Sunday, May 17, 2009

Star Search

My gorgeous boy performed in his 1st grade play on Friday "Star Search". It is about the planets and moons. The planets loose their moons and are searching for them. He did a great job, said all his lines (at the right times) and sang and danced. The dancing was hillarious and I wish I had a video camera.
Here are a couple other moons.
Here is Nick dancing. You don't get the whole effect, but it was so funny.

A funny face.

Some of the cast.

The Planets.
Getting ready to start.

I am so proud of Nick and how well he did.
It has been a busy weekend here. Got the yard cut, a garden planted, the grocery, and some studying. Nick has been wanting to plant a garden so we went to Kmart today and got pole beans, carrots, and corn seeds. 2 tomato plants, bell pepper plants, a squash (totally caroline's idea) and some sunflower seeds. It was a lot of work, but the kids helped with all the work of preparing the dirt and planting all the seeds and plants. Now if they just keep it up. I will post a pic of garden tomorrow.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Spicy chicken & mushrooms

Here is the much requested recipe John and I have falllen in love with.

1 TBSP olive oil
2 cloves garlic minced
1 TBSP minced ginger (I still haven't found this)
2 c sliced mushrooms
4 scallions, sliced
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (be careful they make it very hot)
1/2 tsp each salt and black pepper
1lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 1/2 TBSP low sodium soy sauce
1 TBSP rice vinegar
1/2 c cilantro
3 c cooked rice (I use minute rice)

Heat oil in a medium size skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger to pan; cook 1 minute. Stir in mushrooms, scallions, red pepper flakes and 1/4 tsp each of salt and black pepper; cook 3 minutes, stirring often.

Reduce heat to medium. Add chicken to pan and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 tsp each salt and black pepper. Cook, stirring, for 4 minutes or until cooked through.

Stir in soy sauce, vinegar and cilantro; cook 2 minutes. Serve with rice, if desired.

Makes 4 servings Prep 20 min Cook 10 min

This is so easy and quick and we love it. I hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Lots to share

I added my pictures first so I'm going backwards. This is Mother's Day Eve. The kids wanted to take me to dinner at my favorite mexican resturant and we got these pics before we left. Of course Nick had to wear a tie because it was a special occasion. Note: Caroline's hair she has started fixing it herself. Somebody help me.she kept wanting to tilt her head back like in the first pic so I was holding her ponytail so she wouldn't which cracked her up.
My sweet sweet boy giving me a kiss because, "You're the bestest mommy ever."

That's my boy.
My class had their play at school last Friday and here are the crayon I put together for them as a small gift. They did such a great job. I was so proud of them. The play was named the Color Factory.

The day of Nick's surgery he got a prize of these lego men and a star wars sticker book. (these pics are for Nick's very special friend Riley)
This is how the ship goes together. No I'm not sure why the men stick off the side. I haven't figured that out.

This is Nick drawing the lego ship with side walk chalk for Riley to see.
Ok over Derby weekend the kids thought it would be hillarious to put the cat in the build a bear stroller and push him around. Yes he sat there and didn't complain. Go figure.

Here are pictures from Nick's first ball game. This pic is after sliding into home with a homerun. Yes he had 2 homeruns (not over the fence) that he knocked into the outfield.

Here he is batting on of those homeruns.

Throwing the ball into home with a huge smile on his face.

Here he is waving to me after one of the homeruns. He was very excited.
This is before we left for the game. I'm not sure about that face.

Here is CAroline reading to Nick and Zander on the picnic table outside one day after school. It really was too cute.

Everyone here is doing good. We are counting down the days left of school which is now 15. We are looking forward to no homework, no getting up and not being on a schedule, and being able to do what we want all day, especially the pool. HOpe you are all doing good.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Ear tubes

Nick is having ear tube surgery Tuesday morning please keep him in your prayers! 30% hearing loss is back in each ear. He lost his previous tubes 2 weeks ago. They are putting in long-term ventillation tubes. They will stay in for a couple of years (they hope) then he might have to have his ear drum patched, but the dr said we will deal with that then because there is not an option. Please pray this is the answer. I will update tomorrow after surgey.