Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Mitten State

I have a new favorite! It's The Mitten State, an online t-shirt shop. Check them out I want one of each style! 

LOVE LOVE LOVE the new Western Michigan University shirts.... So, I got Chris one for his birthday and I would have shirt envy if I didn't also get one for myself. (my birthday is coming up too!!) 

Chris got the WMU shirt and mine says HOME.  I miss Michigan and the seasons. Especially right now, fall is my favorite. 

I will always call Michigan "HOME" and WMU "MY" college!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sunday = Family Fun-day! (part 2)

The Magic Kingdom has awesome "not so scary" Halloween decorations.  I loved walking down the fall decorated Main Street.  All of the orange and yellow leaves made me miss the beautiful trees back home in Michigan. 

pumpkin Mickey

All of the leave garland was beautiful.
The designers made sure to cover every little detail.

The band walked by and Carter started dancing and clapping in his seat.  His love of music and singing definitely comes from Chris.  He might want to be in a band when he grows up....

My Kenna girl looking so grown a little girl not a baby anymore.  I am both excited and sad at the same time.  

Being silly :) I love her laugh and funny sense of humor.  Lately she has been a little diva and everything is "EWWW or Yuck" or she points out the "Buggys" (bugs)

Carter smiling big waiting in line for Winnie the Pooh ride. 

My handsome little boy!


Out! She is tired after a long day at the happiest place on Earth :) So sweet! 

We had such a fun weekend trip to Disney World. I know I am going to pay for it this week in lack of sleep but it was well worth it to see how excited the twins were.  I can't wait to go back.  We are planning a trip with our good friends for sometime around the new year. 

Our FUN Family Weekend

We had a great family weekend. It started out by spending Friday night under the lights at a home football game.  The Cobras played like a completely different team this past week.  We lost the game in the last 27 seconds, but I was so proud to be a cobra.  The boys played hard the entire game, most of the players play both sides of the ball, so they were on the field the whole night!  The article on our school website said it best (and Vince Lombardi), "We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time" Check out the article on our website HERE.

On Saturday the kids stayed home with Chris and I went over to my friend Lisa's house for dinner.

On Sunday we decided to take a day trip to Disney World!

 We went to Epcot first and rode in a clam shell to find Nemo.  Then took an adventure through out imagination with Figment. AND the best part of the day was meeting Mickey Mouse and all his friends!!
Here Kenna is giving Mickey a kiss on the nose. The twins were so excited to meet Mickey they were yelling his name while we were in line before it was our turn to go.

Here they are in awwweeee.. So happy to be with Mickey.

Here is Carter and Pluto. He called him puppy the whole time. Kenna didn't want to hug pluto, she just wanted to go back to Mickey. 

It's Minnie Mouse!! Carter fell in love. Arms out for a BIG hug and.....

He kissed her about 3 times on the nose!!!! It was love at first sight!

Of all the characters he knew Donald's name right away and said it a few times before it was our turn. Again Kenna was being a little shy. But Carter walked right up and shook Donald's hand.

Here is our family with Goofy.  He was a great sport when both kids were knocking on his head at the end of out picture.  I apologized and mentioned that it was probably loud in there with the twins knocking on his nose.  Sorry Goof!

After we took pictures with all of the characters it was time for lunch.  We went to Chris's favorite place, The Rose and Crown Pub.  It has British food and good beer, whats not to love.  We each got fish and chips and a beer and the kids got their own order of chips and apple juice.  I had a Golden Fox which is Boddingtons and Bass Ale mixed; I really liked it.  

After Epcot we took the Monorail to Magic Kingdom to check out the Halloween decorations and ride a few favorites before we went home.  (check out part 2)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Little bit of Inspiration

My new obsession is Pinterest. I love looking though all of the fun teacher and classroom ideas.  I found a little inspiration from From . I would love to hang this up in my classroom. 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Santa Fe BBQ Chicken Salad

I love the bbq chicken salad from Panera.  SO this weekend I attempted to make my own version and it was fantastic!! I'm simple and quick when it comes to cooking. I use store bought ingredients that are ready to use (ex. salad dressing, bbq sauce) I don't have time to make my own with toddler twins running around.  The good thing about salad you can add as much or little of the ingredients as you want, add more veggies, or omit something all together.

Recipe: enough for 2 or more people

1- head of chopped romaine lettuce
1/2- can of corn
1/2- can of black beans drained and rinsed
4 oz- shredded mild cheddar cheese
1- chopped tomato
2- medium sized grilled chicken breasts (or 1 large) sliced in thin strips
when you serve the salad add a few tortilla strips or I crushed cheese doritos (it's all we had) to the top
Drizzle spicy ranch (I used Hidden Valley)
And BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays (my fav.))

Toss and serve. Yum!


The babies had chocolate pudding for the first time and LOVED IT!!!  It was hilarious to watch them eat it with a spoon all by themselves. AND it was everywhere, we went straight to the bath after.

Family Photos

We had our family photos taken this past month. THEY ARE OUTSTANDING!! Ashley Hamilton is our photographer and she went above and beyond my expectations.  She even did a little blog post about our pictures, you can check it out here blog and see some more shots.