Friday, May 28, 2010

The Haps

It has been a beautiful week here in West Michigan. We have been enjoying temps in the 80's and even the 90's a couple days. We hauled out the slip and slide and the kids have been having a great time cooling off each day. I love this time of year in Michigan.

On Monday I finally took Tyson in to the doctor to have his leg x-rayed. He first got injured on May 10 and since then has been kind of limping, but not complaining of any pain. On Monday he fell, and it seemed like his leg had just given out on him, so it was time to deal with whatever was going on. The x-ray didn't show any problem, so this coming Wednesday Tyson will be having an MRI to check for possible ligament damage. He is WAY excited about this. We read an article about kids having MRI's online and it said to have them imagine it was a spaceship and he is all ready to blast off! So pray for Tyson that there isn't any major damage! Talk about feeling like a bad mom...

Tomorrow we are heading to Indiana for a wedding and then we'll be spending Sunday night at a hotel with an indoor water park. We have not told the kids yet and will probably not tell them until we arrive at the hotel : ) So please, don't spill the beans.

I do not think I have cooked anything this week. Our dinners have consisted of frozen pizza, quesadillas, hot dogs, bagels and one meal at Jimmy Johns. Tonight we are roasting hot dogs and marshmallows. It is just too hot and honestly, I am too lazy. I keep telling Darin I'll cook next week, but we'll see. I need to get some pancake mix in the house so I have that as another fall back meal...

That's about it for us. Hope you all (the 2 or 3 of you that actually read this) are doing well!

Sunday, May 16, 2010


On Saturday the kids had their final swimming lessons. It was fun seeing them learn new things and become a little more daring each week.

On Monday, Tyson hurt his leg jumping off of the ledge in our basement. He thought it would be a good idea to try and land on one foot. He's been limping/dragging his leg around since then, but he has also been riding his bike and scooter, so we aren't sure what to think. While we were at the pool today he slipped and fell and hurt his sore leg again. Here is a video of his new "walk":

Here's our little Jori jumping off the diving board by herself for the first time:

Tyson has gone off the board the last few lessons, but he was kind of nervous about jumping today with his sore leg. With a little extra encouragement he did jump again so we could get it on video:

Good job Tyson and Jori! We are proud of you!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Jori Bird

In case you didn't know, there really is such a thing as a Joree bird, it is just spelled a little different than how we spell our sweet girls name. Here is a video of Jori making her silly bird sound.

Love you little bird.

Super Tyson!

I love this boy. And I love the little girl standing behind him with her best girl, Charity, in her arms.

Who needs a maid?

Here are a few pics of my kids in action. They have both developed a fondness for vacuuming and I intend to capitalize on their passion!They cleaned up the whole basement after I promised them they could use BOTH vacuums once everything was picked up.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Party Potatoes

I've got to get this blog rolling again, so I thought I'd start with a very simple and super tasty recipe. I know there are lot of party potato recipes out there, but this one is IT. It is from my friend Rachel, although I am pretty sure it is the recipe her mom uses, so all credit goes to Aunt Debbie.

Party Potatoes
32 oz frozen hash browns (thawed so there aren't any chunks)
1 pt (16 oz) sour cream
2 cans cream of potato soup (or 1 potato, 1 cream of chicken)
1/2 tsp garlic salt
8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and some butter to dot on the top of the potatoes

Mix hash browns and everything except Parmesan cheese and butter. Put in a 9x13 pan. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and dot with butter. Bake uncovered at 325 for 1-1 1/2 hours. If I am making this for only our family, I will sometimes put half in a 9x9 and freeze the other half in a freezer bag.

This is great for potlucks or picnics. I've had it out of the oven for close to 45 minutes and it was still steaming hot. Just cover with foil when it comes out of the oven and stick it in a carrier thing or wrap it up with a towel and leave it all covered up until you are ready to eat!