Thursday, May 26, 2016

Last day of school...

It's a bittersweet day and it is every year - the last day of school. The kids are excited to have endless days in the pool but are sad that they won't see their friends for 7 hours every day.

I know there's mothers out there that look forward to this day. They dream about this day and all the adventures that they can have with their kids. I am not that mom. Perhaps its the stage of my children - when they're older it might be a different story.

Either way, I'm hear to say that you can love your kids dearly and still dread all of them being home at the same time for any stretch of time. I enjoy the schedule that school provides for our family. I like that they don't expect screen time. I like that they fight less with each other. I like that they come home from school and know that they have chores that have to be completed. I like the school year. And even though being in the "trenches" of motherhood during the summer isn't grand - it does have some perks.

My favorite perk - absolutely no obligations. Without any obligations, I'm able to take our crew to Idaho for extended amounts of time which is my very favorite part of summer. In fact if you ask my kids, it's their favorite part of summer as well. We measure summer based on when we're going to Idaho. My other favorite part - no laundry! The kids live in swimsuits which makes laundry day a breeze!

Ready or not - summer is here!

Our annual first and last day of school pictures.
First and last day of school photos
First and last day of school photos
First and last day of school photos

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Fire Station...

Bennett attends the same preschool that Hunter attended. Which means Bennett has an idea of what to expect because the teacher keeps a similar curriculum year to year. He knows that there is a reward at the end of the year if you do all your fun sheets. He knows the special treatment you get on your birthday. He knows that when you read books you get stickers. And he knows there is a field trip to the fire station. A field trip where you get to bring your very own sack lunch and the teacher makes cinnamon rolls for you. He knows this because he attended when Hunter went and he was pretty excited to have his own turn. (in which Cannon attended - you see the pattern!)

First - a throw back to when Bennett first went to the fire station. He was 2 1/2 years old and clearly was enamored with the fire alarm they sounded for the kids.


Then he went and grew up on us.
Fire Station Field Trip
Fire Station Field Trip
Fire Station Field Trip
Fire Station Field Trip

Bennett made sure to look after Cannon. Cannon wasn't a fan of all the commotion and sounds, so Bennett made sure to comfort him and lead him along with his buddies.
Fire Station Field Trip
Fire Station Field Trip
Fire Station Field Trip
Fire Station Field Trip
Fire Station Field Trip

Give Cannon a couple more years and he'll be attending his own fire station field trip with Briggs in tow!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Easy Chicken Tikka Masala...

My sister-in-law made us a delicious Sunday dinner of Chicken Tikka Masala after Briggs was born. I know it's one of their family favorites and it was delicious - we made it again not too long after and it was just as delicious and relatively easy. It's a tad spicy - I thought it came from the jalapeño in the sauce but even the grilled chicken was spicy. The marinade ingredients seemed completely random but they work - I could eat the grilled chicken on it's own.
Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

Marinade:
1 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Combine all marinade ingredients, and coat chicken and refrigerate for at least an hour.
Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

Grill or cook the chicken and discard marinade.

1 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper finely chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Salute garlic and jalapeño for one minute. Season with cumin, paprika and salt. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on low until sauce thickens (about 20 minutes). Add grilled chicken and simmer for 10 more minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro and a little plain yogurt or sour cream. Serve over hot rice.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Father/Son Campout...

One weekend a year, Steve pretends for our boys that he loves camping and they eat it up. They go with our church to the mountains, set up a tent and roast marshmallows. The boys play in the dirt, throw rocks, stay up late and just about every thing else a mother would object to. They don't brush their teeth, they don't put on clean clothes and they have a great time. I would be such a buzz kill on this trip! Even when I suggested they take their tooth brushes, Steve shot me a look which screamed - Sure we'll take them, but we're not going to use them and I'll probably just lose them.

So they don't have to cook food while they're there, they stop for some food on the way up just before hitting the campsite, and on the way home. (breakfast is provided so they're taking care of in the mornings)

Here's how clean and nice they look on the way up:
Father/Son campout

Coming home is a completely different story:
Father/Son campout
The fact that they're in a restaurant with running water and soap and they still ate with their dirty hands kills me!
Father/Son campout

While they were there, Hunter spent the majority of his time building a fort with his friends. He's at the perfect age for camping - he loves everything about it and loves being outside to explore and he made sure to take his pocketknife.
Father/Son campout

Bennett had is own group of friends he ran around with and stayed relatively happy.
Father/Son campout
Father/Son campout

Cannon roamed the campsite. He did well for the most part but he still had a couple meltdowns (I'm sure the smores being washed down with soda didn't help!) One meltdown he went belly down on the dirt and just cried.
Father/Son campout
He also wasn't too happy when his balloon sword popped just minutes after he got it. (One of the dads is a fantastic balloon artist and he's always ready to make a kids day with a balloon - sadly campsites probably aren't great conditions for balloon animals!)
Father/Son campout
Father/Son campout
Father/Son campout

They arrived home with very little sleep and a couple loads of laundry smelling of campfire, but they were happy. They had all sorts of stories to tell us and Bennett is already talking about next year's camping trip.

(He takes Hallie on a similar weekend trip in the fall, but they manage to find friends going with RVs so it's not tent camping. That's my ideal camping!)
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...