Monday, February 28, 2011

"Falling off your broom"

So for Valentine's day I picked up these brooms at the Chinese market. The boys have been playing "Quidditch." I thought these would be fun. But, it seems that it stunted there imagination and they stopped pretending. Then we got a kick out of taking pictures of them flying. So the brooms are being used now.

Some funny things I've heard lately from our Harry Potter fanatic include...."Do invisibility cloaks exist?" "I wish people could really fly." "Wouldn't it be fun if we played Quidditch for reals?"

He's been asking and asking for book 7. I've been holding off since he's so close to earning a book for practicing the piano. He resorted to starting the series over again.

Here's the "snitch."

I'm dreaming of a summer vacation that includes going to Florida and checking out the new Harry Potter theme land at Universal Studios, visiting NASA, and hanging out at the beach. There's no law against dreaming in between loads of laundry, right?

Monday, February 21, 2011

New camera

Toki wanted a camera for his birthday. We debated over how much to spend on the camera especially since the boys have a tendency to break or lose things. We opted to get a middle grade Polaroid. He really enjoyed being able to take pictures. And I liked getting his perspective on things as well as seeing pictures of places he went to that I didn't. However, I was so bummed out while glancing at his pictures. The quality is so bad. For me, it's worth the extra buck to get a better picture. So I returned it and got a nicer one. Here are a few pics. from his old camera minus the first one which was taken with his new camera.

love seeing what pictures he takes!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Latest Tidbits

This is the spare room that I've been storing stuff in. I'm ready to declutter, organize, and get things heart feels this way but my mind doesn't have the will power. I just can't get myself to be tidy anymore. I've lost motivation.

My laundry room. Laundry is never ending. And it's not just the laundry......I feel like my whole house is this way.

My new toy Chris gave me for Christmas. WE ALL love it. We just added Netflix and it's very tempting to lay in bed and watch movies all day. The kids play games on it. I check my emails and facebook on it. I also have been checking out housing in Japan with it. Yeah, I pretty much can do all this from bed. So if you need me, you'll know where to find me. It is EVIL.
Made sugar cookies for my scouts to decorate last week. I was released from being in the nursery after more than 2 years and now I am a den leader for the Wolf group. Thank goodness we're moving to Tokyo in like 3 or 4 months. That's one calling I don't want for 2 years. And yes, things got rolling again with the transfer.

Having dinner slumps? Here are a few dinners I've done lately, if you need some ideas.

Chicken soup. I used pasta in this one but you can substitute with rice or dumplings. I slow cooked the chicken until it fell apart. On this particular night I didn't know we were going to have soup until 10 minutes before we ate. I was in a hurry so I boiled noodles and dumped them in and added frozen peas and salt. The kids loved it.

Navajo tacos. Sometimes I make the chile but usually just open a can. So after I make the Navajo bread, I layer with chile, lettuce, corn, cheese, salsa and ranch dressing. It's usually a hit with the boys. See that face Toki is's true bliss. He absolutely cannot wait to have dinner. It has nothing to do with me telling him to say C H E E S E. Nope not at all.

frying Navajo bread

Baked grapefruit. 2/3 boys wouldn't touch them. I liked them though. I cut around the fruit and each section. I put butter in the center and topped with brown sugar and cinnamon. I broiled them until they got puffy.

Bagel pizzas. They're self explanatory. I will add that it's best to toast the bagels before adding the sauce and other stuff and then bake them, so they come out crispy and not soggy. Oh wow, that oven is nasty. I don't remember the last time I cleaned it.

In my hamburger patties I added bread crumbs, veggies, and seasoning. Then I baked them in the oven. It's so hard these days to cook. Nights get so hectic with sports, practices, meetings, and life. At least 3 times a week, the thought of fast food crosses my mind. I M U S T resist. Let me know your "fast food" ideas. Pancakes, spaghetti, and cereal only get used when I am desperate and out of ideas. Any others will be welcome.

Here we are anticipating Chris' cousin, Bryce, getting home from his mission. We ALL cried.

Here are the boys waiting for Bryce to get off the airplane from his mission.

Vy lost his first tooth in December and then another one on January 18th. He gets so excited about having a lose tooth and then he works it out. I love my kiddos.

Today I heard myself tell one of the boys......"Will you just sit down and not move.....just stare at the wall and don't think about anything?" I feel like my boys are going 100 miles an hour and are non stop all the time.......their bodies, mouths, and mind. When will they ever chill out? Their latest thing is Quidditch. They use a bakugan for the snitch, a rubber ball for the bludger, and brooms. They chase each other around the house all the while throwing the bludger to try to whack each other. And when that's not chopsticks and other sharp, dangerous, pointy things are being used to throw out incantations. My head hurts.

A few pictures from 2010

Here are some family pictures from 2010. I tried to get 12 to fit, one from each month. I'm going to try harder to take more pictures. I haven't gotten a good start this year but I'll try from now on. Hopefully.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Latest Reads

Toki just finished this book and LOVED it. He rated it up there with Harry Potter. I picked it up from the library just as I was headed out. It had the Beehive award sticker on it so I wasn't worried about it being a flop. I just looked it up and it doesn't have a sequel but it's from the same author that is writing the Fablehaven series. And it's geared for the 8-12 age range.

Before the Candy Store War, he read this book. It's the second book from the Brotherhood of the Conch series. I just found out there's a third book! This series was also rated really well by Amazon readers (if that means anything). (For ages 8-12)

There are 4 books to this series. My sister in law, Monica, gave them to us. It's a great young person's series (4th, 5th grade level). I just started the last book. This will be Toki's next series, then maybe the third book from the Conch Bearer and then on to Fablehaven or the Chronicles of Narnia oh and I can't forget Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Love a good book especially for my book worm