Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekly Menu 4-13-2014

It's going to take a few days for me to document our "Momma and Kiddo - Spring Break 2014" vacation.
But in the meantime we all need to eat right?!! 

Sunday:  Chicken Enchilada Casserole (very tasty but not quite WW friendly)
Monday:  (Taekwondo & Softball)  left-overs, corn, & apples
Tuesday:  Slow Cooker Asian Chicken and Noodles with Broccoli
Wednesday:  Tomato Soup Mac & Cheese, salad, fruit
Thursday:  (Softball) left-overs or pantry meal
Friday:  (Bunco)  Matt will be making something tasty he found on the show EAT STREET.
Saturday:  Crock Pot Kahlua Pork, rice, fruit & veggies
Sunday:  EASTER!

(((SNEAK PEAK)))
Monday:  Matt leaves for a work trip to CHINA!!

Qǐng xiǎngyòng.

(I believe this says "Enjoy your meal" in Chinese.)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Weekend Trip to Pigeon Forge

In March, we took a weekend trip to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Since I'm preparing for our next trip (a Momma and kids-only trip to Miramar Beach, Florida) I figure I'd better get the TN trip documented on the family blog.

 Pigeon Forge was a planned boy-scout field trip to MagiQuest which we expanded into a great little family vacation.

I didn't actually document all of our check-in destinations on Facebook (How annoying would that have been?!) but I did take screen shots to help me remember where we were.

 After a late start, two hours in awesome Atlanta stop and go traffic, we finally arrived at the Hampton Inn in Pigeon Forge.

The next morning we hit the pool right after the complimentary breakfast.
We had the whole thing to ourselves.
(It wasn't quite warm enough for myself so I chose to take the pictures.)

It was cold outside but that was where the hot tub was.
And where the hot tub is...we go!
The sun was too bright to open their eyes.

A better angle

This was a brand new Hampton Inn and come summer time the awesome pool(s) will be greatly enjoyed.


For lunch we headed to The Island for some food and fun.  The Island is a new addition to Pigeon Forge and as it grows it will only get better.  Definitely check it out.

Me: "Smile Kids"
Them:  Oh look a Squirrel or some flashing light.



We loved ourselves some WHEEL!

 It took us way up high!


 Back on the ground we made our way to the Carousel.


Later we headed back to the hotel for some
quick STRETCHING
  
and lots of NAPPING and SCREEN TIME.


Finally it was MagiQuest time.
What an awesome adventure.  L and T had a blast and we all got a ton of exercise walking all over the place.  We could have stayed there all night long easily.  I can't wait to further our quest.

L and T with their wands.
(I'm the shadow taking their picture.)

On Sunday, before we headed home we stopped by the newest attraction in Pigeon Forge.
This was awesome!
You go up the mountain and then coast back down.

Daddy and T are READY!!

 L and Momma are ready to go. 

We loved this ride so much that L and T begged to go again and we did!

Ride with us!


After the Alpine Coaster we made our way home over the Smoky Mountains.
What a beautiful view we enjoyed.

As tradition has it we always take a picture at the state line sign.
It was C-O-L-D and Windy!

The Land of Diversity was the Land of Fog on this trip!

We continued on down the mountain and for lunch we chose the Cherokee Casino.
I can't wait to come back here alone with Matt.
Cha-Ching!


We finally made it back home home from our Awesome Weekend Away.
 Apparently the cat's missed us and  took matters into their own hands.


At least they didn't get hungry. ;)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

This Year's Garden

Kudos to Last Year's Garden!
You totally beat me.
You won, I lost.

It started with Bambi attacking my tomato leaves


and then came the tomato worms.


It ended with the mosquitos, fire ants, chiggers and snakes.
Every time I went out to water/check-on/harvest the garden I came back having experienced the miserable "joy" of at least one of the above.
EVERY TIME!


  This year I moved my garden to the back deck.

Yesterday, Matt and I planted lots of tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, jalapenos, cilantro and basil.
All in containers and elevated from the deer, fire ants, chiggers and snakes.
 They are all baby plants now but hopefully they'll grow and provide us with some delicious herbs and vegetables.



 PS.  On the way home from church today we stopped by PetSmart to buy an algae-eating fish.
Our fish tank is a-thriving which means algae is a-growing.
Our new fish "Windex" has plenty of work to do.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Taekwondo Update

They still LOVE IT!!

 They actually come home from school everyday asking to go to Taekwondo.
Today we're signing them up for the year long program.
They should get their white uniform soon.

Below are some pictures of Take Downs.
Lauren is in the black t-shirt and Tyler is in the red.








Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Game Truck Birthday

Last weekend we celebrated Tyler's 8th Birthday with a Game Truck party.
A Game Truck is just what it sounds like.
It's a truck with a bunch of TVs in it and a ton of video games.
 It's every boys dream truck and for my Minecraft obsessed son it was perfect for his party!

The party started an hour before the Game Truck arrived so we had pizza and cake while we waited.
It was a decent day so we set everything up in the garage. 

I asked the bakery if they could do a Minecraft birthday cake and they said they "couldn't" because it was "copyrighted."  They could, however, do a cake with my suggestion of green grass fringe and crumbled Reese's for the sides.  
We already had plastic Minecraft figures that I just added to the cake.

AWESOME!



The  Party People
They were such a great group of kids.
(I forgot the candles so he got to blow out a big red one.)


the GOOFS


Finally the Game Truck arrived.
(Extreme Fun on Wheels if you want to check them out.)

While waiting for the final preparations the kids got their craziness out in the front lawn.




Finally it was GAME TIME!
This was the choice by most of the boys.
(A couple older boys chose Call of Duty and the younger girls seemed to prefer Super Mario and the movie Monsters Inc which was also playing on yet another TV.)

Video Game ZOMBIES






  While the children played inside the Game Truck, the grown-ups played some corn-hole outside.
(Had they wanted to they could have also played video games because there were tvs/consoles available outside.)

 Everyone had a great time and before we knew it our two hours with the Game Truck were up and parents came to pick up their kiddos.

When everyone left we went inside to open up the presents.
(Normally I would have Tyler open presents in front of his friends but I didn't dare take away time from their video games.)
Gifts Galore!


His own Minecraft Mug!
  
Check out his fantastic gifts!!
hashtag LEGOS
 
 Happy Birthday Tyler!
(You're one lucky kid!!)
(who has a ton of Thank-Yous to write)




PS.  Before the party started I told the kids I would like to keep everyone outside except for bathroom breaks.  Lauren volunteered to make a sign.
Thank you Lauren
(raw vs cooked dog poop...is there a difference?)