Saturday, July 21, 2012

Summer Reading

The boys have been participating in the Half Price Books Summer Reading Program over the last couple of months. They completed their June reading logs and are working on July. They just have to read (or be read to) for at least 15 minutes each day and turn in their reading log at the end of the month. In return they get a $5 gift certificate to use for a new book. They were so excited to turn in their June reading logs and get to shopping for a new book to take home.

Julian chose Cars: Out For A Spin, a book with magnets that attach to the pages to make the story interactive.

Kaleb chose Don't Tickle the Duck, which has touch and feel pages.

And what kind of touch and feel book would be complete without a hairy duck armpit to tickle?

They can't wait to go back in at the end of the month to get another $5 to spend on another new book.

Here's wishing you a chance to take some time to escape into a book of your own.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

4th of July 2012

I know I'm running a little behind, but that's how we roll around here. For your enjoyment, below are some pictures from the 4th of July this year.

**Disclaimer:  Yes, we are those parents that let their 6 and 4 year olds light firecrackers. They get to do the little sidewalk ones and parachutes, and one of us is always right next to them. They need to learn how to do things like this safely and correctly and learn to respect the fact that they are indeed playing with fire and you have to be careful.**

Julian lights his racecar monkey.


Kaleb lighting his racecare monkey.

Aren't they cute little guys?

Best seats around, in the back of grandpa's truck.

 Here's wishing you time to enjoy the bright lights and truly enjoy the freedoms we have everyday!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Make a SPLASH!

What better way to celebrate a summer birthday than with a water party. For his birthday this year Julian invited a few school friends over for the afternoon to enjoy cool treats and lots and lots of water.

Pre-party line-up
Handmade invitations were sent out to spread the word.

Blue jello cups and swedish fish along with a heaping bowl of goldfish crackers filled the snack table. We also had popsicles later on as a break from the water festivities.

Julian and Kaleb decorated the Thank You/Treat Bags, and guests also got to take home the water squirter they picked out to play with outside.

Two tubs of water balloons were gone in about 10 minutes flat and the big tubs of water for the squirters were refilled numerous times. Since the temperature was a slightly balmy 106 degrees that day Daddy brought home a 40 bag of ice from work to add to the water tubs, the water was nice and chilly for the kids. I don't think they noticed the heat outside or the ice cold water they were shooting at each other, they all had a blast!

Here's wishing you time to cool off and chill out with your favorite buddies!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Summer Salad

Whenever we are invited to a summer BBQ I always make the same pasta salad. It is super easy and I always get requests for the recipe. So without further ado, here is my top secret summer pasta salad recipe.

You will need:
1-box rotini pasta
1-can black beans, drained
1-can corn, drained
1- can diced tomatoes and green chili's, drained
Spicy Ranch salad dressing (I end up using most of one bottle)

Cook and drain your pasta, and rinse under cool water until it is no longer hot. Add beans, corn, tomatoes and chili's and salad dressing.

Mix together and add more salad dressing if you need to. Enjoy! (We also like to add grilled chicken to this the next day if we have any leftovers.)

Here's wishing you great summer get-togethers with friends and family.

Rock Chalk Birthday

This year for the boys' combined birthday party with family they requested a Jayhawk theme. Easy enough, we kept things pretty simple and they were more than happy with the results.

Plain white cards, stamped and stickered
Stamped inside for details and a "Cheat Sheet" with
the boys' sizes and likes.

The spread of Crimson and Blue treats.
Red Velvet cupcakes with white frosting
and red and blue sugar sprinkles.

The two tasty treats below were a couple of Pinterest finds that I couldn't wait to test out. The cake I have had pinned for quite a while, I knew as soon as I saw it I had to make it, the boys favorite candies are M&M's and Kit Kats. I altered it a little from the original idea, I cut my Kit Kats so they didn't tower over the cake and I used mini M&M's (sorted by color of course).

By the way this cake lasted all of 5 minutes at the party,
not an M&M was left.

The original idea for these cookies is awesome, but I was lazy and didn't make it to the bakery supply shop for the correct sprinkles (also it was like 110 degrees outside and the last thing I wanted to do was walk around downtown). I ended up using red and blue sugar sprinkles and it worked, they were super yummy!

Here's wishing you many happy birthdays! Rock Chalk Jayhawk, GO KU!!