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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!

 

 

 

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Charlie’s 4th Birthday Party!!!

2 Jun

Am I the only one who just cannot believe that Charlie is 4?  His birthday was a couple of weeks ago, but yesterday we finally got around to celebrating with a superhero party!  We had such a great time with our family and our friends.  We are so blessed to be surrounded by people who love us!  When I woke up yesterday morning and started stressing about the party, I just asked Jesus to help make this a special time for Charlie, for everyone to come and just celebrate his little life, and that’s what happened!

The party was themed around Charlie’s latest obsession: superheroes!

Batman and Superman on their favorite form of transportation!  The Batmobile!

Batman and Superman on their favorite form of transportation! The Batmobile!

It's a bird! It's a plane!  It's Supermaddie!  Maddie was really upset when I had to explain to her that she couldn't literally fly.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Supermaddie! Maddie was really upset when I had to explain to her that she couldn’t literally fly.

Emma and Casey

Emma and Casey

 

Batman and Iron Man

Batman and Iron Man

 

Aaron with a Nerf gun-they had some sort of complicated game they were playing!

Aaron with a Nerf gun-they had some sort of complicated game they were playing!

Sam shooting down Aaron and Nick.

Sam shooting down Aaron and Nick.

 

Superman (John) whacking the pinata

Superman (John) whacking the pinata

 

Noah getting the final hit!

Noah getting the final hit!

 

And Charlie getting in one more for good measure!

And Charlie getting in one more for good measure!

 

We had a great afternoon!  Charlie has been busy playing with all of his new goodies.  Thank you to everyone!

 

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

23 Jan

**There’s a party I’m hosting, and weenies for roasting, and sandwiches fresh from the stove.

There’ll be funny commercials, some plays controversial, and beer will be surely a flow!**

That’s right, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Superbowl time! You may be thinking “wow, this girl is one football fan.” No, not at all!  I am celebrating the end of the season!  The end of Saturday and Sunday long, listening to my husband yell at the tv, don’t you dare change that channel, torture.  It’s a glorious time and requires lots of planning on my part.  This year is going to be a little different because we will actually have guests so, I’ve got to start my party planning!  The menu this season will be as follows:

Ham Delights

ham delights

It’s real easy, you buy a tin of those little dinner rolls that they sell in the bread isle.  Cut it in half, so you have a top and bottom.  Layer with ham and swiss cheese.  Place top half back on (or as some people call it, “the lid.”) Melt 1/3 cup butter.  Mix in 1 tbs mustard, 1 tbs poppy seeds, 1/3 tsp Worcestershire sauce.  Now spread that junk all over the top of them rolls, cover it up in some foil, and bake that stuff for 20 minutes at 350.  Mmmmm.

Mini Pigs in a Blanket

pigs in a blanket

I don’t feel like I really need to explain this recipe, but for those that absolutely have no idea, here it is.  Cheap red hotdogs, crescent rolls.  Cut em, roll em up, bake em.  Yum.

Slut Brownies

Slut Brownies

This is an easy one too.  Pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough.  Layer it on the bottom of a baking dish or pan.  Drop in a layer of oreo cookies, Then you get some brownie mix (the cheap kind), make it according to the directions on the box, and pour that goop all over those oreos.  350, bake it for 30-35 minutes, and mmmm.  I suggest waiting a while to cut them because they will crumble and not be pretty if you do it while they are hot.

(Just a note:  These are not pictures of the food that I have actually made, but it will look exactly like it.  I will post pics of mine in my follow-up blog about how great life is post-football)

We will probably have some chips and dip and I may throw in something fruity, but this is the easiest, best tasting Superbowl menu by far! After all my food is cooked, I like to pull out the nice Wilton Armetale silver platters to serve it on.  Gotta keep it classy!