Thursday, January 29, 2009

Snow Fun

We have had two days of snow in these parts. It was the first time we have had enough snow this winter for the kids to go out and play in it. They were so excited.

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Here they are all ready to play. If you look close you can still see the grass peeking out of the snow.

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Sampson went out with them for a bit. Then, he decided it was too cold.

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The following day we got an addition 6 inches or so. So back out they went.

This time there was enough to really play in it.

AJ even attempted a snowman.

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A small snow man, but still. If you look to the left you will see a pot. He used that for the body and then a small snow ball for the head.


All I can say is I am glad we had some snow. I am glad it will soon be gone. I am very very ready for spring!!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

A new apron

Sweet Pea had her very first birthday party invitation from preschool. I thought long and hard about what to get this little friend for her birthday and couldn't resist making a new apron.

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Here is Sweet Pea modeling her friends gift.

We also bought some cookie mixes and muffin mixes and made it a themed present.
I am really liking the black and white if I don't say so myself. hmmm...May need to work on a couple for the two of us.


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Making Crepes

This week, AJ studied France. So...we made crepes for breakfast. It was fun, and easy, and they liked them.
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Everyone took turns stirring up the batter

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Sweet Pea was not to thrilled with giving her turn up so AJ could have one.

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They turned out very well. We filled them with a chocolate pudding mixture. I tried to make them more authentic and use jelly, but the kids thought chocolate was a better option. It was tasty. Especially when they were topped in caramel.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

What to do with a 3 year old

that is underfoot all the time....

Give her a mop.


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Well actually she found it herself.

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and she mopped....


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and mopped some more


and I really need to remember to let her do this....frequently...It has the potential to make my life much much easier.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Tae Kwon Do Testing

So the boys had Tae Kwon Do testing this weekend. All of the boys....even the big one. This time AJ and TA were headed for their green belts and The Man his yellow.

The Man went first since his was the lower belt.

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I love this picture. hehehe

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When it was time for the Man to break his board Miss C brought out a board about an inch think. Well this was not good enough apparently because Master L had her get out another one. So he had not one, but two boards to break at once.

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breaking his board

and he did it. I was so proud. His hand did hurt him for the rest of the day, but he did it.

The boys were a little later on in the program and they did very well.

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They all did great.

I just need to figure out a way to get better pictures.





Saturday, January 10, 2009

Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins

My children love muffins for breakfast. Unfortunately, the boys won't eat them with fruit in them....unless it is pumpkin (which I do realize it is a vegetable. hmmm....or is it a fruit?). So when I came across this Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffin recipe at Tammy's Recipes. I knew I had to try it.

So here is my version of Tammy's recipe:

2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 can pumpkin
3 eggs
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 to 3/4 cup milk (i kinda guessed this)
1 cup butterscotch chips
You could add a cup of nuts too. My kids don't go for cooked nuts.

1. Mix the dry ingredients in a medium size bowl.

2. Mix the wet ingredients in a small bowl.

3. Combine the two bowls and mix until just moistened. (You may want to add more milk here if it seems to dry).

4. Place in a greased muffin pan and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

This makes about 18 muffins.

btw...according to this article pumpkin is a fruit...and so are green beans...who knew?

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

More Sewing

I just finished a new summer shirt for Sweet Pea. It is a wrap shirt. Now I just need to finish the coordinating pants.

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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!!!!

Last night we had some friends over for a party. Just two other couples and their kids. We threw the children downstairs to eat and play. The adults stayed upstairs to eat and chat. It was a wonderful time. There were no major injuries or fights, which was amazing since all of the kids made it to midnight.

To celebrate we let the kids take pots and pans outside and bang them. I think it was the highlight of the evening. Even the two year old had her own pot.

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It was silly. It was fun. It is something they probably will remember for a long time. See the picture with all the pots on their heads. Guess what that meant. Yep. That's right. I had to wash every single one of those pots before they went back into my cupboard.

But it was worth it.

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