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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

junk comments

I keep getting bombarded w/junk comments so sorry I have to make the commenting process a little annoying. I'm going to have to resort to word verification if this latest change doesn't solve the problem. In the meantime, still leave me comments. I LOVE reading them!

Happy 2nd Birthday Ellie!

Ellie's 2nd birthday was Friday, the 5th & she had a great day! She had mac & cheese (her request) for lunch, pizza & chicken nuggets (the chicken nuggets also her request) for dinner, & delicious
chocolate cupcakes with a cream cheese center for dessert! (seriously LOVE those cupcakes - esp w/ganache on top instead of regular frosting!) One funny thing - when Ellie blew out her candles Jeremiah was taking the pics & he used the flash. I wanted pictures without the flash so we lit the candles again & had her blow them out again. The second time she got too close & sort of burned her lips on the flames before she got them blown out! Then she was afraid & had to be coaxed into blowing them out! LOL She was fine. She loved ALL her presents! She's played with them a lot since her birthday.

St. Patrick's Day at the Divis house: creating family traditions one silly holiday at a time!

For most (normal) people St. Patrick's Day is just like any other day of the week. But not in our house! Last year a leprechaun snuck into our house & hid clues leading to chocolate coins & coloring pages for the kids to find. They loved it so much & have talked a lot about it throughout the year. Over a month ago they started occassionally talking about St. Patrick's Day. You woulda thought the night before St. Patrick's Day was Christmas Eve or something! The kids were super wired & couldn't stop talking about the leprechaun. Callie said she was going to stay up all night to catch it. They left a drink of water & some money out for him. We don't know what the leprechaun did with those things, but in the morning it was all gone, cup included. They found their note from the leprechaun when they went to have some (what else) Lucky Charms that Dad got them for breakfast. The leprechaun was so sneaky & skilled - he was able to leave the note w/the first clue in the box before it had even been opened! At the end of the hunt they found their gold coins & coloring pages (which Callie had specifically mentioned several times)! After breakfast the kids helped me make rainbow cupcakes. I saw the idea/directions in the Family Fun magazine (love that btw), and it would have been nice if they would have mentioned that the cupcakes would take like TWO HOURS to prepare! Okay, it might've just been an hour & a half, but seriously people, these cupcakes took a LOT of patience! I had to divide the batter into 7 bowls, color each bowl of batter, and then layer the teensiest amounts of batter on top of each other. Each colored layer took between 10-15 mins! I don't know if I could do these every year - they sucked to make. But SO SO fun to eat!!! And delicious! I just love cupcakes & I've recently discovered that I really like chilled cupcakes! YUM! Anyway, we completed our day of silly holiday fun with a semi St. Patrick's Day dinner. Semi because no, we did not have corned beef. I made it last year & they hated it (and Jeremiah hated it all the other years I'd sometimes made it too)! Instead we had an oven-roasted chicken, french bread, cabbage, a platter of cut fruit laid out like a rainbow (with strawberries, pineapple, oranges, kiwi, blueberries, & red grapes & marshmallows for clouds - also from FF mag), and our rainbow cupcakes for dessert! I know that Jeremiah can't help but roll his eyes at me sometimes, so it was nice when he told me he appreciates that I make an effort to create family traditions, since those are the things you look back on when you're grown that you really enjoyed about your childhood. At least in our cases.

And in case you'd like a leprechaun to hide clues for your children, here's some ideas for the little guy. (I know - they're SUPER cheesy!)

Oh yeah, one thing that I think is crazy funny, and when I say crazy I mean CUH-RAZY, is that last year I was looking online for some St. Patty's Day fun/inspiration and I came across several blogs where people had let leprechauns come into their homes & make SERIOUS messes! Okay, I may be a little too into this, but trashing your house?! What the!! That's just messed up! Why in the WORLD would somebody overturn couches, dump cereal all over, and make their house look like somebody had broken in?! I laugh every time I think of this one picture I saw. I wish I could find it. Please don't tell me you do this!

ANOTHER snow day!

We woke up to falling snow a few weeks ago. In fact the kids came & told me it was snowing but I didn't really believe them because they'd been mistaken several times. The snow came down pretty steadily all morning! Living in a place that doesn't get snow more than once or twice a year, nobody knows what to do when it happens. PM Kindergarten was cancelled! Can you believe it?! Of course by the time the school hour rolled around the snow was melting and getting to school wouldn't have been a problem, but Callie thoroughly enjoyed her day off. She tried sledding down our short retaining wall (at least the wall that's in progress). The kids convinced me to have a snowball fight & we had a seriously fun time! I creamed 'em! LOL And then just like our crazy weather, not 7 days later we were wearing shorts!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I have internet! Hooray!

Updates to come soon! (But tonight I'm slurping my blog & working on my Blurb book!)

Monday, March 01, 2010

My guy

Jack is constantly saying the cutest/funniest things. Like this:
He was looking at a book of opposites with Ellie, telling her about the tigers on the page. I repeated what he'd said: "One tiger was happy? One tiger was sad?" He said, "Yeah, because he's pink!"

I was watching The Amazing Race & the teams were in Dubai, India:
Jack: Is this a Christmas show?
Me: No, why?
Jack: It has wise men!

About pitchforks: They're cool because they can bust down towers & mountains & cars! (and that is why he HAD to be a devil for Halloween - it was ALL about the "pinchfork!"

(Photos by Angela Salazar)

{almost} annual snowfall

Here's how Jack's snow adventure went:

I do love that pic! Here's a few more of the rest of our outing:

He did get somewhat happy again!