Sunday, August 23, 2015

Fun Family Day

Today was a laid back, fun day where we just enjoyed being together, without anyone else.

Philip did have to go in to the hospital for a few hours, but I went out early and picked up donuts for them all for breakfast.   (We may have found a favorite donut place here to replace the one we loved so much in Florida!)   The coolest one (I thought) was one shaped like a pine cone!

Happy kids with the donuts

After Philip left for work, we picked up Dolphin Tale 2 from redbox and made popcorn and spent the morning snuggled on the couch.   

After lunch and naps, we headed on base for their "Family Bowling" deal.   2 hours of bowling, 1 large pizza and a pitcher of soda.    Fun times!    I made my own pizza to take along...and it was amazing!

Cauliflower crust, goat cheese, roasted pears, caramelized onions and bacon

Happy bowlers!

The kids all did really well and we all had a great time!   I actually broke 100 for the first time in a long time!  Ha!

Waiting for her turn =)

I love this shirt!

...and I love this guy!

We ended the evening with a trip to Walmart to buy new lamps for the living room - Yay! =)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Food, Friends and Funky Stuff

I've been a bad blogger again...

Maybe it's just that we haven't done a ton of "picture worthy" stuff lately, I don't know...  We've been pretty busy with school, but also taking time to visit friends, go swimming and have picnics.

I made a peach souffle last week, in my new "personal size" skillet that Steph gave me!    I'd been wanting one for a long time and then lo and behold, one arrived in the mail!   I love it!

It just recently occurred to me that souffle and fruit could go together, and boy, do they ever!

Last Sunday Philip spent the whole day and I spent the morning, helping the Pennys work on their house.   It is coming along great and is so exciting to see the progress each time we go by!

Philip, looking an awful lot like the guy I fell in love with at Teen Missions =)

Me looking super creepy with a hammer

Moriah and Eden with their best pirate faces on (in some fun costumes given to us by friends)

I decided that thin sliced sweet potato would make great "tiny tacos"...and they do! =)
I will be posting the recipe for this pork and chimichurri soon (sooo good!)

Our friend, Andrew, let Caleb pick this Cunshaw out of his garden on Tuesday... and I was bound to see what I could make out of it!    I'd never eaten one before (or knew that they were edible), but I found recipes and roasted some, diced some up raw to add to a salad, made some soup, and also made a custard!   Every single one was fantastic!   Who knew??

Today while helping Keenan clean his bedroom, I got a "piercing" in my leg.    Yup, felt a little "pop" and when I looked, I had a jack lodged quite nicely in my leg!   Oddly, it didn't really hurt until I pulled it out.

Silly times on Photo booth, taking pictures to send to Daddy at work =)

Okay, that pretty much catches us up, I think =)

Monday, August 10, 2015

Back to School 2015!

While it feels like we just finished, it is in fact time to start school again!

Waffles for breakfast and then it's time to start!

I love these next photos we took last week - the kids did such a great job!

Excited about First Grade!

Fun Back to School apples

 How can it be time for Third Grade??

This is the first year I'm actively doing school stuff with Caleb and he's so excited!!

What a good looking group of students I have this year! =)

Keenan, Third Grade
(Loves to read, play board games, build things and play in the water)

Moriah, First Grade
(Loves to make art, play with dolls and spend time with Mommy)
Caleb, Pre-Kindergarten
(Loves to play with cars, read books and build with Lego)

One of my favorite pictures of them ever

Excited about this new year and what it will bring for all of us! =)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Early August Randoms

In an effort to get caught up on blogging before school starts (tomorrow!) I'm going to do a random, scramble post with pictures from whatever we've had going on lately...

Moriah and I discovered a fun, new craft that you can do using party streamers!

You tear a piece off the roll (a few inches long), roll it into a ball, and then glue them to a simple drawing you've made on cardboard...

Part way through...

Voila!   Her finished masterpieces!  So fun!

Here's mine

My friend, Jessica, from Florida was in town again (visiting her family), and we got together for a lunch playdate at Chick Fil A.   The kids reconnected immediately and we had a great chat (I'd never met her husband before and he was super nice, too).

Their whole sweet family

Just kids

I did my first large family photo shoot!   I was SUPER nervous about it (so many factors to think about with 23 people, and I didn't know Any of them!), but it turned out pretty great!

Caleb has Blown us away lately with his letters!   We're so proud of him!

Hilarious picture of how Moriah fell asleep the other night (reading a story to her doll) =)

Caleb with his prize at the end of his first day of no potty accidents!   Today was day FIVE!  Yay!

Tim and Steph and crew were here for about 16 hours (Woohoo!) on their way home a couple days ago, but I didn't take a single picture!   I guess we were all having too much fun together. =)  I cannot say how HAPPY it makes me that we live on their way to Canada!

Fun, "finger food tray" I put together for our kids and the Penny kids for lunch the other day

Ready to dig in!

On Friday night, Philip and I took the kids to "Parent's Night Out" at the YMCA.   You drop your kids off from 5:30 to 9:30, they get dinner, do gymnastics and go swimming, and it's only $15 a kid!

Date night selfie!

We had dinner at Doc Greens and then played Five games of Cosmic Bowling at the really nice bowling alley on base!   Philip did Quite well (with five strikes in one game and his highest score ever!)  I am not a very good bowler, but I had lots of fun =)

My delicious lunch the other day (cucumber rolls stuffed with crab, avocado, carrots and topped with a sriracha mayo)

...and then I made a kid's version which was very popular! =)

I saw this the other day and just had to take a picture!
(Who knew those things had Towing capacity??)

We had Devin and Melissa and the kids over last night for dinner and birthday brownies and ice cream for Devin =)

Well, there's a very fast forwarded catch up on our life! =)

Pool Fun

Ugh! So behind on blogging again!

We have spent a LOT of time at the pool lately, but usually without Philip because he's at work.   One day last week we were able to go with him in the evening and the kids had a blast!  

Keenan kept us in stitches as he repeatedly tried to catch a frisbee in mid air over the pool... =)

Sooo funny!

Love this one!

Goofy girl

Strike a silly pose

I know this is gross... but also entertaining

Caleb was in a funk and didn't want to be in this one

Ready to launch off of Daddy's shoulders!

She goes so far!

I love this one of Keenan

Finally all three with Daddy

Philip showing Keenan how to catch a frisbee over/in the pool =)