Friday, January 9, 2015

This Week

 It was another busy week for us!
Max advanced into the district honor band. I am so happy for him, but this does mean yet another day of band practices and this one is at a different school. I planned to drop Max off for his first rehearsal and then come home with the other kids, but we were thrilled to find a park just across the street where we could play while Max was working!
 Max's first concert will be the 20th of this month. We are very excited!

Zoey's favorite toy from Christmas is this funny Kitty doll.
 She sleeps with it in her bed and brings it with her basically everywhere. It is a very good friend!

Homework this week was a report on Cheetahs for Zack, a report on Abraham Lincoln for Max, and creating math story problems for Mia.

I am ready for the weekend! Tonight we are making Pizza Waffles for dinner and I am hoping to find a movie worth watching together on Netflix. last weekend we watched Pippi Longstocking and the kids loved it!

Happy Weekend!

Monday, January 5, 2015

This and That

1. It's Monday again! The first full week of the new year has begun. We survived the sickness and 75 hours work weeks of Christmas break. The kids are back in school today. I wish I could say that I was sorry to get back to our routine, but I am not at all! (Like I said the break was kind of killer!)

2. I love having a good old fashioned wall calendar. I know lots of people use their phones to store their schedules now. Planners seem to be very popular as well, but I still love my wall calendar!
I saw THIS little set up and think I need to create something like it in our house. It would make me very happy!

3. Mia has been spending a lot of time in the kitchen making little treats. I am attempting to teach her to cook/create in the kitchen. Yesterday was the first time I had her try to follow a recipe all on her own. I kept it simple....We made THESE no bake peanut butter cookies.
She got really frustrated, because I wasn't helping her as much as I usually do, but when they were all made she was so happy to serve them and to say that she had made them all by herself!

4. I am starting to think ahead to Valentine's Day. I always put on a little Valentine's dinner at home for us. I love THIS IDEA for a Valentine's photo shoot to go with our dinner!

5.Max is on book #5 of the Harry Potter series. He spent all weekend making wands after one of his friends showed him how to make them out of paper. He even ordered himself an unofficial Harry Potter wand online.
I definitely need THIS for his room, and I must try THIS recipe for homeade Butterbeer!

6. I ran 10 miles on Saturday. I am so thankful for a healthy body and strong legs!
THIS is totally how I feel about it!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, January 3, 2015


My hopes for 2015

Spend Less

Run More


Little Girl's rooms

 We did a little remodeling this week.
I did away with the toy room and moved Mia out of the girl's room into her own room. Now Zoey has her own bright pink little room.

 Mia's new room is not yet painted. The walls are very light tan, but we put up a few bright butterflies to liven it up.
 The new room seems so grown up to me!

 We picked up this fun reading pillow to help keep things cozy.
Girls are fun! (Actually, Max is jealous of the pillow, because he often sits up late into the night reading in his bed. I am going to have to find one with a more manly theme for his room!)
More projects to come!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

 The girls and I spent the afternoon at home together.
The boys were off with my parents and Ty was at work.
We made treats for our little New Year's Eve celebration.
Mia and Zoey made these all by themselves! Mia mixed together the ingredients and then they spooned the mixture into mini muffin liners and topped them with sprinkles. I was very impressed!
I made guacamole and served hummus with carrots.
The kids got party poppers.
We danced to our favorite music and the party was over by 6:30 :)
The kids and I are spending the rest of the evening watching movies on the couch.

Happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 30, 2014


 It is cold!
It might even snow tonight in Beaumont.
I got a new woven hat for Christmas and I have actually been able to wear it!
 I made a loaf of fabulous bread! 
Bread baking on cold days is delightful. Plus the house smells amazing!
 The kids have been in movie watching mode. Yesterday it was Star Wars and today they discovered Wizards of Waverly Place.
 We put a puzzle together.
 I did more baking....any excuse to turn the oven on and heat up the house.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins. They were really good!
These 2 fell asleep in front of the fire.
Such a perfect place to be!
We are enjoying our little taste of winter!
Sunday, December 28, 2014


1. So 2014.....I seem to remember the year starting out super busy for Ty at work. He told me things should calm down soon, because they would be hiring some extra help at work. We are ending the year with Ty being super busy at work. He keeps saying things will slow down as soon as they hire some people.....
I know I shouldn't complain! I am so thankful that Ty has such a stable job that he enjoys. I am so thankful that I can be home with my sick kids (who are all still sick btw....), and not worry about missing work myself.
We are blessed, but the days and weeks are sometimes long.
Ty worked 24 hours from Friday to Saturday morning and then went back in for an all-nighter last night. He will be headed back in the morning and working every day until next Tuesday.

2. I am looking forward to 2015.
I have some resolution ideas. Nothing I will write down and share I think, but I always love a new beginning.
I am also excited for New Year's Eve. I want to have a little party with the kids. Nothing outrageous, but just enough so that they can remember the fun!

3. Seeing as Ty worked all night and I am still staying home with sick children, we won't be going out today. My big plans involve some brown bananas that have been sitting on the counter.
I will be baking up a batch of delicious looking banana bread! I haven't tried this recipe before, but it looks so yummy!

4. Christmas Present Review:
Max's favorite: The MIP Robot....He has been playing with it non-stop and has already gone through one set of batteries. He is also enjoying his new rollerblades quite a bit.

Mia's favorite: Mia got a My Generation Horse Stable and horse. I was super impressed with the quality and Mia loves it!

Zack's favorite: We got Zack a minion operation game and it has been a huge hit! Everyone loves the plasma car he got too!

Zoey's favorite: Zoey has been too sick to do much, but she has been cuddling non-stop with the kitten baby doll she got for Christmas. 

4. I guess it's time to start looking ahead! We have Ty's birthday coming up in January and Valentine's Day in February.
There is always something to look forward to!
I love THIS idea for teacher gifts!

5. Hopefully we can get everyone back to good health soon. We know it will just  take time. Time is precious!

Have a great week!
Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

 We had to change our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day plans just a little, because all of the kids ended up getting sick!
We tried to make merry while spending the days on the couch watching movies.
I made armies of gingerbread men.
 We finished the 25 days of Christ countdown. I loved it!

 For Christmas Eve I made lots of appetizers and desserts.
 My brothers were here!
So were my parents. We played lots of silly games and had a great time.
 This morning there were lots of gifts.....
 The men....My dad, My youngest brother Jamison (he is 6 foot 6 inches tall), My younger brother Joel (he looks super happy), My Ty :) ( he looks very short!)
 My mom....pretending she is not totally photogenic.
 Little Miss Zoey. Riding along on a new Christmas toy.
 I love tile floors :)
 Max got his robot.
 Ty really spoiled me this year.
A couple of my favorite gifts were this cookbook from Baked.....
 and this Kate Spade mug that I have wanted forever!
After all the presents everyone was starving. I made waffles and a chile relleno casserole.
I finally finished cleaning and now everyone is going back to bed!

Merry Christmas!
Tuesday, December 23, 2014


 We are getting ready for Christmas!
My youngest brother is flying in from Utah this afternoon and we are getting together with my parents and my older brother's family for dinner at our house.
I am making lots of potatoes!

Zoey has been dressed as a little witch all day. Not at all Christmas - y, but she is very cute!

What do you make for Christmas Eve dinner?
Any traditions?
Last year I made a great big lasagna and it went over really well. I was able to make it ahead too! This year I am sticking with what works and making a big baked pasta, filled with spinach, sun dried tomatoes, and cheese.

I am making THIS for dessert.
Dessert is always easy!

We have been busy trying to cross all of the Christmas traditions off our list this year. Ty and I watched, "It's A Wonderful Life" over the weekend. Such a great movie :)
Last night for Family Home Evening we watched, "Mr. Kreuger's Christmas". I love that one too!

Ty will be home for Christmas Eve and for Christmas Day! I can't wait to have him home for all of the fun!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Gingerbread Houses

 Today was the annual gingerbread house building party at the library.
Last year I took Max and Mia and we had a blast so I made sure to sign us up again. This time I brought all 4 kids along!
 Everyone got a plate filled with candy, pretzels, and graham crackers, as well as a big bowl of frosting.
 Decorating is so much fun when you can make a mess on plastic tablecloths and spill onto a floor that is not your own.
 It was really fun! The kids got very creative.
 Max had a style all his own.
 Even Zoey built a little house.
 Almost all the houses survived the drive home. Mia's turned into a pile of graham and frosting.
It was a fun way to spend our afternoon. The Christmas season is just flying by!