Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A little of this, a little of that...

Brooke finally figured out how to scoot around and pull herself up- and is pretty excited about it. We'll see when she decides to walk. I am guessing we have quite a few more months to go.

I forgot about this toy- it had been up in the attic for a few years. We brought it down and Brooke loves it. And her brothers love helping her ride around. So far we haven't had any mishaps...so far...
(She did have a dress on- that is why she's wearing an interesting outfit, but it was impeding her riding.)
We made cupcakes last week, and let Brooke have her first one. She loved it of course- that's my girl! A little practice for her birthday next month. She actually pretty much ate the whole thing.

Field Trip

This week we went on a field trip for Tanner's preschool. We went to the Water Resource Center. It was actually a really neat place- kind of a mini science center. The kids really liked it. I can't believe that we had never gone before- it is so close. They learned about the Columbia River, the wetlands, animals and fish that live there, and how to help the environment.

Making a paper sturgeon- did you know they can live to be 100 and get up to 20 feet long? I didn't- Yikes!



There was even a nice play area with a lot to do for the little ones. Brookie loved it- lots of boxes to empty.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Day Off

Last week when we saw the extended forecast for this week- and that it was supposed to be in the 80s (a big deal for us WA people in April)- Aaron decided to take Monday off. We hadn't been to the zoo in a long time (like years... bad I know), and the boys had been talking about wanting to go. So Monday morning we got ready for the day, Aaron walked out the door to go to "work", then came back in and said to the boys "It is too warm and sunny out for work, I think we should go to the zoo instead." They were SO excited! These last 4 months have been really busy for Aaron with school and work. So a whole day with Dad was just so exciting for us- we all needed it. So here are a whole lotta pictures:

The petting zoo: No, I didn't let Brooke touch any animals- only look. I don't trust goats after having a traumatizing experience as a child- having a goat jump on your back and try to eat your hair will do a number to you. I will never forgive you Billy.
Tanner and Dallin don't have much hair to nibble on- so they were safe.

I think that fish and Dallin are having a stare down. Kind of scary.

Tanner's best impression of a Sun Bear.


The elephants were the best! There was even a cute baby that was really fun to watch. Brooke thought they were really exciting too- can't you tell :)



Another animal that has their eye on Dallin. Yikes!

We had some time after the zoo, so we decided to ride the train downtown (a big hit with the boys). We walked along the water and stopped to play in the fountain. They loved it, especially Brooke. She's going to need a little wading pool this summer.

She loves her daddy!





Blowing bubbles (you can even see Mt. Hood below Dallin's forehead- such a nice day!)


Couldn't you just squeeze her?
We can't wait for more days off!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday Evening Walk

Today was such a warm and beautiful day, so we decided to make the most of it and instead of taking our usual Sunday stroll around the block, we walked along the trail next to Lacamas Lake. We went for a couple miles and Dallin started getting tired at the end. Aaron ended up putting Brooke on his shoulders and we put Dallin in the stroller. Brooke of course loved that.



Her legs didn't get tired :)




Taking a rest- they are working on trading in their lazy "winter" legs for "summertime" legs.


Boys+Rocks+Water=Endless hours of entertainment



Belated Easter Pictures

The kids were all sick on Easter, so this week I got them dressed in their Easter outfits and attempted some pictures. I think I need to just let go of my expectations and realize that getting 3 children to look and smile in the same direction at the same time is just too much to ask. We did end up getting a few cute ones... Aren't they the sweetest?


Handsome boys!



This was as good as it was going to get





(Tanner's photography skills- not too shabby. If you look really close you can see Aaron's new braces. Shhh! Don't tell him I told you.)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Delicious!

When I asked Aaron what he wanted for Easter dessert, he rattled off a bunch of things he thought the dessert should have. Brownie, cake, caramel, 3 different puddings, oreos crunched up, pecans, heath bar, butterfinger, cool whip, a cream cheese layer... and of course needed to be cold. Well, he didn't totally get his way- his ideas were just a little much. But I did find a recipe and tweaked it a bit, it isn't the prettiest- but oh so delicious!
Here is the recipe, if anyone needs a major sweet fix.

Deluxe Chocolate Trifle

1 (19.8 ounce) package brownie mix
1 (3.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1/2 cup water
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
3 Heath bars
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
ice cream caramel topping
chocolate syrup

Prepare brownie mix according to package directions for the cake-like brownies and cool completely. Cut into 1 inch squares. (I crumbled them a little too)

In a large bowl, combine pudding mix, water and sweetened condensed milk. Whisk until smooth, then fold in 8 ounces whipped topping until no streaks remain (about 3/4 of one of the containers).

Beat together softened cream cheese with powdered sugar until smooth, fold in rest of container of whipped topping.

Now for the layers: (can use a trifle dish or any large bowl)

1/2 of brownies with some caramel sauce drizzled on top
all of cream cheese mixture
1/2 of pudding mixture
1/2 tub of cool whip
rest of brownies with more caramel sauce drizzled
rest of pudding mixture
rest of cool whip
caramel drizzled
crushed Heath bars
chocolate syrup drizzled

Refrigerate at least 8 hours before serving. Yum! I just might have to go get another serving now...

Egg Hunt

Saturday we actually had some dry weather, and had our egg hunt. The boys were VERY excited- especially for the candy filled eggs. In fact, they kept putting back the hard boiled eggs and searching for the plastic ones. They each have a serious sweet tooth- just like their mama.




Brooke was eyeing their eggs- she's a smart girl, she knew there was chocolate inside. Yummy!

"Diving" Easter Eggs

The boys were so excited to dive eggs this week. According to Tanner, we dive eggs, because "they go 'wooo!' and jump off of the side of the cup into the colored water." I tried to convince him that we were dying eggs- but diving eggs made much more since to him since "we aren't killing eggs, they can't die, that's just kinda weird." Hmmm... he makes a good point, maybe we will only "dive" eggs from now on.
getting ready
just about finished- my counters still have pretty colored stains

the finished, well-loved eggs

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Easter Bunnies!

This week Tanner's preschool was at our house. And since Easter is this week- we just had to do an Easter theme. The kids decorated bunny sugar cookies and made bunny ears to wear. They did a great job cutting and gluing- I was very impressed- they are ready for Kindergarten! (except for Dallin and Brooke that is)

She didn't keep her ears on for long

Tanner's best bunny imitation (in case you couldn't tell)

My Easter Bunnies!