Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Where did June go?

This month has flown by.  I am shocked that it is almost July.  Our busy season is coming up in July with visits from Grandma and Grandpa Walton, the Pease family, Fourth of July celebrations and last, but not least, a brand new niece (Kelly's c-section is scheduled for the 5th!!! Eeeeek!!!)!  So I am very excited for the next few weeks.  I'm sure I will have tons to blog about, which made me think I should catch up on June!

We've had a bumpy but overall nice month.  We've had great visits from Grandpa and the gang, and from Abbey and Spencer!  We sent Benjamin off to college with Abbey and Spencer on their way back to Utah (sniff, sniff)!  Sophie and I helped my parents in their search for their new house in North Dakota, Ryan started swimming lessons, I made some REALLY AMAZING yogurt, we made a cherry crisp with cherries from our very own tree, it's been a lot of fun. I've been having a great time with the kids lately, and I am loving summer.  I'm sure September will be here all too soon and then it's back to school for Ryan AND Michael, and Calvin will start preschool.  So we are soaking up the fun while we can :)

I've been doing what feels like a LOT of photography lately, so I haven't been picking up my camera here at home as often, but here are some of the pictures from our last couple of weeks:

The kiddos, being cute in the back yard!

Janny gave Sophie a beautiful tea set for her birthday, and the kids and I finally got it out for a Kool-aid tea party the other day.  Half of my kids are out of focus, since I was too lazy to change lenses...But they had SO much fun!  I addressed them as "Sir Ryan" "Sir Calvin" and "Lady Sophie" and they called me "Lady Mommy".  We practised manners, holding our pinkys up, and--in Ryan's case--a British accent. They had such a great time, they have been asking to do another one ever since.  Aren't they cute, all dressed up?

We celebrated Father's Day with a nice steak dinner with Grandpa and Christy on Saturday night, and actual Father's Day was pretty laid back, which I loved.  We had a yummy breakfast, more breakfast for lunch, and steak leftovers for dinner :)  My kind of day!  I hope Michael felt that way, too!  He had fun opening presents from the kids, and I love these pictures of them all climbing all over him.  Thanks for being such an amazing dad, Michael!  We love you!

The other day I kept all of the kids while Michael and AnnaMarie went out on some errands together.  They were all so good that I actually broke out the camera and snapped some pictures of the boys.  I started out with Aiden:

I love those chubby little cheeks!

He was so good-natured about it all.  What a good little guy!


Calvin LOVES those babies.  He loves to hold them and love on them.  It's super duper cute.

Then Jack woke up, and he was definitely not as pleased to have his picture taken.  

But it wasn't his fault, because he wasn't feeling his best.  And he warmed up after a little while:

I like this one:

And my favorite was the baby pile:

What little sweethearts, hey?

While Abbey and Spencer were here, we did a re-do of some of there wedding pictures, since we were pretty rushed during the shoot in December.  By the way, I did this french twist all by myself.  Aren't you so impressed?

Here are some of my favorites:

Isn't Abbey so gorgeous??

I really love this one on the bench:

And last, but not least, there's this:


Friday, June 15, 2012

Happy Birthday, Dink!

Wishing a very happy 31st birthday to my gorgeous/amazing/incredible sister.  Love you, Danica!

(We sent this picture in the package we sent her.  Makes me crack up every time!)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Calvin Catches a Carp

Calvin, Christy and I went fishing on Monday, and Calvin caught this nice 4lb carp (with a little bit of help).

Christy and I caught nothing. 

We had the carp for dinner tonight and it was really good!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Trip to Ironwood

Over Memorial Day weekend we got to take an awesome (but quick) trip up to Ironwood for Benjamin and Carolin's graduation from high school!  We had such a great time while we were up there.  AnnaMarie and I made some crazy awesome food for the party and Michael and I and Christy took the kids for an incredibly perfect afternoon at the beach.  I also ran a 5k, and although I'm not very fast, I did beat my treadmill time, didn't walk at all, and finished 3rd out of 12 or so in my age group, so I felt pretty good about it!  We had a lot of fun spending time with family. It was awesome. So here are some (read: a bajillion) fun pictures from our lovely weekend.

Ryan and Calvin loving on each other at Little Girls Point on Lake Superior:

I love the faces Christy and Sophie are making .  Sophie is going nuts and having the time of her life, and Christy is thinking "This kid is CRAZY!"

Ryan loving the beach:

And making a sand angel:

Sophie playing with rocks:

Happy little fish:

I really like this one, even though it's a cheesy smile:

Sophie and Mommy time:

Building a sand castle.  Calvin was in charge and loved every second:

Christy with Calvin and Sophie:

Michael and the boys taking a stroll:

Happy Calvin:

I think this picture is hilarious.  The boys were super duper excited about building  a dam here:

Cute little blondies:

I love these of Calvin and Sophie:

I never thought they really looked much alike, but then I saw this picture.  EXACT SAME FACE!

Me, Christy and Michael on the swings:

Calvin ready to catch Sophie at the bottom of the slide:

Calvin blowing a puffball:

Happy kids waking up at Grandpa's house:

Ok, so I didn't get that many great pictures of the food we made, sadly.  But here are the pictures I do have!

THE CAKE!  30, count 'em, 30 layers. It was crazy.  And awesome.  And delicious.

Here's my process. Make a million batches of cake batter (recipe here).  Divide into 30 bowls and color (ok, like 5 bowls, but wash and repeat a million times), then bake, then cool, then wrap in foil, label and freeze.

Then I unwrapped them all and ordered them.

Then cut off the edge so you can see the bright colors.  Michael saved me a boatload of time on this step by suggesting we use his dad's electric carving knife.  Worked like a charm!

Frost with a crumb layer:

Then frost with this delightful frosting and we're done!

We also made little graduate chocolate peanut butter cup pops:

Here's our spread.

AnnaMarie did an expert carving job on the watermelon.  To the left are these yummy salad bites (except I couldn't find endives to save my life so we used romaine lettuce) and at the bottom are some marinated tortellini kebabs.

Here are our puff pastry pigs in a blanket (recipe here) and our cheese balls (recipes here and here).

I didn't even get a picture of my very favorite thing we made, which were the chicken and bacon pastry pockets found here.  Do yourself a favor and make some post haste.

And I also failed in the "taking pictures with the graduates" department.  But here are some pictures of the kids keeping busy during the ceremony!  Uncle Mike, Aunt Reeny, Aunt Janny and Michael's cousin Marcy were life savers!  Here is Mike playing with the kids:

Mike and Calvin having a heart to heart about not falling out of windows:

Calvin snuggling with Janny:

A happy Sophie girl with her Grandpa.

It was an awesome trip and we had a great time!  Congratulations, Benjamin and Carolin!  We love you guys!