Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Project 52 - Week 15

Week 15 ~ April 10-16

We have been enjoying the warmer weather everyday! There is still snow in a few places around town, but our yard is completely snow free! William is officially signed up for tee ball and Benjamin is signed up for soccer. Around here these are summer sports. So we have activities to keep us busy for the summer. William has been practicing his baseball skills in the driveway and I captured a few shots of the fun all the kids have been having.

Batter up!

Playing catch with Teddy

Monday, April 25, 2011

Birthday Boy!

Today is Ben's 4th Birthday! At each child's birthday, I marvel at how fast they are growing up. Today is no exception! He is very excited about his birthday, but for some reason he is even more excited that next year will be his "5 Birthday" There must be something really great about being 5.

The boys are also excited that tomorrow we get to celebrate at Chuck-E-Cheese with Uncle Dan! He is in town for just two nights and we are all glad we get a chance to see him. Will has already told me that he wants to play pirates with Uncle Dan. A game that his father remembers playing with Uncle Dan when he was a child. :)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Project 52 - Week 14

Week 14 (April 3-9)

On Wednesday the 6th, Will had a field trip to the Alaska Public Lands Information Center in Anchorage. I got to help chaperon and bring Ben and Eli. It was a great time! We watched a movie about animals in Alaska and then did a small scavenger hunt looking for each of the animals inside the building. William even got called up to the front to help with the park ranger's presentation! We were supposed to take a walking tour of the public lands downtown as well, but that was cancelled due to the possibility of it snowing that day. I wish they hadn't cancelled that part since it turned out to be a beautiful day! We will have to see if they do the same tour during the summer and go as a family.

William with his props.

Ben sitting with the big kids.

The Park Ranger

Scavenger Hunt

Friday, April 15, 2011

Project 52 - Week 13

Week 13 ~ March 27 - April 2

I almost forgot to take pictures for week 13! I am looking forward to this summer when we hope to explore Alaska a lot more and have lots of adventures to share! For this week, I snapped a few portraits of the big boys and then a few pictures of Will and James playing Wii.

For those that don't know, William's eye doctor has him wearing an eye patch for a few weeks. They are much cuter than they used to be! My favorite one is zebra striped and makes him look like a pirate!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Project 52 - Week 12

Week 12 - March 20-26 We are starting to see the first signs of the snow melting! You can see a small patch of the driveway in my first picture! We had a lazy weekend this week. I ran out to the store and came home to this in the drive way. Baby bear always has that tongue sticking out!

William really loves Eli!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Monday Meals - Creamy Mushroom Crockpot Chicken

You may notice that I am all about trying crockpot recipes. I love my crockpot! It makes evenings so much easier! I have had this week's recipe scribbled down for awhile on a scrap of paper. I can no longer remember where I found it, so whoever invented this one THANK YOU! We all liked this recipe.

Creamy Mushroom Crockpot Chicken

4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (or however many)
1 jar mushroom gravy
1 pkg dry Italian seasoning
1 small can diced green chilis
1 cup milk
8oz cream cheese

Cook the first four ingredients on Low 6 hours. The last 30minutes to an hour add in the milk and cream cheese.

I wasn't sure what a package of dry Italian seasoning was, so I went with one of those packs to make Italian dressing that are found with the salad dressings. I'm still not sure if this was right but since we liked it so much, I don't care! (Although, if someone wants to correct me I would be glad to try this recipe again with the correct ingredient)

The chicken looked and smelled really good before I added the milk and cream cheese. Next time we might try it without and end up with two different dishes in our rotation!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

10 on the 10th - April

1. Oh how little Eli is getting bigger every day! He just started figuring out how to crawl up stairs and pull up to standing on things! He is the happiest little guy and we love that he sticks his tongue out when he smiles!

2. William had a field trip this week to the Public Lands Information Center. Ben, Eli, and I were able to come with him and enjoyed the trip too! William even got to be one of the kids called up to help with the presentation.

3. I am currently planning a fun little movie night themed birthday party for Ben.

4. My birthday is today.

5. Today the sun came up at 6:55 am and will set at 9:09 pm. That is 14 hours and 14 minutes of sunlight, making today 8 hours and 9 minutes longer than my first 10 on the 10th in January!

6. Alaska has these giant black birds that I have taken to calling "Birdzillas." Poking around on the internet, I think I have determined that they are ravens. They are so huge that I find them to be a bit scary!

7. Our driveway is clear! After months of being covered in a layer of icy snow, it has finally melted and the boys are celebrating by riding their scooters up and down it.

8. I paid $4.04/gallon for gas this week. Hmph!

9. I burned the thunder out of my thumb on a hot glue gun yesterday. At least I get to wrap it in an awesome Transformers band-aid!

10. I put some really cool wall stickers up in the living room. When I get the pictures on the wall with them, I'll post a picture.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Project 52 - Week 11

Week 11 is Mar. 13-19. Still pretty cold up here, so we drove down to the base and took the kids bowling. On the way we stopped at the Base Exchange and bought a new dryer! Yay! If you don't know, the one our landlords left here is eating all our clothes so it is time for a new one. We had lunch at the bowling center, where we discovered there is an A&W. To my dismay the A&W was out of rootbeer and I ended up with a Dr. Pepper float. Definitely not as satisfying. James wanted to use the base gym, so the boys got an extra treat in the form of a visit to the base's indoor playground. Pretty good day in Alaska!

These are not my best pictures. But really, in this case I can blame the camera. As I learn about how to use my camera in manual mode, I am finding out what limitations it has. One of them being it just can't handle low light situations. And let me tell you, a bowling alley is definitely a low light situation! I need either a flash (other than the junky pop up flash that is already on the camera) or a new, better camera. Shhh! Don't tell Daddy Bear! This idea won't be popular! But really I need a camera that will be able to go higher than ISO 1600. So with that, I am now accepting donations to the "Help Mommy Get a New Camera Fund!"

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