Sunday, August 29, 2010

Google Family Picnic

Google had their annual family picnic a couple of weeks ago and we had a great time. It was at a huge farm up in North Bend and it was super family friendly. Apart from 12 or 13 different food booths they also had tons of games and activities for the kids. The party actually fell on our anniversary so it made for a busy/fun day because we got home just in time to change clothes and go out for a fun date!
Here are some pictures of the water boats, ball toss, and Ethan looking like a natural on the rock climbing wall :)

























































Waverly Park

We finally made it to Waverly Park last week for an evening picnic and swim before the summer is over.





















Moses Lake Fair

Last weekend Nate had another Scout campout, so I took the boys over to my parents for a few days. Nate joined us Saturday evening and we took Ethan to the fair. I am a total carnival/fair junkie!! I haven't been to one in a few years and I was in heaven! I don't know what it is about those things but I just love the atmosphere and the excitement in the air. I think I'm passing my love on to Ethan. This was his first fair and I wasn't sure what he'd think of the rides (I was pretty sure he'd like them, but you never know what you're 3 yr old is gonna do, he could have decided to become shy and afraid for the night and not wanted to try anything). But he made me proud. He went on a few rides solo and a few with me and after each one he'd say, "let's do another one!"... that's the spirit!











Saturday, August 28, 2010

Senior Pics

My younger brother Ty came up today for a couple of hours so that I could take his senior pictures. We had a lot of fun roaming around downtown Kirkland. Here are a few that I edited tonight.








Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cute Picasa Collage

Here is a cute collage I made in Picasa of Jack eating cake on his birthday :)



Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Oven-free recipes

Tonight I (along with some helpful friends) will be making a 5-course dinner at our Relief Society activity that features oven-free cooking. Here in the Northwest we're blessed to have very unpredictable weather in the summer. For example, this week the temperature is supposed to range from 90 degrees on Sunday to 65 degrees this weekend. That's a 30 degree swing people! Since a lot of us aren't fortunate enough to have air conditioning we have to resort to crazy measures to survive those 90 degree days (yesterday the thermostat in my house read 86 at 5pm, and that's not the hottest it's ever been in here!). So we thought oven-free recipes might be an appropriate activity for August. If you're interested in seeing some of the recipes you can
click here.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Craft Rooms on the brain

Lately I've been drawn to pictures of craft rooms. We're hoping to finish our basement/crawl space next spring or summer and I've got a laundry/craft room in the works. I just need to make up my mind about what I want it to be like. I feel like this could be the one room in the house that Nate pretty much lets me go crazy with the "girly look" so I won't have anyone but myself to blame if I don't like it! My problem is that I like too many styles, and I'm not talented enough to merge all those styles into one beautiful eclectic inspiring room (which is the look I'm going for!). If you've seen any great pics of craft/laundry rooms lately I'd love to see them!
Here's what's caught my eye so far...

maybe something feminine and colorful, like this one from making it lovely.



I love this one; very classy and functional but the wall color makes it fun. The fact that it's the size of my whole basement doesn't hurt either ;)


There is something very soothing about this one. Like the heaps of laundry that would be sitting here if this were in fact my room might all magically be folded by someone other than myself. I'm also loving the tile back splash and soft gray/green cupboards.

The all white might get a little boring after awhile, but I do love the green knobs. Fun knobs are a definite must in the new room.

Love the bright colors of this room. And the ribbon holder. I would so love the room to hang all my ribbons and just sit and admire them instead of the pile of laundry that will be sitting somewhere behind me!

Love the island space. An island is a must. Just think of all the tablecloths you could iron and the fabric you could cut if you had a big island in your laundry/craft room?! I also like how the washer and dryer seamlessly fit in with the rest of the cupboards.

Another fun island workspace and nice paint color on the walls. I also love the pendants hanging over the island.

Okay, so this isn't an actual room. But isn't this a cute idea for storing buttons? Someone who stores their buttons like this must have a cute room to go with it :)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Chick Hicks Party

Several months ago I started planning Ethan's 3rd birthday party. It was going to be a circus in our backyard with big top decorations and I even had Nate convinced of wearing a full clown costume and performing juggling and other tricks to entertain the kids. It was going to be so fun..
Then... about a month before his birthday Ethan started talking non-stop about how he was going to turn 3 at his chick hicks party. I would gently remind him that he was having a circus party and tried to talk up how fun everything was going to be. He'd then agree with me that he was going to have a circus at his chick hicks party! So, I finally decided the circus was going to have to come to town some other time and just go with Ethan's wishes of turning 3 at his chick hicks party, after all, it's his birthday right?!
So here you go, pics from the chick hicks party that I really only had 1 day to put together because we got stuck in Portland the week of the party with our car needing a surprise transmission replacement. Maybe it was a good thing because it forced me to simplify :)
Nate built the race track a few weeks before the party and we had plans to paint it, oh well. I also printed pictures of some of the cars characters and laminated them to use for a modified cake walk. We played the cars theme song and the child on the picture that we drew when the music stopped got to pick a cars tattoo.


















































































Some of you were interested in the recipe for the veggie pizza, so here it is:

Veggie Pizza Pampered Chef

Ingredients

2 pkgs refrigerated crescent dough
16 oz pkg soft cream cheese
1 pkg hidden valley dressing
1/2 cup mayo
1/3 cup sour cream
broccoli
cauliflower
carrots
red bell pepper
olives

Directions

Open dough and place on flat pan; pinch seams. Cook until brown- use pkg directions. Cool completely. Spread on cream cheese. Mix dressing, mayo sour cream. Spread on cream cheese. Top with finely chopped vegetables (brocolli, cauliflour, green onion, mushrooms, black olives, red and green peppers). I use a small food processor to get everything really small. Serve cold.