Monday, September 21, 2015

Fall Activities

With school back in swing, that also means it's time for fall sports and activities to get started back up again.  We let the kiddos each choose one activity or sport.  It keeps us busy, but we love to see them involved in activities they enjoy!

Allie was ready to start dance class again after a 3 month hiatus.  She was excited to see her friends and sweet dance instructor, Ms. M.

Kyle is trying something new, golf.  After a rough spring sports season with a broken toe and a mild concussion he got over the summer (at a new trampoline park), we decided it may be nice to take a break from rough and tumble sports for a bit.  He and bestie L are taking golf lessons this fall.  So far he is LOVING it!  He especially enjoyed getting new duds to wear.   We don't call him "Mr. Accessories" for no reason!

Hayden is playing fall baseball.  This child is happiest with a ball in his hands.   Baseball, basketball, doesn't matter.  He loves to play it all.  To be such a mild mannered kid, it's fun to see his (very) competitive side come out on the field.  He's super fast and watching him steal bases in always exciting!

So, if you need us in the evenings anytime over the next couple of months, you know where we'll be!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Seasoned Cracker Mix

Snack foods are always popular with us!  This Seasoned Cracker Mix is a summer staple around here, but it is likely to be found in our kitchen anytime of the year!  In the summer, it's always taken to the pool or on a beach trip.  It also makes an appearance in carpool during the school year and at tailgating before football games.  Be warned - it's very addictive!

Seasoned Cracker Mix

1 10 oz. package oyster crackers
2 bags Goldfish crackers (I usually use one bag of original flavor and 1 bag of parmesan flavor)
1 box Cheezits
1 box Ritz Bits

1 1/2 cups canola oil
1 t. dill weed (dried)*
1/2 t. garlic salt*
1/4 t. garlic powder*
1 pakage dry original ranch dressing mix

*I often will add a bit more these seasonings.

You will need a large Tupperware-type bowl with a tight fitting lid.  In this large bowl, mix together all the crackers.  In a small bowl, combine the seasoning mixture.  Pour seasoning mixture over the crackers and stir.  Cover with lid (or Saran Wrap).  Turn over or stir every 30 minutes for about 3 hours.

This is really better after a few days.  It keeps for a long time if you have a tight fitting lid (if you can keep from eating it!).


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Last First Day of PreSchool

This little girl had her last first day of Pre-School yesterday!  She missed the official first day of school last week because she was home sick with croup - yuck!

Yes, we have some of our fall decorations up already.   I am officially over summer!

Usually, she is a bit apprehensive going into class on the first day.  Not this year!  She was chatting the whole way to school about what centers she was excited about playing at and which friends she was going to play with.  I was especially proud when she said she couldn't wait to play at the reading center!  It has a small loft the kiddos can climb up into to read, and she was looking forward to climbing up there with a good book!

Here she is with one of her teachers, Ms. P, who also was Hayden and Kyle's PreK teacher!  She loved her Sharpie Bouquet!

It's hard to believe that in a short year, this little girl will be in kindergarten.  I wish time would slow down!

Take care,