Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sunshine on my shoulder.


I would never, ever survive a northern winter. Just a couple weeks ago the kids were able to wear shorts and play with their water table outside. Then winter decided to revisit us. One week of icy wind and temps that didn't want to rise above 40 degrees kept us inside most every day. Normally we would have bundled up and gone out, but I've already gotten into the spring mindset and I just don't want to be cold anymore. Wednesday dawned sunny and gorgeous and it made it up to nearly 70 degrees! Elliot even was allowed to play with the much revered water hose by that afternoon! I'm sure we'll probably have another chilly spell, but I'm hoping spring weather is here to stay.

Playing in the new deck box we bought to corral all the outdoor toys. Now you see him!

Now you don't!

Elliot begged me to play with him in the deck box so I eventually gave in and managed to squeeze myself in there. Here we are in the box with the lid closed!

Sylvie peeking in. She didn't like me shut in there at all. I tried to get her to get in, too, but she said it was too dark. She eventually decided it was fun to open the lid and then clop it back down on top of our heads over and over!

We also played in the sandbox, Sylvie's absolute favorite outdoor activity.

Tolerated Lil' Tom's insistent shoe snuggling.

Declared war against the millions of flies sunning themselves on the kid's playground. Seriously disgusting.

I armed myself with a fly swatter, and Elliot's weapon of choice was a plastic bat. Very satisfying work. I truly probably took out 50 or more flies in a 15 minute battle. Now the playground is decorated with fly guts.

The kids also enjoyed their new toys. Now they each have their own ball so they won't have to fight over the one faded, half flat ball we did have.

Maybe that will be one less bout of sibling rivalry we'll have to deal with.

Oh, can't forget bubbles!

All that fresh air wore them out, and even Elliot went down for a nap after lunch!

Linking up to The Anderson Crew's Embrace the Camera since I managed to get a photo including myself for once!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lovey-dovey Day

All the cute Valentine's Day Pinterest projects on my boards?

-Didn't happen.

The homemade aprons and little baskets of baking supplies I wanted to make for the kids as their V-day gift?

-Actually forgot about that plan until around Sunday evening.

Did I spend an hour at Wal-Mart the evening of the 13th trying to wedge my buggy down the rows of Valentine's junk?

-Sho' nuff.

Did I make the pink waffles for the kids on Valentine's morning like I intended?

-Nope. We were out of waffle mix and I wasn't in the mood to look up a recipe.

Do I expect roses and jewelry and romantic dates, etc.

-Certainly not. But it sure is fun when they happen!

Yep, it's commercialized to the point of ridiculousness, but I still love Valentine's Day. I love pink and red and hearts and boxes of chocolates. I love making things a celebration no matter how insignificant whatever the current holiday happens to be.

I also loved watching a young guy, probably in his late teens, carry a gigantic stuffed Valentine's frog across the Wal-Mart parking lot while trying his best to still look cool. Not possible. But he did look mighty sweet!

Concentrating hard on painting Valentine's. When he first started painting he told me that he was using pink because he thought Callie liked pink. She's our beautician's 3 year old and we go to church with her. Already partial to the little girls, haha!

Painting on paper is boring. Sylvie prefers a three-dimensional canvas. Herself.

He said he was painting swirls, except he pronounced it more like squirrel.


Baby soup.

Gift time! The kids each got the traditional Valentine's balloon, a tiny box of chocolates, bubbles, a paint with water book, and a fuzzy blanket (Cars and Minnie Mouse). Randy brought them each a rose when he came home from work. :)

Randy's gifts - box of chocolates, handprints from the kids, and their photos for his desk at work.

The tiny card I made for Randy right before he came home from work.

He gave me a pretty purse, some beautiful jewelry, and flowers!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Meal plan for the week!

I don't cook much. It's not that I dislike cooking, or that I'm bad at's all in the planning. I make meal planning a bigger bother in my head than it actually is so I'm biting the bullet. Mealtime is stressful at our house and we resort to eating out waaaayyyy too often. When Elliot was itty-bitty and I tried to picture life with a toddler I always had the ideal vision that we'd go to McDonald's once a month or so, and that it would be a big treat to get a happy meal. Now with a toddler and a preschooler, I'm chucking kid's meal toys in the trash left and right after they've been forgotten and abandoned a week after they entered the house. Plus, Randy and I are both 60 or more pounds overweight, and that fast food sure ain't doing us any favors! Eventually I would like to cook much more health consciously, but at this point I just want to establish the habit of cooking at home everyday. And besides, most anything will be healthier than a Big Mac.

Here's the plan for this week:

lunch - leftover spaghetti
            garden peas
supper - hamburger pie
              corn on the cob

lunch - turkey or ham rollups (deli meat on a tortilla spread with onion and chive cream cheese)
            goldfish crackers
supper - Monterey chicken
              butter pecan sweet potatoes

lunch - leftovers from Mon. and Tues.
supper - corn chowder
              canned crescent rolls

lunch - peanut butter & honey sandwiches
supper - tacos w/ fixins' (we usually use one of those kits with hard and soft tacos)
              mexican style rice (probably out of a packet)
              refried beans (much smaller amount and minus the spicy)

lunch - leftovers
supper - baked pork chops
              peas (field peas, not garden peas)
              steamed carrots

lunch - leftovers or a sandwich
supper - Valentine's date night!!
              The kids will have corndogs or something easy for Grandmother to fix.

lunch - eat out, usually at a local buffet, after church (unless the kids are just DONE, and then we grab a bite at home before naptime)
supper - breakfast for supper!

Sweets for the week
cinnamon roll cookies
banana split muffins
lots of fruit everyday