Holy cow, do we look like fun, or what!? Seriously these boys are so much fun. They chase me, play peek a boo, and lose their breathe from laughing so hard. I will miss the days that I was so stinking funny! They are one another's best friend, and worst enemy. Every time I turn around they are wrestling, giggling, then both end up screaming:) Their favorite activity is finding a measuring cup or wooden toy and banging it on the other one's head while they aren't paying attention. Yep, sneaky little dudes.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
My friend Tennille and I hosted "The Next Iron Chef" for a few of the couples in our neighborhood. What a success! Seriously it was SUCH. A. BLAST. Everyone went all out, it couldn't have gone any better.
Lots of preparation went into the night, but it was all so worth it. I've had a lot of people as me the details so they can throw their own party...so here they are!
We passed out invites 2 weeks prior to the event. We wanted everyone to have time to find babysitters (Lots of kiddos in these parts!) and to give them a chance to decide what the heck to cook! As we were passing out the invites, we had each couple draw out of a hat...appetizer, entree, or dessert.
So, if the invite didn't explain it well enough...here it goes. We invited 9 couples total. 3 couples were assigned "Appetizer", and their secret ingredient was Bacon. These are the dishes we ended up with:
|Bacon wrapped Jalepeno Mac and Cheese|
|Bacon wrapped Parmesan|
|Spring rolls with Bacon and Bacon Sweet and Sour dressing|
3 couples were assigned "Entree" with the secret ingredient Cheese...and this is what we got...
|Chicken and Artichoke Lasagne with over 4 kids of cheese|
|Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts in Parmesan Bowls|
And last but not least, 3 couples were assigned "Dessert" with the secret ingredient of strawberry...(Unfortunately only 2 couples came, and I didn't get a picture of the other dessert! Use your imagination for a Frozen Strawberry Heaven with Graham Cracker Crumble!)
|Cheesecake with Strawberry topping and Strawberries on top|
For each category we had a small prize of a whisk, a pasta strainer, and a spatula. Then we had an overall winner! DUN DUN DUN....
CHEESE STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS IN PARMESAN BOWLS!
They went all out in every single judging category, and deserved the grand prize and title of THE NEXT IRON CHEF! For the grand prize we gave a cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes and a gift card to choose a flavor of their own!
To judge, we printed out scorecards for each individual, even though the couples were cooking together. We wanted them to have their own opinion on the winner.
The scorecards had 4 categories, and that is how we judged each dish. Each category was worth 5 points, making each dish worth 20 points total. At the end we totaled all of the points and decided on a winner for each category, as well as an overall, IRON CHEF!
Now, the really important stuff...We had a projector. Yes, folks, we went all out!
We needed a way to display all of our iron chefs! As people arrived at the party, we had a photo booth set up so they could show their competitors their most intense faces...or silliest...or, well, you will see!
|Me and Hubbs(Entree)|
|My Co-host, Tennille, and Cody(Dessert)|
|Alisha and Jake (Appetizer winners!)|
|Callie and Nate (Appetizer)|
|Crystal and Jeff (Dessert Winners!)|
|Diana and Ben (Entree)|
|THE IRON CHEF'S!!! (Crystal and Jordan, Entree)|
|Cynthia and Kevin (Appetizer)|
I hope this gave you all of the information to throw your own Iron chef party...you won't regret it!
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I mean, really, does it get any better than having a make-out session with the window...I. THINK. NOT.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Lately I have been so overwhelmed. Sometimes, okay, MOST times, I am overwhelmed with two little screamers hanging from my legs. But, every once in a while, I take a step back.
I look at my two baby boys crying their eyes out because they just want me to hold them.
I look at one of them happy as can be, trying to play with their brother who is so upset he can't hold it together.
I watch Cody wrestle with them both, as they hysterically giggle with joy.
I crawl on my hands and knees from room to room, with them both chasing me.
I can see their love for eachother already.
I watch them play peekaboo with one another.
I watch them hide behind the curtains.
I listen to their back and forth chattering in their cribs.
I watch their perfect hands touching eachothers faces.
I see that they already know if they smile for the camera, it will be over quicker.
I see my house, my hair, my clothes get destroyed on a daily basis.
I see their chubby fingers turning pages, pushing buttons, and making messes.
I notice their too-tiny 9 month old legs helping them walk.
I see my kitchen slowly gathering dirty dishes throughout the day, and pray Cody and I can clean it together, later.
I watch their eyes light up when I open "Let's go to the zoo" that we have read 254 times.
I watch, and stop, them from trying to suck on my painted toes.
I feel them spit their food out all over me, and listen to their brother laugh about it.
I listen to their 5 am babbling.
I see them cheer eachother on, whether it be climbing the stairs or unrolling the toilet paper.
I watch them kick their legs as they lay on our living room floor and drink their bottle.
I see them attack one another...toughening the other one up for the future, I suppose.
I see Cody's eyes. I see his love. I see how much we all mean to him.
And I know, watching these things, that being overwhelmed is the best feeling I can have in my life. I am overwhelmed with love from these 2 boys, who before I know it, will be men. They will be men just like their daddy. They will be hard workers, filled with passion for the few things in life that are most important. They will be men who have wives, and children, and a brother. A best friend by their side through it all. I pray for this, for them. I want them to have the overwhelming feelings that I have now.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
The boys are starting to play together so much! I. LOVE. IT.
Friday, January 11, 2013
It's amazing how busy these 4 little legs keep me...
Yes, wrestling! They are starting to play together so much.
-They play peek a boo behind our sliding glass door curtains all the time.
-They love spending time together in the bathroom doing various things. Playing with the toilet paper, in the water (YUCK), flushing, and flushing, and flushing the toilet. O and bathing. Well, Dax loves bathing with Barrett. Barrett hates bathing with Dax. I would too if I was sitting with Dax next to me creating title waves he splashes so much!
-Barrett wrestles with Dax, Dax doesn't wrestle back. He cries back, but he doesn't wrestle back! I'm sure they will trade back and forth for the next...18 years.
-They love to chase balls. Everywhere. As fast as they can.
-Barrett is my sneaky baby. He just figured out how to climb the stairs. He will sneak over to the bottom of them, realized the gate was ACCIDENTALLY not put up, and climb as fast as he can up them. One problem...he gets about 4 stairs up and does this silly, evil "Yes I got away with it!" laugh. I hear it and go running to save him! He is getting pretty good now though, so maybe I won't have to save him for too much longer.
-Dax is a horrible teether. Screams, cries, makes mommy hold him all day. O, and he wants to be a dentist. He's always reaching in my mouth. Always.
-Teething doesn't phase Barrett. Not in the least.
-Barrett loves mommy's homemade mac and cheese. They are both just started to eat table food. They have been great eaters so far so I'm a little worried about starting more table food.
-I get a lot of attention when I go out. A LOT. Everyone, "ooo twins! One brown eye one blue eye?! AHHH! OOOO!" Unless they are snotty nosed, in their pj's, and both crying. Then no one tells me how cute they are!
-Books! Books! They love books. Dax loves them a little bit more right now, but it changes week to week. Our favorites are the Little People "Let's go to the zoo", I would honestly go crazy without this book! Also "The big hungry bear" and the "Little Quack" series. All gifts! My sister is an expert book provider:) She wants smart nephews or something!
-They are both about to walk. Barrett took 2 steps the other day, Dax has taken 1. They are only 9 months! ahhh!
She still couldn't fix their naps, though:) Usually 1 of the boys only sleeps for around 45 minutes, then plays until he wakes his brother, then they both play, etc. etc. etc.! But the nighttime sleep makes up for it.
So they sleep until 7 ish. Then they eat a bottle and some breakfast (oatmeal and yogurt or fruit). Then we play. and cry. and bonk our heads. and steal one another's toys. and hang on mommy's legs.
Then we take a nap, around 930. About 11 they eat another bottle, then I run errands. At 130 they eat lunch, some icky mushed up vegetable and some fruit. Then it's time for a nap! They pretty much play in their cribs for 15-30 minutes until they fall asleep...and wake up around 330 for another bottle. Yep they eat a lot! Then we play some more. THEN DADDY GETS HOME! Yahoo! I have lots of good parts of my day...but this is the best for mommy! By this time I'm a little worn out, and so happy to have my happy husband by my side to wrestle these crazies with me!
Then another bottle and off to bed. And a little relaxation for us. That's our day! It's so fun, and so crazy, and stressful sometimes, and rewarding. Although sometimes it feels like I don't do much day in and day out, then I see these smiling faces. I guess that's my job, just to keep them smiling, right? (Look at those chubby hands!!!)