Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Wedding Bells

Moo and Matt were married last night.
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Ashton and Josie have been very sick the last couple of days, so our original plan of "all of us going to witness it" didn't exactly work out. In fact, I almost missed it myself.

 ...but, as you can see, I did get there. ...Just in time in fact. I am so overjoyed I was able to witness this amazing moment in my mom's life.
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Afterward, we had dinner at Tassone's and we had a special cake from her favorite bakery.
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Mom and Matt, I love you. I am so happy for you. Congratulations. ((Hugs, Hugs, Hugs)) You mean the world to me.

We also celebrated Moo's birthday this weekend.
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Joel's gift to mom
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April Showers
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April flowers

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Finally, the kids and I picked up this book from the library a couple of weeks ago.
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I had the kids look through the book and pick out which recipes they wanted to make for the week. To be honest, I really love Rachael Ray. Mostly because I am the proud owner of her yellow cookware set and her   Little Hoot dinnerware set. I have grabbed a few of her recipes online before but I had yet to try an actual cookbook. We had a lot of fun with the new recipes.
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A couple of favorites from the week that will now be in our dinner rotation (click on names for recipe links)-
Turkey sloppy joes with cheese fries
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Worms and eyeballs. -As gross of a name that it has (remember, it is directed toward children), it was super delicious. This is actually a picture of my lunch the next day from the leftovers. The only thing I'd recommend, is to roll the meatballs in some of the extra hoisin sauce for extra flavor before serving. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.
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A couple of other great recipes we tried recently
Pizza popcorn
Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Here's hoping for healthier kids, continued beautiful weather and everlasting happiness for all of you.

Much love to the newlyweds!

((Hugs to all)) I love you. You know?
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xoxo, Jessie


Thursday, April 11, 2013

All things spring

Saint Patricks day...

A naughty little leprechaun paid the kids a visit again this year. This time, leaving little footprints and evidence of his visit all around.
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He even turned our toilet water green with glitter! (I spared you that image)
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We found Josie's bear and a bag of tangerines on the ceiling fan!
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If Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Saint Patrick's day Leprechaun were in the Olympics of, "getting the biggest, EXCITED reaction out of a child" ...the leprechaun would win the gold by a landslide. 

At least in this silly little house.
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Ashton was a bit disappointed we weren't able to catch the leprechaun in our trap this year. The good news is, he says he's come up with an even better idea for our trap next year.

He has plans to catch him and have him live in the hermit crab tank.
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I tried to get Liam to stop eating the frosting-flavored footprints.
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As you know, grandma Kelly and grandpa came up for a visit the week of Liam's birthday. We had the most wonderful visit together.

Josie's first haircut
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Fun at the MOST museum
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Ashton was absolutely fascinated with all things space.
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Dennys for baseball pancakes!
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Decorating easter eggs with grandma Kelly
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Something I have always loved while I watch the kids with any of their grandparents, is seeing all the similarities that connect them. From facial expressions, to interests, to smiles.

For instance, it's lovely to see grandma's artsy talents coming alive in her 3 year old granddaughter. How lovely it is to be connected in such a way.
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Josh photo-bombing.
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We miss you guys.
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The next day, we went to the annual "easter eggstravaganza" at our church.
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The craft - They planted grass seeds in these.
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After the egg hunt, we piled into the car to spend the afternoon with Aunt Jo Jo
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Thank you Aunt Jo Jo for everything! You mean the world to us.
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Home. Setting easter eggs out for the bunny.
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Happy Easter!!
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Wiggly kids in their sweet Easter outfits from Mema and grandpa
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Church time!
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Someone protested her bow. hehe.
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After church we went to Moo and Matt's house!
Skyping with Uncle Johnny. (Please remember him and his family in your prayers. He is deployed in Afghanistan.)
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It was raining pretty good outside, so our usual egg hunt was more like... "Try to pick up as many eggs off the kitchen floor as you can in a minute."
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Welcoming spring!
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You may have a little boy in your home if...
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Children, shovels and toys have been occupying our garden
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Cute picture fail!
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One of the last days of our spring vacation last week, we met the Laforte clan at the park for a picnic and kite flying.
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Let me just say, flying kites in April next to the water with a pack of young children might not have been the brightest idea we've ever had. ...But oh man was it funny. In a completely, "are we crazy?" way.
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Josie became completely tangled up in her kite
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Kites were flying into big sisters
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Blurry pictures were taken due to holding a very angry baby who insisted on playing in ice cold puddles. We also picnicked in the damp sand since it was freezing in the shade of the pavilion where the picnic tables were.
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Josie, "Mama. I hot." *She immediately takes off coat, shoes and socks and runs through humongous puddle*
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We ended up leaving a lot earlier than expected due to very wet and cold children. I blasted the heat in the car and tried to mute out Josie's whine for the sandwich she didn't eat at the park. My head hurt.

Our talk went something like this:

Josie - "BUT MAMA! I'M HUNGRYYYY! I WANT MY SANDWICH! PLEASEEEEEE! PLEASEEEE! I WANT IT NOW!"
I calmly tell her, "Josie, you cannot have your sandwich right now. You have to wait because mommy is driving. Once we get home, I will gladly give it to you."
Josie- "BUT I WANT IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO HUNGRY! PLEASEE!! I WANT IT NOW!"
*Liam begins screaming again because of his sisters loud voice and not being able to nap in noisy car*
Me- "Not NOW Josie. When we get home, you can have your sandwich. I promise"
Josie- "BUT I'M HUNGRY! GIVE ME MY SANDWICH"
*Screaming baby. Whining noises from Josie. Carries on for another 5 minutes*
Josie- "I WANT MY SANDWICH"
Me (Finally reaching my breaking point, In a shamefully loud voice with a heart that is beating so fast I think I am going to hyperventilate.)- "YOU DO NOT TALK TO ME THAT WAY! THAT IS NOT NICE!!!!!!!!!"

*Car falls to complete silence at the shock of mom's loud, raised voice.*

*Nothing but the sound of the fans from the heater blowing for minutes*

*Suddenly I break the silence with a big, loud laugh. Ashton and Josie start laughing along*

Crazy day.

We returned home to eat the rest of our dusty sand-coated tuna sandwiches.

With fruit leathers in hand, the kids declare it the best day ever. The best day ever.
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Happy Spring, friends. xoxo, Jessie