Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Beef Noodle Bowl {recipe}.

Beef Noodle Bowl
Image via Google.

It's not very often that I can make a meal and have ALL 3 kids snarf it down.  My kids normally eat like little birds.  But not today ladies and gentlemen.  Thanks to my friend Tiffany and her YUMMY Noodle Bowl recipe....my kids FINALLY went to bed with their bellies full on food other than snacks and junk!  Which is why it is a MUST that I share!  So enjoy!

Beef Noodle Bowl

8 oz. linguine, uncooked
3 cups broccoli florets
3 medium carrots, peeled, sliced (about 2 cups)
2 tsp. oil
1 lb. beef sirloin steak, cut into strips
1/4 cup Italian Dressing
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1 tsp. ground ginger


COOK pasta as directed on package, adding broccoli and carrots to the cooking water for the last 2 min. of the pasta cooking time. Drain pasta mixture.

MEANWHILE, heat oil in large nonstick skillet. Add meat; cook until browned on all sides, stirring occasionally. Stir in dressing, teriyaki sauce and ginger; cook until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally.

TOSS pasta and meat mixtures in large serving bowl.Add peanuts for an extra crunch!

***Side Notes - I doubled the Italian Dressing and Teriyaki Sauce.  I also cooked my noodles for 5 minutes and then added the veggies for 5-6 MORE minutes...I like my veggies more cooked than not. 

Monday, December 26, 2011

A Christmas Story ala Coombs.

Does anyone else feel like they're now in a coma since Christmas has ended?  I'm pooped!!  Here's how our December 25th went down.

The kids came in our room at 5 AM.  Yes, 5 AM.  We told them to come back in in an hour.  And then 30 more minutes.  And then 30 more.  We finally all ventured downstairs together at 7 AM.  


The two favorite items of the day?


Nintendo Wii


And a trampoline fresh from the North Pole with frost to prove it!!  

We headed over to my sister Stephanie's for Christmas brunch.


Kiddie table.

Lamoreaux adults.
And we feasted! 



Aren't those place settings cute?  They're made out of candy canes.  We had egg casserole, hashbrowns and I tried out a new french toast souffle recipe found HERE.  It was yummy.  Super yummy.

We had just enough time before heading to church for some Kodak opportunities:

ALL of the Lamoreaux cousins!
Cousins WITH Grandma and Grandpa.  They sure are lucky kids!!
 After church {which consisted of my kids being incredibly irreverant and high on sugar - - Grant got the giggles over something and even regurgitated the Sacrament water BACK INTO the tray...good thing it was blessed, right?!  Poor row next to us!} - we headed home to play with toys and relax.  

Then...it was onto Grandma Lamoreaux's for ham dinner and more gift exchanges.  The kids made out like bandits!


Sparky pillow pet

Cardinals pillow pet and new flat hat.

The adults of the fam started a SUPER FUN new gift exchange.  Instead of giving to siblings and mom and dad...EACH COUPLE was in charge of purchasing ONE $40 gift. And ALL of them were good.  It was a win win situation.  {Cheesecake Factory gift card, Texas Roadhouse gift card, movie tix to name a few!} We got in a circle and then played a little game with the gifts.  We were allowed to 'steal' a gift up to twice and it was TONS o' FUN.  Everyone came out a winner.

We capped the night off by.....celebrating Hannukah?!?


That's right!  Nothing says MERRY CHRISTMAS at the Lamoreaux's like lighting a menorah!  For reals.  How lucky were we?  Eric brought his Hannukah loot and was able to show the kids how the Jewish get it done.  LOVE that my kids are becoming culturally diverse!  

The day was...well....perfect.  We are blessed.  So blessed.

Thanks to my darling parents for making it all possible.



Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Merry Christmas!

Here's what I love MOST about Christmas:





Carson 5 

London 2

Grant 7



xoxo
the Coombs family


{Photos via my talented sister Stephanie.}

Christmas Grandma Marilyn style!

Our annual Coombs family Christmas party was held last night and boy was it magical.  Grandma Marilyn and Grandpa Scott really go 'all out'.  Here's a taste of what it looked like:




Grandma always has the tables set SO pretty!



And her decorations are always just perfect!!


Kids table....having a ball!


Carson using his tortilla chips as 'elf ears'. So clever, that Carson.


The kids stayed busy decorating Christmas trees out of sugar cones while the adults participated in a {mostly} cordial White Elephant game.  {Sarah...you are one lucky girl!}


The kids acted out the nativity while Grandpa read from the scriptures.


The sassy diva started out as a sassy angel...


But then transformed into Mary, as we realized we had forgotten that part!  
Mary and Joseph looking over baby Jesus aka baby Lincoln.


Children's nativites are never really played out as reverently as we'd like.  But man are they cute!


Angel June though had HAD ENOUGH.


Which meant...it was time for the talent show! My kids do not lack in confidence that is for sure.


Carson belted out a sweet rendition of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"



Grant showed off his sweet dance moves to "Party Rock"....his anthem.


And London followed suit jamming it out to Beyonce's "All the Single Ladies".


Santa dropped off his magical bag on Grandma and Grandpa's doorstep.  It was loaded with presents and goodies.  Man our kids are lucky.


Grandma Marilyn sure knows how to throw a party.  We look forward to it every year!!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Seven.


Today my favorite oldest son turns seven.  SEVEN! It seems like just yesterday we were driving him home from the hospital.  It was Christmas Eve.  And I remember it vividly.  

I remember finding out that my first child was going to be a BOY.  A boy!?! As horrible as it may sound...I was scared.  I didn't know....boys.  I thought FOR SURE I was having a GIRL.  I was nervous    I remember talking to my mom on the phone right after finding out.  I remember her telling me that my relationship with this sweet little boy would be like no other.  She told me that having a BOY FIRST....was the best way to have it!!  {She herself had a boy first..my older brother Kirk....so she knows these things!}  She reassured me that my bond with this first boy...would be special.  And unique.  

And she was right.


You see...I can't imagine NOT having my Grant come FIRST.  He's the ringleader of our crazy bunch.  And such a SWEET and CARING older brother.  

And I wouldn't have it ANY OTHER WAY. 

Happy Birthday sweet Grant.  You'll always be my favorite OLDEST child! 

Grant at 6 months.  He's had style and personality since the day he was born.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The most Wonderful Time of the Year...

How is it that my very favorite time of year...just happens to always end up...the VERY BUSIEST time of the year?  We have been going non-stop here at the Coombs casa lately.  

We've been:


Party-ing it up with Carson and Grant's class Christmas parties!  Yes...that would be my son doing who knows what in the gray shirt.  I love that he is a foot shorter than the rest of the boys in his class...smile!


Eating WAY too much sugar.  I really think Santa needs to re-think his stocking stuffers now.


Visiting with the big man himself.  He made his grand appearance AT OUR HOUSE last night.  It was kind of a big deal.


Celebrating birthdays.  Grant turns 7 tomorrow {gasp!} and my nephew turned 14 yesterday {double gasp!}  We had a little joint bday bash tonight and Grant was in hog heaven.


Grandma Lamoreaux gave her traditional 'money box'.  It just never gets old.


And this picture is just for my dad.  Because so many people say that my boys are ' mini me's' of him.  Ralphinator.  Gotta love him.

London on the other hand?


She's all Joe.

Add to all of this Christmas, shopping, wrapping, baking and....did I mention...buying a new transmission for my car?  The joys just never seem to end around here! 
  

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Donut Reindeer.

Today I was in charge of Carson's Kindergarten Class Christmas party.  We had A LOT of fun!  Since I forgot to assign out someone to bring refreshments in.....I came up with some on my own...thanks to Pinterest of course.  These little reindeer were the EASIEST treats EVER to make!!



All you need is:

A package of chocolate covered mini donuts
A bag of pretzels
Green {or any color!} icing
Red skittles {or m&ms!}

That's it!  Just break your pretzels in half and poke them into the sides....wedge down your skittles so they stay in place....and add eyes!  

I'm thinking we may need to leave some of these out for Santa on Christmas Eve!