Sunday, October 28, 2012


Aubrey still loves music, and loves to dance. I wanted to catch her "spin move" which is at the beginning of the video. If you make it to the end, you'll hear my laugh as she tries to imitate Wayne playing air guitar.

And I include the next video, because Tyler is finally joining in. Normally he hates when we have our little dance parties, but apparently this music he likes. Eeek. My ears hurt.

Trunk or Treat

We enjoyed going to Trunk or Treat this year. I caught a quick picture before they started trick or treating. I think Tyler was trying to look intimidating as a vampire...

Tyler playing Pumpkin Golf

Fall Treats

Cooking and baking are a hobby for me, and a stress reliever. I'm still trying to limit my sugar/naughty foods, but these are a few treats I've made in the last week (or two) that I would recommend you make soon. :)
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I don't know if they are perfect, but they are good. They kept a nice chewy texture on the inside and slight crunch on the outside, even after being frozen and defrosted to serve again last night at Trunk or Treat.
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I avoid making sugar cookies, even though I love how they taste, because of the work of rolling them out, cutting shapes, etc. With this recipe, you make drop cookies, frost and put on sprinkles. Easy peasy. I used orange and brown for the frosting and fall sprinkles (from the Target dollar section) as a treat for Trunk or Treat.

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Wayne loves Chex mix. The Pioneer Woman adds fresh garlic and Tabasco to spice it up a little. I didn't have Tabasco on hand, so I used Sriracha. I really liked the slight heat the garlic and Sriracha added. This was another snack for last night...and before and after last night...

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Tyler's class party is Wednesday, for Halloween of course. I gave him some options for our contribution for a snack, and this was his pick. It's a mix of white chocolate, semi sweet chocolate with the addition of Reese's Pieces. It's pretty yummy. But what Puppy Chow isn't?

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I made these burgers a couple of weeks ago. My modification was to use 1 lb ground beef, 1 lb sausage and made it into 7 patties instead of 4. They were still plenty big for us. I just need to get the ingredients on hand again so we can make more. They are delicious!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Parks and Rec

Though most of the shows I watch these days are reality tv, I really enjoy Parks and Recreation. This segment struck my funny bone. This might be one of those times where you need a little more background to "get it" or it might be that it just struck me as funny. Anyway, I'll stop rambling...enjoy...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Spider or Cider

I took this video a week ago...I like her nod at the end that says, "See, I did it." :) heh heh heh

Monday, October 8, 2012

Helmet head

Tyler's 8!

Saturday, Tyler turned 8! 

Friday was Breakfast with Moms at his school. I joined him at school for a school breakfast. I think we were both happy that he normally eats breakfast at home. But, it was nice to spend time together.

That afternoon, I brought Whoopie Pies for his birthday treat. My favorite part was being able to take him to and from school that day since he normally rides the bus.

Saturday, after the breakfast of his choice (hashbrowns, eggs, toast, and sausage), we headed to the kids' Dentist's office for their Patient Appreciation day. The kids enjoyed checking out the fire truck, police car, and playing some games.

We came home and let Tyler open his birthday gifts from us. Including a Leatherman multi-tool. (Daddy thought this was a good gift for camping trips). A package from Grandpa Norm and Grandma Carol arrived just as he finished opening our gifts. Great timing! With lots of safety advice, and direction from Daddy, Tyler carefully used his new knife to open his new toys. I was scurrying around getting prepared for the afternoon party and came upstairs to find Wayne washing Tyler's finger at the sink. Tyler was trying to open the knife and cut his finger. Wayne told me he thought Tyler might need stitches. So, Tyler's first trip to the ER was on his eighth birthday. I told Tyler this would be a birthday he wouldn't forget. (He argued that it ruined his birthday, but I think it turned out alright after all). The doctor suggested that he could glue it, but it would heal with just a bandaid, so we just did that. Whew!

Here he is, after we made it back home.

In the afternoon, he had a few friends over for a Ninja/Ninjago themed birthday party. (I must credit most of my ideas/planning to Craft Interrupted).  We had originally intended to start the party with a game of minigolf, but Saturday was the coldest day we've had yet this fall (I think it was in the upper 40's) and it was spitting rain on and off. So, we just stayed at our house.

We started with a treasure hunt. Here, they are hunting for a clue in the Legos.

Here, they were instructed to each pop a balloon by sitting on it to receive their next clue. (I didn't realize Wayne was video taping...but you'll see that I wondered if this was such a good idea after all...).

Their "treasure" was personalized Ninja headbands.

Next, they all worked on decoding their "Ninja names."

 Then, of course, we needed to take some Ninja pictures (with Sensei Wu beards).

There was a game of "pin the beard on Sensei Wu" which they got a kick out of.

Then, they decorated their Ninja stars and practiced throwing them.

I made a Ninjago pinata. (Something I've never done before, so Wayne and I worried it would all be over too soon). Luckily, it lasted for everyone to have at least 3 turns before it finally opened.

Afterward, they jumped on the trampoline with the pinata until not much remained...

A little picture of the table, (Chinese takeout boxes held the party treats).  We had snacks, including Fushi (fake sushi from rice krispie treats).

We played a little game that we planned to call "Poor Kitty." But, true to the ninja theme, it morphed into "I'm Sensei Wu, I like to drink tea..." (The goal is to try not to smile, or you are "it"...I don't think anyone was able to stay out of the middle).


Happy Birthday, Tyler! We love you!!!

We ended the evening with dinner at Ziggy's - Tyler's (new) favorite pizza place.

Sunday, we celebrated with Ted and Sue. Dinner was Tyler's request - we had shrimp cocktail, chicken curry with rice, pickles, spinach salad, cheese, etc. We skyped with Aunt Rachel, Jillian and Reid, and later talked to Grandpa Norm on the phone. What a great way to wrap up a fun birthday weekend!

Wichita Air Show

Last Sunday, Wayne and Tyler went to the McConnell Air Show. They had a great time. Wayne took a bunch of pictures and video, and has been wanting to share that with my Dad. Here is a little preview, Dad.

(I don't know why it's not letting me make this picture bigger).


I feel like it's been busy around here. Last weekend while Wayne and Tyler were at the air show, I got a few pictures of my little muffin. She cracks me up!

And on another day.
I guess paper becomes old news as a canvas...