Tuesday, May 02, 2017

April Air

 All set for the Daddy Daughter Ball!
 (only on holidays they get to wear lipstick :)
 Roomies!
 And Party "Animals"
 This year's theme is "Jungle"
 There's Dad! 
 What an evening of adventure!
That was the beginning of the month.
And this is the end of the month! 
In between, I spent 3 weeks with the flu and each other family member was able to get it as well! That was rough to say the least, but provisions were abundant!
And love was never scarce! 
 Now it's time to celebrate China!
 We returned from China 2 years ago on April 25th. 
 And now we have our own family holiday!
 Celebrate China Day! And we celebrate China...
 by making jiaozi!
(we used beef instead of pork and added onions, carrots, celery, spinach, seasoning)
 and stuffed them in jiaozi pi (actually hundun pi, but who noticed?!) and made
 these!
 In China there's about 1 way to wrap a jiaozi.
 In our family there are at least 9 ways. :)
 No matter what shape they are...
 They ALL taste amazing after they are cooked!
 Well, maybe not "all."
 The first time we ever made jiao zi (I'm not even sure how long ago that was)
 We thought we'd be able to tell whose jiao zi was whose after it was cooked. 
 Can still tell at this point! 
 Oh, uh. Hmm. Can't tell anymore! 
 And what happened so quickly?! 150 jiaozi disappeared FAST!!
Now we have happy faces, full bellies and thankfulness in our hearts for China :).

Friday, March 31, 2017

March Monkeys

Sleep over with GG & Gampy!
 The fun never ends!
 An electric piano with optional headphones has been the best purchase ever! 
The kids are LOVING learning to play the piano! 
(And I love getting to listen :)
 I decided to rent a drum kit for a month. It came with a snare drum, a practice drum pad and a bell set. Time to start a band! 
 The kids were excited to learn they can use their piano music to play the bells!
 My turn :)
 Auggie is 4 now!
"Happy Birthday Super Hero. I love you!"
 And $10 from Dass! Wow, that was generous! Sweet girl.
 (I was wondering what happened to all my Thank You notes ;)
 Sweet birthday wishes from Auntie Karen & Uncle Steve
 Auggie picked out a lemon cake!
 Mmm!
 Pie for Pi day! 
Cade found a Blackberry Chocolate Pie recipe and made the entire thing on his own!
 Here's Lil's first attempt at Lemon Meringue Pie. It was a little bitter, but it looked really pretty!
 Summer's almost here...
 Hooray!

 Obs, before needing help down.
 Viv wanting to go higher & higher!

 Tough Guys
Bye for now!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Not Very Funny February Flyin' By

 4 Members reporting from "The Eagle Nest"
About to hold their first meeting in about 6 months with 2 deeply missed members! 
 Brendan
 and Jadon, all the way here from Illinois! 
 The reason to celebrate: Cade is turning 11!! 
Cade & Jackson at Cade's Lego/ Superbowl Party!
 Good Buds Cody & Cade
partying it up
 After being neighbors for a long season and now not, these guys were un-sepperable for 24 hours! 
 And what's a party without cousins! Friends for life :)
 It was special for us to also have Luke and Ryan, Cade's friends from Appleton Classical Conversations, join us for the party! 
 Joshua & Auggie 
 taking turns being goofy
 Asher & Porter (after a snack ;)
They played together pretty well!
 11 candles!!
 Happy Valentines Day, CC friends! 
(all in red & pink <3 p="">
 Olivet & Nadia in Foundations Class
 Logan & Clara loving school :)
 My only (sleep deprived) funny thought/ picture for the month! 
Sunny! Look at the camera!
Sunny just cracked us all up over our 3 February summer days! 
We were so excited about putting together this amazing house warming (and food warming ;) gift... and now it's sitting under the grill cover, under the ice that's under the snow. 
(i guess that's 2 funny thoughts for the night. not bad ;)