Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Back to School!

Today is Kevin's first day of the nursing program at Scottsdale Community College. He's been accepted and waiting for placement for 2 years and we are so excited that he's finally beginning. It's a two year full time program. At the end of the program he takes the test to become a Registered Nurse. I know he'll do a great job!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Why I Love Summer

Because there is so much fun to be had. And because kids in swimming suits are so darn cute!

Thanks, Nicki, for the pics. :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Kiddie Olympics

In the spirit of the 2008 Summer Olympics we had a kiddie olympics right here in our front yard area. We had some friends over and swam and played games. Here are some of the events:

Shotput: throwing the ball as far as we can. Look at Landon and Reese go!

Balance beam: walking along the tape on the ground and jumping the gaps.We had a couple of other events planned, but the kids were having so much fun playing in the water that we just let them be.
Here are some of the mommies watching in the heat. Most of them were pregnant. Thanks for being such troopers!

The rest of the time we played in the water and ate red, white and blue popsicles.

Here are our gold medalists:

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Vanilla Peach Syrup

A couple of weeks ago friend of mine gave me a bunch of peaches off her peach tree. They were pretty fuzzy, so the kids wouldn't eat them (I know! Picky little boogers). Trying to figure out what to do with the peaches before they rotted I found this fabulous recipe for Vanilla Peach Syrup. And when I say fabulous I really mean it! Try it out:

Vanilla Peach Syrup
5 cups peach puree (peel and puree in blender)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla
Combine the peach puree, sugar and lemon juice in a pot. Bring to a boil then turn down heat and simmer for 5 minutes (it will come to a boil pretty fast). Then add the vanilla. Stir and serve! If you are like me and don't like your syrup so sweet only add one cup of sugar.

We use it on our waffles and pancakes. I've tried it on vanilla ice cream and it's delicious. Poor Kevin is probably getting sick of peach syrup and waffles for breakfast and dinner a couple of times a week, but I can't seem to get enough of it and the kids will actually eat all of their food. Peaches are a great price right now too (for those in AZ they are $0.39/lb at Sprouts this week).

He's Gone and Done It...

slept through the night, that is!
Two nights in a row...I'm one happy Mama. :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

2008 Summer Olympics

Have you been watching?!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Gavin's Blessing Day

Here are some pictures from Gavin's blessing day. Personally, think "adorable" would be an understatement, but I am his mother. :)
So handsome in his little suit.

Such a sweet picture.

The Three Musketeers

Again with the lovies!

Father and Son. Kevin gave a beautiful blessing. And Gavin did a beautiful job not screaming. It was a beautiful day.

When Grandma Comes to Town

Last weekend Kevin's mom, sister Wendy, and Aunt Den came to town to meet Gavin and attend his blessing. We had a wonderful time with them! I took tons of pictures, but they all came out fuzzy. Here are the few that turned out:

We had lots of laughs as the kids tend to show off and act goofy when a grandparent is there to watch.
I wonder who they got that from.
Aunt Wendy was so much fun to play with. Cade just adores her.
This is a great picture of Pat and Den. We had a fun time!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Gavin's Newborn Pictures