Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Little swimmer girl

The big girls both took Mommy/Daddy and Me swim lessons at the Y when they were babies, but we didn't do anything more formal until last summer when we enrolled them in weekly lessons through the summer. The girls did great and advanced quickly and loved the lessons and coaches. We took a break in the fall and winter, but picked classed back up again in February so they'd be ready for the summer pool season. Charlotte graduated from the Goldfish level last weekend and is now a Jellyfish with Anna! Anna only has a few more skills to master before she graduates to the next level! Swimming is something I've always loved doing and the pool is one our favorite summer activities, so I'm thrilled both girls share the same love of water and sun!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Zoo days

The weather looked pretty iffy for the holiday weekend, so in very non-Jen fashion we didn't have concrete plans except for dinner out on Sunday night. After swim lessons Saturday morning it looked like the rain that had been predicted was going to stay away, so we quickly packed up and hit the Zoo. We'd never been in the afternoon thanks to naps and heat, and we'd heard from a friend that were there in the morning that it was pretty packed; much to our delight it wasn't bad when we got there! Score one for the fact that Miss Charlotte isn't a big weekend napper anymore and we're definitely take advantage of the fact that Miss Madeline will sleep in her stroller and isn't on a strict schedule, you know, third kid and all : )

Family train ride!

Trying out the new wagon

Zoo'ing wears a baby out! 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Oh, the places you'll go: Anna's end of year Kindergarten ceremony

Although Anna's last day of kindergarten is next Friday, her class hosted a sweet ceremony for parents today. And by sweet, I mean that I about lost it emotionally when she walked into the cafeteria with her cap on; I had totally NOT prepared for the tug at my heartstrings. 

For all of us, this has been a year of growth, change, and the unexpected. From having a baby two days after her first day of Kindergarten, to learning of my kidney issue and CLL relapse, to how much she's grown going to school just half a day (I mean, she's reading, that's crazy!) ... The best way to describe my feelings are "sad happy" because I'm so proud of her, what she's accomplished, and look forward to what will come, but also sad that this chapter is closing. How lucky, though, am I have these feelings and be in the thick of this fun, exciting, crazy, and trying season of life. 

Oh, Anna, the places we KNOW you'll go! 

They sang the sweetest song, check out the video below : ) 

Upon receiving their Kindergarten diploma, each child told us what they want to be when they grow up, Anna wants to be a doctor!

I'm so proud of this girl!

Selfie with Mom before she's too cool for them : ) 

Monday, April 3, 2017

What's cookin': Swedish meatballs

It's been awhile since I've posted a recipe and I'll say that in this season of life I'm not necessarily cooking food that warms my personal soul, I'm currently all about quick and easy meals that everyone will eat. I'd add "with minimal complaining", but who I am kidding? With an almost 6 and 4 year old, there's something wrong with anything I put in front of them; whether it be how I sliced the apple, the need for more or less sauce, or the fact that my telepathy didn't know they needed their back scratched while eating ... insert eye roll : )

I'm loving the recipe videos floating around on the internet these days and saved this recipe a few weeks ago because it's right up Mike's alley and figured that worst case, the girls would eat plain noodles. Much to my surprised they both actually liked both the meatballs and the noodles! I made the meatballs in advance and the meal itself came together quickly, but did require me to be at the stove most of the time.

Swedish Meatballs
from Tasty

For the meatballs:
1 pound ground beef
½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
½ finely minced onion
1 egg
½ tablespoon salt
½ tablespoon pepper
2 tablespoons canola oil

For the sauce:
2 cups beef broth
2 cups milk
½ tablespoon salt (for sauce)
½ tablespoon pepper (for sauce)
1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
4 cups egg noodles
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
½ cup chopped parsley

In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, onion, egg, salt, and pepper, (I added a couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce) mixing until evenly combined. Heat the canola oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Take about a golf-ball size of the meatball mixture and roll it into balls. Place the meatballs into the pot, cooking for one minute. Flip the meatballs.

Add the beef broth, milk, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce and give it a stir. Bring the liquid to a boil, then add the egg noodles. Stir constantly until the pasta is cooked and the liquid has reduced to a sauce that coats the noodles, about seven to eight minutes. Add the parmesan and the parsley, stirring until the cheese is melted. 

Picture courtesy of Tasty

Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday Funny

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Me and my girls!

This pic was taken a few weeks ago, but I thought it was appropriate to post since I'm celebrating my first week withOUT chemo in a month ; this is what it's all about!

PS - I think we sometimes terrify Madeline, she seems to be wise for her years in knowing that her family in a little (or a lot!) crazy!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Funny

95% of my shopping is done online ...  I have no idea how my Mom ever got anything purchased for us growing up!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Bathtime giggles

I double dog dare you to watch this and not smile : )

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Raspberry fingers

Never gets old and I think I'll be measuring raspberries for Charlotte in increments of five until she leaves this house : ) 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Sous chef (a series)

We had to make muffins on our last special Tuesday stay-home day; chocolate chip of course because they're Charlotte's favorite!