Thursday, March 21, 2013

Scavenger Hunt List

Here is the list that we created for the hunt.   Like I said in my previous post, we live in a small town.  I knew where the kids were going to be stopping.  I planned the scavenger hunt to bring them right to the house and within a certain amount of time. 

Here is our list:

Scavenger Hunt


Things to find:

2001 coin any amount (or the year of the child’s birth)
5 different types of leaves
A twig from a tree
A pine cone
A Smooth Rock
A take-out menu from a local restaurant

Things to photo:

A colored front door (red, yellow, tealanything but white, beige, brown, gray, black)
Smallest house
House with the nicest yard
Someone jogging
Someone walking their dog
Group of flowers in bloom
Things to complete (& photo taken of you doing them):

Swing on the swing set
Hang upside down from the monkey bars
Run 1 lap around the high school track
Play hopscotch (with the smooth rock you found)
Jumping Jack’s in the middle of the football field
Group photo with the local policeman or fireman
Group photo on the slide at the elementary school

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Birthday Celebrations

Earlier this month, our little Firecracker celebrated her 12th birthday.   I am amazed every day at the young woman that she is turning into.   It's hard to believe how quickly she, and her siblings, are growing up.  
We decided, to have her birthday party the weekend after her birthday.  She invited a few of her closest girlfriends over for a slumber party.   One of the things that she wanted was a scavenger hunt.  We live in Mayberry...or so it feels like.   There are times, that I half expected to see Andy Griffith himself strolling the streets with Barney Fife and keeping us safe.  (Now you are whistling the song, aren't you? You're welcome.)   That's what I love about our small town.  It's small.  It doesn't take long for everyone to know everyone, either.  So I created a scavenger hunt that started at one side of town and had these girls walk back to our house on the other side of town, doing silly things along the way, like running 1 lap around the track at the high school, and playing hopscotch.  The girls LOVED IT!
They had to find a house with a colored front door, not beige, black, white...but colored.
They had to get their picture taken with either a fireman or policeman.  He went through the effort and suited up for the girls.  It was great.  :)
Sorry, it's blury, my assistant photographer is the one and only Baby Girl.  :)
By the time they got to our house for pizza they were already talking about how tired they were.  Little did they know they had an evening of rollerskating ahead of them.  I took them to the roller rink for 2.5 hours of skating.  I had 6 young ladies that had a great time, and when we got home around 11:30 they realized that Firecracker hadn't even opened her presents.  So a quick little gift reveal and a happy girl, the ladies ran off downstairs to settle down for the night.  Rumor has it...90% of them were sound asleep within 30 minutes.

Now, that's MY kind of slumber party!  :)

What have been some memorable parties for either you or your children?  Have you ever planned a scavenger hunt before?  What did you do for it?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Spring Cleaning

It's that time of year, where the flowers are in bloom, the birds are chirping, the days are getting longer, little by little, the frogs are croaking in the evening, and you I look around your my yard and say to myself, "Oh.My.Stars!  This is a tragedy!!!  My poor neighbors have to look at this yard!"
The past few weekends have been either absolutely sunny & gorgeous or cold & dry out.   Which here in the Greater Northwest means we have really lucked out for our Spring weather.  That also means three other things. 
  1. Kids outside playing all day (my favorite)
  2. Yard work (not a favorite (yet) but getting there)
  3. Trip to the landfill/dump

I decided to tackle my nemesis.  The underneath of our deck.  This seems to be the catch all for all things yard related, and all winter long.  No matter how many times I try to clean it, organize it, decraptify it, it always seems to be a major junk magnet.

Here is the Before photo:

Grody right?!?!?!

And here is the after photo: 
It feels so good to look down there and see how clean it is. I have decided that in the left corner there, I am going to move my pallet wood potting bench down there. It just makes more sense to have it down closer to where all the yard action is going to happen; and I may or may not be a little lazy when it comes to walking up and down those stairs on a day I want to plant flowers. 
The little fencing that is up, it's to keep the dogs out of there.  It seems my two little Miss Priss puppies don't like to get their paws wet in the morning when they go potty, and well, you get the idea as to why they are officially getting banned from the underneath of the deck.
Their cuteness gets me every time.
I ended up filling up two of my lovely neighbors yard debris bins (Thank you for sharing!), along with my own AND a full truck load of junk to the dump.   

I have big plans for that back corner and up along the fence line on the right.  It involves a lot of fun colors and pretty flowers.  :)
I still have a long check list of things I'd like to do for this area; but at least for now my neighbors don't have such an eyesore to look at from their backyard.

Under the deck checklist:
  • Move the potting bench from the top of the deck to the bottom of the deck
  • Build shelves for the pots
  • Put up a gate between the backside of the house and the post
  • Put up a gate on the stair side, between the post and stairs
  • Clean up some of the yard equipment
  • Go through the outside toys/toy box and donate
I still have A LOT of ideas and plan brewing in my head for the remainder of the yard.  Stay tuned!

Have you started your yard-spring-cleaning yet?  How is that going?  What fun plans do you have for your yard this year?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Dropping In...

Just dropping in a quick hello.  We've been super busy around here working on the yard, the house, birthday party and studying like mad!  The big kids had finals last week, so between work, and helping them study there was no time to blog.  Family first!  :)

I'll be back in a bit with more updates, photos, menu's and projects!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Meal Plan Monday of 3/4/2013

Note:  Sorry this is late.  Is it just me?  Or is this week cruising by fast?  Too fast!

Hi there!   How are ya?!  Man, we have been busy!   I wanted to get this up today, so if any of you are out there wondering the age old question, "What's for dinner?" that maybe this will help you a little.
Do you shop at Safeway?   I do primarily most of my shopping at Safeway.  I take advantage of the Just for U coupons, the manufacture coupons, the Club Card Savings, and of course, when the $10 off $50 comes out...I'm all over it.  But have you seen this little piece of goodness?
Safeway Select Simmer Sauces.  Umm, yeah, DELISH!  I've made a few of them now.  My bestie has made a few of them as well.  We both really, really like them, and to top it off, so incredibly easy.  If you haven't tried them yet, you totally should!
Seriously!  The EASIEST, quick fix dinner...EV-AH!!!  Try it!
Monday:  Butter Chicken (Safeway Select Simmer Sauce) with brown rice and green salad
Tuesday:  BBQ Ribs with corn, green salad and dinner rolls
Wednesday: SLOW COOKER:  Greek Chicken Pita Pockets 
Thursday: SLOW COOKER: Smothered Pork Chops
Friday:  Mexican Lasagna
Saturday:  BIRTHDAY PAR-TAY!!!  Pizza!   Kids make your own!
Sunday:  BBQ steak w/ large chef salad and Texas Toast.  Mmm...

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Disclaimer:  I was in no way paid for any testimonies or advertisement by Safeway or their affiliates.  I just really liked this product and wanted to share what works for my family, and hopefully help out your family.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Happy Birthday, Firecracker!

This kid.  She kills me. 
Front the moment we first laid our eyes on her.
Her smile. 
Her heart. 
Her ambition. 
Her eagerness to learn new things.
Her laugh.
Her love for her siblings.
This kid.  She melts me.

Happy Birthday, Firecracker!   We love you to the moon and back and million times around the world.  Hope your birthday was fantastic and your day wonderful!


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