J and I headed to Lowe’s to start implementing our garden plan this past week. He is quite excited…
This year we don’t have plans to go out of town, so we planned a bit of a staycation with the boys. So far we’ve visited yogurt mountain…
Had dinner & played arcade games at Pints & Pixels…
Did some reading…
And started building a Lego set:
Maybe next year will be warm??
Otherwise known as, how the boys spent Sunday after church and before the Super Bowl;
The boys had the best time with the left-over balloons from J’s birthday party. I took off the weights and just let them float on the ceiling and they raced around trying to catch them and bounce them back and forth as they fell.
J is definitely in the Lego stage now. He completed one entire set by himself, and then most of his other Lego set over the next several days with some help from us. Once he has a Lego set (he got two for his birthday) he is absolutely determined to complete it as soon as he can. We worked on his Angry Birds castle set in the afternoon Monday, Tuesday evening, and Wednesday. He finally finished it and was super excited!
J was SO excited about his birthday and birthday party. He was definitely thrilled to be five.
He’s our gift excited child. A’s reactions to things are always much more subdued, but J is very excited about everything he opens:
He was also excited about cupcakes, providing his “smile face”:
For J’s 100 day of school project they brought in 100 of a small item of their choosing (J chose marshmallows):
And dressed like they were 100 years old:
This weekend was warm enough that despite it also being rainy the boys spent quite a bit of time outside. J is busily preparing for t-ball beginning this Spring, and while the boys were outside practicing I took the opportunity to whip up a batch of oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies. The recipe is below! Enjoy!
Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp of baking powder
- 1/8 tsp of kosher salt
- 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 + 1/8 cup quick cooking oats
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2-3 regular size (I think around 4 oz) chocolate bars of your choosing chopped into chunks (it depends on how much chocolate you want….I used about 1 1/2 cups of Hershey kisses that I needed to use up!).
- Cut butter into tablespoon slices and place in the bottom of the mixer. Set your egg out on the counter. Do this first then prep the rest of your ingredients
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat mat or parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt. Set aside.
- Crack egg into a small cup and whisk with vanilla.
- On medium speed cream butter for about three minutes.
- Add sugars to butter and mix until light and fluffy about 3-4 minutes.
- Scrape down the sides and then add in the egg mixture. Mix until it resembles cottage cheese (so slightly lumpy, but well mixed).
- Add all of the flour mixture to the bowl. Mix just a little by hand (so it doesn’t puff out when you start the mixer), and then mix on low speed only until barely blended.
- Stir in oatmeal and chocolate chunks.
- Bake for seven minutes, then rotate the pan 180 degrees and bake for two additional minutes. Let cool on the pan for 2 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Will keep in an air tight container at room temperature for 3-5 days. In our house they rarely last that long.
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:
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:
I cannot believe J is about to be five! Where did the past five years go? I was trying to come up with a theme idea for his birthday and when he and his cousins were playing the other day it suddenly came to me. The boys love pizza, the boys love playing “spy”, and one of J’s favorite books is “Secret Pizza Party”. I ran the idea by J and he loved it. So now I’m collecting pizza party supplies, with some silly additions like little trash cans, bandit masks, and raccoons. A perfect party for our silly boy!
Over our break the boys did a lot of playing with family, probably spent way too much time on electronics, slept in (HURRAY!), and I think we set a record of opening, putting together, and playing with pretty much every gift they received for Christmas (no nine month long Kylo Ren ships this year).
A’s favorite thing was working on creating a new set of books with the book making set he received from his Granna and Papa:
And creating his crystals from the set he received from Aunt Lisa:
And J got us to help him put together his Lego plane set in about three days and then was on to making his terrarium from Aunt Lisa (that he now checks every day to see if any plants have grown):