It’s a Valentine’s Tradition!

I love love love holiday traditions! This is one of our favs. The idea originally came from Julie Vos (who is the queen of event planning!) and now it’s our most anticipated meal of the year!

Feb 2016

On Valentines we have a Mystery Dinner. Here’s where I print the menus from, and it explains it as well. Basically you “order” but don’t know what you are ordering (cause the items are all in code). Then the meal comes out in four courses, two at a time. So for course one you may have ordered a fork and bread, or the main dish and dessert, but no fork to eat it with. You even have to order your cup!

Here’s what they got for course one!
Feb 2016

I think Italian is easiest to pull off: this year it was spaghetti and meatballs (usually it’s lasagna, recipe also from Julie!), garlic bread, caesar salad, mozzarella sticks, strawberries and ice cream.
Feb 2016

Feb 2016

 

Fake Patty’s Day

There’s a little party here in Manhattan every year called “Fake Patty’s.” It’s exactly that: Fake St Patrick’s day celebration. Since St Patty’s falls during Spring Break every year, the college kids are “robbed” of getting drunk on green beer. And that’s just plain unacceptable. So being the college-educated, problem solving people they are, they came up with the solution: let’s just pretend it’s St Patty’s and still get drunk on green beer. And so Fake Patty’s day came into being. And of course the bars didn’t object and hopped right on board!

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Before you think, oh, that’s so cute, here’s the deal: it’s huge. 10 different police departments are involved from across the state. The bars bank. People fly in to attend. The party starts first thing in the morning, because, as one shirt we saw said “You can’t drink all day unless you start in the morning!”

But also, the Varsity Donut truck is open all day! Varsity has a stationary truck behind their store, but it doesn’t open until 10pm (it’s brilliant, feeding the people coming from the bars!) I’ve been asleep for an hour when it opens though, so we’ve only been once. But they serve a mac n cheese grilled cheese. Yep, as yummy as it sounds. AND HOT donuts. So that’s enough to lure us out to Fake Patty’s with our kids for lunch. (it’s not a family friendly event, but come on. Grilled mac n cheese.)

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We swapped green beer for green donuts for the kids!

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Here are our sandwiches!!
FPD 2016

We walked around some; this was noon, and definitely drunk people, but at this point there were all just super happy! I’m not usually paranoid about keeping an eye on our kids, but I was this day! Ha!

There are tables set up selling shirts and beads, and huge $.50 suckers! Can you believe they were only $.50?!

FPD 2016

Berkley was the only one to finish her’s

Ultimate Frisbee March 2016

Stopped by these boys’ house…FPD 2016

…and some how my son ended up on the roof.

FPD 2016
FPD 2016

Living in a college town, our kids have had more exposure to alcohol and its effects than we ever did in elementary school. But honestly, it’s been good for them. Case in point: When we were walking to lunch at the food truck, I gave everyone a water bottle and said it was for their lunch. Brian proceeded to drink his whole bottle on the 2 min walk from the car to lunch so he didn’t have it for when he was eating. Berkley looked at me and said “Dad must be drunk, he’s not making very good choices.”

And SP’s prayer at night after this day: “Dear God, thank you for Fake St Patty’s day and thank you that none of us got drunk. Amen”

 

 

Sadie Piper is 8

In our heads she’s kinda maxed out at 6.

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But if we are talking real years, yes, she’s 8!

She was very specific about what she wanted in cookies: green with a white 8

Jan 2016

Jan 2016

On your birthday week in our house you get to pick all the dinners. One of her meals was this cheese broccoli soup. Brian mentioned bread bowls (cause in his world he says “we should eat from bread bowls” and it “automatically” happens. To be fair I say “my phone isn’t working right” and it “automatically” fixes too, so we will call it even! 🙂 ), so we had bread bowls which they thought was super fun!

Sadie Piper birthday meal, broccoli cheese soup in bread bowl

Her and her BFFs re-preforming their music program from this year at her bday sleepover!
Jan 2016
Jan 2016

Can we talk about what a gimp mom I am? See her candle? It was all I had! Oops!
Jan 2016
Jan 2016

And then on her real b-day you would think I had gotten it together and bought candles. Nope. She was an awesome sport and figured out we could just add with the numbers we did have!

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She requested pumpkin pie for her cake

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At eight, Sadie Piper:

  • Has a massive girl crush on Taylor Swift. She can sing almost every word on her 1989 album, and not just the choruses, she knows all the verses too! To the point where we have her change the words to “…he’s so tall, and handsome as WELL…”
  • Is still up for anything, if you ask her if she wants to “(insert adventure or activity)” she’s in!
  • Her palette is still for vanilla. She likes plain stuff.
  • Extremely determined. If she sets her mind to something, she works until she get it.
  • Has this amazing way of making people feel loved. When you are with just her, she just makes you feel good!
  • Music is the language of her heart. Turn music on and she’s dancing around!
  • Still embraces being the “Middle-ist.” We call Brian, Beckham and Berkley the “Killer B’s” (old Astros reference) and SP and I, since we don’t share an initial letter decided we would find the “middle” between L and S (since we are both middle children) and came up with O. So we are the Owls.
  • Has a steel trap of a memory. (Comes in super handy for the rest of us too, “Hey Sadie, (insert thing you can’t remember)?”)

 

Flyin’ High

50 degrees + Friday after school + swings = jumping contest!

Jumping

Jumping

The girls were a little skeptical about being caught jumping off…  Jumping

Jumping

but Brian didn’t disappoint!

Jumping

We pictured ourselves looking much cooler than this:

Jumping

Jumping

Honestly, I wanted to look like this:

Jumping

Jumping

 

Let them eat cereal!

I knew going into the week it was going to be crazy busy, so in discussing this Brian said dinners needed to be kept super simple. Somehow this morphed into, “well, let’s just have cereal for dinner all week!”

We don’t eat a ton of cereal. We have nothing against it, but 2/3 of the kids won’t even use milk and just eat it dry. That’s weird. They get to keep a box of “sugar cereal” around for Lord’s Day Breakfast (we want Sundays to be set apart, and one way is that they get whatever they want for breakfast on the Sabbath!), but just aren’t huge cereal eaters. Which honestly made this project that much more fun!

So we loaded everyone up to go pick out 2 cereals per person! (I started to make the “NOT ALL SUGAR CEREAL!” rule, but Brian, aka the fun parent, patiently reminded me to just go with it and keep it fun. So, sugar here we come!)

Brian tried to keep variety in his!

Cereal galore!!

This boy cracks. me. up.

Ninja Box Turtles

Well. Laura has abandoned us for California again. It’s gonna be 90 degrees while she is there. The first time she left us we made a music video to Summer Girl, the second time it was robots dancing to Beastie Boys, this time they wanted to make Ninja Turtles and since there was no school today we went ahead and made that our afternoon project. Here are the results.

 

Ninja Turltles

Ninja Turltles

Ninja Turltles

Just leave me a note

I find notes a lot.

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This one was after I told Brian his snack was grapes and walnuts.

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I honestly have no idea why I got this one. I’m a little concerned though cause that’s the light switch. Which actually is pretty accurate: if the light’s on then some little person was in there and it needs to be cleaned. (How come they can’t remember to wash their toothpaste down the drain?!)a

The kids were trying to read this one and Beckham said “You are the orange?” Sadie Piper guessed, “You are the plum?” Becks still trying, “You are the orange with a stem?” (it’s supposed to be a bomb, but in their defense, it does look more like a fruit!)

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This was a text one day when the kids were being a handful and Brian left to run an errands. You have to sing it to the Taylor Swift tune!

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The new Junie B

No, we didn’t get a new cat (yet?). I mean this is like the Junie B books.

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This book is hilarious and has us all wondering how the author knows so much about Berkley. From the first page we were like, YES, look, it’s a picture of OUR family!!

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See??

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This little girl likes to talk and ask questions too!

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And she wants to stay in her winter night gown. Berkley LIVES in her fleece footies YEAR ROUND!

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We laughed the whole way through this book and were so excited to see a second one!!

Jan 2016

Boo was totally loving seeing the similarities (Dory likes to pretend to be a dog too…and her family won’t play fetch with her either!) and dressed in her nightgown (inside out of course) and made Dory’s imaginary friend out of paper and also a banana (it’s how she calls Nubbers).

Dec 2015

Anyone with a youngest child that’s weirder than the rest will LOVE this book!