Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Five: Lego Batman, End of School, Flat Tire

Thank goodness for Friday 5, as lately it is the one thing that is keeping me blogging.  Between a long weekend of no school, many photo shoots and life, I have not had time to blog.  But I am here to recap the week with 5 thoughts and 5 pictures.

I will also be here next Tuesday for my favorite post of the month, 10 Things to Smile About this Month.  Make sure to join me for that.

5 Thoughts

1. This is something I do plan on blogging about, but I was reminded that faith without works is dead.. we need to not only pray and ask for help but do our part and what we can and things will work out in the end.

2. On Saturday we saw the Lego Batman movie.  The kids all loved it and I really liked it too-- I think the opening credits might have been one of my favorite parts, you just have to see it to know what I mean.

3. Alex only had soccer practice once this week, thanks to the rain, and I will admit I did not mind having a night off.

4. The final trimester just began for my kids.. this school year really is going to be over before we know it, then summer always goes fast of course... time just seems to fly lately.

5. I got my 5th (or 6th-- I can't remember for sure) flat tire since I have been driving.  I am yet to change a flat tire, and thankfully this one was just a very slow leak.. but still, enough already!

5 Pictures
Lego Batman movie


tire store

Silly faces in mirror

Newborn twin girls
From one of my recent newborn shoots

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Five: Valentines Day, Soccer, a Gala

My kids have no school today, so I took full advantage and slept in and so now just getting my Friday 5 up.  Every Friday I use 5 thoughts and 5 pictures to recap the week.

5 Thoughts

1.  We had a fun weekend, starting on Friday night when Eric I went out for not only our Valentine Dinner but for the next letter in eating the Alphabet.  It was a yummy dinner and the fries which had duck, mozzarella cheese and gravy on them (sounds weird I know) were to die for and the best part of the meal.

2. Then Saturday we did our fancy family Valentine's Dinner.  Sunday night we fed the missionaries and then the rest of the week was full of soccer.

3. Alex had her last indoor game of the season, they won 9-7 it was an awesome high paced game as indoor games always are.

4. Tuesday I helped in Ryder's class for their Valentine's Day centers, I have become the designated photographer for class events, which I don't mind as that means I always get a spot even if a lot of other parents sign up.

5. Last night we went to a fundraiser Gala for a local children's hospital.  Always fun getting dressed up and helping with a good cause.  The food was really yummy (at $1,000 a plate you sure hope so), and the entertainment was awesome.  William Close was there preforming on his Earth harp, so fascinating to watch.

5 Pictures
soccer Saturday

pretty sunrise

Helping at the grocery store

Valentines Day flowers
All dressed up

What are your weekend plans?


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Family Valentine Traditions: Fancy Family Valentines Dinner

Valentines Day is all about love, and the best people to celebrate love with is your family.  Several years ago, rather then go out and fight the crowds on Valentine's Day we began a Fancy Family Valentine's Dinner.   This tradition has carried on for many years now and the kids still love it.
Fancy Family Valentines Dinner
Here is 2017's Fancy Family Valentine's Dinner.

This year we actually had our dinner a few nights early as we knew our Tuesday night was full of soccer and trip to the Temple for my son.  Most of the decor is either from the dollar store or the Target Dollar section.  Some things I save over the years, like the vases and rose petals; it really is not an expensive ordeal.
Table Setting
We did something new this year but bringing all the kids with us to the store when we bought the food and let them pick out their own special treat to put in their box.
Valentines Dinner Table Decor

I always love doing easy clean-up decor, disposable plates, napkins, etc.  Just because it is disposable doesn't mean it can't look fancy.
Heart plate

The Menu
This year for dinner we had: heart shaped ravioli, sushi, lobster crostini, crackers with spinach artichoke dip, chocolate covered strawberries, quinoa salad, crinkle cut carrots, and sparkly drink.
Valentines Day Dinner


Heart Shaped Ravioli
It was a great meal,  even if we did lose half of the sushi when someone's elbow accidentally knocked the tray on the floor. It is a tradition we will definitely be continuing for many years.
Fancy Dinner

Do you have any Valentine's Day Traditions?

See our past years dinners here:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentines Day Instant Pot Giveaway

Happy Valentine's Day!  I hope your day is filled with love and maybe it will get a little sweeter if you win an InstaPot!

I got one of these for Christmas, and I love it!  I have just used it a handful of times, but it is definitely a favorite go-to of mine now.   If you have used an InstaPot and have a favorite recipe, I would love for you to leave a comment with your favorite recipe!

Enter for your chance to win an InstaPot of your own.

Giveaway ends 2/18.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Five: State Cup, Twin Girls, Muffins

It's Friday! Anyone else ready for the weekend?  Recapping the week with 5 thoughts and 5 pictures

5 Thoughts

1. Alex had State Cup soccer this weekend.  They tied two and lost one, so that is the end of that.  It was a fun but kind of weird weekend all around. The weather, her games were down near San Diego, was perfect though for Soccer.  Spring League will be starting up here soon, it never ends.

2. I had a newborn shoot this week, twin girls!  At the end of the my shoots I often feel this let down, like did I get all the pictures I wanted, I always have been able to provide a great gallery, but I am always wanting to a do a little better, improve a little more.

3. We will be having our fancy family Valentine's Dinner on Saturday.  Tuesday both Lucas and Alex have things in the evening and there just won't be time, so Saturday night it is.

4. Had a totally fun girls night at Panera Bread.  It is a monthly night with women from church, and we always have a wonderful time visiting, lots of laughs, great conversation and just tons of fun.

5. This week was also with Muffins with Moms, fun little event the PTA does, they also do a Donuts with Dad.  One of my friends keeps trying to convince me to come be part of the PTA, I tell her technically I am, I paid my dollar for my membership, I would rather just help in the classrooms.

5 Pictures
Strike a pose

State Cup Soccer Game

Girls night

Muffins with mom

newborn twin girls