Monday, April 14, 2014

Ryan's First Soccer Game

Ryan had his first soccer game on Saturday!  He was so excited and we couldn't wait to watch and cheer him on.  

This picture was not posed.  He totally did this on his own after I asked Ryan to pose for a picture!  He is such a little ham.  He loved yelling and cheering on his big brother.  

Ryan did great in his game.  He scored three goals.  His first goal was a line drive right down the middle.  We are so proud of him.  He did so good and had so much fun.  His batteries did start to run down around halftime but he hung in there and did great.  

This little one is such a ham!  He cracks us up and keeps us laughing.

 Sunday was a good day of church in the morning and we stopped by City BBQ for lunch.  We came home for naps and Matt started school work while I worked on cookies!  

Matt is counting down til the end of school.  Less than two weeks to go.  I have six dozen Easter cookies this week to make not counting the two dozen I'm delivering tomorrow!  It's a crazy, busy week!

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Week That Was

I have been a blog slacker this week!  I have been super busy between cookie orders, MOPS stuff and trying to get in some spring cleaning around the house.  

We are really looking forward to Ryan's first soccer game tomorrow!  On the way to practice this week he said he loves soccer more than school!  I love that he loves playing.  

We did get outside a lot this week to play.  It was a gorgeous warm and sunny week, except on Monday,  So thankful for great weather and getting some fresh air with the boys!  

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Derby Pie Bars

 Oh my!!  I decided to make these oh so yummy and delicious derby bars this week!  I only ate two bars and took the rest to my MOPS meeting.  It's a good thing I did because I could have seriously ate the whole pan.  They are just as delicious as they look!  You must try them for your next get together or holiday or just chocolate craving.  

Derby Pie Bars
Recipe adopted from The Kitchen

For the shortbread crust:
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cubed

For the filling:
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons bourbon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To make the crust, combine the powdered sugar, flour and salt in a food processor. Add cubes of butter and pulse until it resembles course cornmeal. (You can also use your fingers or a pastry cutter to incorporate the butter.) Firmly pat the mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.  Bake the crust for about 20 minutes until just lightly golden.  

To make the filling, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs, flour, salt and vanilla and continue to mix until well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and pecans.  Pour batter over partially baked crust. Bake until filling is set and the top is light golden brown, 30-35 minutes. Allow the bars to cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting into squares. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Our Weekend

 We had a quiet weekend around here!  Ryan's soccer game was cancelled Saturday due to the fields being too wet.  We had rain last week Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  So Saturday we hung out at home in our pj's while I made pancakes for breakfast.  

Saturday night we had a double date with friends then went to play lazer tag after dinner.  I haven't played since high school but it was super fun and we had a great time. 

Sunday Matt had lots of school work (only 3 weeks to go!!!) so we came home right after church and I went to the grocery!  I know, riveting!!!  I met up with a group of friends for dinner Sunday night and we laughed and laughed til our bellies hurt.  Fun times!!!  Wish I had gotten a group picture but totally forgot! 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Five on Friday

It's been a good spring break!  Here are some highlights from our week!

1.  Ryan has his very first soccer game tomorrow!  I might be more excited than he is.  I'm just hoping he doesn't stand around picking the grass.  

Ryan told me today that he didn't need to practice any more.  I told him he still has practice and will have a game each week.  He then told me he didn't need to practice, he knew it all already.  Silly boy!  I told him there is always room for improvement!

2.  I made these adorable woodland creatures for my sweet friend Monica.  Her little guy Daniel is turning one this weekend.  The raccoon is my favorite!


3.  The boys have requested a train birthday party this year so I will probably be making more of these this summer!  I'm not a huge Thomas fan but they turned out super cute!

4.  I have been super eager to pack up my winter closet and bust out all the spring clothes.  I moved all the boys spring clothes to the front of the closet last weekend and plan to put my big sweaters away this weekend.  

The boys are pretty set in their spring/early summer wardrobes.  Most of their stuff from last summer still fit so we are going with it.  I think that means my clothing budget gets a little extra fluff.   ha!  I was shopping online the other night and found these little pretties.  

I love the tank dress and think it will look fab with a denim jacket.  Love, love the sam edelman's sandals!  I have them in coral/pink and love them. 

5.  And this little cutie pie is feeling so much better.  He is back to eating normal again and been so playful and fun.  So glad everyone is well again!  Oh and this is Quack Quack and he is a C's very best friend.  He doesn't go anywhere without QQ.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mommy Ryan Time

 Ryan is on spring break this week!  He has been so excited about Spring Break for some reason.  I think it's because he's heard a lot of people talk about it at school.  I asked him the other day what he wanted to do for spring break and he said "go to lunch with you mommy".  Melt my heart!!!
So today Colton had MDO so Ryan and I had some sweet one on one time.  He was super excited and kept talking about it all morning.  After we dropped Colton off we headed to the gym for a quick workout then we ran a few errands and grabbed lunch before it was time to go pick C up.  

It was so fun getting to spend special time with my first born.  He is such a sweet boy and has the kindest heart.  He is getting so big!  I can hardly believe he will turn 5 in a few months!!!

He loves school and has really come a long way academically this year.  He loves to count and knows all his letters.  His favorite color is green and his favorite letter is R.  He wants so bad to please us and obey.  He will ask me after I get upset with him about something "mommy, are you sorry you yelled at me?" or "mommy, are you mad at me?" repeatedly.  He definitely doesn't always obey but he has a sweet spirit and really does want to do what is good and right.  I pray he never loses that. 

He brightens our day every day and brings so much joy to our family!  I cannot imagine life without him.  We are so blessed with all God has given us.  

Monday, March 31, 2014

Happy Opening Day - Go Reds!!!

I decided to be brave today and take the boys down to the opening day parade for the Cincinnati Reds.  

We were going to meet some friends but I didn't plan very well and had a hard time finding a place to park.  Needless to say we didn't meet up with our friends but we still had a great time.  Definitely something we can say we did and had fun. 

It's a pretty long parade.  We got there at 12 and didn't leave til a little after 2pm.  It actually made me proud to live in Cincinnati.  I love me some baseball and I loved seeing everyone with such pride for our Cincinnati Reds.  Even everyone at the gym this morning was decorated in their Reds attire.  Love it! 

Ryan said his favorite part was the cars.  He loved the firetrucks and the bands.  Colton didn't like the loud horns or sirens or drums but he loved the music.  He's my little dancing dude!

It was definitely a fun day and one we will not forget.