June 3, 2013

Happy Birthday to Me!

What's that, you ask? Wasn't my birthday in April? Why yes it was, but I only wanted one thing for my birthday: a trip to bd Mongolian! So today we dropped the kids off with Mim, loaded up with Brittany and Timmy and headed to Easton. Yes, we drove 3 hours each way to eat, DON'T JUDGE ME! bd is pretty much my favorite restaurant on the planet and Columbus and Dayton have the closest ones.
For anyone unfamiliar with Mongolian barbecue, you choose all the raw ingredients you want and the cook it on a huge Mongolian grill.

bd is a chain, so they have everything from super Asian to more western ingredients like the agreed upon favorite: kielbasa. The are different levels of order from the single stir-fry bowl to unlimited with soup and salad. We chose the unlimited. For my first plate I tried something other than my usual. I made kind of like teriyaki chicken lo mien...yum! For my second bowl I went with my old stand-by, fajitas. Yes, fajitas. They have a fajita sauce that you put in your spice cup (added to your bowl near the end of cooking). I added chili powder and seasoning salt. Here it is waiting for the grill:

Add cheese, tortillas and sour cream? ¡Delicioso!

Tyler's second plate was ALL steak!
After we stuffed ourselves there we walked a couple blocks to Jeni's Splended Ice Cream! Holy moly! I tried Salty Carmel, Queen City Cayenne (chocolate ice cream with cayenne pepper, hot!) and Dark Chocolate. I went with Salty Carmel and Dark Chocolate (which I'm pretty sure is the best ice cream flavor I've ever had) in a waffle cone. SO good. As a matter of fact, I'm going to The Wild Ramp tomorrow to hopefully get some Dark Chocolate for home, I hear they have it. Here's Britt and I, after our glorious ice cream cones, in our signature pose (I have pics of us at every major event of our lives like this).

June 1, 2013

Interview with a Scarlett

Since Scarlett is technically too young for the interview, I figured I'd just give a rundown if the things she knows, says and does:
Milk! Today was actually the first time I've been able to get her to drink more than a single sip of juice.
Puffs, I swear they're like crack to kids!
Playing with/following Tristan.
Her thumb (she only sucks it when she's ready for bed).
Throwing balls, well anything really.
Grown up food, seriously, she likes everything.

People leaving the nursery at church. She's fine to stay as long as no one leaves.

Stage 3 pasta baby food, too much rubber to chew.
Development Milestones
She can walk behind her push behind stroller walker.
She can crawl.
She gives "sugars" to pretty much anyone who asks as long as she wants to. She's stubborn.

She loves on her baby dolls.

She self feeds and drinks from a sippy cup.

She says a ton of things including sentences:
Hi Momma. Hi Dada. Thank you (tant to). Momma, night night. (When she's ready for bed.)
She also says bite when she wants one (started out "dite" but this week changed to "bite-a") and brings me her cup when she wants milk.
I feel like she'd be even farther verbally if I had more one on one time with her, but Tristan is a full time job by himself! I'm making it a mission to work with her more.

May 30, 2013

Birthday Girl

I just realized I haven't blogged in 2 months exactly! My slacking skills are well established, haha.
When last we met our heroes it was Easter. Boy have times changed. The biggest news: Scarlett turned 1!

She is seriously the sweetest thing ever! I wanted a picture of her on her birthday morning. Of course it was after a bottle, don't get between a girl and her "coffee".
I made baked ziti for dinner and bought cupcakes to celebrate. I think she liked hers...

She loved it and would have eaten the whole thing if I had let her.
Her party was a few days later. I wanted to have it outside since it was garden themed, but Tyler convinced me it was too hot.

My dear friend Shelly has insisted on making the cakes for all our babies at church (they will all be 1 in another month).

Here she is with Timmy. I'm pretty sure they are going to be inseparable, just like Tristan and Addi!

(Tristan was mad that he couldn't eat a cupcake be we sang Happy Birthday!)

Despite being sleepy, she was a good little hostess.

I just love how her tutu looks in this one. I did a good job!
She LOVED opening presents! She especially loved the singing Minnie Mouse card from Kaydin. She crawled around for days after singing, "La la la" just like Minnie.

I can't believe she is already 1!

March 30, 2013

Easter Parade--Judy Garland

Today was the annual Breakfast with the Bunny at church. I actually had to get the kids up early, because neither of them are usually up at kicking at 9am. Breakfast was scrambled eggs, bacon and/or sausage and pancakes, but let's face it, kids don't care that much about the breakfast part. It's the Easter Bunny they want to see!

I didn't get pictures of Scarlett by herself or the two of them together with the Bunny because I was trying to get her to smile for the photographer. As usual, though, she was happy on his lap and didn't want to let go when I tried to get her back! She looked SO sweet in her little outfit, though.

After the Easter Bunny, we had our Easter egg hunt. We do it in the dark gym with flashlights! Since we have so many babies, I came up with the idea to get a rug from the nursery for the babies and to lay some eggs out on it. Turned out to be a great idea!

We had a great day with the Easter Bunny and our friends.

March 21, 2013

A Freebie and a Giveaway!

Do you have a preschooler and an iPad or iPhone?  Then Agnitus is the app for you! It is, in my opinion, the best preschool app by far and best of all...IT'S FREE!

To unlock the full free version, you only have to post about it on your Facebook wall!  They even email you a weekly report.  Tristan loves playing his "school game."

To get the word out on this AMAZING app, Agnitus is giving away a FREE iPad Mini and 25 tshirts!  Simply click this link and enter:

Download the app while you're at it.  You won't be sorry!

March 7, 2013

Kids Say the Darndest Things

Every now and then I like to interview Tristan to see his favorite things. Since he just turned 3, I thought it was time:

Favorite Book: "Star Wars: Use the Force Luke!"
It's a phonics book he got from Santa for Christmas.
Favorite Movie: "Um...Star Wars."
Favorite TV Show: "Bobby." He watches Bobby's World from 1990 with his daddy on Netflix.
Favorite Food: No hesitation, "Chicken and fry fries and ranch and ketchup."
Favorite Toy: "It's a...guitar."
Favorite Song: "It's still I Want to Be a Christian."
Favorite Thing to Do Outside At Home: "Golf, golf, golf. My favorite is golf."
Favorite Thing to Do At The Park: "Swing, mommy, swing!"

Here's my big boy last night at AWANA. Cubbies are in charge of holding the Bible for the pledges and it was his turn. Instead of holding it down like usual, he said he had to hold it up so the kid could see it, haha.

I'll finish up with some recent quotes from Tristan.
"Mommy, your shirt has holes in it." The trim around the neckline is like a looped ribbon. He sticks his fingers in the holes.
"Mommy, the holes have boobies in them!"

"What's wrong GG?"
"Oh, honey, GG doesn't feel good."
"I'll pray for you GG." So serious.

"Mommy, when it gets warm I'm gonna go to Uncle Butchie's house and ride the commoda!" He meant Kubota! Uncle Butchie has a farm and Tristan likes to go riding with him when we visit.

March 2, 2013

Déjà Vu--(2006)

When I was a little girl I had a Barbie house. My brother, Jared, would take his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and attack my Barbie house. They rode Barbie's horse and he tied ropes to them to repel over her house.

Flash forward to today. Scarlett was playing with her Little People Disney Princess Palace.

Here's what Tristan did:

Can you see it?

Yep, Spider-Man was there to protect the castle. Talk about déjà vu!

February 23, 2013

On Bended Knee--Boyz II Men

So this happened yesterday:

YouTube Video

Yep, I've got a crawler! She's been close for a month now and even shuffling her knees for a couple weeks, but she finally took off yesterday. It only took one day for me to catch her on her feet and hands! My mom says neither my brother nor I crawled for very long.

February 21, 2013

Carnival--Natalie Merchant

On 2/9 my sweet boy turned 3! We went to Billy Bob's to celebrate on the actual day, just family and the Arthurs (we had to invite Tristan's best friend!).

On Saturday we had a joint party for Tristan and Addison (she'll be 4 on the 26th). It was a carnival theme and boy was it fun! Addi wore an adorable clown costume and Tristan was the barker!

I'm not sure what she was mad about, but this was the best pic of the two of them together.

We had a bouncy house, ring toss, beanbag throw, face painting, tickets and prizes, everything you need for a proper carnival!

For food we had corn dogs (my favorite carnival food) and chips and broke out the church's popcorn maker and made up bags of popcorn!

Tristan was trying to talk me into a white cupcake with red icing before the party even started and at cake time that's what he told Brittany he wanted, he didn't forget!

After cake, there was one more surprise, Brittany's dad had bought a piñata and filled it with $40 worth of candy and prizes! The kids went nuts! We let them try to hit it by age, so Tristan was first.

He connected on all three of his hits, hard too! The last kid finally knocked a hole in it to where things were falling out, so Timmy smashed it open. The kids all got several treats for their gift bags!

Last was presents. Tristan LOVED everything he got! I love this picture because we all three look appropriately excited about his gift card, haha.

Thanks to everyone who came and showed us parents and the kids love!

January 26, 2013

The AWANA Song

January 16 was special. Our church brought back the AWANA program which was special because we had AWANA when I was a kid. I was actually saved on an AWANA night during revival. AWANA stands for "Approved workmen are not ashamed" and is a program that teaches children the gospel and scripture as well as discipleship. It is from 2 Timothy 2:15:
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Somehow, I was made the leader of Sparkies (K-2nd grade). I feel woefully unprepared, but God's got a plan.

Tristan is a Cubbie (3 & 4 year olds). He was supposed to be a Puggle (2 & 3 year olds), but Helen thought he was ready to go ahead and start Cubbies because he's already good at scripture memory (he knew John 3:16 before we even started AWANA!).

His first verse was John 4:10 "...God...loved us and sent his Son." He knew it for this week and passed his first section! Here he is in his club vest:

He was so excited!

We are working in section 2 of his entrance book. He's got part one down! "A is for All. Romans 3:23 '...all have sinned...'"

January 12, 2013

364 Days to Go--Brad Paisley

Ok, ok, I know that next Christmas is technically closer than that (!!!), but I bought everything to fix one of my favorite desserts ever around Christmas. Between trying to make sure 2 kids got the full Christmas experience and 3 of 4 household members getting miserably sick (including me), it just didn't happen. Since Tyler and I are kicking into high health mode next week (to renew his Army contract for him and because I'm woefully out of shape for me), I made a batch of Christmas Tree Bark to enjoy this weekend.

Some background first before I get to the recipe. For 14 years, my dear friend Shelly has had a Christmas party on the first Saturday in December. The party is potluck, but she always makes several things herself, one of which is Christmas Tree Bark. It is a well known fact that I hoard all the bark. Last year she didn't get around to making it and brought me a bag at church! Every year I ask for the recipe at the party, but never actually make it. This year I finally wrote it down and decided I was really going to do it...then the plague struck!

So last night, I decided to make it. It only takes a few minutes, but I'm always a nervous wreck making a new recipe. What if Picky Pete, aka Tyler, doesn't like it? What if I mess it up, which is time and money down the drain? Nervous and scatter brained means I only remembered to take 2 pictures of the process, but without further ado I present Christmas Tree Bark.

1 stick butter
1 stick oleo (margarine)
1c sugar
1 bag chocolate chips
Enough graham crackers to cover a jellyroll pan (about 1 1/2 packages)

Set oven to 350°
Spray pan with nonstick spray and arrange graham crackers.
Boil butter, sugar, and margarine for 3 minutes.
Pour mixture over crackers and bake for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and sprinkle on chocolate chips.
Spread chips with spatula until fully melted and covering crackers.
Let cool completely.
Die happy ;)

Shelly said she usually sticks hers out on the deck to cool and harden, so I stuck mine in the freezer for a bit since we've got 70° temperatures here right now...in January!!

There you have it, my drug of choice. Go ahead and make it, but you've been warned of its addictive nature! Bon appetite!