Monday, February 8, 2016

This Weekend:

* Friday morning was spent up at the kiddos school.
I was in charge of decorating London's classroom bulletin board and this is what I came up with ...

Is it freakishly weird that I absolutely LOVE doing stuff like this? And thank goodness for my Silhouette machine because I was able to cut out all of those letters and candy shapes with it. Time. Saver.

* The rest of my day was spent cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning.  I get on my kids all the time about having a skeevy bathroom but I realized - - - Joe and I's was just as skeevy on Friday.  Bleh.  Cleaning bathrooms = one of my LEAST favorite things on the planet.

I realized it was time to refresh my 'ponderize' scripture on my bathroom mirror.
Gosh, I love this one.
I hope to have it memorized to heart soon.

* Friday night we dropped London off at Grandma Marilyn's for a sleep-over {she was on cloud 9!} and then the boys and I headed over to Cafe Rio for dinner.

They've had a BUY 1 GET 1 coupon floating around on the internet and we just couldn't pass it up.

Their salads >>> any other salad.

* The rest of our evening was spent watching the 

Oh my gosh YOU GUYS!!! Did you see it???
Joe and I were fascinated!

Cannot belive that someone could have THAT MUCH GREED!  And sadly - it tore apart his entire family - - not to mention all of the other thousands of families his actions also affected.  Gahhhhhh.

* Saturday morning basketball game for Grant.

We finally got A WIN!!!! and G-dawg played AWESOME!

* The weather this past weekend has pretty much been ideal.

Sorry all of you East Coasters who are dealing with the snow right now! I've said it before though - - if you have not yet visited AZ in the winter time - - you MUST add it to your TO-DO list pronto.

* Saturday night we grilled cheeseburgers and ribs on the BBQ. 

My husband sure does 'em up GOOD!

* The rest of my Saturday evening was spent making these little picture frames for my cute little primary kiddos...

Can you guess what our lesson was on? ;)

* Churchey-church on Sunday.

* Superbowl party at our dear friends' house afterwards.

Their TV room is pretty deluxe and we all decided that this needed to be a tradition EVERY Superbowl over at their bomb-diggity house.

Between the 4 of us couples - - these are all of our kids.
Aren't they the cutest?
And they all play SO well together!

****** Big fat bummer news: as the Superbowl was ending, I got a text from my sister that my mom was in the hospital. Gulp. We think she suffered a mini stroke. By the time I made it over there to see her - - most of her symptoms had subsided and she was doing much better HOWEVER...she's still there and they are running a bunch of tests on her.  

Prayers are welcome! 

She was of course, her normal happy and jovial self this morning when I went up to see her. I do wish she'd slow down some.  She is CONSTANTLY on the go doing for others and helping people at church.  She just needs to knock it off! {chuckle} and take care of HERSELF for once!

Will know more later today.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Mint Brownies Recipe.

Remember last weekend when I was RAVING about these most delicious MINT brownies that my cute friend dropped by? Well, she was nice enough to share the recipe with me which means...I get to share it with YOU!

Make some up this weekend.
You will not be disappointed.

Side Note: I LOVE the fact that you make these with a boxed mix!

Mint Brownies

Make large box of your favorite brownies as directed on the box.  Bake 28 minutes.  Do not let over-bake. Let cool.

Mint Frosting:

4 Tbs. softened butter
2 Tbs. milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
A few drops of green food coloring

Blend until creamy and spread over cooled brownies.

Chocolate Layer:

6 Tbs. butter
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup Milk Chocolate Chips

Place in a bowl and melt on a low setting in your microwave. When melted, stir together and pour over mint frosting layer. Put in refrigerator to set-up. Cut and enjoy. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Star Wars Valentine.

Making my kiddos Valentines each year may just be one of my very favorite things to do.

I was all prepared this year for my boys to tell me that they didn't want me to do it anymore. 
They're getting to be that age, ya know?

LUCKILY.....they were all aglow with the idea and LOVED what I came up with. {Phew! Because this may just be my very last year of being 'allowed' to do it.}

We went with a STAR WARS theme for Grant.

Love these mini packages or Oreos I found at Target.
There are 18 to a box.
ANY of the snack size Oreos however, will do!

I've made this into a printable in my Etsy shop HERE.
All you have to do is print it out, cut it and then have your child sign their name {I left the Grant part blank.}

Oh and since I knew these tags would be torn off immediately - - I just stapled them right onto the package. 

There are 9 tags on a page and you can print them out however many times you need!