Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Evan's First Day of Kindergarten

There are many firsts in life. The first day of school is a big one. We might not remember the details down the road so pictures are always good. 
Kindergarten starts at 9:15am.  I woke Evan up at 8:10 and he was ready to go by 8:40am. Clothes on, hair combed, teeth brushed, breakfast, shoes and socks and backpack on. 
 That's a first for my sloth of a child.  

 So we took a few pictures to remember today!

 When we made it to the school I asked him if he wanted me to walk in with him. 
He said "No Mom, I'm ok". He's such a big kid. So I took a quick picture with he has his teacher and then walked outside of the Kindergarten playground and waited for their class to walk in. 
He's going to have so much fun. And no I didn't cry, because I know this is the start of wonderful things for him. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Put on your Ears It's time for Cheers, Dean turned 4!

 Our middle child, Dean insisted on a Birthday Party this year. Only a Mickey party would do.  Now there are quite a few over the top Mickey Mouse Birthday Party's such as this one.  They do have a lot of great ideas.  Here is my homemade Mickey party! Got to love it!
 Baked up a box of Trader Joe's Chocolate cake, added some butter cream icing I bought off my cake decorator neighbor.  All those years at Mason's Bakery in Whittier and I can write rather well in frosting.  I'm super proud of the little suspended banner.
 The table set for fun!
Yes, that is our fabric Birthday Banner that I made 2 years ago. I love it. It just represents "Birthday" at our house. If you really want one contact me and we can negotiate.
 As the take away. I used large lunch sacks and printed out a cute little tag for each child to collect their pinata candy.  Thanks Tiffany for letting us use your Mikey craft punch, it was used!
  Mickey mouse party hats. Check!  I purchased kids party hats at Target and then cut out 30 - 3 1/2 inch circles.  Folded down one side and hot glued them to the hats.
 Can't forget the pinata.  Homemade yes!  Followed these instructions here, all I had to purchase was the black crepe paper.
 The kids showed up and we handed out coloring pages printed off of the Disney Junior website. It was a good opening activity while they showed up.
We played a round of duck, duck, goose.  As well as Red Rover Red Rover.
Sang Happy Birthday and ate some cake. 
Opened presents. I love the huddle to see what he opened. 
And then we let them swing at the pinata. 
Waiting for their turns. 

It was a wonderful party! Thanks to the kids who showed up, and the wonderful gifts. It made one 4 year old very very happy!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Chevron Quilt

 My dear friend Tiffany welcomed her third baby at the end of June.  I knew she would love a quilt out of the Riley Blake Chevron fabrics.  It's so "in" right now, and goes with her Chevron boy's room.  I had a hard time deciding how to use the bright bold fabric. Then I remembered the beautiful Lifesavers Quilt over at Red Pepper Quilts.   I carefully looked at all of the pictures and made my own calculations.  I wanted to do the squares a little bigger and cut charm squares (5x5 inches) but then had to do my corner pieces 5 1/2 inches square.  It took a little bit but it all came together.

The final quilt was about 42x42 inches. 
 I really liked the Teal chevron so I used that for the back.
 The top came out great and them it came time to quilt it.  I kind of winged it one afternoon while the baby slept and the boys played with the girls next door.  I ended up with and outside stitch and an inside stitch around each lifesaver.  And then a double stitch on the inside squares.  It came out better then I thought it would.  My husband even said wow, that looks great quilted. 
 Love when all the points line up.

Ready for baby Greyson.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hearts for Granola

There is no culinary innovation with this recipe.  Granola is just one of those things that you either love or pass on.  I LOVE it!  With raisins, without.  Pecans, almonds, walnuts doesn't matter.  If there is the option of Granola, I normally choose it.  

Until recently I normally purchased my granola at the supermarket out of a box. Yes there are some good one's out there, but they are so expensive and the box seems to go faster than I like. 

So I finally took the step and made some Homemade Granola. There are many many many recipes out on the web, and I'm sure even more in random church cookbooks.  I choose to start with Alton Brown's recipe found on the Food Network's site. Then I made it my own! Here is my recipe for what I am calling Coconut Almond Granola. 

Coconut Almond Granola
  • 6 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 cups shredded sweet coconut
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (yes the real stuff)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 

 1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Cover two sheet pans (cookie trays) with parchment paper.  

2.  In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar, and cinnamon.

3.  Measure maple syrup, oils, and salt. 

4.  Combine both mixtures and divide onto 2 sheet pans. 

5.  Cook for 1 hour,  stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color. Until the coconut is golden brown. 

Remove from oven and let cool. Transfer to a air tight container.  Enjoy with milk, yogurt and fruit or just by the handful!

He's discovered the cupboards!

 Like his brothers before him, Grant is now a path of destruction!  
At almost 9 months he is a confident crawler (though he has is own method, that's really funny to watch).  Now that he can get where he wants to he's taken it the next step and is pulling himself up on things, and opening ALL my kitchen cupboards. The pots and pans, the bowls.  Really do we have to take everything out. New locks need to be put on the doors under the sink, pronto. 
 Let's see how heavy this is and if I can chuck it across the floor. That should feel good on mom's foot.
 This cute face looking up at me!
The path of destruction!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

We've got a crawler

Nothing is safe!  He's  figured out how to crawl!

The big boys went outside he wanted to go too!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

our baby is SIX months old

Here is my cutie pie Grant at 6 months old.  I can't believe he's already 6 months old.  We are just loving him up, and it's so fun to watch him discover the world around him. He loves watching people, especially his brothers.  When Daddy comes home he lights up.  He's a big guy and loves his food.  Right now he's in 9-12 month clothes.  Solids are a new adventure.  He loves his pureed pears.
He just started sitting real good.  Which makes life a little easier on Mom.

He's our little traveler, what other 6 week old has been to Germany and back.  This summer will be an adventure in the back pack.  We just got back from Arches and he made it to Delicate Arch on Mama's back.

He likes to wiggle like a worm. 

Watch out he's going to be crawling before we know it!