Wednesday, July 29, 2009
the kitchenette and part of the fold down bed
looking towards the entrance from the far end of the room
I don't know why this pic is sideways...my camera was not when I took the pic.
This is the TV area and bathroom at the bottom/far right
another view of the TV area...I am next to the TV and Matt is near the kitchenette.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
was my bi-weekly trip to Trader Joe's
I invited Ms. Maria to tag along with me but she had already finished her grocery shopping. She did, however, offer to watch L and T so I could go alone and not have to worry about anything except how loud I wanted to play my music in the car. What a doll! So Lauren and Tyler got to have TWO play-dates with Lea.
After I came back from TJs and after Ms. Maria fed the kids lunch (did I mention she's a doll!?) the 3 musketeers came over to our house for an afternoon of continued fun. At one point they all became quiet...and stayed quiet for an alarming period of time. Of course I ran upstairs to check on them and they were playing "sleeping in the water." Lauren's bedroom was the swimming pool and they were all sleeping. What an awesome game! I will definitely encourage more of that!! lol.
Matt and I had Morgan come over to sit with the kids while we went out on a date. I thought it was going to be just a date but it turned into a double date with another couple. Even though Matt is a stellar single date to have the double date turned out to be a lot of fun too.
Matt worked hard to gain "favorite parent" points with the kids. He played airplane, horsey, took the kids to the pool and then let them lunch at CFA (local speak for Chick-Fil-A.) He even let them eat inside and play in the playland. While he was being the perfect Daddy I got my hair done.
we went to our friends' house for a grill-out. I offered to bring ground-turkey burgers to cook-up but of course I left the prepared burgers in my fridge. We only live about 4 miles apart from each other so I could have gone back home to get them but due to some damage to water pipes caused by *OSU* beavers (*well the OSU part was omitted but I blame them anyway*) the road between our houses is torn up and there is a "way out of our way" detour set up. So I didn't go get them and luckily our non-ground-turkey eating hosts had enough ground beef patties for all of us.
We all had a fun time...especially the kiddos. One of the coolest parts of the night was finding out that D & S went to high-school with RONNIE from the current season of Big Brother!! He was a couple years younger but was still in one of their HS yearbooks. They showed me his 10th grade photo and OMGosh it was so ...Ronnie. (I get excited over the STUPIDEST stuff sometimes...my apologies.)
The tastiest part of the evening was this Decadent Peanut Butter Pie Susan made. I consider that tasty pie a challange to me to make something comparable when we have them over for the next grill-out.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
After deciding to title my post "Kids Incorporated" I did a google search on the show and found out that my favorite (BFF) Stacy is Stacy Ferguson who is better known today as FERGIE!! Have I been in the dark all these years...or is this a surprise to you too?
Ok, I'll calm down.
Wednesday was a kid day for sure. We had our weekly playgroup in the morning and then in the afternoon Lea came over to play and awhile later Tera joined the group. These kids were all over the place.
Tyler probably weighs as much as Lea but she doesn't seem to mind.
after the house was thoroughly played in they set their eyes on the back yard
Dinner was a 2 meal dinner. I don't normally make a 2nd dinner when I don't think my kids will eat the first. However, since we had a guest (Tera) I decided to be nice and make the kids Mac 'n Cheese.
While pasta is still hot, add chickpeas (black-eyed peas,) arugula (spinach,) raisins (sliced sausage,) and tomatoes and toss gently. Cool to room temperature, then stir in feta. Taste and add salt (feta tends to be salty, so go easy) and black pepper, if desired. Top with toasted walnuts, if using, and serve.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
*dialogue with my son*
Me: So Tyler, why are you on the naughty chair?
Tyler: Because I hit her with this hand...and then this hand [showing me both his hands.]
*dialogue with my dentist at today's check-up*
My dentist: So Christine, you're teeth look great but how often do you floss?
Me: Not as much as I should but always before I come in for a visit. (ba-da-ching)
*Little Ponies reading books* *Daddy and Tyler building SnapTite trucks*
*remote-control racers racing their cars*
Sunday, July 19, 2009
(Monday: Due to a spontaneous dinner out on Saturday, I still have the stuff to make Baked Bean & Corn Chimichangas from last week's menu)
Tuesday: Marinated Chicken with Toasted Tomato Topping and Mozzarella Cheese (I tore this out of the AJC awhile ago) & Deviled Ham and Egg Potato Salad
Wednesday: Whole Wheat Shells with Chickpeas and Arugula & Bizkits
Thursday: Turkey Cheeseburgers with Rosemary Onions & Summer's Best BBQ Beans
Friday: Farmstand Gazpacho & Edamame Dip with pita bread
Saturday: Chinese Roast Pork, Noodle-Veggie Stir Fry (I got this from a blog I follow...a yummy foodie blog if you're interested!!)
Sunday: Chicken Fajita Pizza (also torn out of the AJC)
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Lauren, Tyler and I rode the Hot Air Balloons.
I took a picture of the three of us in the mirror. Can you see us?!
And of course there was a train...and of course they had to ride it. You can see Lauren's pony-tail just behind Tyler.
Dinner tonight was Pesto Chicken Pilaf and Sugar Snap Peas. It was good but nothing to write home about. So I'm not including the recipe. However, if you just cook some chicken, top with pesto sauce and parm. cheese, boil up a box of Whole Grain rice pilaf, and serve with (cooked) frozen Sugar Snap Peas you've got this meal made.