Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tonight I took Brock and Ava to a Halloween party at the Boys and Girls Club in our town. Ava dressed up like an 80's girl and Brock (and all of his friends-ha ha) were too cool to dress up so he didn't dress up.
We came home and got ready for bed and now we are watching the Yankees! Brock is the biggest Yankees fan and he is SO excited they are in the World Series!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Our halloween flag
Sunday, October 25, 2009
This weekend was kind of a girls weekend for Ava and I because Graig is still in his busy travel season for work (he gets home Friday thank goodness!!) and Brock went on his first ever middle school retreat with our church.
Friday night after we dropped Brock off for his retreat Ava and I came home and I made Pasta wih chicken, tomato and feta. It's a Martha Stewart recipe and I never make it when the boys are home because they would NEVER eat it. They are meat, and potato kind of guys, they would never eat anything with feta or basil, ha ha! Ava LOVES it!
12 ounces ziti (or other small tubular pasta)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice (I just used the juice from one lemon)
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 pound plum tomatoes cut into chunks (I used 5 tomatoes)
3 cups shredded chicken (Martha used a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, I used leftover grilled chicken)
1 cup torn fresh basil leaves
In a large pot cook pasta until al dente, according to package directions, drain; rinse well under cold water. Transfer to a large bowl; toss with olive oil, lemon juice, feta, tomatoes, chicken and basil; season generously with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
Saturday Ava had a friend over and I spent the day cleaning and organizing our house. It's a NEVER ending job!! I cleaned out so many closets and drawers, when I was done I had 6 bags to donate!! Unfortunately, I still have more to do!
The leaders of Brock's retreat called me Saturday afternoon and said Brock had a fever. Poor thing he was so sick last night when he got home. We didn't do too much today I think Brock and Ava are both a little under the weather so we just stayed close to home today and didn't do much of anything except relax and hang out and get ready for the busy week ahead.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Last night we had a pep rally at the College where I work to get ready for Homecoming which is this weekend! I took Brock and Ava and we met a few of my co-workers and their kids there. All of the sports teams were introduced and the dance team, cheerleaders and kickline performed (Ava LOVED watching the cheerleaders and dancers that was the best part of the night for her!) It was a great way to start homecoming weekend.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tonight my friend Chris and I took our kids out for pizza and then we went to the Planetarium on campus to see a show on astronomy. It was a fun night. I'm glad we decided to go together, both of our husbands are traveling for work this week so it was nice to do something fun and different together!
Here is a picture of Jake and Ava before the planetarium show. They are SO cute together. I love Jake's glasses! Ava and Jake have been friends since the day they were born! Chris and I work together on campus and they were born a month apart. They went to the same daycare and preschool. Tonight Jake said he wanted to grow up to be a college soccer coach (so cute because Chris is the swimming and diving coach at our College) and Ava said she wanted to be a dance teacher and she wants to work at Dairy Queen (umm maybe we go there too much! ha ha)
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
It has turned SO cold here, I can't believe how chilly it is. I got out all of our winter clothes this weekend and I am thinking about some fall/winter recipes that I want to make for our family. I love when the weather turns cold and I can make hot, filling dinners like pot roast, vegetable soup and chili.
Here is my recipe for chili (actually it's my Dad's recipe, he passed it down to me and hopefully one day I will pass it down to Brock and Ava, right now they STILL don't like it but I know eventually they will LOVE it like I do!) I make this a few times a month in the fall and winter. It freezes really well and it is really easy to make.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I really want to work on a few fall projects this weekend, I hope I have time to get to all the things I want to do, here are some things I want to try.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Lately I have been obsessed with monograms and all things personalized. I am constantly on the lookout for E's and I love looking on Etsy for cute personalized things that I can buy. My last two etsy purchases have been for monogrammed items. Here's a peek at what I bought.
I bought two name signs from Susie Harris. I LOVE them!! I found her blog a while ago and I LOVE reading it, she has such great style. Her signs are perfect!
I also LOVE the rub on vinyl monograms. They are such an easy way to spruce up things that you already have in your home. I painted all three of these things with paint from the Distressed for Success kit from Caromal Colours. I loved that kit so much, I painted so many things in our house with that kit-ha ha! Anyway, I got the monograms from decal monograms on etsy. Ava loves helping me put these on, they are so easy and I did all three of these in less than 10 minutes! I love those kinds of easy projects.
Monday, October 5, 2009
This weekend was BEAUTIFUL!!! We had perfect weather. I will give you a quick update on what we did.
Friday-Brock and I went to the blessing of the animals at our church. They had ALL kinds of animals there from goldfish to horses!! We brought our dogs Daisy and Cotton. It was raining so they had the blessing inside the church, it was so funny to see all those animals inside our chuch. The horses did stay outside-ha ha!
Sunday-In the morning we all walked in the annual Pit Run and in the afternoon we went shopping with Grandma Jan in Binghamton. Ava really needed some new fall clothes so she got a few new outfits. We also went to Homegoods which was fun, because it was Grandma Jan's first trip there, she LOVED it!
Ava modeling her new vest, gloves and hat.
Have a good week!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Last night was a big night for Brock and Ava! Brock started his middle school religious ed classes at our church, St. Mary's and Ava had her Open House at school.
Brock was SO nervous about going, he didn't tell me but I can always tell-ha ha! They have kids from 7th-10th grade together in one group and I think it was a little overwhelming for him. In elementary school each grade is seperate. Tonight he is going to go to youth group and he is going on an overnight retreat with our church youth at the end of this month!
While Brock was at religious education, Ava had her Open House at school. She was SO proud to show us her classroom and all of the projects and papers she has been working on so far this year. She has the same teacher. Mrs. Andrews, (she is wonderful!) from last year, her school does looping so kids have the same teacher for 1st and 2nd grades which is really nice.
After we got done with the Open House we went to pick up Brock and then we made a fast trip to Bed, Bath and Beyond because I was reading on Our Suburban Cottage that they now carry Amy Butler patterns. I was so excited! I think her things are SO cute, anyway while we were there Ava found a Snuggie for dogs. You know those infomercials they have on TV? They now have a DOG version. Ava really wanted me to get one for our dogs! We didn't get one but I did take her picture with it, I knew Graig would think it was SO funny!