Sunday, June 6, 2010

we should be packing . . .

but we've been having way too much fun!

This picture makes me want to cry...he's getting so grown up + wants so badly to be a BIG kid. He tries to keep up with the older kids, it's so darn cute!

We went to the older kids' school for the end of year fair they hold every year. This is their playground.
This was his very first time EVER going down a big slide -
look at his face!
Brody going up the bigger slide, he was too nervous when he got to the top + came back down.
The kids had a blast going booth to booth, collecting toys + candy + playing lots of games (including toss the rubber chicken) Oh those chickens so remind me of Taylor about age 2 - she slept with a rubber chicken for months!

2 firsts in one day!
A sucker...
(don't look, Bry)

I'm so glad Taylor's good friend Madeline was able to join us, it made it all the more fun!

Taylor tried to dunk her Teacher's assistant! She is the cutest girl, so sweet + just loves Tay. Taylor hit the target, but it didn't fall so she let Tay come up and hit the button herself. It was great!

Brody loved the bouncy house most, no surprise there!

Oh and digging for golden coins too of course.

We have been making loads of this YUMMY Cinnamon Swirl Bread, infact some is baking in the oven now. It's been great for thank you gifts too. It is SOOOOOOO easy - despite how much I try to convince my sister I don't think she's made it yet, but seriously if you can make pancakes from scratch you can make this. Your family will LOVE it.

I bake ALL the time, sometimes Bryan has to put his foot down + some recipes are okay + those I don't post, but some are GREAT + this is one of them! I made these a couple days a go + YUM - Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes...

Best Lemonade cupcakes EVER.

1 cup flour
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
pinch salt
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. vegetable oil
2 egg whites
1/4 c. thawed lemonade concentrate
1/4 c. buttermilk
1 t. vanilla

Oven 350. Line 12 muffin cups with liners (makes 12). In small bowl, mix flour through salt. In large bowl, combine sugar through concentrate. Alternately mix in flour mixture with buttermilk into the large bowl. Beat until smooth. Fill muffin cups 3/4 way. Bake 20 min or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely.

I used my favorite strawberry's from SPRINKLES CUPCAKES.

Sprinkles Strawberry Frosting

about 3-4 large strawberries (either frozen or fresh)
2 sticks unsalted butter, firm + slightly cold
pinch of salt
3 1/2 c powdered sugar
1/2 t. vanilla

Put strawberries in food processor. Process until smooth. Beat butter + salt. Slowly beat in sugar + stir in vanilla. Add 3 T. of the strawberry puree. Mix well. Chill if needed for a minute then frost cooled cupcakes.

Bryan spent the entire day Friday on call + arrived home with not a wink of sleep Saturday morning. I let him sleep the morning away while I took Brody + Connor over to watch Connor's soccer game. It was such a beautiful morning. Then the boys and I headed straight over to the gym for my absolute favorite spinning class with my 6 month pregnant instructor who beats the heck out of me - and I have to say - I LOVE every minute of it! It's one of the things I'll miss about this place.

After a lazy afternoon followed by not the slightest bit of interest in cooking dinner we ran over to Five Guys Burgers - we love that place, juicy burgers + a mountain of fries, some cajun style of course. Then we decided that eating that many calories in one sitting deserved a walk on the canal.

I ran in the house, grabbed the bag of bread in the freezer + some popsicles + off we went...

Minus the fact that it's Sunday + Bryan's working a 24 hour call shift once again, it was quite the perfect weekend for our little family. Okay, I'm packing, I promise...starting tomorrow!


Rachel said...

Oh baby Easton! He's so chubby! I love it!
There are about a million reasons why you NEED to move to SG in this post 1 being that we can bake all day everyday together, 2-spin and pilates, 3-so i won't have to miss another second of those cute kids growing up.....
MISS you guys!!!!

Rachel said...

We would definately be the best neighbors! =) I know I could always count on you for a cup of sugar or flour and every now and then a yummy treat!

Haley said...

Why pack? There is so much awesome stuff going on!! Love the pics!! See you soon.

Jen said...

Thanks again for taking Madeline, she had such a great time with you guys.

Emmett and Ashlee said...

Packing is over rated! Cute kids and cute pics. Easton is getting so big. He looks way old.

[BrookeO] said...

AH! I love this post. And baby Easton, holy moley - he is not a baby anymore.

Love the pics and I am totally right there with you, should be packing.......

Emily said...

Glad you will be moving to Colorado soon. You are so close to the finish line! I hope we will get to see you soon. Em