Showing posts with label Weekending. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Weekending. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Birthday Weekend

Our Linus was born on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Linus's birth story is pretty amazing, I shared a little bit here.  His Great Grandmother died the day he was born, minutes apart.  We had already decided on his name prior to his birth but our beautiful nurse, Agatha insisted we had to honor his Grandmother with his name (and if you could have heard her voice, Jamaican and deep - just lovely... you would not have argued).  So, we asked what Grandma's middle name was since we'd already used her last name as one of our middle names for a different child.  Pauline was the name and we had already named him Linus Paul after Pete's brother - so it was meant to be!

You can tell in the pictures but he is sick on his birthday.  It was his first fever free day but he was still not quite himself.  He wanted a cookie cake and since we'd been in and out of the Dr.'s office and had sick children still - I went the easy route and bought him one from Sams.  He didn't mind at all, thank goodness.

We got our traditional tamales from our favorite place, Lupe's but they hardly got touched due to everyone still feeling under the weather. They made for the very best breakfast the next morning though, served with scrambled eggs and salsa - yum!  

He actually went to bed shortly after this, just worn out from a big day + he was looking forward to spending the next day with his Grandparents and did NOT want to be sick and miss it.

He did fine on Saturday, except for a cough.  The cough grew worse on Sunday and we are now administering breathing treatments and steroids to hopefully keep pneumonia away.  He seems to have always been sensitive to catching respiratory illnesses after a bad case of RSV as an infant.
Despite the flu, he really did have a great birthday - got an art set and a new Mixel set.

~On Saturday~
We opened up one of the puzzles we got last year after seeing some fun puzzles
 over at Shower of Roses.

~On Sunday~
*I think this is hilarious*
*not sorry*

We love these cookies and I made some to enjoy while decorating the tree.  We usually decorate near Gaudate Sunday.

Samwise doesn't know what to make of the tree - 
he has been pretty good though and mostly ignored it.

Playing with settings on my camera - cutting off the top of the tree in the process.

The psychedelic picture I took and didn't realize it.  I love playing with my camera and seeing what comes of it.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Supper With Santa & Sherman Parade

My children look forward to this weekend all year.  It is a whirlwind of fun.  Last year we had icepocolypse on this same weekend, remember...
and everything got cancelled. 

This year we kicked the weekend off right by helping out
Supper with Santa!
We didn't do much, our youth director had it all ready to go but we enjoyed pitching in a little.
We sure made up for this year what we missed out on last year.  

There were chili dogs, and Frito Pie....

Cookie decorating and hot chocolate.

 Supper with Santa is always in conjunction with our downtown Christmas Parade

 We had the best time, and the parade was fantastic.
I wish I had taken more photos, but I was enjoying the event so much.

Once the crowds got there, Pete and I took turns helping Benjamin enjoy the event and check out when he needed to.  We made a great team, the difference was in accepting that this might be hard for Ben before we even got there.  Pete stayed at the back, I stayed at the front and we were surrounded by good friends.  Ben easily went back and forth between us, when it got loud he ventured to Pete and when he was ready he came back up to me.  I love how our friends helped us watch over him without our even asking them to.  When I say we are blessed, I cannot emphasize it enough.

Our little town of Sherman makes for the best, family fun entertainment.  
We love, love, love our community and all it offers!
Plus, it is tons of fun to see your friends and family IN the parade!  What a great night!

Monday, April 28, 2014


Our Friday began with going to a Theatricks Workshop presentation of  "101 Dalmatians" &
 "Robin Hood".
I helped out with the costumes in these fun shows and two of the boys helped out with the workshop.

Tobias (in the hat) played the role of Tobias in Robin Hood - his character was constantly eating in the show so he didn't have to dig too deep to connect with the character and give a performance.  We were really impressed with all the kids, they only had 2 days a week for 3 weeks to put these on, a great job was done by all.

Simon played Little John, chosen because he towers over everyone.  At only 14 he is mistaken for much older all the time.

Once the show was over, we traveled the airport to bring home our Marine!  Here he is enjoying some Saturday morning Duck Tales with #9.  

Saturday evening we enjoyed Sherman's Symphony Orchestra. We are so fortunate our community is blessed with this Orchestra.  Students get in for free, FREE.  It is such a gift to let our children enjoy this culture and the entire evening is family friendly as well as affordable for a large family (like us).  We like to go for ice cream afterwards and hear what the kids thought.  The second part of the program was from a teenage composer, D. Shostakovich, this impressed the older boys a great deal.  Elijah even noted that he thought it sounded like teenage angst in one part.  I love that he said that, and that he was paying attention.

Sunday, Faith helped me prepare a huge Sunday dinner with Jonah's favorites.  Although I didn't make everyone's favorite (tator tot casserole) (and that was brought up more than once) the meal was enjoyed by all and my Mom was able to join us. 
I really let Faith help me, I relied on her for the first time really and she was a HUGE helper in the kitchen.  I am so proud of her!

They are already fighting over who is getting too much mac & cheese.
The menu was:
Baked Ham
Oven Roasted Broccoli

I wish #1 Noah was home for this, but he will be here after graduation on May 10th.  
Oh, and we also had some Apple Pie for dessert!

My heart is full. Divine Mercy Sunday was beautiful.  Canonizations, great feasting, great family.  The older boys ended Sunday with work and Youth Group, I got some gardening in and relaxed with Pete being home!  Then I got to go visit with my sister-n-law, perfect ending to the weekend!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Master of Ceremony for #6

We enjoyed our dessert in reverse order for #6's Master of Ceremony.  He wanted brownies, or sundaes, and we came up with sort of an ice cream soda combination that was a real hit and perfect for an afternoon treat.  #5 was recently diagnosed with  Hypoglycemia and we have worked really hard to eliminate sugar in our home - but we do enjoy a treat (and it was Sunday).  We decided to enjoy these while #5 was at work (funny thing is, he works serving ice cream - but somehow at work it doesn't really want to eat it after serving it all day, but at home it is a different story). 
*I have more to share about that Hypoglycemia diagnosis sometime soon.*

Here is #6 enjoying Stromboli (his choice).  The best pic is on Instagram, with #8 photo bombing!
*recipe at end of post*

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He also selected an episode of Dr. Who for us to watch.  It wasn't this episode, I think it was A Good Man Goes to War.
Little ones can't really see everything about this episode so we also watched a selection for our Wonderful World of Disney Nights too.

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I absolutely love this movie, and my kids enjoy it too.  We had not seen it in a good long while, so it was perfect for last night!

I really enjoy letting my kids have their nights planning the evening.  Sometimes we play games, sometimes we star gaze, sometimes we watch movies.  Since Summer is approaching and longer days are here, they get to vary it up a bit.  I know some of them are planning picnics and hikes for their Master of Ceremony Night.  I can't wait!

*I repeat this 3 times for 3 Stromboli's or to make enough individual ones for my family*
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose or bread flour
1 Tbs yeast
1/2 Tbs salt
2 tsp. sugar
1 Tbs veg. oil (or olive oil)
1 cup warm water
I place all ingredients in my kitchen aide with the dough hook and mix until a sold ball of dough forms (sometimes I need to add a bit more flour) then I place each ball of dough into a large greased bowl, drizzle a little more oil over top and allow them to rest for about 30 mins. while I work on the sauce.

I roll the dough out on a prepared pan and then layer up my ingredients.  We like mozzarella with pepperoni's, hamburger with cheddar cheese, veggies and cheese.  Lots of combinations can be enjoyed.  I then bring up the edges and seal them tight, place in the oven and bake at 400 for about 20 minutes.  If I make individual ones I decrease the heat to about 375 and bake about 15 minutes.

Dipping Sauce for Stromboli
2 (15 oz cans) tomato sauce
1 (15 oz can) crushed tomatoes
4 or 5 cloves garlic crushed or chopped
2 tsp. salt
small onion diced fine (saute onion with garlic then add the rest of the ingredients)
olive oil
Spaghetti Seasoning Blend (I buy the MSG free kind at Sams Club)
Dash of Red pepper
Allow all ingredients to simmer in a sauce pan, keep at a low heat.  Sometimes I also add red wine to this, about 1/2 a cup...if I do, I always add tomato paste as well (about 2 TBS worth).

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Master of Ceremony - #8

#8 got his turn to host Master of Ceremony and he relished every single detail.

His meal:
Chili Dogs
(because he knows how to spoil his siblings)
(Specifically Funyuns, because I never buy them)
Chex Mix

He chose for us to watch an episode of Dr. Who

Asylum of the Daleks [HD]
we watched several milder episodes of Dr. Who from Netflix.

A wonderful time was enjoyed by all!!  I am so glad we brought this back.  #8 really appreciated all the attention he got from his siblings for making plans for a truly fun evening.

In other weekend news:

#6 was in a One Act Play Competition.  Each team had to write and produce their own One Act Play.  They were given an idea and they had to build their script off of that.  The idea given his team was:  Auditions gone wrong.  They came up with a play titled 'Felony to Fame' about a thief who inadvertently stumbles into auditions for 'Romeo and Juliet'.  The thief (played by #6) gets a part and goes on to become a famous actor.  The skit also included auditions from a teen very hip to Urban Dictionary, done in a "Shakespeare in the Hood" fashion (it was hilarious) and could not have been complete without that annoying stage mother pushing her child to audition and then practically doing the whole thing trying to direct her child.  All the skits were great, and I was blown away by the creativity of our Supporting Cast as well as our Director Webster Crocker for all the time and opportunity he provides through the theater.  Felony to Fame got "Best Acting" a little tongue in cheek and totally fun!

On Sunday we had our Wonderful World of Disney movie night and watched...

I always loved this movie growing up, but my kids had never seen it. They loved it, full of adventure, put on your Disney Glasses unrealness, and fun!

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Full Weekend

I've begun working on this beauty again.  #1 selected all the fabrics in this quilt (many years ago).  I have to admit that I am not a fan of the Bear Paw patch, and that has kept me from getting this one done.  A new idea of working in some embroidery blocks has given me a fresh interest and I hope to finish in time for a College Graduation this May!

Two turkeys had a well child visit together - our pediatrician's office is pretty awesome to let this much exuberant boyhood in the door at once!

We made the long journey to return #1 back to college.  It was a full day of driving and worth it for all the great conversation, but oh my was I exhausted!

#5 had his first basketball game of the season.  It was a VERY close game and I may or may not have lost my voice after this one.  Our boys played hard and so well, it was a close score, but in the end we lost.

You can see how interested #7 is in watching her brother play - which is fine, because I love that she got to spend some time with her cousin.

Sunday evening we had my Mom over for her birthday.  I made her this scarf, that is absolutely beautiful in person.  I was really surprised with how easy this was, and how well it turned out.

#7 and I also made her this cake we found at Posie Gets Cozy (gosh I love her blog).  I will make this again and again - absolutely delicious!

Our weekend ended with some Fawlty Towers and knitting new dish clothes.

It was full and wonderful, and I'm still exhausted *smile*

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