Sunday, August 31, 2014

First Grade

Palmer had his first day of first grade Monday, August 25.  He was so excited!  I was also excited for him, but a little sad as well.  I was good with him going to Kindergarten.  But all day school was another story.  We are going to miss our favorite six year old through the day!

He is loving first grade so far.  Every day he tells me what he picked out for lunch.  All summer long, he's been insistent that he wants to eat hot lunch at school.  I think he likes being able to choose for himself; makes him feel big and responsible (which he is!).  There are a lot of boys from the ward in his class, which is a lot of fun.  His teacher is super cute, and from what I hear, also very on top of things and organized.  I think it's going to be a great school year!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Phone Pics

Obviously, I'm not blogging as often as I used to.  But I am really trying to keep the family blog going.  This is the only journal I've ever been able to keep for more than a month or so, and I don't want to let it go.  I do however post more often on Facebook and Instagram.  Mostly because it's easy and because it is more productive in notifying our family and friends of all the that is going on in our lives.  I've posted several great pictures (mostly of the kids) there and am going to try and post them here too from now on.  After all, a lot of the best pictures and memories come on spur of the moment when all I have is my camera phone to capture it.  I want to remember these good times always!  And one day this blog will be printed into some cherished books that our family can look back upon and reminisce.  So bear with me if these pictures are a repeat for you.  Either way, I think they are fun to see, the first time or the second time around!

 Kids in bulk at Costco!
 Brody with his "ghost" Honey Comb cereal piece
 Brody acting out Star Wars movies with the Lego figure tops
Palmer climbing all the way to the top of the rock wall

 Wolverine, a.k.a. Brody, fighting dust instead of Magneto

 Wrestling match between Dad and kids before bed
 The twins waiting for Pappy to come to the door
 Storytime at the library when I actually had a free lap, sweet to my heart and circulation
 Avonlea's first pigtails
 Palmer and Brody watching a show on top of a napping Dad
 Avonlea and Archer thinking they are hilarious hiding in the cupboards
 All the kids assaulting Dad after he come home from work
 Family movie night - Avonlea puts the gigantic bowl of popcorn on her lap and happily declares, "Mine!" 
Palmer holding his prize for taking 2nd place at Millie's Princess Foundation 2k Kids' Run

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bear Lake Trip

Greg's mom, Nancy, is getting married and we are thrilled for her!  She is engaged to a great guy named Randall who lives in Garden City.  Lucky us, we will now have an excuse to make many trips to the beautiful Bear Lake.  Last weekend was our first family gathering at Randall's home.  We arrived Friday night just in time to get settled in.  Saturday we spent the day at the lake.  Grandma Nancy kindly rented a couple of jet skis.  It was the first time I, and the boys had been on a jet ski.  And we all loved it!  I could have ridden all day; and from the boys' reactions they would have joined me.  We also had a great time picnicking, swimming and playing in the sand.

That evening we threw a surprise birthday for Grandma Nancy who is turning 60.  The Robinsons and Clarks joined us for the celebration.  Us kids all pitched in to buy Nancy a bike.  We barbecued, had cake and ice cream and played a bunch of Minute to Win It games.  A few favorites of the games include: Face the Cookie (sliding a cookie from your forehead to your mouth without using your hands), Junk in the Trunk (shaking eight ping pong balls out of a tissue box strapped to the bottom of your back), Penny Hose (retrieving two pennies out of the bottom of a pair of panty hose using only one hand for each leg) and Stack 'Em Up (staking six dice on top of each other over a popsicle stick held only by your mouth).


It was such a fabulously fun trip!  We are looking forward to many more.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Recipe - Grilled Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

My new found love of Philly Cheesesteaks lead me to this fabulous recipe on Pinterest.  Of course, the kids wouldn't eat it, because they're boogers who only want macaroni and cheese, but Greg and I were loving dinner tonight!  These stuffed peppers were easy preparation, fast to cook, and tasted great!

Grilled Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

2 green peppers
1 large onion, cut into slices
8 oz. roast beef/left over steak thinly sliced/or fajita steak meat/etc.
2-3 teaspoons Montreal Steak Seasoning
8 slices of provolone cheese
drizzle of olive oil

Preheat grill.  While grill is heating, cut the pepper in half and scoop out insides.  Line each half with a slice of provolone cheese.  In a skillet heat olive oil.  Sauté onions, sprinkled with steak seasoning, until clear.  Add the beef to onions and sauté together for just a minute.  Fill peppers with steak and onion mixture.  Top each pepper with a slice of provolone.  Cook on grill for about 6-8 minutes until pepper is cooked to desired tenderness and cheese is melted.  Peppers can also be baked in the oven at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes.