The Circus

What a weekend!  Busy, busy, busy.  When the girls asked what was on the calendar for today, I joyfully said, “NOTHING!”  The highlight of the weekend, (at least for the kids), was a trip to the circus!

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After church I surprised the girls with cotton candy.  (I had cleaned out my cupboards Saturday and found it — shhh, don’t tell!)  It turned out to be perfect because the cost of cotton candy at the circus for our entire family would be…. drumroll please… $84!  I kid you not; it’s $14 a pop times 6 people in our family.  Yup.  Outrageous.

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We arrived just in time to catch the end of the pre-circus show.

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The kids were all super excited.  But, none was as excited as…

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This little guy!  Oh, it was so exciting for him.  And that meant I couldn’t stop smiling myself.

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I love how they start with our national anthem.  Still makes me cry!

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Seriously, this kid did so well.  It was a long show, and I never once had to stand up or step out.  He did get quite squirmy, but nothing unmanageable.  It couldn’t have gone better!

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Sierra fell asleep at intermission and we had to wake her for the dogs and elephants.

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You can check out our first visit to the circus here. (That’s when Natalie fell asleep!)

We missed going the last 2 years, but I think it will be a fun tradition for every couple of years!

The Slide

This is one of those posts that really makes me want to upgrade my blog service so that I could download videos.  I think I could win $10,000 from AFV!  But, since I can’t  you’ll just have to take my word for it.  And, these pictures will have to do.

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So, today I was staring at some boxes and remembering a slide I had pinned a while back.  I knew right then it was time to do it!  It took just 3 boxes and a little tape, and our slide was ready.

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I told the kids to get their blankies and meet me at the top of the stairs.  I thought they would be thrilled.  I was certain my husband would at least think I was a genius.

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My husband’s initial comment?  “I think this is too dangerous.”  Say wha — (That right before he grabbed the boogie board, and later sent his baby son flying down.)  So, yeah… I think I won him over.  The kids were initially afraid, as well.  They all tried it, but none were too thrilled.

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Malachi had fun helping me fluff the pillows.  The video of him coming down would be the one to win us some money.  (I’ll show you when you come visit, Grandma!)

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And so, what I thought would be a huge hit was neither a flop nor a hit — just a fun little experiment.  I’d say give it a try!

A Little Summer Craftin’

Here are a few random craft pics from this past week:

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Sierra spotted a frame paint set her sister had.  I talked her into using one of my old mirrors.  All was well!

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While Daniel took the rest of the kids to Costco, Allison discovered her paint-a-mug from her birthday.

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She finally gets a letter mug like her sisters!

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She also worked a little more on her monster, “Hilary.”  (Named after her soon-to-be aunt!)

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And, Natalie got to finish sewing her bird!

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Meet “Daffodil.”

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Sierra was a bit jealous of all the sewing, and requested a flamingo.  Yikes!  So, I made one for her today.  It was a lot more difficult than I expected — hence the lack of pictures!

Ok, now it’s my turn to go craft!  🙂

Tweet

It’s hard to believe this is our third summer in this house.  We thought that perhaps this year our sweet bird friends would find a new place to build their nest.  For one thing, when they were initially doing their research, we had Stray around and they disappeared for a while.  For another, we just had the house painted.  Of course, the paint is now 2 months old and Stray is no longer with us, so I guess the birds decided it was safe to come back! And, we’re so happy they did.  This year we have four little birdies to hear peeping in the morning.  I was able to get a picture of just one with her eyes opened:

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Welcome to the world. baby birdies!

Saige

I get so excited when I find movies on tv that I can record for a special movie date with the girls.  When we picked-up the latest catalog from our trip to the American Girl Store, I noticed it said the tv premiere of “Saige” was going to air the next weekend.  I secretly recorded it, and surprised the girls with a movie day this past Sunday.  (As you can see, one was still in her jammies, one had removed jammies but had yet to find clothes, and the other was fully dressed; gotta love summer!)

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The girls all loved the movie, and immediately came downstairs wanting to paint.  (Wonder where they got that?)

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They also now have a new favorite American Girl…  we love you, Saige!

Naan

I mentioned yesterday that we’ve been out of bread for about a week now.  And really, that’s not as big of a deal here as for most households with kids.  For some reason, my kids aren’t big on sandwiches.  They love wraps, so the tortilla is a good friend.  And, I mentioned we made these focaccia sandwiches:

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We’ve also done our homemade bagels, homemade pretzels, homemade pizzas… now I was ready to try something new.  So I went to my Pinterest board and decided on naan, (Indian flatbread).

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First things first… a cute helper is always needed to knead the dough!

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It’s a very simple recipe, and takes about 5 minutes to prep and another 45 minutes to rise – – then you’re ready to fry!

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The recipe said it should bubble; my first try did not bubble at all.  The rest bubbled no problem.  They all tasted great!  I wonder what it is about that first one.  Whenever I maake my crepes, te first one alwas feels different than the rest, too.  Hmmm….

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The recipe makes 8 pieces, (and costs about $1.27 total to make according to the original recipe makers).  Not bad, huh?  We decided to cover ours in peanut butter and honey. Real authentic, right?  🙂

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The big girls loved it, but Sierra was afraid of the “dark spots.”  Whatever.  There goes the theory of ‘if they help they’ll like it,’ right?

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We turned the leftovers into individual toaster oven pizzas today.  Another hugs hit, until the cheese was eaten off and the dark spots discovered underneath by a certain 3 yr-old.  Oh, well — she can go hungry!  I bet you want this super simple yummy recipe, huh?  Ok, here it is: (and you can go to the original site here.) The only thing I altered was using olive oil instead of cooking spray.  Enjoy!

Naan Bread:
Ingredients
  • 2 tsp dry active yeast $0.19
  • 1 tsp sugar $0.02
  • ½ cup water $0.00
  • 2½-3 cups flour $0.18
  • ½ tsp salt $0.05
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil $0.15
  • ⅓ cup plain greek yogurt $0.56
  • 1 large egg $0.12
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine the yeast, sugar and water. Stir to dissolve then let sit for a few minutes or until it is frothy on top. At that point, stir in the oil, yogurt and egg until evenly combined.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine 1 cup of the flour with the salt. Next, add the bowl of wet ingredients to the flour/salt mixture and stir until well combined. Continue adding flour a half cup at a time until you can no longer stir it with a spoon (about 1 to 1.5 cups later).
  3. At that point, turn the ball of dough out onto a well floured counter top. Knead the ball of dough for about 3 minutes, adding flour as necessary to keep the dough from sticking. I ended up using about 3 cups of flour total. The dough should be smooth and very soft but not sticky.
  4. Loosely cover the dough and let it rise until double in size (about 45 minutes). After it rises, gently flatten the dough and cut it into 8 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a small ball by stretching the dough back under itself until the top is smooth and round.
  5. Heat a large, heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat and spray lightly with non-stick spray. Working with one ball at a time, roll it out until it is about ¼ inch thick or approximately 6 inches in diameter. Place the rolled out dough onto the hot skillet and cook until the under side is golden brown and large bubbles have formed on the surface (see photos below). Flip the dough and cook the other side until golden brown as well. Serve plain or brushed with melted butter and sprinkled with herbs!