Thursday, April 29, 2010

We Love Colorado!

This program was one of the funnest I have been to. The fourth graders including Shermie did an absolutely wonderful job. It was all about Colorado.
They dressed up like cowboys/girls and prospectors. Shermie looked so much like another Sherman (i.e. Big Granddad). In fact that is his hat that he's wearing.
They sang a lot of fun song and actually sounded really good. We (grandparents and all) were really impresses. What a fantastic program.
Shermie's Costume had to have been the best he got a lot of compliments not bad for throwing it together at the last minute. The beard I made and the hat I had but thanks go to Gramie for the overalls and Grandma for the shirt.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Gardening Made

This year My friend Amy got me all excited about having a garden. While the thought of gardening usually brings back memories of being eight months pregnant with Tuffer and sitting in the sun all day picking green beans from Big Granddad's Massive Garden, when she showed me her raised gardens I thought, "Yea, I can do that!". So with the help of my mother-in-law we gathered the needed supplies, then on the weekend Sherman, Annalyn and the boys helped us put them together.

We made five boxes, 4-5foot boxes and 1-2foot box. One for each of the kids.
Annalyn was very about the whole thing I hated telling hers was the small one.

After we got the dirt them in and Sherman put in the sprinkler system, Nicholas decided they needed worms. So we bought worms to add to our garden boxes.

Boo looks like a little boy in this outfit. (It use to be Shermie's) They all enjoyed putting the worms in. We now have planted beet, peas, carrots, radishes, pumpkin, beans, tomatoes, peppers and strawberries. (the peppers had to be replanted do to a late frost:( )

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Go Green Farley McSheen!

Another week another program. This one was the Second Grade Program. (It is not hard to tell what the views of the music teacher are on the subject of recycling.) With Grandparents in tow we found our seats and were ready for the show. We took up the entire second row.
Tuffer did a great job with his parts. I loved watching him!
They had a lot of songs about recycling. A LOT. It made me wounder if that warm fuzzy feeling I got for watching Tuffer's program was actually related to something bigger, like a large scale warming pattern...HMMMMM? Al Gore would be proud.
Tuffer and the other Kids really did a great job and it was a fun program (even if my chuckling was more related to content then performance). I was just tickled green.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bee's and Butterflies '10

Here we are again at another wonderful First Grade Program. (maybe you remember the name and the shirts from last year or even before since this is the third go round) Matthew of course put his own little spin on the choreography.
The gym is always full to the brim for this program. Both sets of grandparents came and even though we had all heard it twice before it was still funny and entertaining. (Grandpa was particularly amused)
Especially with Matthew hamming it up the way only he can do.
To prove my point enjoy this video of the HAM himself at work.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Matthew's Birthday!

Happy Birthday BEAN! For his birthday Matthew went over to his Aunt D's house to make his birthday cake. He wanted it to be a pizza cake. Aunt D said she supervised but he basically made this cake himself. Very impressive I think he may have a job.
We had everyone over for PIZZA and Pizza CAKE. What goes better with pizza then pizza?
I can't believe how quick they grow. He's Seven already!
Somethings about Matthew:

He doesn't let anything stop him.
He is strong and self confident.
He is a great big brother.
He loves to laugh and make people laugh.
He is a leader. (weather you want to follow or not)

We Love You Bean!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Living at the Ball Park

Well, as Spring has slowly sprung we find ourselves most night and Saturday's at the Baseball field. With four boys and a sports loving husband, it is inevitable that they play ball. And so we bundle ourselves against the cold sprintery (spring/winter) weather and fest on the culinary delicacies served up at the concession stand.

This year is Nicholas' first year as he starts T-ball. His team is the Tennessee Titans. He has been fun to watch as far as t-ball goes. He has a lot of friends on the team and they ALWAYS win. ;)Matthew and Tuffer are on the same team. They are the Alabama Crimson Tide, the mascot is an Elephant. Someone explain that to me please.

So far they are Undefeated! They both have been doing really well. Tuffer has been hitting the ball like a mad man. Matthew has made some good plays.
Annalyn has really been getting a kick out of watching them play. She calls to them when they get up and loves cheering and clapping the boys on. She also has quite the following. Whenever she decides to go roaming around there is always a cluster of kids around her. She is so popular.
Shermie is on the CSU Rams and is doing so good. He hit a triple just the other night.I am so proud of all of them. I never thought I would say it but I am perfectly happy to live at the ball park as long as I can watch these boys play.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Day

Happy Easter! We started out Saturday night with people getting sick and continued on through Sunday. So it was a lazy day yesterday.

The boys and Boo with their Easter stash.

Annalyn had a lot of help finding eggs, maybe a little to much. Her brothers would find them and bring them to her or take her to them.

For breakfast we enjoyed Stuffed French Toast that Shermie helped me make the night before. If you notice the sausage in the bottom there, we didn't finish eating it. My father-in-law brought it over. As we were eating it he asked if it tasted alright. "Not really", "Well I think it might have been bad." We all had a good laugh about it and luckily no one got sick. (or sicker I should say)

And Deviled Eggs. Yeah, I know kind of weird to have at breakfast but they are good and its eggs after all.

Stuffed French Toast

1/2 C butter
1 C. brown sugar
1/2 C maple syrup
1 C. chopped pecans
12 slices bread (egg, White, raisin or ??)
1/2 C butter softened
2 C canned fruit well drained (peaches, pineapple)
8 eggs beaten
3/4 C sugar
2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 C. heavy cream
2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 C. butter melted
powdered sugar to sprinkle on tom
softer 1 stick butter

Drain fruit thoroughly and slice thin or use crushed pineapple well drained
Heat 1 stick butter, brown sugar and syrup in skillet or in microwave on high 2 1/2 min
Spray 9X13 pan with Pam Poor syrup mixture in pan sprinkle with pecans.
Spread one side of bread with butter top 6 slices with fruit, top with other slice of bread which is spread with butter (inside sandwich). Cut in 1/2 put in pan on top of pecans. Press down firmly fitting into pan. Do NOT overlap, squeeze in.
Beat eggs with sugar and cinnamon, add cream and vanilla blend well. Pour over bread and cover with plastic or tin foil. Refrigerate overnight
LET STAND OUT FOR 20 MIN before baking
Preheat oven to 350 rack in center of over. Remove cover melt 1 stick butter drizzle over top
Bake 45 min approx until top is brown. (I have noticed it takes longer)
LET COOL on wire rack at least 5min to allow syrup to absorb
Sprinkle with powdered sugar

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Our Turn to Help

Each week there are families assigned to help clean the church. This week we had the opportunity. We woke up early on Saturday and headed to the church. I was a little apprehensive about trying to clean with all the kids but knew it was a good way to help them to do service. They were all excited and took it seriously. They did a great job and we all had a good time.

Even Annalyn got in on the fun. She thought it was great to wash the windows. I followed her along getting HER hand prints off after she cleaned. It was really cute.

What a wonderful way to spend the morning.