Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Greg flew into town only to drive right back out last Thursday morning. The kids and I had a real quick brunch with him and Derrick at Denny's.
Both kids had Pancake Puppies. They are balls of pancake, rolled in cinnamon and suger then deep fried. They are then served on a line of whipped cream with both syrup and raspberry sauce for dipping. Even I was tempted by this breakfast!
I always seem to forget to bring a bib when she eats syrup at a restaurant. I joked with the server that maybe she could just go run Noelle through the dishwasher real quick.
Fall is a great time of year to be outside! The neighboors put up their decorations last week and the kids, and I, love them. Noelle was kinda iffy at first and Adam tried to climb on, LOL. The kids have been spending a lot of time out front playing in the leaves and with their friends.
They love to throw them in the air...
and jump in!!
Noelle picked these for me!!
Justin is great about letting the kids help cook. A couple weekends ago they helped make their own omelettes and bagels for dinner. From what I was told they had a blast and want to do it again! Noelle doesn't usually eat eggs and I guess she ate most of hers that night!
Monday, October 19, 2009
The kids wanted to go the the Museum of Nature and Science a couple weeks ago, so we went. Adam wanted to see the dinosaurs and Noelle wanted to do puzzles. It was just before lunch time when we got there so we went to the Kids Discovery Zone first.
Such a handsome boy, he looks more and more like his daddy every day.
Next we ate lunch and then went off to see the Dinosaurs. It's so boring to me, but he always wants to see them, not that he pays attention if I try to read the plaques to him. He is getting better though. I have been wanting to see the Expedition Health exibit since it opened so I dragged the kids through there, they had fun though. Adam and I were given Peak Passes and entered our info on it. As we went through the exibit we did various things that measured our health/body. When we turned in our cards at the end it gave us print outs containing the info on us. I had to skip a lot of stuff since the kids were with me. I would love to take Justin and go by ourselves and actually do everything, it was lots of fun.
I had the kids do this mind ball thing. They were supposed to relax and then their minds would move the ball. Adam won, as you can see (or maybe you can't) the ball is in the circle in front of Noelle. To Noelle's credit not only is she 2, but her headband kept falling down. LOL
The kids watched, and participated in, this Superfood Heroes show. Very silly, but also entertaining. Adam was dressed as a walnut, kinda fits him actually. LOL
I am on the top, Adam is below me in the middle, and Noelle is off to the right side. She didn't get that she was supposed to put her face in it and instead pushed her whole body backwards onto it. I turned her around and pushed her face into it afterwards, I'm such a mean mommy.
They had this AWESOME aging software. This is Adam at 70 years old. I also took a picture of him at 21 and 30 years old. It will be interesting to go back and see how well the software works. I did it for myself too, but I won't be sharing that one!
Ethan (8), Noelle (2), Mary (5), Adam (5)
Noelle just adores her cousin Ethan! I found it funny, for some reason, that the oldest and youngest were the only kids missing teeth.
Mary is only 5 months older than Adam. I really hope they remain buddies their whole lives.
As I mentioned they had a sleepover. We let Ethan and Adam sleep downstairs on the pull out. This was a very special treat and they were soo excited! They did great and even went to sleep in a reasonable amount of time. Mary slept in Noelle's room on the trundle. Noelle insisted on sleeping on the trundle with Mary and since Mary said that was fine we tried it. Mary seemed to want to go to sleep but Noelle had other ideas. She kept playing, being loud, and when Mary fell asleep, hitting Mary on the face. She woke up Mary so I let Mary go sleep in Adam's loft bed, which was a special treat for her! Everyone had so much fun and they were all pretty well behaved. I'm so glad they had that special time together!!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
As I am sure everyone already knows, my kids LOVE to help me bake. And I enjoy having homemade muffins and breads for them to eat at breakfast and snacks. I had been craving this coffee cake recipe for a couple weeks and Adam really wanted it too so we made some up.
It is so yummy!! It has a crumb topping even.
The Breakfast Coffee Cake we like is super easy to make and I always already have all the ingredients on hand since we always buy Bisquick brand pancake mix. I got this recipe from B's mommy after I had it there once.
Breakfast Coffee Cake
2 cups Bisquick
2 Tbs. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2/3 cup milk
I often add a little extra milk. If you think of it as a big pancake you can understand that the moistness really depends on the amount of milk you add.
Mix all together and sprinkle crumb topping over the top. Bake in a greased round 9 inch pan at 4oo degrees for 20-25 minutes.
1/3 cup Bisquick
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tablespoons stick butter
I would love to hear if you try it and what your family thinks.