Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Cookie in a Cup

Last week, it was just Ella and I here at the house. I heard her say in her most annoying singing tone, "Mom I'm bored!.....I have nothing to do!.......Can I watch TV?.......Can I play on the Ipad?........Will you play with me?"

I decided it was a great time to experiment with the recipe Cookie in a Cup. It is a single serve cookie that takes just a few minutes to make.

We thought it tasted great especially with a glass of milk!

It was the perfect amount of sweetness! 
Around here a batch of cookies are usually gobbled up within seconds!

You can go here for the recipe.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

These little girls don't touch a fish......hold a fish.......and definitely don't kiss a fish!

My parents have a pond where the kids love to go fishing.  They love catching the fish but that is where it ends. They have not worked up the courage to take them off the hook or even hold them. That is Griffin's job!

The big catches for the day!

Photo opportunity

It's the little things like fishing that can make memories in the making so special!

Monday, July 29, 2013


While we were in Montgomery, we had an End of Summer Bash/Laney's birthday at Pump It Up. If you are not familiar with Pump It Up, it is a room filled with big blow ups. Loads of entertainment for any age(yes I am including myself)!  My dad had a certificate for a party. It started out as a birthday party for niece that turned into a party for Laney that turned into a end of summer bash/play date. The girls invited friends to join them for a few hours of fun.

Do you remember when I told you it was for all ages????

That's me and my sliding posse.

I was racing Laney on the obstacle blow up.

uh umm......

Notice who is in front!!!!!

This momma doesn't just let her children win so they feel good about themselves!

They have to earn it!

If you want to workout....sweat....and have fun all at the same time spend a day here with children!

This was a picture of the group.

After playing in the blow up room, we were moved to another room for pizza, drink and cake.

Since it was the day before Laney's birthday, she sat in the party chair with a special blow up crown.

Laney wanted to make her own cake for the event.

It was made up of 2 chocolate and one vanilla.

On top of the cake it read, "Summer Bash and Happy Birthday Laney"

Griffin even made it for the very end!

It was a fun day filled with wonderful memories!

Thanks dad for making it happen!

Friday, July 26, 2013

2 weeks in Montgomery = 2 weeks of fun!

We spent a couple of weeks in Montgomery visiting with family, friends and helping with the reading camp I posted about yesterday. We couldn't just sit at the house and do nothing so I thought I would share all the fun we had!

We saw Despicable Me 2 with family. It was such a great movie! 
I thought it was better then the first one!

We went swimming at my aunt's house.....twice!

We drove/rode the ATV!

Shelled some peas! The kids didn't think this was fun. Probably because its hard to shell peas and play on a little black the same time. I enjoyed it!

Carmel and I managed to get away for a night to celebrate our anniversary.

Playing card games is a must!

We were trying to show Laney how to count her points for Phase 10. She got frustrated(math is not her strongest) and quotes......

"Pop, I don't have to do's summer!"

I can see that quote flying well with the future boss!

We did do a few other things while we were there but I will have to save them for another post........too many pictures and not enough time!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Year 2 of The Inner City Reading Camp

Well we made it through another year of the reading camp. If you don't remember, you can go here to read about last years Eric Carle camp. This years camp was all about Dr. Seuss.

As the children entered the building, they were greeted by Laney who gave them a name tag and a clip. The clip was used for behavior. If the child still had it by the end of the day, he/she received a prize. Its hard to believe you have to bribe kids these days to behave. 

Once they entered the room, there were morning activities waiting on the table.

Each day began with a bible story, songs and prayer.

After the bible lesson, there were 2 Dr. Seuss books picked out for the day.

Some books came alive with helpers.

After the books were read, the children were put into groups. Each table had a different activity that went along with the books read for that day. The children rotated through 4 activities each day.

Here is a glimpse of a few of the activities.

Horton Hears a Who

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

Green Eggs and Ham

Each day we fed the children lunch. On this particular day it was green eggs and ham.

A majority of them tried them and liked them.

Sam I am!
(had to throw that in there)

Oh, the Places You'll Go

When the children were asked, "Where would you want to go?"

Their replies......

"Chuck E Cheese"
"Dollar Tree"

At the end of the day, the children were allowed to pick a prize(if they still had their clip) and a book.

The camp ran a whole lot smoother with the help of this group!

Dalraida Church of Christ Youth Group

My mom did fantastic job putting the Dr. Seuss Reading Camp together!!!!!!