Monday, January 18, 2016

Strange But Yummy

Strange But Yummy Food Combinations

~ Popcorn with M&Ms (almond, peanuts, peanut butter)
~ Wendy's french fries dipped in the Wendy's frosty
~ Jello on buttered toast
~ Parmesan cheese (refrigerated) on green apple slices 
~ Vinegar on deep fried fries
~ Apple slices with plain salted chips
~ Nacho chips dipped in chocolate dip
~ Peanut butter and banana sandwiches
Some you may already know, some may be new to you.  Feel free to add your own strange but yummy food combinations.

Friday, January 15, 2016

J's Birthday Cake

We celebrated J's birthday earlier this month.  He turned eight.  These eight years have gone by so quickly.  Seems like time speeds up with each year.  J is so awesome. When he smiles, my heart swells.  I love seeing him grow and learn.  I love hearing the things he has to say. He is so sweet to his sister and brother. And he loves to play sports.  I think if he could play sports all day, he would. I love him so much.

For the past couple of years, J wanted a hockey rink cake for his birthday.  I could never find hockey players to put on the cake. This year he wanted a hockey cake again.  And again I looked for hockey players, no such luck.  Then one evening, flipping thought the channels, the movie '13 Going on 30' was on television. I got inspired to use pictures of the kids as hockey players, like the doll house in the movie.

J's Birthday Cake

I looked through photos of the kids, looking for hockey pictures.  I has thrilled to find pictures of J in net taken from both ends of the rink.  Got the pictures developed, cut them out and used tape to stick them to popsicle sticks. 

The cake, is actually two cakes, side by side.  I made them from scratch, chocolate, gluten free. Terry decorated the cake and made the boards.  I cut out business logos from the flyers and taped them along the boards.  Not pictured above but added was a stand with pictures of the kids watching the game. 

J loved his cake.  He thought it was pretty cool. For J's birthday this year he played hockey in the morning and we went and saw Star Wars in the afternoon.  His supper choice, lasagna.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Quite Christmas

Our Christmas was quite. We spent a lot of days in our pajamas, we played games, watched movies and had take out.  I was very much looking forward to Christmas Vacation.  Even more so than summer vacation.  Christmas vacation came with a break.  No packing lunches, no waking up baby from a nap because we had to be some where, no out the door early mornings, no hockey practices, no plans.  It was a nice break that we all needed.

Usually on Christmas morning we would have a big breakfast, eggs, bacon, hash browns, toast.  But earlier that week Terry and I decided not to do that this year. We decided to make it simply, toast and fruit.  This plan worked out very well this year, even more so than we could have imaged.  J woke up just after 3am. By 9am, Terry and I both had separate 1 1/2 hour naps.  J and Ri were still going strong. 

 Christmas Day

The weather on Christmas Day was beautiful.  There was no snow, mild temperatures. One of the things I always wanted to do, was to go for a walk on Christmas Day.  This year, we got to do that.  We were little more prepared this year with our turkey, it wasn't frozen on Christmas Day.  So, the turkey went in the oven early and we went for a walk/bike ride.

 J and Ri on their bikes

 E loving the water

Out in Nature, Christmas Day

We are back in the swing of things again.  Christmas Vacation is over. Kids are ending their second week back of school.  The kids had their first snow day on Wednesday. We are back in to hockey practice and J celebrated his 8th birthday.  I still have snow flakes on the living room ceiling, lights around the room and lights in the bathroom.  I may take them down at the end of the month.  

Our Christmas was quite and low key, it was just what we needed. 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, 
and the love of God, 
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

2 Corinthians 13:14

 Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Tree Video

This is our video of the kids unwrapping our Christmas tree.  With a previous post, I described it as a Griswold tree.  We didn't realize how big it was until we got it home.

This is raw home video.  No editing. At the end, I thought I stopped the video, but it was still recording.  So, it is a bit of a wind whirl.  Later on that night, we got take out and the kids decorated the tree.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

You are Fighting over What?

We are on Christmas Vacation.  The baby is napping.  Hockey gear is in the washer.  The two older kids are playing nicely in J's room.  Christmas music is playing in the background.  Terry is at work.  It is peaceful now, but some times I say to the kids, "You're fighting over what?"

The other morning, I was in the kitchen making breakfast,  Ri yells out to me "Mom, J is smiling at me.  I don't want him to smile at me". J yells out "I am just smiling".  That incident got me thinking about the things they have argued over. 

For a while, in the mornings, they would fight over the middle cushion of the couch. Not sure why, but the middle was prime real estate. Once driving in the car, Ri got mad because J looked out 'her widow'.
 The usually get along but sometimes...
Pic taken in Dec. 2012 helping with Christmas lights
But the biggest one I remember is when the kids were fighting over pretend medals.  Yes, I said pretend medals. They were playing some sort of game which ended with medals.  I hear yelling coming from the room, I go in to investigate. They are arguing over medals. 
I witness one child go over to the other child and take the pretend medal off their sibling's neck and put the pretend medal on themselves. "It's mine".  The child who lost the medal went over and took the medal back. I just stood there.  Finally I said "Mommy has medals" and I handed out some pretend medals.

Before I had kids, I was talking on the phone with a friend who had two young girls, 18 months a part. As we were talking, I could hear her kids in the background. After a few minutes, she tells me "I have to let you go, they are fighting over a hot dog wrapper".  As a mom, I totally get that now.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Our Griswold Christmas Tree

It has been forever since I posted.  What have I been doing?  Getting our place in order.  Things were just ever where!  Ri and J last day is Friday before Christmas vacation and I wanted everything done before they get out of school.  At this moment I only have the kitchen left and it is about 70% done.  Now the big task will be keeping up the work.  With broken sleep, early mornings and hockey, the house work got let behind a lot. It has been such a long time since so many rooms tidied at once.  The sign that says "My house was clean last week, sorry you missed it" could have been my motto.  Since my the tidy up, no one has been over.

Getting our tree last weekend
When we were looking at the tree from afar, I was worried it wasn't tall enough, 
I was so wrong!
Taking this picture, I still realize how big it really was.

Between hockey and the kids attending birthday parties, we did mange to go and get a tree.  It was J's year to pick out a tree.  He has been looking forward since last year when Ri got to pick out a tree.  I have named the tree, The Griswold Tree, like in the movie Christmas Vacation.  The scene, when they cut the string off the tree and the tree is so huge that it goes everywhere, that is our tree.  It takes up the whole living room, it has gaps in it and we will need to saw limbs off to take it out the door.  I am not even kidding.

Our Griswold Tree 
Terry had cut some off the tree

Making Memories with this tree

The kids love it!  They were so excited to take off the string and watch the tree come to life.  (I did take a video, maybe, I'll probably post it later). Terry put on the lights and the kids put on the ornaments.

 Ri and J decorating the tree.  They did a great job.
E was sleeping at this time.
So far he has been really good with not touching the ornaments on the tree

 One thing I like about real trees is that it is different each year, the size the shape. I am kinda use to the size of the tree now and our place smells great!