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School’s Out for Summer!

13 Jun

Even though we haven’t officially started school yet in our family, we still love to celebrate the beginning of summer vacation.  Technically, my life right now is just one long summer vacation, but summer vacation still means something to us-enjoying being outside, going to the beach and the pool, and seeing friends who have been in school all year. The library in Goldston where we go to story time every week has a huge party to celebrate the end of the school year and kick off the summer reading program.  

Even though it was absolutely sweltering-over 90 degrees by 12:00- we had fun playing in the shade.  Around 130 people came to have hotdogs and ice cream and listen to good music.  There was a cake walk, face painting, and a park ranger who gave the kids some interesting info about animals in our area.  

Maddie checking out the bubble machine.

Maddie checking out the bubble machine.

Ladderball!  This game is a bit nerve-wracking when pre-schoolers are involved!

Ladderball! This game is a bit nerve-wracking when pre-schoolers are involved!

Charlie got a snake painted on his leg-he just loves it.

Charlie got a snake painted on his leg-he just loves it. When Jason got home, he said, “Daddy, there is a snake on my leg.  Don’t worry, it isn’t real.”  

Maddie chose a sun for her cheek.  She doesn't look too happy in this picture, but she really loved it.  When I showed it to her in the mirror she just smiled and smiled.

Maddie chose a sun for her cheek. She doesn’t look too happy in this picture, but she really loved it. When I showed it to her in the mirror she just smiled and smiled.

My friend La'eeqa and her boys.

My friend La’eeqa and her boys.

 

And another friend Nanzetta with part of her brood.

And another friend Nanzetta with part of her brood.

 

Some of the kids enjoying their hotdogs while they listen to the music.

Some of the kids enjoying their hotdogs while they listen to the music.

 

Cakewalk!

Cakewalk!

 

This is one of Charlie's prizes from the cakewalk.  When he puts it on, he really thinks that we don't recognize him!

This is one of Charlie’s prizes from the cakewalk. When he puts it on, he really thinks that we don’t recognize him!

 

I just love my story time group so much.  I have made some great friends through it and the kids have, too.  Today was a great start to our summer!

 

 

 

Maddie’s 2nd Birthday Part(y) 1

25 Jan

Can you guys believe that our Madster is turning 2?  I know people say this all of the time, but time sure is flying by.  She is turning into quite a little “thang.”

Due to Mama’s surgery coming up on Monday, we are having Maddie’s birthday celebrations a little early this year, and today was party #1 at storytime.  I didn’t want to have all of her friends over to the house because it is too cold for them to be outside for very long and our house is just too small for 15 kids and their mothers to be wandering around.  The library was the perfect place for a little party.  Plus, I didn’t have to do any cleaning, just a little baking!

Everyone was there this morning, which doesn’t usually happen.  Normally only about half of the storytime group shows up on Thursdays, and I was really happy that everyone was there.  Maddie was happy, too.  She likes being the center of attention.  Here is Maddie when we sang “Happy Birthday.”

Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Birthday to You!

We did a little craft with everyone.  I didn’t want to make a trip to the store, so when I found this on Pinterest and saw that I had all the things to make them, I was pretty happy.  Here’s the link to the original source: http://howtodosomething.blogspot.com/2009/12/how-to-make-snowflake-ornaments-with.html

And here’s a pic of one Charlie and I made yesterday to take as an example:

Snowflake

Snowflake

Everyone had a great time, and it was pretty easy and not too messy!

Friends at the library

Friends at the library

Then we had cupcakes, strawberries, and goldfish.  Our strawberry cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese icing were a huge hit!

Strawberry cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese icing.

Strawberry cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese icing.

Every year around this time, my stepdad makes a trip to Florida and comes back with tons of fresh fruit and veggies, so we always have wonderful ripe strawberries in the middle of winter.  Everyone is always like, “Where did you find these strawberries?”  Maddie is one lucky girl because she gets strawberry cupcakes every year for her birthday!

It is a recipe from my favorite, most-used cookbook, “The Cake Mix Doctor” by Anne Byrn.  If you do not have this cookbook, you must get it today.  It is wonderful.  But don’t tell anyone that I have it or that you have it.  It’s a secret.  Here’s the recipe:

1 package plain white cake mix

3 oz strawberry gelatin

1 cup mashed fresh strawberries with juice

1 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup whole milk

4 large eggs

1 cup frozen unsweetened grated coconut, thawed

1/2 cup chopped pecans

*Since this was being eaten by a lot of children, I left out the coconut and pecans.*  Mix together the first 6 ingredients with an electric mixer on low for 1 min.  Scrape sides of bowl, then mix on medium for 2 more minutes.  Fold in coconut and pecans.  Pour into cupcake liners and bake at 350 for about 20 mins.

Frost with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing: 1 package cream cheese at room temp, 1 stick butter at room temp, 3 1/2 cups confectioners suger, and 1/2 cup mashed strawberries (drain well).  Mix together.  You can also mix in 1/2 cup frozen unsweetened grated coconut and 1/2 cup chopped pecans, but I didn’t for this party.

This was a great beginning to Maddie’s 2nd Birthday!