Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Chinese night

Bradley has been really interested in Chinese food for the past few months.  I have made fried rice for dinner a few times and everyone has enjoyed it, but he wanted to try more.  So when Ryan and I took him out on a date with us he chose to go to a Chinese buffet.  We had a good time trying different dishes and I was surprised at what he tried.  Here are a few things: crab legs, craw fish (it still had a head), shrimp, sushi, and some other stir fry type dishes.  The funny thing is he ate the entire meal with chop sticks, even the jello and sherbet.  He is in love with chop sticks and grabbed enough to take home for the whole family.
A few weeks before that we checked out a Chinese food cookbook for kids from the library.  I found a few recipes that looked tasty and decided to make some over the next few months.  So tonight I made fried rice, chicken lettuce wraps, and Bradley made fortune cookies.  The lettuce wraps were really good.  I almost felt like I was at PF Changs, almost.We had a great time trying something new and eating with our chop sticks Bradley brought home.  Here are a few pictures.






Andrew even tried his hand at speaking Chinese.  I think Ryan said he was saying hello.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Krista!

Krista turned 11! She celebrated her special day with family and her friend Caelyn.  I let the birthday person pick what they want for breakfast and dinner to make their day a little more special.  For breakfast she wanted a sandwich with fried egg, bacon, and cheese.  For dinner she asked for empanadas (an Argentine meat filled pastry).  For dessert she asked for lemon kiss cake (a family favorite) and vanilla ice cream.  It was fun to watch her open presents, but my favorite part of the night was watching Andrew sing "Happy birthday".
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Yellow Belt

Bradley has been taking Karate since October 2011.  We went to his awards ceremony to watch him receive his yellow belt.  Way to go Bradley!
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You can tell which one is Bradley because he is the only one wearing white.
Bradley and his Sensei.

Tough guy in fighting stance.

Christmas 2011

I'm not going to do it. I won't give reasons for why it has been so long since I have written a post, nor will I promise to do better. So here goes.
Christmas 2011 was so fun. We enjoyed being together, going to church (Ryan even got to sit next to me for part of it), playing with new toys, eating yummy food, and having 4 missionaries over for dinner and to let them Skype with their families.  I love taking a picture of the kids lined up on the stairs in the morning, just like my Mom always did.  Thank you Mom for the cute and cozy PJs you made for us.
Here are pictures of what Santa got each child.  He did a great job this year. I know he is always so nervous when deciding on just the right present for each child.

Andrew and his trains.
Melissa and her pink sparkly Barbie bike.


Bradley with his Kynex roller coaster.
Amelia "fainted" when she saw her binoculars, bird watching book, and bird feeder stand.


Krista is excited about her hiking pack and sleeping bag.



We ate our Christmas oranges and Nonny's delicious cinnamon cake for breakfast.

This is the track that the missionaries put together with Andrew's Geo Trax.  They had a lot of fun playing with the kids' new toys.  We enjoyed having them with us on such a special and happy day.