Friday, August 30, 2013

My Baby is 5!!!

Riley woke up early on August 9th and crawled in bed with me for a birthday snuggle!  She had to be patient while her brother and sister woke up, but then it was immediately downstairs for presents!  She didn’t even know her birthday was coming up when I mentioned it on Wednesday so that was a fun surprise.



I really struggle trying to find presents for Riley because all she wants is stuffed animals and she already has a million and one of those.  Plus, after already having her family birthday, all the good ideas I had, I gave away to others.  So, she ended up with a new Vikings jersey and a myriad of art supplies.


I did acquiesce to a small stuffed animal purse.  It’s multi-purpose!

After presents we had donuts for breakfast, of course!  Then it was off to Edinborough’s Adventure Peak for some indoor play fun.  Afterwards, we headed to Wild Rumpus Bookstore to check out their animals.  Riley and Ellie loved chasing the chicken around, while Austin snuggled up on a chair with a book on Greek Mythology.  We couldn’t leave that area of Edina without a stop at our (Rob and my) favorite cupcake store.  And from there it was off to McDonald’s for lunch.

We ended the day with a pizza party and a campout in the family room.  And, of course, cupcakes!


A classic Riley look.  Although she is now 5, she is still very much the baby of the family, which I am fine with (except when she uses baby talk, which drives me crazy!).


I have no doubts that she is wishing her parents would get over their hang-up with having too many stuffed animals and just buy some more already!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Flour Game

This is what happens when we get bored.  And by “we” I mean “me”.

I came across this on pintrest and thought my kids might get a kick out of it.  So, one night after dinner, we had an unusual family game night.

Here’s the rules:

  1. Pack a bunch of flour into a teacup (or regular cup if you do not own any teacups, like me)
  2. Tip the packed cup onto a big plate, remove the cup to reveal a tower of flour
  3. Place a lifesaver, or other small treat on the top
  4. Give someone a butter knife and instruct them that they can make a cut of the “cake” anywhere they want, starting at the top and going all the way down to the plate.
  5. The knife goes around and everyone continues step 4 until someone makes the lifesaver fall.
  6. That someone then has to pick up the lifesaver using only their mouth.
  7. Hilarity ensues.






Our first victim!




For the record, she was our 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th victim as well.  She either a) loves flour b) loves making a fool of herself, or c) needs to work on her hand/eye coordination  (or maybe d) all of the above).

We eventually got them all:


Even Rob, who was NOT a fan of my shenanigans.  But, judging by Riley’s face, was a crowd favorite.


Austin ended up making a sacrificial cut just to see what it was like:



Yours truly has such skilled hands that I never fell victim to the lifesaver.  And I am fine with that. 

The moral of the story is to be careful with the phrase “I’m bored.” in my house!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Bountiful Harvest

For the first year, since we’ve had the trees, our apple trees finally produced some apples!  Some giant apples!  We just picked them on Monday because some of them were starting to fall off the tree and become food for the critters….while others that were still on the tree were also becoming critter food (birds I guess).  We probably ended up about 12-14 good apples, 5 we threw away, and about 5 more still on the trees.  Two of our apples trees (the Honeycrisp variety) still have yet to produce apples but we’re patient.


We’ve also been enjoying a bumper crop of pole beans, green peppers, and tomatoes.  Well, maybe “bumper crop” doesn’t quite fit the tomatoes this year but Rob says that is because he planted the wrong kind.  Our 2nd round of raspberries is due any week now.  The first crop went mysteriously missing.  I’m fairly certain some hungry kids (not mine) in the area helped themselves.  Oh well.  I think we’re going to transplant some of the shoots to the back yard this fall to start another crop.  One can never have too many raspberries!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Happy Birthday, Kids!

Once again, per their request, the kids celebrated their birthday together with our families.  Granted, this did take place over a month ago but better late than never!

We had everyone over for lunch and water fun.  We set up the slip n’ slide, and the big blow up pool/slide combo and crossed our fingers for nice weather.  Which we received!

We ended up making BBQ Carnitas for everyone, a fan favorite.  And finished it off with a nice ice cream cake from Dairy Queen.


Our 6, 8, and (almost at the time) 5 year old made some strong wishes and blew out the candles:


I bet their wishes included something girly (Ellie), something Minecraft (Austin), and a stuffed animal (Riley).

Hopefully we got everything right!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Riley’s Deep Thoughts

We’ve had a lot of fun the last few weeks, and someday I will update this blog with the more important events (like Riley’s birthday), but for now I would like to leave you with this snippet:


Yesterday, as I was combing Riley’s hair she said:

“Mom, if you were made of marshmallows, I would eat a little bit of you every day.”