Weekend Things

We had a great weekend.  Sean is finally in his slower time of the year at work, which means that he is taking some time off to be at home with us.

1.  We started the weekend early by going to Sea World on Thursday.  It is a magical place  with unicorns in the form of dolphins and rainbows everywhere we look.

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2.  On Friday, we had pizza and movie night, followed by a little celebration because Cooking for My Kids turned 1.

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3.  I did a little photo shoot with Ethan when I was writing his weekly progress report.  I love looking back through pictures of him and seeing how much his personality shines through in every single photo.

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4.  Sweet Gabriel started feeling rotten on Friday.  We did multiple breathing treatments throughout the day, and by Saturday, his lung capacity was much better.

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5.  What was supposed to just be a quick mowing job on Friday turned into an all-out landscaping weekend, complete with mulch, stones, and more grass.  The yard beautification project continued, and I am very pleased with the results. It is times such as this that my husband is so glad that I was raised on a farm and can hold my own with yard work.

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6.  We went to see Brave on Sunday, and it was such a sweet, feel-good movie.  When Gabriel asked me my favorite part, I said, “When the daughter realized how much she loves and needs her mom.”  He said, “I knew you were going to say that.”  My children know me so well.  Family is everything.

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I could not ask for more in a weekend – Sea World, a celebration, yard work, family time, and a movie.  It does not take much to make this momma happy.

Have a super week!

Weekend Things – Recipe: Chocolate Sheet Cake

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We had a fantastic weekend.

1.  We went swimming on Friday, which was great fun for all.

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2.  I walked in on this moment between Ethan and Summer.  Even though she can be quite bossy to him, they love each other dearly.

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3.  We received more rain.  After our drought last year, all of this rain has been a huge blessing.

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4.  We celebrated a special man’s birthday.  While he does not like to make a big deal of his birthday, I do. And, this year, it was perfect.  His parents came in for lunch, and my family came in/over to have dinner with us.  Sean smiled the whole day, happily enjoying all of the company.

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5.  Even though I think that it is crazy that the school supplies are already out, we started some back to school shopping yesterday.  Let me explain exactly why.  I stay in denial about the fact that the littles have to go back to school right up until the moment that it happens. I deal with that denial by slowly starting the back to school shopping process early so that I am not rushing to do it the last two weeks of the summer break. Those are weeks that I cherish just having my littles at home with me.

6.  Sweet Gabriel developed an ear infection which landed us at urgent care yesterday afternoon.  While obviously that was not a good part of the weekend, we made the most of it by enjoying our one-on-one time and buying some fun treats at Target while we waited for his THREE prescriptions.  Bless his poor baby heart.

7.  Thankfully, this cake was waiting for me when I got home.  Sean’s favorite dessert is brownies and ice cream.  He said that he either wanted chocolate cake or brownies for his birthday.  I reminded him of the sheet cake that I made once, and he said that I could make that one.  I made it right after I discovered The Pioneer Woman, and I went through a stage where I tried almost everything in her recipe index.  Okay, well, maybe not everything, but I made so many recipes that the typical response was, “This is so good, is it Pioneer Woman again?”  She claims that her sheet cake is the best ever, and I would have to totally agree with her.  It is that good.  Try it for yourself.  For the recipe, click here.

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Have a super week!

 

 

Weekend Things

We had a productive but also relaxing weekend.  It was only near the end when I had a small panic attack about everything that I need to accomplish before school is out for summer break.  But, I know that I can do anything these next two weeks because then I will have all of my babies at home with me for the following twelve weeks.

1.  The weekend started on Friday with Gabriel’s 3rd grade field trip.  Sean has never attended a field trip, and I had a substitute teaching opportunity, which would allow me to be at school with Ethan.  So, Sean, Summer, and Gabriel attended the field trip, and Ethan and I were at school.

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2. On Friday night, it was pizza and movie night followed by a very early bedtime.  We were all exhausted from our busy day.

3.  Saturday started with our new tradition of having breakfast pizza.  I changed this one up a little by using bacon instead of sausage.  We liked the bacon version even more.

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4.  I am taking my oldest niece to school this week because my brother-in-law has had a change in his schedule. To thank me, my sister, my youngest niece, and I all had pedicures on Saturday afternoon.  I seldom ever treat myself to a pedicure, so I enjoyed the little afternoon of pampering.

5.  Gabriel wanted to get some additional, bright fish for his tank, so the littles and Sean took off to the pet store to purchase some fish.  They came back all smiles, ready to introduce the new fish to their family.

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6.  We had our new Saturday night dinner of hamburgers and onion rings.  I failed to take a picture of the onion rings yet again, and they did not turn out as pretty this time.  When they are pretty and I am not starving, I will take a picture and share the recipe.

7.  After dinner, I finished a project that I had been working on all day.  I made our 2012 Summer Fun List.  When I read it to the littles, they were literally squealing, clapping, and naming their favorite things from the list.  The excitement level has hit an all time high.

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8.  I had my sweet husband help me with some lawn work, and then I got a terrible headache and left him to finish.  He not only finished that project but continued to work on beautifying our lawn by completing some other projects, as well.   I am a lucky, blessed lady.

9.  I finished the day on the couch, and the littles eventually all joined in on the lazy night by watching a movie together.  This picture was not posed.  I walked in and found them on the couch, all cuddled up together. They truly do love each other so much.

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I am not sure if the weekend truly prepared me for what lies ahead this week.  It will be busy but fun, and we will continue to count down the days until 2012 Summer Fun begins!