Monday, April 13, 2015

Scenes from the weekend...

It was a very productive weekend in the Lunsford household but we started it out friday night eating outside and enjoying the beautiful weather. 

I totally remember doing this as a kid in the summer time. Squirting water gun water into my mouth. Hunter was doing it to James and they both thought it was hilarious. 

Can we say trouble ;)

So much fun!

Hunter and his dad worked really hard all weekend long.  Replacing exterior lighting, cleaning the exterior lights, cleaning all of our white columns and exterior windows sills, scrubbing the brick patios, and planting new shrubs where old ones had died.  

 I looove hydrangeas and excited to have some in the front of the house now.  Hoping the sun light is good to them and they should grow a bit bigger. 

 The new boxwoods in the front of the porch will eventually grow together and form one rectangular hedge.  And now its time for me to get my flower pots planted! Thinking of getting some new aqua colored ceramic ones this year....

The guys brought a tv out to the garage so they could watch the masters on and off while working.  Hunter V thought it was the coolest thing being able to eat lunch outside and watch a cartoon.  (don't mind all the "junk" ... we're preparing for a garage sale this Saturday... come on by!)

 Egg salad sandwiches is the "proper" lunch to have on Masters weekend

The men made sure to finish up their work just in time to watch the Masters sunday afternoon. We pulled the tv out to the back deck it was way to nice to go inside!

 And the "little boys" played legos

Big Daddy got in a some good tickle time before he had to leave...the boys just adore him if we hadn't accomplished enough, after Big Daddy left and the boys we're down we headed to the basement to rip up some carpet (full basement post coming soon)

Life isn't slowing down anytime soon! Garage sale, visiting grandparents, hiring contractors, jobs, babies, family moving down,  dr appointments, parent/teacher conferences, school pictures, car inspection, plant flower pots, and now I need to stop writing my to-do list on here and go write it in my planner.  bye bye for now...hope you all have a great week! xo

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter 2015

My original plans for Easter Sunday was the traditional wake up to baskets, easter egg hunt, then church followed by brunch and then I thought better.  I remembered how terrible church on christmas eve was with the kids and how jam packed every brunch place was going to be.

 We are just not at a good age with the kids to attend church on holidays.  I don't want to go to just "say" I went.  Or go because thats what your "suppose" to do.  I want to go to worship.  To grow as a mom, wife and friend for Jesus.  To better myself and those around me.  And when we go with two small kids all I end up doing is shoving fruit snacks in their mouth to keep them from talking or screaming and 99% of the time that doesn't even work.  I leave frustrated, tired and feel like I missed out on what could have been some nice family time at home because I certainly didn't hear a thing the pastor said.  Hunter V just became of age where he can join the children's ministry so their is hope for us in the future but for now...

... we enjoyed some nice family time at home.

The boys woke up and as I was changing James diaper, Hunter V peered his little head over the banister and what to his little eyes dismay but two full Easter baskets on the living room coffee tables.  "Mommy Mommy the Easter bunny came."  These are firsts for us.  It's the first holidays that Hunter V is starting to understand the excitement and meaning of all that is happening.

 We headed downstairs and had fun discovering what the Easter bunny brought as well as finding all the eggs he hid.  After coffee and cinnamon rolls we got showers and started on Easter lunch.

Hunter IV made a picnic ham.  And I made Pioneer Women's Layered Salad. 

Big daddy came over and we ate lunch.  The easter bunny brought Hunter V water balloons in his basket and he was DYING to go out and put them to use.  So, after lunch we headed outside and all had a grand time playing with water balloons for literally 2 hrs.  175 balloons to be exact.  Even little James got the hang of it.  I would hand him a balloon and he would throw it and laugh and laugh.  The boys would throw them together and at their play cars.  They rolled them down the hill and squeezed them until they popped in their hands.  who knew all the fun water balloons could be.

 Church and brunch aside I did want to get some Easter pictures of the boys.  We have the most beautiful cherry blossom trees in our front yard at this time.  My hope was to get them in front of the trees but in case you couldn't tell I'm a TERRIBLE photographer.  The boys semi co-operated but I didn't even get the trees in the pictures.  I'm totally trying again next weekend (after all, the easter bunny brought plenty of bribery candy)  "Hunter smile and I'll give you a jelly bean"

We are looking forward to having more family around in the future for holidays...after 12 years of living in Charlotte I'm finally getting family near by!!! My brother, sister in law and two nieces are moving down to Charlotte next month and we could not be more ecstatic!!!  They are such a fun, light hearted, amazing parents and people.  We laugh ALOT when their around and I'm sooo looking forward to the cousins becoming close.  So much to be thankful for yet so much to look forward to too.  

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Rotation

I remember before I was a parent always wondering "why do parents only feed their kids chicken nuggets and mac n cheese?"  Well, now I know!  Because its all they will eat.  Hunter V used to be the best eater and he's still fairly good in the vegetable department...BUT if you put something in front of him that does not look familiar I guarantee the first words you will hear are "I dont like that" and then the next thing you will hear is me saying "You haven't even tired it"  Sound familiar?

The worst thing about being a working mom (out of the home) other than the fact that I never see my kids, is dinners!!  M-F I rush out of work, pick up the kids from daycare and rush home to get food in front of them before 6:30pm.  Some evenings that only leaves me with 15minutes to throw something together.  And there is nothing more defeating than working hard on preparing a dinner to have your toddler prefer dinosaur chicken nuggets over it.  So,  I surrender, he wins. It's all a phase and its not worth it.  Maybe once a week we will try to get them to eat what we eat in a once again epic fail but most of the time here's the rotation.  Quick, easy, toddlers are happy, mommy is happy and they are mostly healthy (at least not going to kill them).

The Rotation: (editors note: I serve all of these with either a steam fresh veggie of some variety, a microwave sweet potato, or sweet potato tator tots)

1. Trader Joes Fish Nuggets:  There are certain items I ONLY get from Traders Joes!  Fish sticks is one of the them.  The Gordons brand at the grocery store seem to be all breading and barely any fish. These beauties and Fish nuggets with lots of fish.

2. Trader Joes Individual Bella Napola Pizza: kid eats pizza twice a week.  Nothing goes to waste because we can pop one of these individual pizzas in the oven for 10 mins. I feel ok about this.

3.  Trader Joes Individual Spinach Lasagna:  This ones a bit of a fight these days but they'll still choke it down.  Read the nutrition value on this guy...tons of Vit A, C, Iron. Microwaves at 50% power for 9 minutes and comes out tasting homemade.  This one I feel REALLY good about!

4.  Organic Mac n Cheese:  Because its organic its good for them right?  Let's try not to think about the powdered cheese.  Im starting to have to make two boxes because my 1 year old will eat a whole box by himself.  sigh!   We keep white cheese shells, and the yellow farm one in stock and Hunter LOVES picking out the kind he wants.  "Mom I want the white one"  "ok, buddy you can have the white one"  We mix in peas with their mac and cheese.  Hunter V will eat them, James Penn has mastered working the mac and cheese around in his mouth in order to separate out the peas.  He swallows the mac n cheese and then spits out the pea.  Its quite impressive actually.

5. Dinosaur (Dino) nuggets: Hunter has been eating these since he was born.  (not really) but close to it.  Probably have bought 100 boxes of these in the past 3 years (ok thats an exaggeration too) but you get the drift.  The only brand of nuggets I will buy and of course we serve with a veggie. Hunter V get's "dip" with his (BBQ) is his "dip" of choice.

5a.  I've even gotten really crazy the past couple weeks and bought the Dino chicken patties and made BBQ chicken sandwiches for them.  A good little variation to the typical nugget.

Ok, so I don't ONLY feed my kids frozen food...I promise.  I think I have mentioned it before but I love this cook book for kids.  The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet.  It goes up to 18months and one of my favorite recipes in here is a Toddler's Shepherd's Pie made with ground turkey, mixed veggies, mash potatoes and cheddar cheese.  I'll make about 4 in little ramekins and freeze to just pop out and cook in the oven when I get home.

And these veggie pizza pin wheels are a new favorite.  I LOVE that she purees veggies into her pasta sauce.  I never serve plan pasta sauce EVER anymore.  I always make a batch with pureed veggies in it and keep it handy in the fridge or freezer.   But fore warning...dont add too much spinach or it will turn your sauce green.  oops.

Lastly, steam fresh veggies or the like.  How did our parents survive without these??  Target just started making a variety pack of individual servings...made was it a good day when I found this out.

Alright friends...spill it!!  I'm always looking to add a new easy recipe into the dreaded rotation.  xo

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