Fun Fiesta Birthday Party

My baby turned one, or should I say “uno” last week! I cannot believe the speed in which this last year has passed by! Like a super-duper whirlwind! Is that normal? Maybe it’s just that there are so many people around me all the time, it feels like a whirlwind… maybe that’s it : )

We had a fiesta for Oaks’s first birthday. It seemed a good idea since it is so close to Cinco de Mayo. And who can pass up chips and cheese dip/guac/salsa… better yet, mango salsa? Not me. It was quite yummy! And we had a fun time hanging with family as usual!

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These balloons are so fun! And they don’t require helium.

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I made burrito cakes! Each “burrito” is a vanilla sponge cake rolled up with buttercream icing inside and decorated with icing and starburst candies. Wrapped up in its foil, you really can’t tell it’s cake from a distance! We had fun eating it, too!

He started sipping from a straw too! Way to go, Oaksie!

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I love that you are getting so big, but I’m sad it’s going by so fast! This year you’ve helped me keep my cool and have brought much peace to my heart.

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You have three teeth and sweet little curls. You love to eat, can crawl and pull up, like to dance, like to imitate laughing, can clap, say “ball”, “mama”, “dada” and what sounds to be ” Ezra” (big brother).  You’re not sleeping through the night yet. You are a good shopping buddy and like to people watch.  You love to wrestle with the brothers in the pillows. Everybody loves you! (especially me) Each day is brighter because you are in it!

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Happy first birthday, my baby!

Our Chicken Journey: Week Two

These little ladies are growing so fast! We brought them home two weeks ago and they are making their way into our hearts pretty quickly! It’s fun to watch the kids interact with them. And the chicks are becoming less jumpy around the kids! Every time you put your hand into the box, you will most likely bring back a chicken! They like to perch on your finger. I already feel like they’ve taken to me as their “mama” (since I am the one mostly taking care of them ; )

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We found a free chicken run that needs some TLC but hey, it was free!

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Now all we have to get is a hen house for them to roost in at night. We are hoping to find something affordable on-line but might end up constructing something ourselves…. but we still have some time.

We took them on their first backyard excursion and they loved it!

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Ez, the chicken whisperer.

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Roosting practice!

The chickens have moved out of the house (yeah!) and are living in a giant dog crate in the carport. The kitchen was getting kinda stinky ; ) And I think we are all allergic to chickens or pine shavings or something… quite a few colds are a brewing coincidentally. Maybe it’s just the wonderful pollinated spring air…or it’s the chickens!

So far it’s been really fun to have chickens! And I just have to keep thinking it’s fun!

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A few more Parties with my People

I have five children and guess what? They all have a birthday. At this point in time there have been 18 birthday parties (the baby is not quite a year old, so no party yet: )). That’s a lot of parties!

There are two spring babies and one in each of the other seasons. I love how that worked out! We get to celebrate all year long!

I have written about a few of the parties over the years (found on my party gallery page) but I haven’t kept up like I’ve wanted to. Sometimes it’s just too much trouble to host, plan, decorate, and photograph a party by yourself, let alone write about the whole thing! But I do like looking back on what we did and seeing how the kiddos grow over the years.

So I thought I’d share some photos from other parties we’ve had. Some have themes, some don’t. But all are memorable and bring a smile to my face when I see those sweet memories!

Ezra’s 4th Birthday Pirate Party

Satchel’s First Birthday – Geometric shapes and bold colors

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Satchel’s Bug Birthday Party

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Piper’s Spring themed 4th birthday Party – rabbits and flowers

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Knox’s 3rd Birthday Party – Superheros!

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Our Chicken Journey: Week One

This week on the first day of spring, I took two little boys and a baby to the local farm and garden/tractor supply store. Our mission: to look at baby chicks. It was the glorious first day of spring and I had a hunch we would find some baby animals to “ooh” and “ahh” over. And it’s fun, cheap (cheep!) entertainment for kids. (that and watching construction… and road paving)  Anyway, thirty minutes later we arrived home with a box of baby chickens- three days old- to be exact; freshly hatched peepers!

I had hopes of getting chickens this year, eventually. But I definitely had not planned to get them that day. It just kinda happened. The boys were really excited and I felt excited with them. We are going to DO this!

So thanks to the haul of diapers we get every other month, the chicks would stay in a large amazon box. I purchased all the start-up supplies and set up their little habitat… in our kitchen. And there they live, peeping away, eating, drinking and sleeping (and definitely pooping).

We have chickens ya’ll.

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Meet Becky (black Australorp), Speedy McNugget (golden laced Wyandotte), Rey (Silver Laced Wyandotte), and Pip (Buff Orpington). All sweet little hens who will one day provide us with some sweet little eggs!

For the next two weeks they will be inside. Which means I have two weeks to figure out a plan! They are growing so fast! They are already getting little feathers and look slightly taller than a few days ago.

I’m challenging myself to stay positive throughout this chicken keeping experience. So far, so good! Iv’e read lots of articles with tons of advice and pinned many chicken keeping ideas on pinterest (who knew it was so popular?). But no matter how much I read and hear other’s chicken keeping stories,  I think the best way we will learn about it is to jump right in and do it! Embrace the peeping and the pooping!

So that’s what we are gonna do!

More to come on our backyard chicken keeping journey!

 

The Playing Days

While they ran around the yard, I grabbed my camera to hopefully capture a few candid moments of their happy playing. The simple game was to slide down one at a time and run into the person in front. A burst of laughter each time the next one came down and rammed the other. It was such simple fun. I love it when they get static hair. I just sat there and watched them keep going, one after the other, up the ladder, down the slide, bumping into a brother or sister and just cracking up! It made me happy to see them playing together in harmony if at least for a little while. It will be good for them to see and remember the carefree days when they played together and made up silly games.

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A side note, just so I will remember… this day was good… even though one kid has croup, one missed school because of fever and I probably got 3 hours of sleep that night before, it was still good. And did I mention I love slide static hair?

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I’m so thankful to God that I have these babies. I struggle most days to try and make life fun for them. Usually I feel that my time is pulled so thin across all of my duties as a wife and mom that I end up like that duck in Sandra Boynton’s Happy Hippo Angry Duck book. They remind me daily that it’s OK to be silly; it’s a requirement even!

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And can we just talk about this kid’s sweater for a second? Baby model! He is really into making his own clothing choices these days. But babies and sweaters…and that stare though…it’ll burn a hole through you!

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Can we say stair steps?

 

On your mark … get set …… Go-fer! Ghost! Goat!

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Go!

On to the next thing!

 

 

A Construction Themed Party

This past week we celebrated another birthday! My sweet third baby turned three years old. We had a small party and celebrated with family. It was fun!

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We had pizza, bread sticks, salad and fruit for supper then finished off with cake and ice cream.

We planned for it to be a surprise and I think it worked. He was surprised and kept talking about all the people at his party! It’s pretty easy to keep a secret from a 3-yr-old!

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Somebody kept eating the chocolate off of his cake!

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They had fun with this and then went outside to ride scooters because the weather was unusually warm!

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Little brother liked his hat!

We had a memorable day.

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It’s hard to believe he’s three!

Easy Cheesy Quiche Puffs

Some of my favorite foods are dairy products…yogurt, milk, ice cream, and of course, CHEESE! It brings boring foods to life. Bake it, sprinkle it, or dip it, cheese is yummy in so many ways!

Today, as usual, my children followed me around the house asking me for a “snack.” They pretty much do this all day. They are snack-ers. But who doesn’t love a tasty snack? Well I was ready for them today. I whipped up a batch of easy cheesy quiche puffs. They are golden cheesy goodies perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and, of course, snack!

Here is the easy recipe!

Ingredients:

1 can crescent rolls

2 eggs

1/4 cup milk

dash of pepper

dash of garlic powder

dash of nutmeg

Mozzarella and cheddar cheeses for sprinkling

1. Take crescent rolls out of tube and roll out onto a cookie sheet or cutting board (quickly so they don’t get too mushy)

2. Disregard perforation lines and smoosh them together to make one big crescent roll sheet

3. Using a pizza cutter, cut the big rectangle into 12 smaller rectangles. (they don’t have to be perfect!!)

4. Spray a mini muffin tin lightly with oil.

5. Press individual pieces of roll into muffin holes (in my muffin tin, which has 24 holes, I alternated every other hole) or you could double the recipe and get 24 puffs)

6. Now mix up eggs, milk, pepper, garlic powder and nutmeg. (I mixed them in a bowl with a spout for pouring)

7. Carefully pour (or spoon) egg mixture into rolls. (just a little, not too full)

8. Sprinkle cheeses on top

9. Bake for 10-12 min on 350  F.

10. Eat them up!

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Until next time!