Monday, July 21, 2014

balancing it all

*Chris is a "fan" of Baker's Drive-Thru on FB and they will often post daily deals. Today was Root-beer floats for $1. We had a big day in the sun... the kids were very in the mood for a frozen treat. :) The drinks were A LOT bigger than I thought they would be but it was too late to tell them they had to split. Ha! Oh,'s summer after all. :)

*I'm struggling so much with meal planning. How on earth could this be possible with things like Pinterest and the fact that reading cooking magazines is one of my favorite things to do? Ugh.

*My sister and I are taking the kids to see Epic tomorrow at the $1 kid movies at Krikorian. I'm excited because the kids will like it, but it's 2 1/2 hours!! As I've gotten older, I've become less and less of a movie person. I lose interest quickly and often don't finish movies or have to watch them in two parts.

*It's been about a month since I stabbed my hand during my turkey burger incident. I can't believe I'm still tender to the point that clapping causes too much vibration and hurts.

*I just finished Balancing it All. I've always thought Candace Cameron was so cute (not to mention I was a big Full House fan). I skimmed a lot of it but she really had some good things to say about how she keeps her relationship with Christ the priority in her life and how she weaves that into parenting.

Friday, July 18, 2014


*Made some spinach brownies this week. Super yummy and just like the kale ones I've made in the past, the kids can't tell what is in them! :)

*Still plowing my way through Felicity. Sometimes in the morning I'll use it as an incentive to get up a little early so I can relax and watch a few minutes after my workout (before the kids wake up).

*I'm not sure I have adequately prepared Chris for the basket case that I will most likely be the first week (...or two...or three...) both my kids will be in school and I'm by myself. I honestly cannot let my mind even go there or I'll start to cry.

*I think Susan and I have crammed more cousin time into the last two days than the kids could have hoped for. Tonight is dinner at our place (also with my parents).

Frozen Yogurt yesterday:

*Our dishwasher had not been working well for a while. A few weeks back I just stopped using it all together. As long as I stay on top of the dishes (washing as I cook, putting dry dishes away every time I walk by the sink, etc.), I actually love never having to unload the dishwasher. We ran it A LOT and every single morning I would wake up to a full load needing unloading. It's quite nice not having that and you really do get used to doing them right after you are done with a meal.

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Yesterday my kids went to bed exhausted. It was our first day with my sister's kids as they flew in from Germany the night before. To say the cousins had fun together is quite an understatement. They swam for two hours, played, and ended with dinner at my parents. They loved every single minute of it. And I loved every single minute with my sister as well. This will be one fun year with them living so close. :)

My mom got cute little Beanie Babies and made a scavenger hunt for the kids to find their "cousin stuffies".

Sunday, July 13, 2014


We just got home from our time in Reno. I can't begin to tell you what a wonderful time we had with Chris' side of the family. So many great memories were made. :)

I think everyone would agree that our day at lake Tahoe ranked top at the list. I LOVED their kayak and it confirmed again how much fun a vacation based around kayaking would be for me someday. 

Another highlight for everyone was the fact that both Chris' mom (after her heart surgery) and his grandma were able to make the trip. Even though they had to take it easy, I think it was fun for them (and us!) to be there.

Chris got to play golf twice, something he loves doing with family. The kids and I enjoyed our own outings while they were gone including the awesome kids' museum we visited last year.  

Cameron had been VERY excited to play Monopoly with some fresh opponents. 

The kids got to go on several walks/hikes. Noonie and Deb live in the most gorgeous forested area with amazing trails. Here are Kendall and Deb after a walk.

Our way back home.

While we didn't make any stops on the way up, we took a detour back to Chris' parents on the way home. It was nice to break up the trip back and spend a couple nights with his parents. Cam got a new game (Life) and we have now played three times in two days. I actually like it better than Monopoly so I'm glad he made the purchase. :)

The only thing I wish I got a picture of was around the dinner table. Each night we ate out on their patio and this was SOO nice. It was great to just relax, talk, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. I had brought a "bag o'questions", which we only delved into a couple times as there was always plenty to talk about. 

Such a fun trip!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

4th and french fried onions

Our 4th of July started with Chris and Kendall heading out so Cam and I could watch Harry Potter. You know how Disneyland is fun, but it's REALLY fun through the eyes of your kids? That is how this experience was. It was SO much fun for me to watch as Cam gave me a running commentary and was just as excited as ever to be watching. :)

Later we headed to my parents for a BBQ. My mom even bought fig jam as a burger spread, which was really yummy!!

Here they are playing Wii bowling.

After lunch, we came back for our annual block party. Our friends, Jason and Breanna, came over and we had such a fun afternoon. Our neighbors went all out, creating an entire mini carnival complete with games, tickets, and prizes.

Ladder golf:

This was the first year that our kids literally played almost the entire time, leaving us to actually relax!

It tells you how much fun Cameron was having that he wanted to stay up to see the fireworks. Normally he is very conscious of how late things go and and how far past his bedtime we have gone. :)

Today was desert day. Our first stop was Costco where we were excited to find large tubs of french fried onions. They were much cheaper than at the grocery store. I've mentioned before that just a small spoonful adds a ton of flavor to wraps, veggies, etc., so this was a good find. :)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

square box vs. rectangular box

*This past Monday the quads, from across the street, joined us at Celebration Park. The kids had a blast. They've spent pretty much every day together this week and it is so nice not to feel like we have to have every day planned to the brim since I know several hours will be taken up with some "quad play". :)

*I made a triple batch of Chris' favorite treats, German Chocolate Sandwich Cookies. Some will be for our trip to Reno next week and some for our block's 4th of July party tomorrow. I used a cake mix to make the cookies this time. They came out nice and thick, not flat like my homemade ones usually are.

*This was my picture text to Chris today: "How are these, you tissue snob?" I recently learned that he hates tissues that come in the square boxes (vs. rectangular). He claims that every time you pick one, the whole box comes with it. :)

*Cam and I finished the first Harry Potter book tonight. Tomorrow morning he and I have a movie date. Chris will take Kendall out for a while so we snuggle up and enjoy the movie. I've told him that I will be the judge as to whether it's too scary or not and we may skip some parts. Even still, he is beyond excited. So, so, so excited.

Monday, June 30, 2014

salmon and melty ice cream

Chris and I have not been good at all about exposing the kids to seafood. Good parenting advice has always said to not let your kids know about the foods you dislike because they'll probably dislike them too. Chris hates any seafood and with the exception of tuna/salmon, I do as well. My kids eat tuna sandwiches a lot, but thanks to us, that's all they eat.

I had seen some salmon burgers at Costco many times and decided to try them out. This is how I phrased it, "Guess what?!!? We are going to have Hawaiian burgers tonight!! You know how you like tuna? Well, we are going to have salmon on our burger and I'm putting them on Hawaiian rolls with pineapple on top! Ethan and Alayna LOVE these. Isn't that awesome??"

Well, I'm happy to say it worked! Cam raved about them and Kendall plowed through her's (mostly to get to dessert, but at least there was no complaining). Success!!

Sidenote: I really liked them as well. Chris' patties were subbed with turkey burgers. :)

I've mentioned before that my Skinny Cow regimen each night consists of putting the sandwich in a bowl and sticking it in the microwave until it's a little melty. I've always thought hard ice cream didn't have near the flavor as melted. Recently, I was happy to find out that I wasn't crazy! In my latest Food Network Magazine I read, "Cold numbs your taste buds, so ice cream tastes sweeter at room temperature than it does when it's frozen" Ha!!