Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Valentine's Day and other random life stuff

Valentine making - the boys hard at work on a Saturday night.  

My goal with our valentines this year was to use stuff that we had around the house.  I had a TON of crayons, so we melted them down.  And I cut up some of our clothing boxes from Children's Place and Gymboree for the card stock.  The boys will use these for their weekly playgroup (party postponed until tomorrow due to our snowstorm last week).

I already had these stickers, white cardstock, and random ribbons.  The candy was leftover from Graydon's birthday party (the pinata).  And I just used ziploc snack bags from our pantry.  These are the valentines that Graydon brought to preschool.  This was originally the idea that I had for Bella but. . .

. . . she really wanted to do the lollipop in her hand again, so I caved.  Had to buy some extra lollipops for that one; but they did turn out cute. 


The boys and I made some V-day snacks.

So yummy and pretty.

We also made some chocolate covered strawberries.  Here is Curtis enjoying the last bit of melted chocolate. 

I found this simple valentine drink recipe and thought I'd try it.  Unfortunately, it called for raspberry sherbet and our store only had lemon.  Not quite the color I was going for, but still a fun treat.


Beyond Valentine's Day

Curtis normally takes baths with Graydon - but not this night.  He had so much fun having all of the space to himself. 

Curtis's snowman.  I think that the upside down pipe makes it look like a little polar bear.  Very cute. 

Bella and I did this one together. 

I am currently on Day 3 of a three-day cleanse.  It's a Detox Cleanse from Dr. Oz.  This has been my diet for the past three days. 

I began by chopping up and measuring out all of my fruits and veggies on Sunday night.  Each meal had its own bag.  Lunch took up two bags.  Then the bags went into the freezer.   

Here they are in smoothie form.

I really enjoyed breakfast.  Lunch wasn't as bad as I had thought it would be (based on the reviews I'd read of the cleanse).  But it was huge and took up two whole glasses.  I didn't end up needing my snack smoothie on any of the days because I was still working on the lunch one.  Dinner was kind of scary.  It had cayenne pepper in it!  It actually wasn't as bad as I thought it would be either - but I still can't say I'm a fan of spicy smoothies. 

The kids wanted to try my meals.  All three liked breakfast.  Bella and Graydon attempted lunch.  None of them wanted anything to do with my dinner.


Last time I went to the store, Graydon specifically requested oranges so that we could make orange juice.  It took nine oranges to get one glass.


And there's one of me and Curtis playing this morning while Bella and Graydon were at school. 

Thursday, February 06, 2014

January Cell Phone Pics

The boys' playgroup took a field trip to the post office.

It's cookie time again!  I'm the cookie mom for Bella's troop.  Our basement is currently filled with cases and cases of cookies. 

While putting the boys to bed one night, Curtis put a sticker on Andy's face.  Andy forgot all about the sticker until AFTER he got back from picking up a few items at the store! 

When it's too cold to play at the park. . . go to Barnes and Noble!  Curtis likes the trains. 

Curtis has been very interested in helping out in the kitchen lately.  I let him butter up his toast.  Notice what has become of the butter in the dish. 

He wanted to help with the soup one night.  But he couldn't chop veggies and I didn't want him splashing them into hot water.  So I told him to transfer the veggies from the board to the lid.  Sometimes I need to make up jobs. 

Curtis's solution to the whipping winds and blowing snow on one of our many snow days. 

Bella built a few different snow forts on this particular day. 

Graydon didn't last all too long.  I think he's more of a warm weather outdoorsman. 


Later in the day, Bella and Curtis went back out for round two.  I wasn't feeling it - so I watched from inside the warm house. 

Well-visits for our older two.  Graydon didn't want a gown - or his photo taken for that matter.  Both kids had hearing and vision tests - this was Graydon's first time.  And he had to get FOUR shots.  He tried so hard to be brave, but the tears came as he cried "that really hurts".  Even Bella got some sympathy tears in her eyes for her little brother. 

I think the theme of January has been SNOW!  The past three winters out here have been super mild with hardly any snow, so we had it coming.  Bella has already had FOUR snow days!  I think it's kind of fun, but most people out here cannot wait for spring!