Two posts within a week - what an accomplishment! We will continue with our little trip down memory lane today and hopefully get us all caught up. So without further introduction:
Michael had his 9th birthday party early in the month. The poor bus driver - all those extra boys! Charity promptly escaped to Grandma's house for the duration of the party.
This is the picture I used in the Christmas card this year. The ankle-biters loved standing outside in the freezing cold getting their pictures taken. They looked like little movie stars - putting their coats on "between takes." The pink cheeks (and noses) give them a healthy glow - don't you think?
Christmas morning. No matching pajamas this year - apparently the novelty of 3 boys has worn off. I'm just pleased they are all fully clothed and no hands are wandering into unmentionable areas. WHY DO BOYS ALWAYS NEED TO MAKE "ADJUSTMENTS"?!!
We (along with 1/2 the state) decided to head to the children's museum for the day. The crowds were awful but it's always a good time when we get to hang out with our friends. If only we could convince these good people to move closer to us. Did you notice the boys' matching Bear's shirts - I may have spoken too soon about the novelty of three boys wearing off! If you look closely Charity is wearing her "I 'heart' Bear's Football" shirt too. We don't discriminate in our household.
Joseph really wanted a big party for his birthday like Michael had but he just doesn't have that many friends yet so we convinced him to invite his best friend over for a sleepover and a "day of fun". We picked up Hayden around 11am and proceeded to the movie theater for a viewing of The Squeakquel. Eric asked if the movie was going to be good. Honey - it is talking chipmunks - we are talking Oscar worthy here! We splurged and bought popcorn and drinks as well. (Quite frankly the movie itself was a splurge - the only time we ever go to a movie is when the local theater has the free showings during the summer.) We then headed to play Monster Mini Golf. This was a new experience for Joseph and Jonathan as well. Luckily it wasn't that crowded and we could take as much time as we needed - although let's face it - who is going to tell the kid in the wheelchair to hurry up and get his ball in the hole already! After golf - Hayden won - we told Joseph he could go anywhere he wanted to eat. We could never offer this to Michael - we would end up at a high end steak house every time, but Joseph has cheap taste and wanted nothing more than to go to McDonald's and play in the playland! Fun times!
Have I mentioned that we have had a COLD winter. I hate being cold - and apparently so does Jonathan. He even broke down and put on Grandma's hat as he and Olivia curled up on the couch. She makes a great "electric" blanket - if you can get past the licking! Look - even the dog has a coat on!! Send in the warmer weather, I'm way past ready!
We moved at the end of January to a bigger house - what this means to my kids is SLEEPOVERS!!! Charity was the lucky one who got to go first. Our school had a teacher's in-service day scheduled so these two sweeties got off the bus with my little troublemaker last Thursday. They had a great time exploring the house and finding all kinds of "treasures" for the 24 hours they were here. The boys are all ready for it to be their turn next!
NEW FEATURE: WHAT'S COOKING (literally)?
I have several friends who ask me this question on a regular basis. I am no Julia Child - and have no desire to be - but with 4 children and a husband, let's face it, a good portion of my life revolves around food. So, with that in mind I will stick our dinner offering for the day at the bottom of each post. If anything ever looks interesting and you want info just give me a shout (comment style) and I can fill you in.
Today we had Italian beef (courtesy of my cousin Bonnita). This is a favorite in my Chicago loving household. I butter and broil the buns with provolone or mozzarella cheese on them and then top them with this wonderful beef. Even Charity - the pickiest one in our house - looks forward to this meal. I served it tonight with Ore-Ida Zesties and green beans sauteed in butter with McCormick Salad Supreme seasoning. Yummy! Maybe I'll eat leftovers for lunch tomorrow!