October 31, 2012

happy halloween!

Noah was so excited to be Spiderman this year! He has seen all his movies and cartoons over and over. He told Britt last year on Halloween night that this year that is what he wanted to be. He had seen a Dad dressed up like Spiderman that night and he pretended to spin a web for Noah. He couldn't stop talking about it how cool it was! I got his costume about a month ago. I let him try it on once to see if it would fit and of course he had to try out all his excellent Spiderman moves. Whatever Noah is for Halloween the minute he puts on his costume he is immediately in character. I remember the year Britt was so sick and pregnant with Emeri and he just had this kind of funky car costume. He didn't care though. The minute he put it on he was zooming around the house pretending like he was a car. We had been pretty depressed because Britt was so sick but he made all of us lol that night! As for Emeri this year she was a lot harder because she basically doesn't like anything on her head and almost all costumes have headpieces  The one thing she will wear is a light hood. She does try to pull it off like when we try to put a bow on her but when she pulls straight up it won't come off like a bow. So the one costume that worked was Little Red Riding Hood. So that was it and she seemed pretty happy with it!
Matt and his friends continued on with the Super Hero theme this year. Matt being the Joker and his friends as Batman and Robin :) Danielle did not get dressed up this year which is a first since she was a little girl. Her life as been crazy lately with travel and her wedding. She always has the best costumes! Looking forward to having her back in the swing of things next year!

October 21, 2012

march 2012 rewind

I went to Britt's for St. Patricks Day and we did a lot of picture taking and cookie making. Love every minute I get to hang out with these kiddos!
Noah's favorite part, dipping in the cookie dough :)
or maybe putting sprinkles on.
get in my belly...yum!!
A striped and flowered bathing suit I got Emeri so she is ready to 
hit the beach in the summer. Love her big big eyes!
Noah loves soccer and is always up for practice. He can't wait 
for this fall when he will be playing on a team.
A moment I don't want to forget and saw many times in Emeri's first year.  
Attached to her Mom in her front pack to always be close to her :)
A kiss in the park ♥ as we say goodbye to March.

October 13, 2012

february 2012

Catching up, from the many months I missed!
First up Valentines 2012
 Back in the days when Emeri would wear a bow...haha! 
Love the way Noah looks out for his little sister :)
Emeri's favorite little red chair. It is just her size and 
she loves to sit in it and feel like a big girl!
She always keeps an eye on her big brother. He has been known to 
get in a bit of mischief once in awhile :)
We also went camping in Death Valley in February with Danielle, Tom and his parents. 
So great having them close by so we can do things like this.
Tom and his Mom made us their delicious campfire tacos 
with homemade salsa. So yummy!
Tons of beautiful scenery 
My beautiful Mom turned 84 this last February 10. Still is as healthy and active as ever!
Noah & Liam...buddies, celebrating Liam's 4th birthday at the end of the month.
They are so much alike and always have so much fun together!
Jump House Fun
My sweet girls ♥
My little buddy who always keeps us entertained!

October 12, 2012

recipe fail

Wow I haven't done a blog post since June. Was so busy with Danielle's wedding and enjoying this summer. With Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook it sometimes seems unnecessary. Yet, there are times I like to put down my thoughts which work better on a blog. A lot has been going on but first I wanted to post about this recipe I just tried. Cup of Joe has been posting recipes with the catch title The Best You Will Ever Have!  When I saw "The Best Brussel Sprouts You Will Ever Have" come up I had to try it. Brussel Sprouts are my fave. This recipe included Fish Sauce which I have never used but had been meaning too. I love fish and so I read what was in the bottle of Fish Sauce and it said it was made out of anchovies. I thought to myself this is going to be good because I love anchovies and I can eat them right out of the package. I chopped the herbs and garlic for the sauce and then opened the jar. Wow it was the worst smell ever! I couldn't figure out what was going on since it was made out of anchovies and I love them. I thought maybe after I put in all the ingredients it would change the taste. So I left the sauce in the fridge overnight to marry the flavors. Did not work! In the morning it was still horrible and had to throw it out. Wasn't about to serve it to my guests. I ended up roasting the Brussel Sprouts at 425 with olive oil, garlic pepper and salt and sprinkling them with parmesan cheese. My usual way of cooking them. So much for trying to put a new spin on them. Britt called me the next day and said she had tried 3 recipes on my Pinterest page and they were all amazing. So funny because one of them was a brussel sprout recipe. Guess I should check my own recommendations! Here are the 3 taste tested and husband approved recipes that Brittany made.