Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Five: In-laws, Quilts and Soccer

Another week has flown by and I just cannot believe how quickly time is going.  Sharing 5 thoughts and 5 pictures to recap the week.

5 Thoughts

1. My kids already have one week of school in the bag.  It is so crazy how fast time goes.  Thankfully they are all liking their teachers and enjoying school so far.

2. This last week my in-laws were here visiting.  My FIL just retired, so is able to come see us more, which makes us all totally happy.  I am so grateful that I have a great relationship with my in-laws.

3. They got to watch Alex play soccer this weekend. We were playing an older team in a scrimmage, and lost, but she definitely got a ton of work at keeper.

4. My kids school is going to go on inclement weather on Monday during the eclipse as they don't want kids out during recess or PE just looking at the sun.  If the teacher has created something like the pinhole thing to look at it they can take their classes out.  I am hoping my kids' teachers do, as how sad to totally miss it.

5. This week while my in-laws were here, my MIL helped Lucas and Alex each make a quilt.  It is so fun to see the projects they do and the pride in the finished product.

5 Pictures
eating out with family

silly faces

homemade quilt

silly grandpa

golfing with grandma

Monday, August 7, 2017

First Day of School 2017

It happened again... another first day of school.  I really am still in denial, even as I sit here in a really quiet house.   My kids are in 7th, 5th and 2nd grade this year.  That is just crazy to me.  Next year I will have two in middle school and only one in grade school.  But let's think of that yet!  This year has just begun.  We did our traditional first day of school pictures.

Lucas is in 7th grade, he is officially taller than me.  He has been taller than me for a little while now and continues to grow so quickly. He is excited not to have the last lunch of the day, which will help ensure there are more choices.
First day 7th grade

This year Alex had me straighten her hair for the first day.  She also picked out her own outfit and has for a while now.  She was so excited about school and especially excited that her best friend is in her class again this year.
First day 5th grade

Ryder, my baby, is starting 2nd grade.  It really astounds me how quickly time is going.  He is excited for school, though a little nervous too.  I know he will have a great year.  He still always makes me laugh and is my funny one.
Fist Day 2nd grade
first day of school
first day of school pictures
And for my Class of 2028-- some day this shirt will fit him!
Back to school tradition
Class of 2028
Has school started where you live yet?

Monday, July 31, 2017

Ten Things to Smile About

I usually do this post the last Tuesday of the month, but since I was out of town last week on a wonderful and crazy vacation, today I am sharing 10 things that made me smile in July.

Ten Things to Smile About in July

1. Spending time with all of my family in Portland
family on Oregon beach

2. Fireworks!

3. Spending a few days at my SIL's house way up north in Washington
family in tunnel

4. Lots of Beach Trips

5. Exploring new local places
kids by foutain
6. The Mountains! 
Utah mountains

7. Cousins that my kids adore

8. Especially how amazingly these three cousins get along
cousin photo shoot

9. Pretty Sunsets!

10. The Beverage game and fun family traditions

What made you smile this month?

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Five: Beach, Angry and Soccer

Happy Friday everyone!  Sharing 5 thoughts and 5 pictures to recap the week.

5 Thoughts

1. I want to cry.  I have been writing this blog for a very long time.  Several years ago I used to upload my pictures to Photobucket to share here, four years worth of pictures. Since 2011, my pictures have been hosted there.  Well they recently decided to charge for hosting pictures on a 3rd party show, or to show up on my blog.  No warning, just started doing this.  And what will it cost, $500 a year for my pictures to show up here!  So I will be slowly be downloading those pictures one post at a time and re-uploading to old posts.  It makes me sick all that is missing.  So please excuse the missing pictures on old posts, it will take me a while to fix it.

2. Soccer started up again this week.  It was a bitter sweet thing.  I love Alex's team, just not ready to get back into the swing of things... including school which is starting really soon!

3. We went to the beach twice this week, with Eric and then later with my sister.  We have gone to the beach more this summer than I think we did the last two summer's combined.  It has been a lot of fun. Ryder even tried boogie boarding, first time was a fail as the waves were crazy, but then when we went with my sister it totally worked!

4. Other than going to the beach and soccer, we have had kind of a lazy week.  I will miss summer.

5. Eric and I have made it all the way to the letter Q in our eating the alphabet.  It has made for so many fun date nights!

5 Pictures
playing in the ocean with dad



selfie at beach

Reading a cookbook

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cooking With Kids: Skillet Penne with Beans

Summer usually means a few things- one: it will be hot; two- the kids will seem to have a never ending appetite and three-it is the perfect time for kids to learn to cook.

Since it is so hot, I love finding a good summer recipe that I can cook fully on the stove, no need to turn on the oven.  I also want a lighter dish with fresh ingredients.  The Skillet Penne with Beans is a perfect summer time dish.   Thank you to Bush's Beans for sponsoring this post and letting me share this perfect summer time recipe.

Cooking with kids

This summer I have had each of my kids pick one recipe each week to make.  Ryder was my helper for the Skillet Penne with Beans.

I love that this dish has only a few ingredients, including Bush's beans which is a great staple to have on hand for last minute recipes.  I will often grab a few extras cans on my trips to Walmart, where they are readily available.
Bush's Beans

I love that when Ryder cooks, not only is he learning to cook but he is practicing reading while following the recipe.
Reading a cookbook

It definitely takes a little longer to cook when kids help, but I really don't mind as I feel like a good mom and am totally engaged and present when we cook together.
fresh food

The other great thing about having kids cook, is their willingness to try new recipes.  If I had made this on my own, the fact that it has cherry tomatoes and *gasp* green things, probably would have made my kids turn up their noses.
Chopping Grape Tomatoes

When they are involved cooking the recipe they seem to take ownership of it and are willing to try it without any complaints.

It definitely is a win-win.
Skillet Penne with Beans

What is one of your favorite summer recipes?

Skillet Penne with Beans
Easy Skillet Penne with Beans

Serves: 4-6    Total Time: 20 mins
   2 Cups Low sodium Chicken Broth
   2 Cups Water
   1/2 t. salt
   8 oz. Penne Pasta
   Pint of Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
   1 Can Bush Cannellini Beans
   1/2 cup pitted olives (optional)
   1/2 cup Fresh Basil Chopped
   1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
   2 T. Olive Oil
   2 T. Lemon Juice

   1. In a Nonstick skillet over high heat add: chicken broth, water, salt, penne pasta.  Stir often and   cook for 15-18 minutes.

  2. While the Pasta cooks, halve the tomatoes.  Rinse the can of Bush's Cannellini Beans. Chop the olives.

3. Add the ingredients from step 2 when the pasta has cooked about 15 minutes.  Stir and let the ingredients cook for about 3-5 more minutes over low heat.

4. While those ingredients cook: chop 1/2 cup Fresh basil, grate 1/2 cup parmesan cheese.

5. Remove from heat and stir in basil, cheese, 2 T. olive oil and 2 T. fresh lemon juice.  Season with Salt and pepper to taste.