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Friday, August 1, 2014

VBS Week

You know your week is off to great start when your boys kick off Monday with a birthday party for Gravedigger complete with dinosaurs and his friends...


...their imagination never ceases to make me smile.  You think we go to enough birthday parties??  No complaints here!

This week the boys are going to the Workshop Of Wonders VBS.  I knew the building theme would be a hit with them...


...I stayed and volunteered on Monday to help the boys ease into the fun and was so impressed with the day's activities.  The boys had a blast!!  What's not to love about music, science experiments, crafts, snacks, playtime, and learning about God.  I'm thrilled that they get to be a part of it and are truly enjoying themselves.  



Monday's craft was a latern...


...painting with glue and then sticking tissue paper onto the glue was definitely a big undertaking with 24 three and four year olds :-) 

Another highlight of the VBS program is the fantastic tree they have right outside the facility... 


...the boys have dubbed it the "awesome tree" and I have to agree. It's very cool!!  You better believe there was playtime on it every day after I picked them up.  

Tuesday morning kicked off with some very excited boys...


While the boys were at VBS on Tuesday, I had fun doing my usual stuff.  This week's story time reads involved a duck and counting theme...


...it was quacktastic :-).  

Tuesday's creation at VBS was an adorable robot...


Wednesday was another fun day at VBS.  The boys were a little clingier as I left and they are definitely exhausted from having to be "on" every day this week but it's good for them.  They had another great day and came home singing all of the songs and going on and on about their day.  They definitely love the science experiments and the snacks :-)

We did our usual produce thing and finished up the day at Story Time where the featured stories were... 


...the boys got in on a little gardening action with Mr. William while they were there too.  Fun stuff...


Thursday was another fun day at VBS.  The boys are definitely my mom's grandkids cause they just can't get enough of the science portion of the day.  Today they mixed oil and food coloring in bottles...


...they love to shake them and tell us all about how they work.  

They also learned about the loaves and fishes story.  Apparently Mason got ahold of a little bit of the miracle because he had 4 fish in his basket...


Check out the awesome group they've been hanging out with...


I ran a couple of errands and spent some time browsing Home Goods where I finally got us some new throw rugs...


I also enjoyed some quiet time at home and listened to a Focus on the Family podcast about learning styles while painting my nails.  Love this color...


...I felt kind of indulgent just hanging home alone but then stumbled across this instagram post and felt much better...


...perfect timing for my somewhat unproductive morning.

Thursday night, we celebrated the boys' baptism birthday with a little pizza dinner out.  It was a goofy family night complete with onion eyepatches...



...and goofy snuggles...



I had fun showing the boys pictures and telling them about their baptism...

 
They were worried I was going to make them go to the front of the church for another baptism so we got to talk about how you only have to do it once.  Boy were they relieved.  :-) 

Friday was a fantastic last day of VBS.  The boys raved about the bounce house, the playground, and the popsicles.  That's a winning combo for them.  I liked the slime and the artwork they brought home...


I also enjoyed seeing everyone together for the closing little ceremony, even though my boys refused to particpate...silly boys!  Maybe one day they'll come around...I hope.  We can't wait for next year.  

I, for one, am thrilled the weekend is almost here.  It's been a rough week behavior-wise with the boys.  I'm sure it was a hard week for them too since it was such a different routine for them.  I'm ready to hopefully get some relaxation in and I'm sure the boys are too.  I didn't even go to VBS and for some reason, I'm beat too.  Looking forward to some quality family time with these goofballs...


...after they're done with their nap.  Maybe I'll go take one now too :-)

Have a lovely weekend!















Thursday, July 31, 2014

Things I'm Loving Thursday

I see these "Things I'm Loving" posts all over the place and I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon this week.  Here's some of my favorite things as of late...

1.  Kombucha...


...this isn't my usual brand but it's organic and it's on sale lately at the Fresh Market so I'm a temporary convert.  The lemon raspberry ginger flavor is my favorite!  It's delicious and incredibly good for you.

2.  PiYo...


...this is not getting old any time soon.  I am noticing huge improvements in my core strength, my balance, and my attitude towards fitness.  I'm learning I don't have to torture myself to see change.  Amazing stuff!!


3.  Snyders Gluten Free Pretzels


...I am not gluten-intolerant, but I do feel better when I limit gluten in my diet.  I also don't eat a lot of empty carbs but I've been running more lately and notice a huge difference in my energy levels when I include some carbs in my diet and these are one of my new favorite indulgences.  

4.  VBS...


...these two are having a great time this week and are learning so much.  It's a good reminder for me to keep my faith instruction fun so they continue to be so enthusiastic about it.  I'm glad I volunteered on Monday to see what a great job they're doing with the kids.

5.  My spiralizer...



...I'm using it to make all kinds of yummy food.  The latest thing I tried was broccoli noodles made from the stalks, marinated overnight with greek dressing, olives, feta, and carrots.  Insanely good!  Noticing a love for food here??  :-)  

What are you loving lately?  Hope you're finding some good stuff too.  





Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summertime Fun

It's funny...I thought this summer was going to be nice and relaxing, you know, laid back like summers used to be...it's not happening around here though.  Guess that's the way things go when you have two busy three year old boys.  What our summer has lacked in down time, it's more than made up for in adventure.  Last week was no exception.  

After a few trips to the chiropractor, lots of PiYo and stretching, and listening to my body, I'm back to my regular, regular for summer that is, running routine.  Woohoo!  That makes me one happy mama!  We always seem to find something exciting on our stroller adventures...


...this was the highlight of one of our very hot afternoon runs last week.  Fun stuff!  I welcomed the break to stop and watch it in action :-)

We've been knee deep in delicious summer fruit this season thanks to Annie's Organic Buying Club...


...oh pluots, how I've missed you.  We can't wait for more sweet cherries tomorrow too.  Yum!!!

On produce day, I usually play around in the kitchen too since I'm stuck there all afternoon.  Last week's experiment turned out to be the best gluten free cookies I've made so far...


...this recipe is a winner!  I subbed coconut oil for the butter and added maple syrup instead of molassas since that's what I had on hand.  I'm trying it with chocolate chips next time.  They are three year old approved too which is a definite plus in my book.  

Despite the heat, we made time for some outdoor fun, making sure to do it earlier in the day.  Last week we had fun at the bouncy bridge park.  It had been a while since we'd been there...


When we got too hot there, we cooled off with some dollar bowling...


...we were a little distracted by the cartoons at the end of the lane...


...oh well.  $2 well spent in my opinion :-)

Our air-conditioned indoor fun has included lots of blocks lately...


...and multiple trips to the library as well.  Check out the new computer game we found that taught us about the human body...


...gotta love the loud 3 year old comments coming from learning about organs...haha!

Of course we always stock up on books when we're there too...


...you better believe we read this entire stack over lunch as soon as we got home.  Love that they love books as much as I do.

Of course no summer week is complete without a trip to the water park.  Last week's discovery...

...learning how to splash the person that's trying to squirt you by putting your hand on the squirter :-)  Funny stuff!

On Saturday, we had some fun building a taco truck at Lowes...



...they were pretty proud of their work and figured their fish bob would enjoy looking at their handiwork too...


...obviously, we was impressed but wanted to make sure there were no fish tacos being made on that truck ;-)

Sunday was the perfect mellow ending to our weekend.  We took a ride to the Green Market and got some honey sticks and a dragonfruit...


...spent lots of time outside, climbing trees...


...jumping on the trampoline...


...feeding the ducks...



...getting work done...


...swimming, and relaxing...


There were no complaints about our evening entertainment...


...what's not to love about a sunset like that and entertaining music like this...


...it was the perfect ending to a perfect family day.  Hope your week was fantastic as well.