After little cups of dye sat out on a tool bench in our kitchen for a week, the were finally crystals and we got to see the finished product!
It involved rinsing the crystals:
We displayed them all out for awhile and then let A pick one to keep long term in his room. This is the one he picked:
After the holiday break , A and B are back to scouting. This outing they did some hiking, an obstacle course race, and worked on a skit for their upcoming camp out. Here are some more pictures from their adventure!
1 lb ground beef
1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes
1 40z can tomato paste
2 chopped bell peppers (any color)
1-2 cups chicken broth
Toppings: shredded cheddar cheese and cilantro
Saute’ bell peppers in 1 tbs canola oil for about 5 minutes. Brown ground beef. Add in taco seasoning and stir. Add in the rest of the ingredients and cook on medium low for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!
On our three day weekend, I did paper shredding, laundry, linen closet cleaning, and study straightening, all of which are super exciting adult tasks that I did not take pictures of. Ha! However, here are some of the actual exciting parts of our weekend…
I finally got the chance to wear my new boots! Although this picture makes it look a lot colder than it actually was:
On Saturday we celebrated my Dad’s birthday by going to Mellow Mushroom and then back to my parents for cake and presents:
On Sunday we went to church and then B headed to cub scouts with A, and J and I went searching for a family of turtles:
We did not find the turtle family, but we did see a blue heron catch a big fish, and collected some leaves:
And then A had a basketball game Sunday night:
The boys started out Monday by dragging out all of their tsum tsums and playing tusm tsum vet:
And then B and A started working on A’s pinewood derby car:
And tomorrow we’re back to work and school! And basketball games! And cub scouts! Is it the weekend, yet??
I have been really enjoying reading the Sherlock Holmes anthology, so naturally now I’m looking for similar stories. Mrs. Sherlock Holmes is at the top of my list.
What to wear with your leggings.
Styling your bangs while you’re growing them out.
Revelation instead of resolution.
Winter wear…in case winter comes back again.
J has decided he needs chapter books because he can read a few words now…which is the funniest thing ever. He now calls out different things (a tree! a window!) and says the since he can spell it, he can say it. He can’t, but it’s nice to see his enthusiasm!
Pride and Predjudice in an Instagram era. Insightful!
Great selection of brights for winter.
The art of the handwritten note.
Weeknight recipe: Pork shoulder with pineapple and sesame broccoli.
And finally, the eye shadow video I watched this morning that made me get out my unused NARS primer sample.
For Christmas A had several Lego sets on his list. However, I have not seen him actually put together a Lego set on his own in about a year. He likes the idea of the set, but then he just ends up playing with his box of random Legos and making his own creations. After doing some searching I got an idea and we got him these items instead of a set:
And his finished creation:
On Thursday night, our governor declared a state of emergency, and hence the boys’ schools closed for Friday. They were thrilled at the idea of building a snowman and playing out in the snow. Upon waking up the next morning, there was zero snow. And for the rest of the day there was no snow. So instead of playing in the snow, we had a no snow day of fun!
We made waffles:
We went to Toys R’ Us and J knew exactly what he wanted (a Lego set):
And A wanted Pokemon cards:
However, A did not spend all his money at Toys R’ Us, so after a quick stop at Panera’s for lunch:
We headed to Barnes and Noble for some book shopping:
And train playing:
A picked out Treasure Island and a Steve Gibbs mystery book:
And then after we got home B and J got right to work on his new Lego set:
Then next day it was bitterly cold, so the boys spent time playing Pokemon cards:
And had a dual chess and qixels set-up:
Beachy waves with volume.
The pizza rolls I was planning to make for New Year’s Eve but didn’t, so I’ll make them for dinner in the new year!
Getting cozy when the temps drop to twenty degrees.
An idea for the many pork tenderloins I get from Costco.
How to plan a winter getaway. You know, to get away from all this snow we’re having. Insert eye roll.
And with that getaway, picking out the best shoes for travel.
Easier to complete than typical resolutions.
Inspiration for our future bonus room, seriously wondering if I can build one on our current house, ha!
Creating cold weather layers.
Bored of playing in all the snow piled up outside? Check out this cat commercial. It’ll make your day!
I’m going to food saver this chicken wonton soup for lunches since no one in my family can eat it but me.
Seven steps for road mapping your career progress. Great ideas for my business students!
The smoothie project.
And finally, stripes! You know I love them.
Besides his totally awesome PS4 that B got for Christmas, he also got a Food Saver (yes, he asked for that). He is tired of turkey sandwiches everyday, so now he’s on a quest to mix it up by making lunches on the weekend, food saving (savering?) them, and then re-heating them in a mini crockpot. I have no complaints because I’m reaping the benefits with taste testing and bonus lunches for me of his leftovers. His first meal is a barbecue chicken pasta that is so good you need to make it right now. I’m not even joking. It’s that good. Oh and it’s a one pot meal. Even better! Happy lunching! I’ll keep you posted on what he cooks next!