Friday, June 23, 2017

7 Quick Ones!

Is it Friday already?  This week went by fast!

Dan and Peter left on Sunday morning for Boy Scout camp and Sarah and I have been keeping busy.

1.  Sarah made this delicious coconut cream pie for Sunday dessert.  It was so good!  My dad loves coconut cream pie so since it was Father's Day, Sarah decided to make this for him.

Sarah made homemade  coconut whipped cream and it was good on the top of this pie!

2. Even though it's been a fairly rainy/cloudy week, we were able to get in our swim meet on Tuesday evening!  Sarah did great and our team won!  And I have no pictures.  Whoops!

3. Wednesday night at Boy Scout camp is special for the boys because it's family night!  All the troops are allowed to have their family members come in, bring a potluck meal to share with the boys and then go to the Wednesday night campfire.  Peter was very excited to see me (and even Sarah) and both he and Dan were excited for all the non-mess hall food! 

After dinner we attended the campfire together.  Peter was tapped our for Order of the Arrow. If he chooses to pursue this, he will need to attend an Ordeal in the fall back at Camp Raven Knob to officially become a member of the Order of the Arrow.

4.  We didn't get backhome from Raven Knob until 11:30 on Wednesday night which meant I missed my normal 10:00 PM bedtime by 2 hours.  And I felt it yesterday.  I needed to take a 3rd cup of coffee to 9:30 swim practice just to cope!

5.  It's raining this morning (shock!) and it would have been the perfect morning to sleep in but I accidentally set my alarm for 6:00 instead of 7:00.  What is wrong with me??  

6.  I have a hair appointment which is the only reason I even set an alarm!  After the hair appointment, Sarah and I will be running errands to get her ready for her trip to Florida with her Girl Scout troop.

7.  I ordered this new bible study from Take Up and Read and I am really enjoying it.  The readings and the devotions are short so you have enough time to think about the scripture and reflect on it.  Elizabeth Foss and her team did a great job.  

It's called Consider the Lilies and her is my not so successful attempt and showing it with some lilies I just happened to have in my kitchen on the day I received it.

Enjoy your weekend! Don't forget to visit Kelly for more Quick Takes!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Quick Takes

It may be summer but the weeks still feel like they are flying by.  So, in an attempt to catch up, let's do some Quick Takes.

1.  TWO weeks ago, school ended and we had our annual end-of-school celebratory dinner at Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse.  And apparently, I never mentioned it on the blog and certainly didn't post pictures.  And that begs the question, if it didn't get posted on the blog, did it even happen??

My brother joined us!

Both Peter and Dan doing their I'm-posing-for-a-heavy-metal-album-cover face.

Peter and Brad wore matching shirts accidentally.  A guy at the restaurant asked what the meaning was behind the matching shirts.  Ha!  No meaning at all!
2.  We have lots of tomatoes on our bushes!

So very excited about the prospect of a tomato sandwich!

3. One of Peter's latest drawings:

Pretty good, I think!

4. We were supposed to have our first swim meet on Tuesday.  Before I could even snap a picture of the kids in their suits, a clap of thunder came and it was eventually cancelled.  The makeup meet is the week Sarah will be on her Girl Scout trip.  I'm so sad that she will miss two meets this season! :(

5. After our non-swim meet, we went to dinner with Jennfier and her family and I looked up and saw Peter taking a picture of Caity taking a picture of Cheyanne.  This is what Peter captured:
I thought it was neat!

6. So last Saturday we had lime chicken soft tacos for lunch when Cathy arrived.  I took this recipe(which I normally make on the stove top) and doubled everything but the chicken and the topping ingredients and threw it all in the crock pot on Friday.  After 7 hours on low, I shredded the chicken and put it in the fridge.

Then when Cathy arrived, all I had to do was reheat the meat and we had delicious soft tacos.  We added cilantro and some lime creama.  I took regular creama and added lime juice and lime zest and it was so good.  Everyone loved all the lime flavor except Peter.  He said it was too much lime.  You can't please all the people all the time!

7.  Dan's been in Arizona all week and gets home tonight!  Then he and Peter are headed to Boy Scout camp on Sunday for a week.  I already miss them and they haven't even left yet

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Peter's First Concert

A couple a months ago, a friend asked if Peter would like to go to the Iron Maiden concert in June.

Would he???

Um, that would be a giant YES!! (And the best part of all?  We wouldn't have to take him!  Is that horrible? Probably but, y'all, Iron Maiden.)

Unfortunately, the plans fell through and as the concert date approached, Peter grew more and more sullen and ratcheted up the begging of us to take him.

The day before the concert, the kids and I were eating lunch and Peter spent the whole time begging me to take him to Charlotte to see the concert.  And I was very insistent that I was not going to take him. He even suggested that if I didn't want to see the concert that I could just drop him off.


But then during lunch my cell phone rang and it was Dan.  He was on his lunch break and heard a commercial for the concert.  He said they must still have tickets if they are advertising it and he wanted me to check out the details online because he felt like he needed to take Peter.

When I told Peter this, his face lit up and he exclaimed, "God must really want me to go to this show!"


So, I hopped online, purchased them lawn seats (the show was at PNC Pavillion) and as soon as Dan got home from work on Friday night, they headed to Charlotte.

Peter sent me a text  of the crowd:

And this is just one side of the lawn seats. 

He sent me these during the show. He said they announced that there were 16,000 people there.  And then he sent me this text...

"It was amazing." 

Then he sent me a text that said it was going to take forever to get out of there.  They got home around 1:30. 

Dan said that even though he didn't know any of the songs, they put on a very good show and he was able to enjoy it.  The lead singer is 58 and he claimed he was the baby of the group! 

He also said getting out of the parking lot was a nightmare.  I asked him if he he took any pictures of him and Peter and these are the only ones he took.

This is Peter making his metal band album cover face.

And then I realized why it took them so long to get out of the parking lot.  It literally looks like they were the last ones to leave! 

Peter had a great time at his first concert.  And I'm so glad that Dan took him.  However, I think we've created a monster because Peter spent all day yesterday telling me that I should take him and Colton to see Slayer. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

It's good to be 13!

We officially celebrated Sarah's birthday this weekend with a family dinner at my parent's house and  Aunt Cathy came down from D.C. to help celebrate!

She arrived on Saturday morning and took the kids kayaking. They had a great time!

After naps and showers, we headed over to my parent's house for a delicious dinner of filet mignon, twice baked potato casserole, cheesy bread, salad, and red velvet cake!

Here are a few pictures of my girl:

Putting candles on her cake.

Trying unsuccessfully to light the candles!

Dad had to step in and save the day!

Blowing them out!



An iPhone!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Thought they were going to be quick but no...

It's Friday and I haven't blogged in a week so let's see if I've got enough interesting tidbits to do Seven Quick Takes.

1.  This is the first official full week of no school and it has been so nice not having anything to do.  Well, I take that back.  We have had evening swim practice, I had a dentist appointment, and Peter had an orthodontist appointment.  It has been so nice not having to drag the kids out of bed, or listen to them moan about all their homework, or rush off somewhere in the evenings. Things will change a little next week when we add morning swim practice to the routine and I will have to wake the kids up for that

2. This weeks swim practice has been from 7:00 - 7:45 but Sarah is helping out with the younger kids swim practice which is at 6:30.  Since Dan doesn't usually get home from work until 6:30 or so, this means dinner is at 8:00 when we get home from practice.  This is no problem as we normally don't even eat until 7:00 or 7:30 anyway BUT I walk with my friend Jennifer while the kids are practice so this leaves no time to cook dinner.  So - enter the trusty crock pot.  I've been trying some new recipes just to spice things up because no matter how much my husband loves pot roast, even he doesn't want it 5 nights a week!

Last night I gave this recipe for meatloaf a shot.  And it was actually good.  I did add a little pork sausage in with the beef and instead of making the ketchup mixture for the top, I just used Sweet Baby Ray's.  I would definitely make this in the crock pot again!

Here it is looking all pretty in the pot.

3.  Dan's sister Cathy is coming in this weekend and we will officially be celebrating Sarah's birthday with dinner at my parents, cake, and presents!  Last weekend for Sunday dessert Sarah made a strawberry trifle and we put candles on it and sang Happy Birthday since Sunday was her official birthday.

4.  Dan heads out of town on Sunday for a week and when he gets back he and Peter will be going to Boy Scout Camp for a week.  When they get back, Sarah will be going to Florida with her Girl Scout troop for a week.   Everyone is going to be a having a great time and I guess I'll just be home scraping the soap scum off the shower door.

5.  And yes, I'm serious.  My shower door is a hot mess!  Years of soap scum build up are driving me crazy. Nothing work!  I finally found a website that mentioned getting a glass/tile scraper (which is basically a razor blade in a a handle) and scraping the soap scum off.  It works but y'all, it's a slow process.  I spent about 30 minutes on a very small portion of the shower door yesterday and while it looks much, much better, it's still not totally clean.  And this is a small, small section.  I was telling Jennifer that by the time I finally get the entire shower clean, it will have taken so long that the first part I did will be gross again! 

6.  Peter will be taking driver's ed this summer!  My baby learning how to drive?? I can't even!  But yes, it's happening.  He will be 15 in November and you are allowed to take driver's ed 6 months prior to your 15th birthday. And that's now. 

7.  I upgraded my phone this week.  I was due for a free upgrade and my other phone has been acting up.  Doesn't it seem like they make these things to give out in about a year and a half?  The battery wasn't holding a charge which was maddening.  After about an hour of use, the battery would go from 100% charged to 30% charged.  Google also wasn't working all the time.  I would type something in the search screen and it wouldn't do anything.  There were other issues as well so it was time.  I'm loving my Galaxy 8 Plus so far.  I charged it to 100% yesterday morning, used it like I normally use it, and THIS MORNING it still had 40% battery!  Woohoo!

Enjoy your weekend!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Thirteen is...

Thirteen is...

a good student

Thirteen loves to..

Snapchat with her friends
sleep late
eat at Chick-Fil-A
watch Netflix
style an outfit
do her hair
paint her nails
make Sunday lunch desserts
take selfies
eat anything sweet
laugh about funny things from school with her brother
push her brother's buttons

Oh how I love my sweet thirteen.
Happy Birthday, Sarah!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Moving on up!

Last night was Peter's 8th grade graduation mass.

I teared up as they all processed in but I managed to hold it together the rest of the time.  It was a lovely service and now I have a rising high school freshman!  How did this happen???

Peter received the President's Excellence Award, The Social Studies Award, and Yearly Honors.  So proud of my boy!

Each of the students drew of picture of Mary in art class earlier this month  and presented it to their parents last night.  And on the back was a prayer each had written asking for their parents to pray specific things for them in the coming year.  So very sweet.  Peter chose Mary Queen of Heaven and I think I'm going to have to frame this and hang it up!

Congratulations Our Lady of Mercy Class of 2017!

Sarah asked Peter why Mary was so brown and Peter replied, "Because that's the color she really was."

All the boys!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Graduation Dance!

Last night was the graduation dance!

The 7th grade hosts the dance and is in charge of decorations, food, etc.  I spent the morning at school getting everything ready.

Our theme was Mardi Gras and we decked the cafeteria out in green/yellow/purple and there were masks, beads and balloons!

I think it turned out great - especially considering we had no budget!  The other moms that helped me were awesome!

It is tradition that the 7th graders escort the 8th graders into the dance.  But because there were less 7th graders than 8th graders, some of them had to double up.

Here are all the 8th Graders before we went in to watch the video they made of pictures of themselves from PreK to 8th grade.  It was such a sweet video and I did not tear up once!

Here's Peter (and Daniel) being escorted in by Margaret.

And here's Sarah escorting Cian.

My kiddos before the dance:

And a couple of random shots of the cafeteria:

It sounds like the kids had a good time!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The song that launched a thousand tears....

Remember the other day when I was recapping the 8th grade/Kindergarten Buddy Luncheon and I mentioned a song that made me cry right there in the middle of the cafeteria?  Well maybe cry wasn't quite the right word - silent sobbing may have been more accurate.

I was driving along from one errand to another this morning and I was listening to WBFJ as I normally do.  (I switch between WBFJ and K-Love as long as I'm in the car alone. The rest of my family have made it perfectly clear to me that they do not want to listen to my "Jesus music".)

I didn't recognize the tune that was playing but the lyrics made my ears perk up.


I was sure I was never going to hear it again and I really wanted to know what it was but when one is silently sobbing while one's child is sternly saying, "Stop crying or you are going to make me cry," it's hard to remember  the lyrics of a song so that one can Google it later when one isn't sobbing. are the lyrics just in case you have a child that is growing up on you and while you are happy they are growing up, you still don't want them to be in such a damn rush so just slow down already.

Slow Down
by Nicole Nordeman

Here's to you
You were pink or blue
And everything I wanted
Here's to you
Never sleeping through
From midnight till the morning
Had to crawl before you walked
Before you ran
Before I knew it
You were trying to free your fingers from my hand
'Cause you could do it on your own now somehow

Slow down
Won't you stay here a minute more
I know you want to walk through the door
But it's all too fast
Let's make it last a little while
I pointed to the sky and now you wanna fly
I am your biggest fan
I hope you know I am
But do you think you can somehow
Slow down

Here's to you
Every missing tooth
Every bedtime story
Here's to Barbie cars, light saber wars
Sleeping in on Sunday
Had to crawl
Before you walked
Before you ran
Before I knew it
You were teaching me
The only thing love can
Hold hands through it
When it's scary, you've got me

Slow down
Won't you stay here a minute more
I know you want to walk through the door
But it's all too fast
Let's make it last a little while
I pointed to the sky and now you wanna fly
I am your biggest fan
I hope you know I am
But do you think you can somehow
Slow down

Please don't roll your eyes at me
I know I'm embarrassing
But someday you'll understand
You'll hold a little hand
Ask them if they can

Oh oh ho oooh
'Cause it's all too fast
Oh oh ho oooh

I am your biggest fan
I hope you know I am
But do you think you can
Slow down
Slow down