I love the creativity of all of my amazing friends! The boys recently went to a race car party at a neighbor's house and made these cool cars. They have loved playing with them. Just another proof of what kids love and need most are the simple things in life. Who knew that with a little paper, a box and some paper plates, one could make something this awesome! So many of you are always complimenting me on my creative ideas. The truth be known, I get most of my bright ideas from knowing such creative people! Thanks for the inspiration!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Posted by Mindy Hill at 7/30/2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
This amazing and beautiful lady is my sweet grandmother. She has been on my mind so much lately. She had a stroke last week and is working hard to recover. There is so much love in her. As a child and into my adulthood, I have been the lucky recipient of so much of her love. I inherited her forgetfulness. I remember once as a child we were picking strawberries in this huge field in Missouri. After several hours of picking, she realized she had lost her keys somewhere in that immense patch. We eventually found her keys. I love that she is so kind and adoring to my sweet babies and handsome hubby. I love that when I got married, she gave me her size 5 glitter dancing shoes. These are the shoes she use to wear when dancing with my grandfather as a young woman. These are also the shoes I would fight all my cousins for during dress up. Now my feet are far too large for those shoes, but I have a feeling that my little girl will get a chance to wear them. My hope is that her dance of life can be as beautiful as that of my grandmother. I am so grateful grandma for the legacy of love you have given to me all the days of my life.
Friday, July 25, 2008
We possibly live in the funnest neighborhood ever! Yesterday for Pioneer Day we gathered all the children in the neighborhood and let them decorate their bikes and then had a mini parade with everyone. It was so fun! We ended at Sister Liston's home and roasted hot dogs and made smores. The kids had a total blast playing with all of their friends!
Our special little lady had such a wonderful time at her 2nd birthday party! We took a trip down Strawberry Lane. I had the most fun getting everything ready. It was so much fun, especially because she really understands the entire concept. There are countless reasons I could tell you why she is so special to us, here are just a few: I love the crazy bed head she wakes up with each morning, I love that she can convince her brothers to have endless tea parties and play dolls just by saying her cute little "Pease", I love that she always asks for Justin and I to make and Abby sandwich (squishing her in between both of us and getting kisses from mom & dad), I love being the mother of such a special little girl and the way I feel being her mother. Happy Birthday Baby!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Big Brother is having issues these days sharing girly things with his sister. It cracks us up that he happens to love anything pink! This was Abby's big birthday surprise from Jus and I and she loved it, so did big brother. It's called the Rose Patal Cottage and it all fits together when you want to put it away. We think it's great and there are two littles in our family that would agree.
It's my birthday and I'll eat my cake however I want to!
We made cupcakes lastnight for the kids to take to swim lessons and celebrate Tweeter's 2nd Birthday. I let them decorate their own and eat it before bed. Abby obvioulsy decided to use the "hands off" approach to tackling hers.
P.S. I didn't mention Justin in this because what he loves most about Sundays is going to see movies. We don't mind, he is such a wonderful father and husband he deserves a break once a week!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.
Posted by Mindy Hill at 7/17/2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Our First Zuchinni
Our First Pepper
2 slices of bread dipped only one side in egg batter as if you were making french toast
several sliced of ham-we like the shaved Kirkland Ham from Costco
(traditional Monte Cristos are served with both ham and turkey, but we don't care much for turkey)
2 sliced swiss cheese
Grill like a grilled cheese (until egg batter on bread is fully cooked), sprinkle with powdered sugar and dip in Melba Sauce.
I have found it difficult to locate the Melba Sauce but it is key to making these sandwiched superb!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
As promised, here is the first of many fabulous recipes I have yet to add to my blog. This is a relatively new one I discovered. I knew Justin would love this casserole but unsure how the kids would feel about it. They loved it!
36 Corn Tortillas
6C Cubed Cooked Chicken Breast (I like it browned in a little Zesty Italian Dressing)
2 Cans Kidney Beans, Rinsed & Drained
3 Jars (16 oz each) Salsa
3 C Sour Cream
2 Lg. Chopped Green Peppers
3 Small Cans Sliced Black Olives, Drained
6 C Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese
In each of two greased 13x19 inch baking pans, arrange 6 tortillas in the bottom. Top each with 1 C Chicken, 2/3 Kidney Beans, 1 C Salsa, 1/2 C Sour Cream, 1/2 C Green Pepper, about 1/3 C olives, & 1 C Cheese. Repeat layers twice.
Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 25 min. Uncover, bake 10-15 min. longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 10 min. before serving.
I like to freeze one and keep for later or make both if you have guests!
Side Suggestions: Spanish Rice, Green Salad with Red Pepper & Avocado, Fresh Fruit
Would love to hear how you like this one, ENJOY!
That's right ya'all...that's where Mr. Hill found himself today. He snuck downstairs last night and watched the first 2 episodes of Season 4 of 'LOST' without me. That is, after we had finished season 3. I thought we were in this together dear. We need to get caught up, I am sure our children feel our parenting skills as of late leave something to be desired!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Just yesterday, Isaac informed Justin and I that he very much would like to have a 'LOST' birthday party for his next b-day. HMMMMM, do you think we are spending too much time watching that show? We got addicted a few weeks back and are now at the end of the third season. Is Kate preggers? Will Loche live and be the next leader of the island? Who (or what) really is this Jacob character? Will Kate and Jack ever kiss again? Will Mrs. Kwon and her baby live? Just a few of the million questions I have. Besides, I asked Isaac...what do you suppose we would do at a 'LOST' party? "Well mom, we could hunt wild boar, run through the jungle and punch "the button" every 108 minutes. HA! We need intervention ASAP!
Posted by Mindy Hill at 7/09/2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Posted by Mindy Hill at 7/07/2008