Monday, November 30, 2009

happy birthday mom!

Dressed in our finest, we want to wish a very special lady in our lives a very special day.

Happy Birthday Mom!
We love you.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

thankful for these little hands

Happy Thanksgiving!

1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in all circumstances.

Monday, November 23, 2009

elf on the shelf

Meet Buddy.

I finally got around to ordering the Elf on the Shelf this year and it has been cracking Kyle and I up. If you are unfamiliar with this little guy, let me explain. You invite this magical little elf into your home for the days leading up to Christmas. He comes with a book that does a wonderful job of explaining his role to the kids. Told from his perspective, he explains that he is here to watch over us each day and report back to Santa each night on our behavior. Anything to encourage well-behaved kids, right? :)

But first, the kids must name him, which I thought was cute. The kids came up with Buddy. Easy enough.

So every night he flies back to the North Pole to hang with Santa and then he is back in the morning... in a different spot. The kids will look for him as soon as they wake up. They get so excited when they find him.

Hayes is on the verge of not buying into the magical, make-believe stuff, which is hilarious to me. Just makes me want to play it up even more. He was so serious when I read the book and just stared at the box with Buddy in it. "But he looks just like a toy."

Ellie just wants to play with him. But the book says if you touch him, he will lose his magical powers. So far so good. We'll see how long that lasts.

And Embry just wants to know if he went to see Jesus last night.

Friday, November 20, 2009

happy birthday dad!

We love you so much and can't wait to see you tomorrow.
Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

chicken parmesan pizza

Just wanted to share another quick and yummy dinner that was a hit with our kids. Enjoy!

Chicken Parmesan Pizza

loaf of garlic bread
8 chicken strips, cooked and cut into pieces
1 cup pizza sauce
1 1/2 - 2 cups shredded mozzarella or pizza blend cheese
basil, fresh or dried
olive oil


Preheat oven to 425*

Cut garlic bread in half and lay butter/garlic side up on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes until lightly browned.

Spread pizza sauce over bread. You may not use the entire one cup of sauce.

Arrange chicken strips over sauce. I bought the wrong kind of chicken... these were basically glorified chicken nuggets. Now I know. :)

Top with cheese, basil and oregano. Drizzle with olive oil.

Bake another 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

minnie to the rescue

mom and me
May 2008

Rough. Doesn't even begin to describe what my weekend would have been like if it weren't for my mom. With Kyle gone since Friday morning and not back until tonight, things would have been a bit tricky if she hadn't shown up.

Because she was here... I was able to focus on my big boy who was sick, sick and rub his achy legs whenever he needed it. Embry and Ellie were happily kept at a distance in hopes of not catching the yuck. My house is not the disaster it would have been otherwise. Books were read. Bottoms were wiped. Beds were made. And one little princess got her nails painted Sleeping Beauty pink.

Thanks Mom.
Thanks for rescuing me again and again.

Love you.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

fruit gobbler

I've made this turkey guy the last several years for the kids (Family Fun's fruit gobbler). I had Hayes help me this year, seeing that he is really into patterns and buildng these days.

Fruit Gobbler

You'll need:

bosc pear (head)
melon (body)... I like the texture of a cantaloupe
cubed cheese (beak and tail feathers)
grapes (tail feathers)
red pepper (snood, feet and side feathers)
raisins (eyes)
bamboo skewers

Stabilize the melon body by cutting a shallow slice off the rind to form a flat base. Using two toothpicks, attach and stabalize the pear head to the melon.

Cut a cheese triangle beak and red pepper snood. Attach both, along with raisin eyes, to the head with sections of toothpick.

Cut red pepper feet and set them in place.

For tail feathers, skewer cheese cubes and red grapes, then insert the skewers as shown. Hayes had fun making different patterns and I got over my need to make it perfect... the different patterns actually turned out really cute.

Pin pepper side feathers in place with toothpicks. Addition of a  yellow and orange bell pepper, or even carrots would make it look even more colorful.

And there you have your turkey.

Gobble. Gobble.

Friday, November 6, 2009

picnic in the park

After a drive clear across town and a failed attempt to feed the ducks ("Please don't feed the waterfowl" grrrrr...), we shifted gears, grabbed dinner and took advantage of a beautiful November day.

Monday, November 2, 2009

shopping with my girl

The boys went one direction this evening and the girls went another. Kyle took Hayes and Embry to see Astro Boy while Ellie and I hit the mall. We have a few birthdays this month so we took advantage of our girl time to shop!

We looked at jewelry, purses, boots, perfume... she ended up with her own lip gloss, which she reapplied every couple minutes. She was so proud. I watched her as she would catch her reflection in the mirror and just flip her head from side to side and smile. There's a mirror in the Gap that has her little lipgloss kiss. :)

She flirted with the boy cashiers and had her first m&m cookie from the mall. She forced me to buy a pink hoodie instead of a blue one.

I love our girl time.

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