Thursday, June 28, 2012
So I am trying to take tomorrow off (it is our 10th wedding anniversary!), so that means I'm trying to make sure everything is current in my classes, etc. So I really needed the boys to nap today. So, of course, they didn't. Now I did get my work done (amid much interruptions....and for no reason other than to be an interruption...all parents will get that type!) and am currently letting the boys have a treat (eating in the living room) before we'll all go downstairs (coolest place in the house....). It is also like 95 here today, so the boys don't want to be outside (I get that....), but I also don't want them watching too much TV....agh! We did go to lunch with Daddy today (which is why Andrew didn't nap...he fell asleep in the car, which is a very bad thing....) and went to the library (I wanted somewhere they could play in AC). But then coming home to try to work....seriously, been a long afternoon! But I am on track for tomorrow....I'll check in once more tonight to make sure all that can be answered is (my students have been informed I'm unavailable tomorrow) and then hopefully all goes well and I don't have TOO much email on Saturday!
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I love this article because I'm so glad fathers are finally getting the attention they deserve. I hate that fathers are often overlooked by the system. Fathers should be given the same benefits that mothers are. The system should try to help both parents, with the goal of as much support to kids and families as possible.
We put the boys in swim lessons. Adam is doing Beginnig Floater, so in a regular class with a teacher while Andrew is doing parent/toddler.
Adam did really well, I was afraid he would freak out, but he did awesome! He's not afraid of water, but can be weird, but he did great!
Modified from Paula Deen
2 tbsp butter
3/4 cup diced onion
1 cup long-grain white rice
3 cups chicken stock (I used bouillon)
pinch saffron threads
salt and pepper
In a large saucepan, melt butter then add onions and rice to coat with butter. Pour in stock, saffron and S&P. Raise to high and bring to a boil. Cover, turn heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove lid and fluff.
Playing games - Small World
Taking a lunch break inside from the pool!
Playing in the sandbox with his friend, Niles
This is why we love our car dealership - they really try to cater to kids! It really helps as it is NEVER a short trip with cars. I have to say VanDevere is a great company, I've been impressed, as much as a car place can! The Traverse was the second car we bought from them.
Whisk in sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time. Whisk just until blended after each addition. Gently stir in flour and next 4 ingredients (I did all the dry in one bowl first before adding them in as a lump). Pour mixture into prepared pans.
Bake at 350 for 44-48 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with just a few moist crumbs. Cool for about 30 minutes, pull out of foil and cool completely on wire racks before removing foil and cutting into squares.
Makes 32 servings (2 pans).
So in my quest to figure out the coloring issue, I did one "plain" so the brown one...the red one is what it looked like with 1/2 bottle, so quite red (that's the cut up at the top as well), so that's why I think I can make it go even further.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
I made these for Ray and Jason a week or so ago as a test for our game night - as I said earlier, I'm working on app recipes that are more "hearty." Well, as I'm making these, I'm thinking I have way too many....nope. The boys literally gobbled them! I had to hide a few to toss in the freezer to see how they freeze!
Modified from Picky Palate
Heat oil and saute oil and pepper for 5 minutes or until soften. Stir in garlic and suate for another minute.
In large bowl, mix onion mixture, chicken, cilantro, sals, ranch and S&P to taste. Mix until well combined.
Place small amout of chicken mixture onto wonton wrapper, fold over and use egg wash to seal, making a triangle.
These were a total hit and I will definitely be taking them to the next game night!
On our last day (Monday) in WV, Ray had to actually present, so the boys and I went to the Good Zoo. It was small and enjoyable. It was spitting (not even raining) and almost empty, which was great for us! We spent a long, enjoyable time here!
Train ride around the park!
Up close to the zebras!
Lunch - french fry sandwich which Adam DID eat!
Mining for gems
Checking out the spectulated bear!
I have to give this musuem a HUGE thumb-up for kid friendliness! So we had planned to do a different museum, but parking turned out to be a mess, so we went here. We were both worried that it would all be look, no touch, which with kids would be a problem. What toys I can touch? But they had the "good" stuff on the walls (behind glass), then in the middle of every room, toys to PLAY with (the rejects pretty much, but the kids didn't care!). Awesome!
They had robots set up to run!
Slot cars - the boys LOVED running these!
We recently went to WV (Wheeling area) for a conference for Ray. The area is VERY kid-friendly, only about a 2 hour drive and very pretty. There is even a HUGE Cabela's there, so we will be taking my father back next time he comes!
Playground that was walking distance from our hotel
The deer weren't scared of anything!