1. I can't seem to get the background to work on my blog and I think I have stopped caring. I hope you like white!
2. Ty is home today! We took the kids for a swim at my parent's house and then we got to enjoy lunch at Panera. I love Panera. I wish we had one closer to us!
3. I made Ina Garten's Outrageous Brownies. They are cooling now and we are all looking forward to eating them later :) (This is one of my very favorite brownie recipes!)
4. Zoey is rolling and crawling. It is adorable.
5. The kids are loving all of the crafts we have been doing. I have spent a lot of time cleaning up paint and supplies so today I set up a bike wash in the backyard for them to play with instead. They ended up washing the tables and chairs and all of the balls that were back there as well. It was a very successful activity!
6. The number of blogs that I follow and read keeps growing. There are so many fabulous ideas out there and so little time. (and sometimes too little talent on my part!)
It's the last week of June and the fourth week of summer vacation!
The time is really flying by.
Last week was birthday week and busy. This week I took the time to make another 5 day plan for the kids and I.
Here it is:
Read: Curious George Makes Pancakes
followed by pancakes for breakfast (more specifically CAKIES topped with strawberries)
Make: salt dough beads
Combine 1 cup water, 2 cups flour and 2
cups salt and knead together
Form your beads by making lots of small balls of dough and using a
skewer, pencil or stick to make a hole in the centre of each bead,
large enough for your thread to fit through.
Place the beads on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and
bake for 2 – 3 hours in a cool oven (250F). Once the
beads have baked hard, leave them to completely cool.
(later we will be painting our beads and making them into necklaces or bracelets)
Read: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (again!)
followed by some math and counting with cookie crisp cereal
Weekly Trip to the Library (checking out lots of books and movies)
Make Peppermint Play-Doh (my kids love homeade play-doh and we love trying new variations)
1 cup flour 1/4 cup salt 2 tablespoons cream of tartar1 Tablespoon Peppermint Oil Extract 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 cup water
1. Mix flour, salt, & cream of tartar in a medium cooking pot. 2. Add water, peppermint extract and oil. 3. Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes stirring constantly. 4. When mixture forms a ball in pot, remove. 5. Knead until smooth.
Read: If You Take a Mouse to School
followed by some play school and workbooks
plastic cup nerf gun target practice with lego men
1. We are enjoying one of those perfect summer days. It has been warm and breezy. I have all of the windows open and we have been outside all afternoon.
2. We tried out a recipe for sidewalk chalk paint. It uses equal parts cornstarch and water and a little food coloring. I used 1 cup of both the cornstarch and water. I divided the mixture into 4 little cups and added 5 or 6 drops of food coloring to each. The kids painted the entire back patio!
3. I made vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies today. I used coconut oil and a flax egg. They were totally yummy. I could be a happy vegan (who occasionally eats steak!).
4. We celebrated Father's Day last night because Ty was on call all weekend. He requested a roast with potatoes and carrots. Dessert was a blueberry crisp with ice cream. We got Ty a case of A&W root beer and lots of beef jerky, as well as some non-vegan chocolate chip cookies :)
5. I really love my front loading washer and dryer. If you are considering purchasing a new set, I highly recommend them!
Zoey is getting a tooth and it seems to be ruining her ability to sleep at night in her own bed. She has been making appearances in our bed a lot the past few nights. She woke up this morning, in our bed, with her binky in one ear and a big smile on her face. She is so adorable :)
I do hope one day she returns to her own bed and good sleeping habits, but for now we are waking up to cuteness!
I have a couple favorite phrases that I love. I am able to apply them to many aspects of my life and I use them daily.
"Something is better than nothing."
I think of this when I feel too tired to exercise or think that I have no time to clean. 10 minutes on the treadmill is better than nothing and 10 minutes with some 409 in a bathroom can yield amazing results. I also like this one when it comes to scripture study.
This one is pretty self explanatory. I hate excuses.
Max had never been to Choco Donuts before because we always went after dropping him off at school so he was excited to try it out. He got a ginormous cinnamon roll shaped donut. He said it was awesome.
Mia's donut was blue. She is usually an all pink type of a girl, but today she chose blue!
After donuts we came home and finished the Father's Day projects, watched a movie, and worked on some homework sheets....all before 11 am!
This schedule is going to wear the little miss out!
I made lunch and now I am going to give in and let the kids play on the i-pad or watch television.
We took a little trip up the coast to see Monterey this week!
It was an eventful drive on Monday. We stopped in Santa Barbara for a walk along the beach and a visit with some friends. We had a quick lunch and we were back on the road. Zackary was wearing Zoey's Bumbo on his head while we drove :)
We took the scenic route and it was amazing!
Ty flipped the car around on the highway so that I could hop out and take some pictures. This is our car on the one side.
and the ocean on the other side!
The road was very narrow and full of turns. It made me a little bit nervous, but Ty has no fear behind the wheel :)
We stayed on the road the whole time!
When we arrived in Monterey that evening we were sad to discover that it was FREEZING! Like really cold!
I had brought jackets for everyone, but I was really planning on summer weather and was very much caught off guard. As usual we tried to make the best of things.
Our hotel had a nice little fire pit,
and a heat lamp that we used simultaneously.
There was also much hot chocolate.
It was a happy treat!
Zoey hated the drive and was happy to be settled for a while.
We ordered in a pizza for dinner and went to bed.
The next morning the kids were up bright and early so we took them to
the park to play while we waited for the rest of the world to wake up.
When it seemed like a reasonable hour we went to the aquarium.
It was so much fun. It was very kid/family oriented.
There were lots of activities and learning centers.
The aquarium is right on the ocean. (or the bay....)
It was cold, but at least the skies were blue and clear!
After the aquarium we spent some time on Cannery Row. Max and Mia were having a grand ole time.
They love posing for pictures.
Zack, was really grumpy. He was refusing to move here.
We stopped by the ghiradelli chocolate store for samples, and everyone felt better!
Ty wanted to have lunch at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant.
They gave us a free basket of fries to eat while we were waiting.
It was awesome :)
and any restaurant that gives out coloring books and crayons is fine with me.
After lunch we finished up on Cannery Row and went back to the hotel for a quick clean-up break.
There was a shopping center nearby with a Whole Foods market and a William-Sonoma kitchen store. I had to visit!
(This picture is of Max and a seal statue, but I think it looks real!)
I bought some fig balsamic vinegar and coconut sugar that I can't wait to try. I found a great bread knife at William-Sonoma, but it was $400 so I passed on that :)
We found an amazing toy store that the kids loved.
We finished our evening with dinner and movies at the hotel.
The next morning the kids were up and ready to go again so we headed to Pebble Beach.
It was cold, again!
Cold, but beautiful!
The kids really enjoyed running along the beach and this walking path.
It was a very happy morning!
Next we went to the Children's Museum in Monterey. We played and crafted and Zackary ran wild. We had lunch at Henry's BBQ. It was so good and made us all miss Nashville.
We made one more trip to the park and then took a quick drive to Carmel to see the mission.
It was historic and beautiful, but (I apologize) I find missions creepy.
We came back to the hotel and spent some time in the pool and hot tub. After dinner we watched American Ninja Warrior and it was amazing!
We woke up this morning, packed up, loaded the car, and headed home!
It was a great trip, but I am glad to be home where it is warm and we all have our own beds!