Wednesday, November 4, 2015

November is Here

November is here and with it a truckload of things to get ready for. My family is going to Ireland, Connor is turning one, Thanksgiving and National Write a Novel in a Month are just a few out of the ordinary things added to my plate this month. It is going to be a crazy month, but I have made it a point to not get overwhelmed and take time each to day to appreciate this life that I have. Everyday I am posting something that I am thankful for, a reminder to myself that there really is so much in this world and in my life in particular that I should give thanks for.  I already posted my thing for the day but I wanted to add that I am thankful for this blog, for this little photo diary of my children's lives that I have created. I am grateful that I will get to look back and know when events occurred and see the progression of my beautiful little boys as they learn and grow.
Our Halloween turned out really great this year. My mom came out to visit and accompanied the kids and myself on our trick-or-treating expedition. Aiden was the cutest and most polite kid ever. He would say "Trick or treat," "Thank-you, Happy Halloween!" to every house/person we visited. On Friday night we went to Dave's school for their trick-or-treating, then on Saturday we took the boys out around our neighborhood. The church behind our house was hosting a trunk or treat, so we swung by to end our trick-or-treating. It was so great because they were giving away hot dogs and Aiden was so excited to eat one. We co-hosted a Halloween party this past weekend, and it was a huge success. It was really exciting because it was Harry Potter themed which inspired our costumes(except for Aiden, who really wanted to be Spiderman); Professor McGonagall(Mom), Hagrid(Dave), Luna(me) and a mandrake(Connor).
Enjoy our most recent pictures and videos from the past week!

My Little Super Hero

Matching Brothers!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Homemade Cheez-its

I made homemade cheez-its a couple days ago and have had several requests on how I made them. The boys wanted something to snack on and we did not want to go to the store, so I glanced in the fridge and realized that I had the 5 simple ingredients to make cheez-its!
8 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
¼ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 to 3 tablespoons ice water

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the cheese, butter, and salt on low speed until combined. Add the flour and mix on low until pebbly. Slowly add 2 tablespoons of the water and mix as the dough forms a ball. If needed, add the additional tablespoon of water a little at a time until the dough forms. Pat the dough into a disk, wrap with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide the dough into two pieces and roll each into a very thin 10x12-inch rectangle . Using a pizza cutter, cut the rectangles into 1-inch squares, then transfer them to the baking sheets.
3. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until puffed and browning at the edges. Immediately move the crackers to wire racks to cool completely, then store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
I got this recipe from Brown Eyed Baker, one of my favorite food blogs!

Look at my PRO walker!!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Banner Week

It has been a banner week. 
Aiden got 100% dressed all by himself. 
Connor has begun walking A LOT.  
My team and I were involved in a bus accident that ended in a fatality.

I am not allowed to go into further detail about the accident, but rest assured that we are all fine. Our thoughts and prayers are with the driver's family.  Thankfully volleyball season is coming to an end this week, it has been a long, painful and overall miserable season. I have had multiple run-ins with horrid parents, and girls who do not care about the sport at all. I have never met a groups of girls with less passion, desire, or motivation in my life. Last year I had an assistant coach, this year I was not allowed to have one and my stipend was cut. I have decided that this is my last year coaching, at least at that school. I would like to do it again in the future, I just cannot bring myself to do it again at that school. 

Aiden is very excited for Halloween. He got his costume in the mail yesterday and could not wait to try it on. He was so excited that he ended up falling asleep in it. :) Originally, he wanted to be a ghost but then he had his heart set on Spiderman, I figured that it is okay that he won't fit the theme of the Halloween party we are throwing, since he is a little kid. :) We are having a Hogwarts Halloween Party, how cool is that? I am so stoked! We are co-hosting with our friends, the Rotters. Well, that is our update for this week. I will try to check in again soon!

My boys playing together. :) Love these cute boys.

Connor being his cute, adorable self!