September 18, 2012


When I saw this video of the Popinator I couldn't wait to show it to Noah and Joshua. I just knew they would love it!
They did, and Noah quickly added, "It gets the old coconut juices flowing." He's already working on a list of Popinator inspired inventions.

My only question - Was the Popinator actually created by Dr. Doofenshmirtz?

July 5, 2012

4th of July Fun

We had a "blast" celebrating the 4th with the Kaufmans.  For the boys this year it became all about explosions and blowing things up. Most repeated question: What can we blow up next? A little scary for moms but everyone ended the night with all fingers intact!
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May 18, 2012

 Saying goodbye to 3rd and 5th grade and hello to summer!

Kicking it off with our annual stop at DQ.

Summer Days 
Acrostic Poem by Noah

Swimming in the pool.
Under a nice shady tree.
Monotonous days are gone.
Many flowers in the yard.
Every kid is devouring ice cream.
Refreshing lemonade stands on the street.

Doodling on paper outside.
Always riding bikes.
Yellow sun shines down.
Sunny summer days.

Before picking up the boys I started summer on my own with a stop at the Joslyn to see the Egyptian exhibit. 

Even the Egyptians loved their flips!

March 31, 2012

Happy Birthday Joshua

It's been all about Joshua this week as we celebrated his 9th birthday. Wow. Nine.

Having a birthday on a school day isn't easy for anyone but we tried to live it up as much as possible...apparently with food. 

His first request was for breakfast in bed. I'm proud to say I was able to fulfill the eggs, bacon and toast order before I left at 7:00 a.m. (Really, this was a HUGE accomplishment!).

The second birthday request was for ice cream at Ted & Wally's. Joshua was hoping for bacon ice cream again, but it was not to be. He thoroughly enjoyed the chocolate chip and walnut cookie + Dutch chocolate double scoop instead. 

The third request was sushi which is, of course, something we all loved. I'm still not sure if he chose this for himself or because he knows we all like it so much but it was delicious.

Here are some photos of the day...
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I  have to display the Harry Potter snitch cake before the wings started to droop. Much easier to make than the first request of a 3-D Hogwarts castle which I had to veto. I love you Joshua but I'm not taking a personal day to make a cake. :)
 Thankfully, someone noticed my mistake before we lit the candles...
How old are you?

March 18, 2012

Dance, Dance, Dance

Since the beginning of January the 5th grade has taken part in Dancing Classrooms. You might recall Noah's feelings toward it from this posting on Facebook...

The day Noah has been dreading finally arrived....
Noah: We had dancing classroom today.
Me: How did it go?
Noah: Awkward.
Me: Why?
Noah: I had to touch two of them.
Me: Girls?
Noah: Yes. I actually had to dance with four but I only had to touch two. I kind of got use to it and then it was fun. We only had to touch with pancake hands.
It didn't take long before he warmed up to it, moved past pancake hands and  eventually came to love dancing. He will tell you he only likes the fast dances, Swing is his favorite, and not the slow ones. Sorry Waltz and Foxtrot. 

Side note: We were talking about the types of dances and I mentioned that I danced the Waltz in my 6th grade music program. Noah responded with, "You can remember back that far? All the way to the 1900s?"

Noah has enjoyed the dancing so much that he's interested in taking an advanced dancing class over the summer - unless it's at 8:00 on Saturday mornings. Hopefully it won't start until after we've been to the Farmer's Market. :)

The video below showcases the dances they learned. Noah would say that the Swing dance is a "nightmare" due to the fact that he's dancing with one of the three girls in his class that "didn't know the dances." He's harder to see in that one so I didn't really notice anything nightmarish but let me just say, he was not happy. When we got home though he did teach me the Swing dance steps, I pulled out my Swingers soundtrack for "Go Daddy-O," and we danced around the living room. Now that was fun. 

November 13, 2011

I was sitting at a stoplight when "He Reigns" hit the chorus and I turned my head to see this...
and then this...

 What an amazing visual. 
It felt like my own personal message from God. 
Thank you.

November 12, 2011

Bountiful Basket

6 Jonagold Apples
3 Oranges
2 Small Red Grapefruit
6 Bananas
Leaf Lettuce
Bag of Carrots
2 Cucumbers
5 Roma Tomatoes
6 Large Sweet Potatoes
3 Acorn Squash

I picked up all of these fruits and vegetables this morning for $15 thanks to the Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op! The acorn squash is the only item I haven't purchased since I made baby food, but I've already found this recipe for Acorn Squash Soup and now can't wait to use it up. 

Most exciting item in my basket...those huge sweet potatoes. Yum! There is enough to make all three of these recipes: Sweet Potato Soup with Chipotle Cream, Chipotle Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Sweet Potato Fries with Dipping Sauce.

October 17, 2011

New Fast Food

I am not usually a fan of boxed meals or jarred sauces. Whenever we've tried them I've been disappointed by the plain taste or flavors that don't live up to the advertised promised. Since I'm always looking for quick meals to make on school nights that don't involve hot dogs, eggs or picking up pizza, I'm still occasionally willing to try something new and hoping it won't be another disappointment.

This hopefulness is how I discovered a pouch of deliciousness from Chef Rick Bayless at Whole Foods. Since I've enjoyed watching him on Top Chef Masters (wishing it was a 4D viewing experience) and love everything I've made from his cookbook Mexico-One Plate at a Time, I thought I'd give his sauce pouches a try. This is the one we tried first...
I could not believe how good it was and how quick it was to make:

I diced leftover roasted chicken and then mixed it with Cheddar Jack cheese before filling five corn tortillas. Into a small baking dish they went to be topped with the sauce and more cheese. Fifteen minutes later dinner was served!

Noah loved it. Joshua, not so much but he was determined not to like it. The leftovers were just as tasty warmed up for lunch the next day.

Another quick meal we've enjoyed lately comes from Nigella Lawson. I DO NOT tell the boys this since they're most hated meal ever, egg pizza, also comes from Nigella Lawson. By hated I mean they use it as a barometer for everything... would you rather do blah blah blah or eat egg pizza. Anyway, this meal is quick to throw together but tastes like you were in the kitchen for hours. Bonus: We always have leftovers!

Spanish Chicken with Chorizo and Potatoes on the Food Network

My adaptations: I get the family size package of chicken thighs which only has 8 thighs. Use whatever potatoes you have on hand. I used red fingerling potatoes last time. Season chicken and potatoes with salt and pepper. Drizzle a little olive oil over everything before roasting.