Saturday, April 25, 2015

Our Week

Weeks are flying by and I'm getting schedules wrong even with my filled in hour by hour planner.  It seems we have so much going on and so much planning that I'm trying to take care of that everything is getting mixed up but somehow we will survive.  Only 6 full weeks of school left and 3 more weeks of softball!  Oh I can't wait!!!

Monday morning we took Kayla to school and then Brooklyn and I went to Target to pick up some birthday presents for Kayla's 8th birthday coming up.

After Target Brooklyn and I had a movie date!  We went to see Monkey Kingdom.   Kayla has a field trip with her class to go and see it next week(which I thought was this week) and Brooklyn wanted to see it too so I told her we would go see it on our own. 

Love having one on one time with my girls and I'm soaking it all in with this one since next year she will be in Kindergarten and at school everyday.

Brooklyn enjoying the merchandise at Target, this girl can always put a smile on my face

After the movie we grabbed lunch, stopped at Homegoods and then headed home.  I'm gonna miss having a little one sleeping in the backseat after a morning of shopping with me!

We've had the warmest weather all month but this week we finally got a week of cloudy, cold and even a bit of drizzle.  I decided to make Barefoot Contessa's Lemon Yogurt Cake while the girls were both at school

It came out so pretty but I would definitely change the glaze up next time around.   The recipe calls for a lemon glaze which makes this a bit too tart.  Next time I'll try a little less lemon and maybe a bit more of a vanilla flavor.

Kayla had practice on Monday night and then they added practice for her again for Tuesday night.  She already had a game on Wednesday so we all decided we were gonna take a break on Tuesday night and not attend practice.   Instead we went for a long walk or scooter/bike ride if you were one of the girls.  It was much better than sitting through another practice that's for sure!

Kayla was a little tired by the time we got back home but what I really wanted to get a picture of was her outfit.  She had a lot going on and then seeing her ride around on her bright colored bike, it was too funny.

After bath Brooklyn brought out a few of her favorite ballet books and decided before we read them she would do some practicing.  She said she missed ballet and I knew she would just don't know how we are going to fit that back into their schedules come Fall since they both wanted to sign up for soccer this year.

Kayla read in the living room after her bath enjoying some quiet time while we were in the other room.

Wednesday morning breakfast with my little buddy

It was Earth Day so I grabbed a book we had to read to Brooklyn and figured it would be a perfect day to plant the flowers the girls received from their aunt, uncle and cousin.

Brooklyn did hers in the morning while Kayla was in school and Kayla did hers when she got home

Kayla had also brought home a sign she colored at school and wanted to make sure we could hang it on their bathroom door.

Then the girls played for a bit
(ummm are you comfortable Brooklyn?!)

and ate a snack before heading off to both of their Wednesday night games

daddy watched Brooklyn's game

while I watched Kayla's game

Thursday after school was a day without softball and the girls played and watched cartoons.  I made our favorite dinner, corn chowder in bread bowls.  Perfect evening at home!

Friday afternoon Kayla had an awards assembly.  They were giving out the read a thon awards so Brooklyn and I went to see Kayla receive hers. 

Brooklyn was just as excited as Kayla was too receive the award when she found out the award came with a coupon for a free meal to John's Incredible Pizza.  Both of them spent the remaining part of the day asking when we could go??!!!

Friday evening was spent freezing at the softball fields of course!!   I was(we all were) hoping Brooklyn's game would be canceled since it had been wet and drizzly for most of the day but the game was still on.  So we bundled up and ended our Friday night cheering on our littlest softball player.  She got a good hit and she could not have been more proud of herself!

Kayla and I smooshed together trying to warm each other up in between her running off to another field to support some of her friends who were playing nearby.  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Pasta Caprese

I made this pasta dish a few Sunday's ago for dinner and we all loved it!  Since a few of you asked for the recipe I figured I would post it for you all to enjoy.  It is super easy to make and perfect for the upcoming warmer months.  I served it with bread and dipping oils and we called it a day!

Pasta Caprese

12 oz. dried penne pasta or whatever shape you like
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced 
pinch of oregano
2-3 beefsteak tomatoes chopped
 1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt and pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
8 oz mozzarella cheese cut up
sliced pepperoni
grated parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package and drain, return pasta to hot sauce pan.  Reserve some of the water for later use if needed.
In a large skilled heat oil, add garlic and oregano cook and stir for about a minute, stir in tomatoes, heat through.  Stir in lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Pour tomato mixture over cooked pasta in saucepan, heat thorough.  Stir in basil, if necessary add the reserved cooking water to reach desired consistancy.
Before serving add cut up mozzarella, sliced pepperoni and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekend Recap

Another good weekend is over!
Friday night the girls played outside riding bikes, scooters and driving their car.  They disappeared for a bit going into the neighbors yard to play which we later explained to them that they need to come ask us in the future before just taking off!

Daddy was gone all day Saturday spending the day at the Long Beach Grand Prix with his brother so it was just us girls for the day.  Kayla had a game in the morning and then we rushed home to eat lunch and head out to a birthday party.

The party was for a little boy in Brooklyn's class that she just adores.  They both like each other and play so well together.  I was a bit nervous to go since I had only talked to his mom a few times and knew I would not know anyone there.   I had to bring Kayla as well since I did not have a babysitter.  She ended up having a lot of fun since he had a cousin the same age as her.  In fact everyone was very nice and we all had a great time!

Brooklyn made his birthday card and I about died when I saw the front of it.  Her and Brayden holding an umbrella together and she pointed out they were both wearing mittens.  In the inside she drew him balloons but they are superhero balloons, too cute!!  

When we got home, we all got cleaned up and cuddled up on the couch with some popcorn to watch 'The Karate Kid'  The girls loved the movie and I had forgotten how good it was!  There are so many movies these girls need to see still.  Can't wait to show them all of the 'Back to the Future' movies.

Sunday morning we all slept in and eventually the girls took over our bed (my favorite kind of mornings)!

Daddy said he would go get donuts and I did not object.  It was the perfect slow Sunday morning in our house.

Later on it was outside to play and eat lunch on the front steps 

Kayla volunteered to go to the grocery store with me to get food for the week

While I got dinner ready daddy went through the boxes of camping gear that have been arriving the last few weeks.  It's almost time for our first outing!  The girls were excited to see their very own chairs in their favorite color.

We ended the night outside.  The girls rode their bikes/scooter while hubby and I walked.  Why do the weekends have to go by so fast?!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Life Lately

It's been a week since I've posted and all I've got is some iphone pics of what we've been up to.  The days are going by way too fast and there is only a little over a month of school left until Summer!!!  Most of our nights are spent at the ballpark for either games or practice and they ended up adding another game last minute for Kayla which meant 3 games and 1 practice in a week.  We weren't too happy about that but it ended up being a fun game that included the parents and the girls had a blast.  I have more pictures below but first let's start with the rest of the week,

Saturday night we were off to hang out with friends but mommy got the time wrong and we were gonna be an hour early.  Good thing there was a Wendy's nearby so we could stop and get some Frosty's!

The kids later that night winding down and watching Frozen after a fun night 

Sunday evening I made a delicious pizza pasta salad that everyone loved.  The weather was so nice we ate outside and were very sad the weekend was coming to an end.

Monday morning I decided it was time to start waking up early and working out again.  I figured walking to school would be a great little extra to my workout and the girls were happy to ride their scooters.

My Stitch Fix box arrived this week and I was so excited!!  I link up my Pinterest board so my stylist can see my style and get an idea of what I like and she did awesome!  I love, love, love the bag and was sent some cute clothes.  If you are interested in joining click here.  You only pay $20.00 and that is credited to whatever clothes/bags/accessories you want to buy!!!   Whatever you don't want you send back for free.  Prices for items are very reasonable and it is quite a treat to get this in the mail now and then.

I had completely forgot that the girls received these Snackeez cups in their Easter baskets so I pulled them out and filled them with cheez-its for school pick up.  They were pretty happy to find them in their seats when they climbed in the car.

While out and about running errands I had a bit of time to run into our library.  I grabbed The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks and have been reading it while waiting to pick up Kayla from school.

Brooklyn thought our kitty needed to keep warm so she covered him up and I swear he slept here all day!  I'm pretty jealous of the life he leads.

Last night was Kayla's extra game that the league added.  They had to play the game backwards meaning they batted opposite and had to run to third when they hit the ball.  Each girl got to bring one parent to play on the field with them and we nominated daddy.

It was pretty fun watching these girls laughing and just having fun without the stress of winning!

Whoohoooo it's Friday!!!
We walked/scootered to school again this morning and then I came home and did yoga while Brooklyn joined along now and then.  Today we are off to get some errands ran and then it's pizza and drinks for dinner cuz there is NO softball tonight!!

Have a great weekend!