A package arrived today! From my parents in California. As usual, the box is the best part! Zackary was very entertained :)
Inside the package was lots of Easter candy! Perfect for our envelope bunnies we were making. I put a little bit in each bunny and told Max and Mia that they were allowed to eat what was in their own bunny. Mia finished hers in a matter of minutes.
Max's envelope bunny stayed full a bit longer.
We also made easter candy jars for the kids friends. I think that Easter M&M's come in the very best colors, don't you?
I love grilled cheese sandwiches. They are one of my favorite meals. I found this awesome site : http://www.grilledcheeseacademy.com/ They have amazingly creative recipes and ideas. If you are a grilled cheese lover you must check it out!
Last night, for FHE, we dyed Easter eggs. The kids really enjoyed it. Mia covered her eggs in stickers.
Max waited patiently for his eggs to soak up the colors. (FYI: there were only 3 colors in the box to begin with and one of them did not work very well so we have lots of blue and yellow, and a few green eggs!)
There is a Max egg, a Mia egg, a Zac egg, and Ty made himself a daddy egg :) Max is excited to eat his egg for breakfast today.
(This is just a cute picture of Mia it has nothing to do with my happy monday themed post, except that it was taken on Monday)
The weekend was a blast! It flew by and it was full of successful recipe testing. I roasted potatoes in hot bacon grease - amazing! Made homemade alfredo sauce for a chicken alfredo pizza - best pizza ever! Baked brownies using dark chocolate cocoa and then using regular cocoa, and I think using a mixture of both kinds will yield the best results. Cooked up some copycat Cafe Rio burritos - awesome!
We had our usual "Lost" party, Met a new family in our complex, flew kites, made it to church on time, had a dinner party with friends, and watched "Life" on the discovery channel with the kiddos!
It was a great weekend! A very much needed weekend :) This week I will be busy filling plastic eggs, dying chicken eggs, hiding easter eggs, and eating chocolate eggs. I hope everyone is having an "egg"cellent Monday :)
I am a chocolate girl. I always have been. In college I worked at the BYU Creamery. I remember arriving at work one day, feeling very happy, and having just eaten chocolate. One of my male co-workers told me I looked happy. I told him that I was because I had just had some chocolate. He replied that he could tell. It was all over my face and I was horrified.
I have been reading a lot about priorities. Different people, different lives, different priorities. Here are some of mine:
Spirituality (this includes; prayer, scripture study, church callings, church attendance, etc.)
Children ( 3 little people that fill my day with love, laughter, and craziness)
Exercise (Whether it's a run on the treadmill or some one on one training with Jillian Michaels, this is my me time)
Ty (I start to miss him when life gets busy)
Sleep (this is necessary, but I wish it weren't. I could get so much more done if I did not need to sleep. )
Fun/Creativity (this includes all of my kitchen messes and successes, and the daily challenge to entertain us all)
An ideal day would include enough time for each of my priorities. Some days the kids take up all of the time, and some days sleep gets hardly any time. Some mornings I run 3-4 miles, and other mornings are spent making waffles. I look forward to waking up each day and working to balance all of the priorities in my life right now. They are always changing.
Today we saw the bunnies! We drove down to Phillip's Toy Mart so that the kids could play and so that I could do a little Easter shopping!
Max's favorite was a little black bunny with floppy ears.
Mia liked a tiny white bunny with perky gray ears.
After a lengthy visit with the rabbits we went to Trader Joe's. We sampled yummy mango juice and bought lots of goodies. Next we hit up Baja Fresh for some tacos! If you are trying not to overeat at a mexican restaurant, take 3 kids in with you. It was a lot of work trying to get everyone fed and I had very little time to stuff myself! A very happy Wednesday :)
Max and Mia were spending the afternoon outside with their friend Ava. They came running inside to tell me that they had found a "paper" tree. I was busy in the kitchen so I sent them outside with my camera so that they could document said tree.
These are all pictures taken by Max and Ava of the "paper tree". I am always so amazed by what a 4 year old can do.
We are on the verge of a new week! The weekend has been wonderful and refreshing, and it has gone by so fast! It was great to have Ty home. The weather was great yesterday and we were able to get outside. Today it was raining cats and dogs, but Sundays are great inside days. We made chicken enchiladas and taught the kids to play "Mary had a little Lamb" on the keyboard. We traced our hands and cut out paper hearts. We read some scriptures and said some prayers. A perfect Sunday! Tomorrow it is back to the Grind! Ty will be back at Vanderbilt, but I have some fun things planned for this week.
Monday: Kindergarten Registration Tuesday: Free Pastry Day and pedicures with Mia Wednesday: visiting the bunnies at Phillip's Toy Mart, some Easter shopping, and lunch at Baja Fresh
I will be experimenting with some great new recipes and planning a dinner party for next Sunday.
This coming Monday is Kindergarten Registration! I have been busy getting ready.
This morning Max had his Pre-K physical exam and his booster shots. He did great! He was super brave!
Mia kept herself busy during Max's appointment with a bag of caramel corn, her very favorite treat. When we finished at the doctor's office I took Max to Target to pick out a special treat for being such a good little patient. He picked M&M's and was very happy! He is super excited to start Kindergarten in the fall. The rest of the day has been wonderful! The weather has been gorgeous and we took a walk to the playground. I set up the little table and chairs outside so that Max and Mia could have a picnic. Tonight we are grilling some steaks. It will be our first dinner together as a family since last Sunday! Ty's schedule has been crazy. I am so glad we are spending today together!
This Tuesday, March 23rd is free pastry day at Starbucks! You get your free pastry with the purchase of a beverage. I am dropping Max off at school and then it will be off to Starbucks! Soy hot chocolate for me and a pastry for Mia. Happiness all around. For the coupon go here: http://starbucks.com/FreePastryDay
I haven't done much cooking or baking this week, but I did manage to make a bunch of spring-y sugar cookies for Relief Society on Sunday....nudge nudge, wink wink, come to class and make lots of comments :) Speaking of spring, I think it may finally be here! While driving Max to school this morning I saw a little tree completely covered in little pink flowers and the kids were able to spend the afternoon playing outside! Hurray!
I was raised an all American ketchup eating girl. Then I moved to Utah and discovered fry sauce. At first I thought it was ridiculous and I would have nothing to do with it. Then I tried it, and it grew on me. I was soon completely converted. Then we moved to Tennessee. There is no fry sauce in Tennessee :( I have to make my own experimental fry sauces. Today I made oven fries with the kids. I mixed together ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, honey, and a little sea salt. This was our "fry sauce". It wasn't perfect, but it was close enough.
Mia is 2 1/2. She loves going to nursery every Sunday at church. She loves her friends and her teachers. She is a great protector of baby Zac. She has her daddy wrapped around each and every one of her fingers :) Mia is a budding artist and uses the world as her canvas ( quite literally ) When we are at a store looking at clothes Mia heads straight for the "Cinderella" dresses. Mia loves all things chocolate. She is excited to learn new things and is very jealous that Max goes to school without her. I am so glad to have Mia.