Thursday, July 31, 2008
Okay, this one I planned. When it arrived, I truly think I squealed louder than my kids. And clapped my hands, jumping up and down. I didn't even know then the, literally, hours my kids (and all the neighbors) would spend on this thing. There is NO downside. Exercise, entertainment, sleeping quarters...this trampoline has it all. Best money I've spent all year.
2.This activity (all Emma's idea).
Have your oldest, most responsible kid get all of your bikes, trikes, wagons, and scooters out of the garage. Have her call all of the neighbor kids over. Give her a bottle of dish soap (you'll never see a drop of it again, but it will be worth it.) Give her a hose and allow her to "clean" every piece of your equipment in your garage. Everyone was busy, wet and happy for at least an hour and your stuff looked shiny and new when they were done. Ingenious.
3. This drink
Meghann, my best food friend ever, gave me this mix for my birthday. It was amazing, especially after I figured out how to crush the ice to a molecular consistency. We ate the whole can in 4 days and then I called Meghann and she said it cost $16 at Williams-Sonoma and I really wished I hadn't given any of that liquid gold to my kids.
I have since spent every night perfecting Ilene's frozen hot chocolate recipe, to try to get it the closer to the Serendipity one. (Sorry, Ilene, yours was yummy, but too chocolatety for Ryan). This is what I've come up with:
Jessica's frozen hot chocolate
2.5 T. cocoa powder
3.5 T. good hot chocolate mix (love the LDS Cannery's mix)
1 T. Quik
6 T. sugar
1 T. malted milk powder (I don't even like malt flavoring, but it is essential in this recipe)
1/2 c. cream
1/2 c. milk
3 c. ice
Mix everything but the ice in a blender. Add ice. Blend, stir with spoon, blend again. Get that ice completely and totally pulverized. Serve in two tall glasses.
(But, for a splurge sometime, really....get the Serendipity brand).
4. This vest.
I made Seth put this on this morning, just for your viewing pleasure, beloved blog audience, and he will now ask me ALL DAY LONG when we are going swimming, no matter how many times I tell him we aren't. So I hope you are appreciative.
So I went to Target in California to get a swim vest for Seth. (side note: Ryan is opposed to floaty swim-aids. As a former swim teacher, he thinks it gets in the way of learning to swim...but since I have a million children now, I cannot be on top of Seth-with-no-life-saving-device.) This was the only one they had, so I bought it.
It is the best thing ever. It isn't super-floaty, so they have to do a lot of the work themselves. Seth kicks his legs, uses his arms, and can get anywhere in the pool, but is perfectly safe. I've never seen this type of vest before, but I love it.
So there. You have one month of summer left. Use these ideas and thank me later.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
A picture of what happens when no one shows up to ward Park Day (at the Liberty Lake County Park): you actually make a sandcastle with your cute kids...instead of talking to your friends the whole time.
We took the kids to Riverfront Park to ride the rides. Quotable quote: Ryan said, "I think something in me has officially snapped. Even looking at these rides makes me sick."
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
(The fixing of the screen. Notice Emma's sadness. How will she ever get her stuff? Also, worth mentioning: the little kid in the background was later revealed to have been found beginning to climb out to get stuff, too. Yikes.)
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
(Before birthday #1, with the best parents ever.)
Here are the best things a blogger could get for her birthday:
Thanks to those who have loved and blessed me through all 34 years.
Monday, July 14, 2008
I'm going to take you to this cute little park in our town. You won't want to drive after your travels and it's only a mile away. Plus, if your kids get thirsty, they can just drink the recycled water from the fun water apparatus they have there:
It's our favorite hike. It's an easy 45 minutes, even with 3 year olds, holding hands:
We'll pack a picnic (even though that's my LEAST favorite thing to do) and head out to Manito Park. We'll have to walk around the whole thing, because we don't want to miss:
the serene Japanese gardens (serene until we arrive with our boatload of kids)
We'll end the outing, having our picnic at the kids playground. If you look super-smart and articulate, you might end up on the news (see post below).
I hope you're up for more outings. We've got lots more to do! Today we'll take you to Riverfront Park.
If you are a cute 20 year old, you might have a "special" boy stalk you through the movie theater, no matter how many times you change seats, while the rest off us watch the IMAX.
If you're under 10, you'll love the barf-inducing carnie rides:
Today we'll beg Ryan's uncle Doug to let us come hang out at his resort/pool. We'll bring our own treats, so as not to impose, but aunt Marcie will probably come out with a pile of her own to share.
We'll probably cancel our plans to pick strawberries (do you want to load up your kids again??) and decide to drive to a close park with my favorite Sourdough sandwiches and sit there for hours while our kids ride on the now-illegal-but-most-fun park equipment.
And we haven't even talked about food. I'll cook you my Easy Chicken Bake for Sunday dinner, the yummy Cafe Rio Knock-off Salad, and some No-Bake Cheesecake. If you love mongolian BBQ, like my sister Bekah, we'll take you to Hu-Hot for some yummy noodles and stuff.
We promise, if you come, you'll leave exhausted, entertained, fattened-up and parked-out.
See you soon!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
1. When you're at the park and your sister tells you that the news people are walking toward you guys and maybe you'll be on TV, believe her and just in case put on your lipstick.
2. When the newswoman comes up to you and asks if you have an opinion on anything, say "Yes." (because, really, you always do...)
3. Try not to gulp in the middle of word, twice, because you might be a teensy bit nervous.
4. Make sure when you tell the world that kids should eat less processed food rather than take cholesterol drugs, that the camera doesn't film the Cheetos and soda you brought for your kids. Instead quickly push the grapes and WHOLE WHEAT pb&j to the forefront of the picnic table.
5. Make sure your Super Healthy Looking Kids are dressed very cutely and that the Birthday Boy gets the starring role in the "kids playing in the sand" section.
6. Try to decide whether you want to watch, or not watch. Because if you don't watch, you'll never have to really know know if you looked dumb or not.
7. Of course you watch.
Oh, you want to watch? Well, if you insist... Click here. (Then scroll down to the second screen, look in the gray area and in the search area, type cholesterol...click on the play button there.)
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Jane slept on the tramp and got 8 mosquito bites all down one side of her body. What?? You don't think that's super exciting?! Don't tell Jane. Basically the entire week's conversation revolved around those mosquito bites, who touched them, how they are changing, etc. etc. You'd think she'd broken a limb or something.
The big lightening/thunderstorm that lasted for two hours. For this California girl, who never saw summer thunderstorms, it was great fun to watch, as the kids ran in the warm rain. Seth: "Mom! I saw all da lighting!!"
Hours of cleaning and organizing in preparation for the visit of Grandma, Aunt Bekah and Aunt Stacy. Emma: "Mom, we never usually clean this good." Yes, Emma, that's because no one usually lives at our house for 7 days and has to actually close your bathroom door and notice the years worth of dust, moldy underpants and bath toys that we hide behind it.
The Fourth of July
--a spousal fight about whether 4th of July is for spending 5 hours cleaning the basement (Ryan) or attending a picnic with friends and family (Jessica).
--the aforementioned picnic (I won).
--the fun little parade put on by our small town, in which Seth didn't quite get the concept of candy gathering. He would see the float throw the candy, be too slow to beat the sharper kids, but then follow the float down the block hoping they'd throw more directly to him.
--a BBQ in which the World's Biggest Flag Cake was made by Meghann and enjoyed by all
--an 11 minute firework show. (We miss Tracy, CA's and Sandy, UT's extravaganzas)
The Liberty Lake Loop, which is a 4 mile, HILLY run that our city puts on every year. Oh yeah, this pregnant lady ran the WHOLE thing in 38 minutes. (I'm not bragging or anything, just stating facts.) The whole family joined in, with Jane crying during half of her race, because "I got scawed."
The arrival of one grandma, one sister, one aunt and her five children. Don't expect much blogging this week!