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This year for April fools I was subbing so I was not able to spend a lot of time creating something fabulous for April Fools day. I had to resort to some easier things that were just as much fun. I switched the sugar bowl with salt and offered the kids hot tea with dinner. [...]
Our kids are getting so big but they still enjoy a simple egg hunt or two. The kids looked adorable as always. We had a nice day at home. Grammy, Jake, Joey and Wyatt came over for dinner. Annie folded the napkins into bunny faces while the other girls made place cards for the table.
On Good Friday we dyed our Easter Eggs. The kids had fun creating different deigns on their eggs.
Recently a girlfriend of mine asked me if I would like to go along with her on a trip to Chicago. It was over the kids spring break but Bill was able to take the time off and insisted that I take a break. It didn’t take much convincing to make me go. We left [...]
When the Girls were little they made some sugar eggs with Grammy and Papa. They treasure those eggs and we set them out each Easter. Paul asked Grammy if she would help him make one. She said she would and let the Girls make a new one too. They came out beautifully and will be [...]
At Christmastime we make so many varieties of cookies that often the sugar cookies, which the kids refer to as “Santa Cookies” don’t get the attention they deserve. In fact I tend to make a half batch so that I don’t waste too many. When Easter rolls around we LOVE to make our sugar cookies. [...]
The Girl Scouts have a 5K run called the Thin Mint Sprint. We are not normally a running kind of family but the kids really are athletic and it sounded like a fun event with our troops. They also have a 1 mile Samoa Stroll that I took part in. Unfortunately it was unseasonably cold [...]
It was that time of year again—time for the Girl Scout Father-Daughter Dance. As you can see, I had three lovely dates for the evening. That means that there were three separate dance cards to fill! It was certainly going to be a night of rug cutting. Every time I felt a desire to sit [...]
One of the kids favorite things to do is to go for a walk to the park. It is the perfect exercise for me and my arthritis so it is something that we indulge in often. Generally this is what the scene looks like. The kids love taking Elphie with us and can’t wait until [...]
The kids love Valentine’s Day. This year Kimberly gave out homemade Valentines. Annie gave out bookmarks, Madeline used Monster High Valentines and Paul use Cars and Spiderman. We made sugar cookies and Heart Bark to share with our friends. The kids insisted on getting Valentine outfits for the occassion. Check out Paul’s shirt. It says [...]
When the Girls have something speical to go to they always ask to have their hair curled. They always look so cute so I do it for them. However, the problem exists because I only have one curling iron and it never stays hot enough to do all three in a row. Also it is [...]
“MOM, you already told us that!” ~ Annie, Kimberly or Mimi depending on the day or time. “We already know that, you don’t have to keep saying it.” ~ Annie, Kimberly or Mimi depending on the day or time. These are generally said to me with a great big eye roll anytime I the kids [...]
On Christmas break the kids were having a great time playing with their new toys. We lifted all video game restrictions and they were able to play as often as they wanted or watch as much tv as they wanted. I figure they work so hard at school they need the downtime so we let [...]
This year we celebrated New Years Eve like we normally do, at home with games, fireworks and a fire with s’mores. (I am trying to take family pictures whenever we are at a big event. They really show our relationship and the kids individual personalities. Kimberly loves the spotlight so she is on her own [...]
Christmas Eve we all got dressed up and headed over to Grammy’s house for dinner, presents and candlelight service. Kimberly entertained us by playing and singing carols on the piano. Not sure what Annie and Wyatt were up to here but they sure do look like trouble to me. The baby cheered when the presents [...]
This year we had our friends over for a gingerbread house or gingerbread tree making party. It such a fun time and everyones houses or trees looked so nice.
This year I was ill twice in the month of December so holiday baking wasn’t something we did a lot of. We had to prioritize and make just the favorites. Annie and Wyatt made hot cocoa spoons to give out for gifts and to use at our hot cocoa bar and Girl Scout caroling. Paul [...]
This year we made some baking soda and corn starch ornaments. I had seen the idea on pinterest and though turned out cute enough I don’t think they looked as smooth as the ones on pinterest. The recipe is: 1/2 cup cornstarch 1 cup baking soda 3/4 cup water Cook in a saucepan until the [...]
I made pies with all the kids and their cousins the day before Thanksgiving. This is one event I look forward to each year. The kids are growing up and some want to do less and some want to do more. It is fun to watch them and see them interact. Seems that the youngest [...]
A while back I had ordered a groupon for Christmas cards. I thought I would have enough time to get them done but with the kitchen remodel I was behind schedule. I was able to get my seriously talented friend Nicole to do our pictures. She took some great family shots but I won’t show [...]« Previous Entries