Monday, December 27, 2010
JP paired up with Big Guy and AJ with Little Guy. The bigs assisted the twins in making their first ever gingerbread houses.
I wasn't sure how this whole event would go because it was during Aaron's work hours, so he was unable to join me. Wrangling 4 kids is hard enough in public, but when you add endless amounts of candy and sugar...yeek I wasn't sure what to expect!
It actually went perfectly smooth. I was so pumped over the successful afternoon.
Both boys enjoyed eating the candies as much as they enjoyed placing them on the houses. They both attempted to wield the plastic knives while applying the frosting, which was fun to watch. JP and AJ were real helpers as they were only there to assist and did not actually create houses of their own.
I was really proud of my Quad.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Most vehicles to him are called a tractor. Or in his voice a "traaytur".
He also says truck and big truck, otherwise known as "Beeeg Truck".
He just loves to sit and stare at the wheels rolling back and forth, back and forth. Recently he changed things up from sitting at the table to laying flat on the ground with his cheek pressed onto the wood floor. It is stinkin' cute.
He will just lay there for tens of minutes, which is an eternity in the world of toddler boys, just rolling the car back and forth.
I love his fascination with all things wheels.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Christmas Holly Snack Mix
1 box Kix cereal
1 box Frosted Flakes cereal
1 bag of popped popcorn, cooled
1 bag of wilton red melting chocolates
1 bag of wilton green melting chocolates
1 bag of wilton white melting chocolates
Melt chocolate according to package and or microwave settings. I have a melt chocolate button which is AWESOME! Melt the red and then mix in about 3/4 of the box until all kix are coated red. Spread onto wax paper in single layer to dry. Melt green chocolate and mix in about 1/2 of the box of frosted flakes until coated. Spread on wax paper in single layer till dry. Melt white chocolate and mix whole bag of popcorn till coated. Soread on wax paper in single layer till dry.
Break dried pieces into small chunks and mix evenly in glass bowl. Or fill goody bags.
*recipe provided to me by Aunt Julie
*If you want the mix to make a lot and look more proportionate to true snow, holly, and berries use the following measurements:
3 bags white melting chocolate (or almond bark) 3 bags of WHITE unbuttered popcorn
2 bags of green melting chocolate to one box of frosted flakes or corn flakes
1 bag of red melting chocolate to about 1/2 to 2/3 of box of kix cereal.
Monday, December 20, 2010
One of my favorite traditions is opening my home to our closest friends for a Christmas party.
This year I wanted to do a traditional sit down meal. I asked everyone to bring a favorite family recipe to add to the turkey and ham I prepared.
What a meal it was! We had Green Bean Casserole from Chris and Michelle. Skip and Janelle made her famous potato casserole. I literally dream about that dish. Rich and Alana brought the much anticipated Sugar Cream Pie...yum! Shelley impressed us all with her mad homemade cinnamon roll skillz! I made the traditional Jello Mold and then a new recipe for grape & walnut salad. We also had rolls and hot bacon dip. It was delightful!
It was so awesome to sit down and share a meal and conversation with these great gals. So glad we all met waaay back in those early MOPS days!
It was delightful.
Definitely a MUST do tradition from now on.
I love these gals and am so Blessed to have their amazing friendships.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I know that if I am pushing an overflowing grocery cart, while wearing a screaming thrashing booger faced (because I can't see that he needs his nose wiped) 2 year old who is poking at his twin riding in the top basket throwing random groceries overboard, people are noticing.
The way I choose to react in stressful chaotic public situations with my children has an impact on others because someone is always watching.
In these situations, I choose to just strap on a smile and press on.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Little Guy was "eating" a banana while wondering around the kitchen area when he wandered over to the coat closet and said,"Oo Oo Ah HA, yah" while pointing and shaking his head yes.
Translation..."I want my monkey hat."
After he got his hat on he proceeded to tell me "Shuuz". He wanted his shoes on too.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
AJ did great and Daddy did a good job fixing hair. Special thanks to Janelle for taking pictures of my girl.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
It was tasty, easy, and full of flavor!
I grew up eating this easy and tasty meal.
1 Bakery French Loaf
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1 can tomato soup
1 pound browned ground hamburger/ turkey
Cut a piece of tinfoil long enough to warp around the loaf. Slice loaf lengthwise with the top being smaller. Scoop out bread pieces from bottom to create a 'boat'. Reserve bread pieces.
Simmer both soups, meat, and 1/2 to 3/4 of torn up bread pieces. Once combined and warm, spoon mixture into the 'boat'. Top with the bread top and wrap in tin foil.
Cook at 350 for about 10-15 minutes depending on desired crunchiness. My husband does not prefer much crunch.
Slice and serve. This is a HUGE favorite in our house. Enjoy.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
So if you are anything like me, you already have 7 large trees decorated and the stockings hung from the chimney with care.
Next on my Christmas to-do list is the Christmas Card. ILOVECHRISTMASCARDS!
Every day in December I RUN to the mailbox like a giddy child, anticipating how many Christmas cards will be inside.
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Saturday was The Yellow Stars last game. AJ complained right as they took the field that she wasn't sure she felt good, but it sure did not show in her playing. She had a great game. She accepted a pass right in front of the goal and fired it in for a score. It was as if she had been told play middle forward. She was precisely where she needed to be for what would be a quite normal play in the big kid games. It was awesome!
Then in the second half she had a throw in down on the goal line that she threw in towards the goal, hit a kid in the head, and then the ball went straight into the goal. It was funny! She thought that was just the coolest.
It has been the best season watching her grow to love the sport. We are so proud of you AJ!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Little Guy was trying hard to vacuum up the mess with his toy vac. I love that boy!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Cue the angels singing.
It was marvelous. I actually got to try things on, without someone commenting on my panties.
I touched every rack and not because I was chasing toddlers through them.
I walked past the childrens clothes without spending all of my allotted shopping time stuck in that section.
I observed people, rather than people observing me.
I was eavesdropping on a group of managers as they did their store walk through and discussed displays. I overheard them talking about a particular line of clothing that they can't seem to keep in stock.
Have you seen it? The Lauren Conrad Collection.
One of the young men said, "It is interesting because not just the young girls are buying it, but even the older women are buying it too."
After I was done perusing the section I was in I wandered over to the section they were discussing. And then I realized.
I am the older woman they are talking about.
When did I become too old for the Junior section, but out of place for the Misses section?
Perhaps I should stick with Active Wear...
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Coco was amazing with the boys. Such a sweet natured dog with patience. If we were to get a dog anytime soon, one like Coco would be at the top.
Typically the boys do not care for dogs up close, so I was very surprised to see them so involved with Coco.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
But then there are those moments that occur when you know they have a truly sweet relationship.
Today was one of those moments.
AJ is spending the night with a friend and going home with that friend after school. So she didn't have to carry 2 backpacks and a lunch box, JP took her sleepover backpack to his school to the mom of AJ's friend.
Did I mention that the backpack was PINK. Bright PINK. AND that he had to walk through the WHOLE school to get to the mom's classroom in the 2nd grade hall.
I am so proud of JP, willing to help his little sister out without any prompting. It was not even 2 seconds out of the car a 4th grade girl stated in a girly voice, "Hello JP with the GIRLY PINK BAG."
He kept his head held high and continued on. He is an AWESOME BIG BROTHER and amazing kid with character.