “hey, your hair looks really cute today.” and i was like, “thank you, i did these pigtails myself.” and they giggled?

and then, remember how i got home after walking home from my bus stop i found an eaten sucker stick stuck in my hair? and how it took me like three hours to figure out that they had probably put the sucker stick in my hair. because really, who would even be that mean?

yeah, that probably never happened.

[it’s ‘member that time monday at the van voorst‘s blog!]

ps: just so you know, i totally have a good sense of humor about this kind-of stuff. i actually do think this is funny! so, consider this my permission to laugh at my own misfortunes! : )

newborn hat


contrary to popular belief, we are not trying to get pregnant in order to fill these shoes. i swear, everyone wants a little dimpled redheaded alsbury baby these days. okay, so maybe i want one too…but, no! we’re content right now. : )

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anyway…i made the booties and this teeny tiny hat for veritas‘ first and favorite newborn, hudson michael! doesn’t the duck make a cute hat model?

mike and alicia are in our connection group and i thought it would be just adorable if their sweet baby boy had a some hand-knit winter gear! although, when i dropped off dinner and the gift last night, i looked at hudson’s head and i think he’s already a little too big for the hat. whoops! alicia, you’ll have to let me know how/if it fit! : )

pictured below is the matching set:

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goodbye late nights.


hello [super] early mornings!

remember this post? well, on january 15th i had my second interview with the owner of capanna coffee company. guess what? i have a new job!

no, no, no, contrary to popular belief, i would not kill myself by working four jobs. do you think i’m crazy? my two weeks notice is officially in at hyvee as of monday. i’m kind-of sad about it, but mostly not.

i think capanna is going to be a great fit for me because…

  • i’ll be working early morning shifts! this does mean getting up at 4-4:30am, but it also means i’ll get to have dinner with my husband and have really consistent work-from-home hours
  • i’ll be getting a pay upgrade!
  • i’ll be working with people! i already get to work with people at hyvee, i know. but the coffee shop enviroment is a different kind of people work. especially in the morning, i’ll get to know all the “regulars” and get the chance to build “deeper” relationships
  • i’ll be learning new skillz. i know my way around financial stuff, i know how to fry some darn good french fries, and i know how to check out groceries. i’m pumped to increase my skills by learning the coffee trade.
  • i’ll be working the morning shift! i’m just really excited about starting my day so early. plus, i think it will be awesome practice for children someday…just sayin’

thanks to those of who prayed for me, i felt so confident about taking the job that day. i’m excited to start in the coffee business!

one time…


[this is my own rendition of paige‘s ‘member that time posts, i’m always trying to be like my idol]

one time, i was with my friends at a hotel in minneapolis. and i had to pee, but i didn’t because i was having too much fun. and then we decided to go get snacks at the vending machine. and my friend jessie made me laugh so hard that i fell on the floor and got in the fetal position and couldn’t stop laughing. then i peed right there on the hotel hallway floor.

but hey, i was only like, 16 or something.

baby booties

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aren’t these just the cutest? i found the basic pattern here. i think the “moccasin” style is stinking aborable, but my mom pointed out that most moms like to have simple clothing that will go with a lot. she’s so wise. so i used a neutral “boot” color and a blue.

it was a challenge working with such tiny needles, but now i’m that much more practiced at knitting.

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my favorite meal ever.

Poached Egg on Toast

I don’t know what has come over me the last two weeks, but i only have eyes for poached eggs.

I finally figured out how to poach eggs and now I can’t stop eating them. It took several failed attempts and wasted organic eggs to get it right, so for those of you who have been craving poached eggs like I have [i’m sure that’s all of you, right?], here are some helpful tips to poaching your own egg.

Step One: boil water in a small sauce pan.

Step Two: pull out your toaster [if it’s in the cupboard like mine is], the butter and a slice of bread. don’t start toasting yet, it’s all about timing.

Step Three: crack one egg in a bowl or cup

Step Four: once the water is boiling, turn down the heat to medium high and give the water a good stir so there is a mini tornado in your boiling water. dump the egg in the center of the “storm.”

Step Five: stick your bread in the toaster and start toasting. it should pop up in 1-2 minutes so you’ll have just enough time to butter the toast before the egg is cooked. the egg will take 3-4 minutes to cook.

Step Six: using a slotted spoon, scoop up the cooked egg and drain the water off, place on your piece of toast. pop the egg and salt until taste.

i’m gonna go make myself some poached eggs right now!

‘member that time?


‘member that time when i signed my own yearbook? and remember how all i wrote to myself in eighth grade was:
Hey Hun

and remember how someone else a bunch of other girls also wrote “hey hun” but some of them spelled it “hon” and so i changed my totally original signature from “hey hun” to “hey hon” halfway through the yearbook signing sess?

and remember how at the beginning of that year, i forgot about school picture day and this is what i looked like on school picture day?


but remember how despite my awkward school picture [or maybe because of the picture] i still was popular enough to get voted “funniest girl” in the whole eighth grade?!?


that’s right people, out of 367 kids, i was voted funniest. eat it.

this blog is linked to my hilarious friend paige’s blog here.

vague request


i know this is extremely vague, but if you read this today and think of me, could you pray for me? i don’t know what God has in store, but i am very anxious about it.

i know God is in control, but things feel rather out of control right now.

your prayers are very appreciated!

winter head wrap



i literally made this knitting pattern up. that’s how awesome i am. i knew what i wanted it to look like because i saw one just like on miss valerie‘s head. it took me about 20 do-overs to get it just right. good thing it’s small! i think i’ll be selling these in my future etsy shop this winter. : )

here’s what it looks like on my head: