Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter and Birthday Dinner at Nana's House

We celebrated my mom's birthday at her home this afternoon with a wonderful Easter lunch.   We had ham, cute deviled chick eggs, potato salad, rolls, fruit salad, green salad, green beans, mac and cheese, and Dewey's cake squares for dessert!  The children worked really hard on special cards for her and were excited to share them.  Rachel had to head back to school, so it wasn't a long party, but it was a great day.  Happy Birthday to the BESTEST MOMMIE in the whole world.  I love you, more than I know how to express in words.  I am proud to be your daughter.  Proud that my children call you Nana.  You are an inspiration and source of strength to me on a daily basis.

Nana's Birthday Dinner

My mom's birthday was Easter Sunday, so we went out to eat on Saturday night to celebrate!  Andrew and Ryan were adventurous and wanted to try sushi. 

This is a kid's meal.  Seriously?!?!?!?!

Dinner was delicious and it was a fun way to end our fun day together! Our last stop was to get frozen yogurt, but sadly there are no pictures of dessert.

Easter Outfits

As the weatherman had fore casted rain for Easter Sunday, we took pictures of the children in their Easter outfits on Saturday after naps.   I planned to wear a dress the color of Molly's bow, and I wanted us all to coordinate, so I looked for a sash to go with Molly's white dress.  Etsy had them for way more than I was willing to spend, so I made the sash myself.   Molly liked the way it turned out, and Chad liked that I spent literally a tenth of the cost making it myself.  

The Egg Hunt at Our Home

On Saturday, Easter Eve, six loving adults filled and hid 192 eggs for three very sweet children to find.  

Well, the three very sweet children helped fill them, too. 

Decorating Easter Eggs

Countdown to Disney Movie Night: Swiss Family Robinson

 Our family loves Swiss Family Robinson.  We read the book to the children a couple of years ago and then watched the movie.  It has been a favorite ever since.   Chad and I love the invincibility of the pirates who can jump higher than tigers, who are able to survive being crushed by 1000 pound logs, and are impervious to the explosion of grenades.

 I challenged the children to build their own tree houses.  Andrew made this one out of Magnatiles.

The boys dressed up as pirates.

And we made yummy banana boats.   My mom and sister joined us.  They had never made banana boats before.  Rachel's roommate came, too!

 Andrew, who is not fond of bananas, made apple boats instead.  Hot caramel chocolate apple goodness!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Disney Countdown Movie Night: Beauty and the Beast

This week we chose to watch Beauty and the Beast as part of our countdown to Disney.  We had our own fancy royal dinner.  The children chose their own royal costumes for the evening.  The boys decided they needed to make their own crowns.  Molly has two Belle dresses.  A winter Belle dress and a ballroom Belle dress (that is way too little for her now).  She switched back and forth between the two.

We made stained glass eggs for our pre-dinner activity.

Our dinner menu consisted of items from the song "Be Our Guest."  We had "Soup du Jour", "Hot Hors d’oeuvres" "Bread," "Sparkling Cider," and "Pie and Pudding" (but not flambe!) I wanted to have some "gray stuff," but couldn't figure out what might be delicious and gray.  We ate by candlelight and had fun making toasts.  

My favorite part of the night happened when we were watching the movie.  The scene where Belle and the Beast dance came on the screen.  Andrew went unprompted to Molly and asked her to dance with him.  He twirled her around and successfully dipped her.  Ryan asked me to dance.  He tried to dip me, but I was just a bit too tall......... and heavy.  It was very sweet, though.

Now to figure out which movie to do next week!  There are just too many wonderful ones to choose from!

First Baseball Game

Andrew is playing machine pitch Pee Wee Little League this year.   Our first game was Saturday afternoon.   His team is the Braves.  They won 5 to 3.    He played outfield this game.   Nana came to watch him play, too!  Andrew is having fun learning how to play the game.  He has really great coaches who are very kind.

District Pinewood Derby

Andrew's third place win at our pack derby earned him a spot at the District Pinewood Derby.  Chad took Andrew and his friend Corbin to compete Saturday morning.  I stayed home with Ryan and Molly.  Both Andrew and his friend Corbin were in different heats.  They both won four of their races.  Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your view point) those wins were not enough to qualify either of them for the four hour long finals that took place after lunch.  So they headed home in time for Andrew's first baseball game of the season.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy Leprechauns Day!

Before going to bed Saturday night, Andrew made a leprechaun trap.  Then slept right next to it to try and watch out for those sneaky little elves.  He said he was going to pretend to be asleep, and stay awake all night long.  Luckily for those leprechauns, Andrew really fell asleep in less than 10 minutes.  Well, those leprechauns came and turned all of our toilet water green, painted the kiddos' faces with green polka dots , and left gold candy on their pillows and in the traps instead of gold money!  They also left a very cleverly written poem with the candy.

The children thought their green faces were hysterical, but the boys' washed their faces off before I could snap a picture.  Molly loved her dots though and would have worn them all day!

We had our once a year treat of Lucky Charms with green milk and they were magically delicious!

After church, we headed to see Nanie Too-Too, to celebrate Leprechauns Day (as Molly calls it).

Nanie is not feeling well enough to cook, so I brought our lunch with us for our little elves.  (My Aunt Annie brought lunch for Nanie). I served mini St. Patty cheeseburgers, mac and cheese, green beans, and a rainbow fruit salad, with green juice boxes.

While trying to boil water for the mac and cheese,  I turned on the wrong burner and caught her stove on fire.  That was pretty terrifying and stressful.  Not to mention very embarrassing. There were baskets and dish towels on top of the burner cover as well.  I felt so worried that I caused her undue stress.  I am sure she wishes we had just stayed home.

Molly helped herself to some of Too-Too's candy as an appetizer and then again as dessert.  My Nanie has dozens of beautiful crystal candy dishes all over her house.  I love that my children are sneaking candy out of the very same dishes my cousins and I did when we were little!

Since I am not currently posting on my Mommy and Me blog, here are a couple of pics of our art projects from this week.

Ryan helped me make this rainbow rice for his class at school.

Molly made this pretty and yummy rainbow necklace.

And fingerpainted a yellow and blue makes green shamrock!