Tuesday, March 29, 2016

School Pictures...

Zack is in kindergarten this year....He is 6 years old and doing great! 
 Little Miss Mia...3rd grade and 8 years old! 
 Max is our big 5th grader. 10 years old and off to junior high in the fall. 
 While the kids were at school today, Zoey and I were baking. Snacks for after school and treats for lunch boxes. Blueberry muffins, carrot muffins, and peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Apple Pie

 Zackary loves apple pie. It is his favorite dessert! He wanted a pie last week and I told him I would give it a go. I made a few pies a couple weeks ago for pi day.....they were kind of terrible and I wanted to prove to myself that I could make a decent pie!
This pie turned out perfect. We ate the entire thing in 2 days. 
Zack was happy and I am glad to report that I am no longer a pie making failure.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Getting Crafty

Mia's latest American Girl magazine featured a how-to for making chocolate dipped spoons. 
Mia is adorable and I am a sucker for these kind of little crafts so off to the store we went for plastic spoons. My favorite chocolate chips were on sale so we stocked up and used them for our melted chocolate.
 Mia dipped the spoons in the chocolate and then added colorful sprinkles to the top. We are going to use the spoons for hot chocolate! So fun.
A few hours later we switched gears and made some peanut butter play-doh. I mixed peanut butter with honey, powdered milk, and powdered sugar.
 Everyone thought it was pretty tasty!

Spring Break Fun

Ty is working this week so the kids and I are making our own fun around town. Yesterday we went on a little adventure just behind our neighborhood.
 It was a cold and windy, but beautiful day!
 It was good to be outside in the quiet...away from the screens. Screen free time is so important!
 After the walk we stopped at the park.
 The kids played for a while and then Mia came and sat in the grass with me. I read to her from "Farmer Boy" for over an hour! She loved it! I am excited to get her interested in the Little House series.
 We read more in the evening while we waited for our chocolate chip cookies to bake. I tried a new recipe last night and it had great potential! It needs some twerking, but I think I can make them perfect next time.
 Today started with smoothies...it seems to be the favorite breakfast. I think the kids are just anxious to start the day and want something they can gulp down and run!
Max will be meeting a friend later to play. I think we may pick up some Easter treats for the weekend. I am kind of behind on my planning this year!
I am really going to miss Spring Break when my alarm goes off on Monday morning!
Monday, March 21, 2016

French Fries

 The kids are on spring break this week!

The kids and I decided to celebrate by having a french fry tasting party via Farmer Boys. We have never eaten there before.
We got one of each sauce to try; BBQ, honey mustard, ranch, and ketchup.
The BBQ and the honey mustard were the favorites!
We finished our party with popsicles in the yard.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Life Lately


 Baskin Robbins opened a shop not far from us a few weeks ago. Zoey is quite smitten and asks to go to the ice cream store often. Her go to flavor is the rainbow sherbet. I am sure one day she will discover the joy that is chocolate ice cream, but until then, rainbow it is!
 Ty and I went out for mexican food and Ty ordered the largest burrito ever in the history of mankind. It was filled with chile rellenos, meat, beans, rice, cheese, and topped with fried eggs. 
 I made lots of cookies and I will be making more!
 We are having a bishopric social on Sunday and I am in charge of cookies. 

I took the kids to IHOP for national pancake day. 
 Free pancakes all around and there was much rejoicing.
 Mia participated in the school's wax museum project. She was Miss Annie Oakley.
 We had a great time studying Annie Oakley and getting ready for this project. What a neat gal she was!
 Zoey and I have been spending a good amount of time at the park. It is such a lovely break in the day to get outside and enjoy some quiet and fresh air.
 Bubbles at the park are fun too!

 Zoey has a massive Hello Kitty kite. We took it out to fly it last week. It got pretty high into the sky! 
 The kids and I have had a lot of meals on our own lately. I used to never make a meal if Ty wasn't around, but he has been so busy it has kind of become our normal.
 This was orange chicken and rice on Sunday.

Daylight savings time has caused us lots of sleepy mornings! We are ready for a week off from school next week!