Friday, September 30, 2016

Dylan's Belt Testing

Tonight Dylan tested for his 1st Degree Level 4 Black Belt in taekwondo.
 This guy was a little more interested in the testing now that he's in taekwondo too.
 And notice I said, "a little more interested"?  He got easily distracted with a video game Payton was playing.
Dylan was a little nervous for this testing,
 but I think he did great!
He chose to do a {challanging} twist kick {and a flying Superman Palm Heel} for his board breaking portion.
 We are super proud of this guy,
 and his accomplishments in TKD.
Awards ceremony is next week!

What I Ate {September 2016}

Sep 1 - {Dylan's Birthday} Burger Shack Burger + French Fries + Cherry Cake
Sep 2 - Mellow Mushroom Pepperoni Pizza
Sep 3 - Hamburgers + Fries + Watermelon
Sep 4 - Black Beans & Rice Bowls
Sep 5 - {Labor Day} BBQ Chicken + Rice Pilaf + Corn on the Cob + Salad + Coconut Cake
Sep 6 - Turkey Wraps + Lime Tortilla Chips
Sep 7 - Taco Salad
Sep 8 - McAlisters
Sep 9 - Pepperoni Pizza
Sep 10 - BBQ Chicken + Long Grain Rice
Sep 11 - Hamburgers + Potato Chips + Sour Cream & Onion Dip
Sep 12 - Chicken Burrito
Sep 13 - Baked Ziti + Garlic Bread
Sep 14 - Black Eyed Peas + Cornbread
Sep 15 - Orange Chicken + Stir Fry Noodles and Vegetables
Sep 16 - Meatball Subs + Salad & Cheese Fantastico
Sep 17 - Peter D's Panko Crusted Blue Chees Burger + Sweet Potato Fries
Sep 18 - Seven Layer Dip + Tortilla Chips
Sep 19 - BLT Pasta Salad
Sep 20 - Sherperds {Cottage} Pie + Lime Bars
Sep 21 - Enchilasagna
Sep 22 - Western Bacon Cheeseburger + BBQ Chips
Sep 23 - Taco Salad
Sep 24 - Spaghetti + Garden Salad + Garlic Bread
Sep 25 - Hobo Packets
Sep 26 - Papa Murphy's Pepperoni Pizza
Sep 27 - Chicken Pot Pie
Sep 28 - Beans & Rice Bowls
Sep 29 - Taco Soup
Sep 30 - 8 Layer Asian Salad

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Rylan's 1st Belt Testing

Today Rylan had his very first taekwondo belt testing.
 He sat super still {we were super impressed}.
 Here's one of the videos that I took.
 After a bit, he got bored and starting flicking his cheek. Ha!
 But the coolest thing is that both sets of grandparents were able to be there to watch him! Papa Nutt & Gigi
 and Papa & Yaya.
If he passes he will be a white belt with a yellow stripe.  Awards ceremony is next Friday!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Week # 38 {2016}

Sunday - We've had a bunch of huge caterpillars around lately...and I don't ever remember seeing one  like the one on the right.  It was bizarre.
I love when Rylan willingly grabs my hand, to tells me he loves me.  I want to remember these moments forever.
Monday - Ry like to play board games, so we get creative on what the "rules" are.  Today was Upwards and he was spelling out his name and words I was writing down on paper for him.  {Notice he puts the letters right to left?}
Then he was SUPER stoked to get his black stripe at TKD.  That means he can now test for his next belt.
After class the kids and I took dinner down to Chris, Craig & Sasha who were unloading their moving truck to a storage unit.
This ninja was being a big help protecting us. {wink}
On the way home, the littles were rocking out.  Did anyone grow up listening to Psalty like I did?
Little man crashed out when we got home.
Tuesday's toddler busy work is brought to you by Costco.  I would love to take credit for this idea, but Ry did it all on his own.
For dinner I made Shepherd's Pie.  Actually Cottage Pie...  Did you know if it is made with lamb it is called Shepard's Pie and if it is made with beef you call it Cottage Pie?
And Ry and I made Lime Bars for dessert.  Yum!
Wednesday we headed to the park.  They have this awesome sandbox that always has a ton of Tonka trucks in it...and they never get stolen.  I love living in a small town!
A few months back they updated the play equipment and Ry was excited to check it out.
I finished another book.  P.S. It was good!
Dylan wanted me to make a "breakfast type dessert" for him to take to Souled Out {a Christian club at his school} so I made Cowboy Cookies since there are Corn Flakes in them.
Friday this cute girl...
got to take this cute guy to school with her for Donuts with Dad.
Once he got home we hit up Marcy Jo's Mealhouse.  It has become our favorite breakfast place.  The cinnamon rolls are a-maz-ing.
Saturday Chris finished the coffee table he has been working on.  He did an amazing job.  I love it!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Distant Echoes {book review}

Distant Echoes is another great book by Colleen Coble!  It's the first book in the Aloha Reed Series and a couple of characters from her Rock Harbor Series make a cameo.  This is a quick, lighthearted read about a dolphin trainer in Hawaii. I give it 4 stars!
Here are the other books I have finished so far in 2016:
(22) A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
(21) Six-Point Plan for Raising Happy, Healthy Children by John Rosemond {audiobook}
(20) Freefall by Kristen Heitzmann
(19) Troublemaker by Leah Remini
(18) Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
(17) For the Love by Jen Hatmaker {audiobook}
(16) Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth
(15) What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarity
(14) The Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turner
(13) The Vow by Kim & Krickitt Carpenter
(12) Stranded by Dani Pettrey
(11) Shattered by Dani Pettrey
(10) Dancing Through Life by Candace Cameron Bure
(9) Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade
(8) That Certain Spark by Cathy Marie Hake
(7) In Between by Jenny B. Jones
(6) Baggage Claim by Amanda Tru
(5) Letter Perfect by Cathy Marie Hake
(4) Submerged by Dani Pettrey
(3) All is Grace by Brennan Manning
(2) Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
(1) Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers
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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Week #37 {2016}

Sunday early morning Snapchatting.
 Monday I had to go to work for a bit and Ry went and played at Gigi's house.  He made some yummy treats,
 and took the dog on a walk.
 That night after I got back from Dylan's Open House, the kids had set a table setting for me and served me dinner.  It was sweet.
 Tuesday I found this drawing on my phone from Ry.
Wednesday Dylan and I got to see a stunning sunrise at the bus stop.
 That afternoon Ry was estatic to get his 2nd orange stripe in taekwondo {for being the one who paid attention and listened most in class}.
 Then I took this goober to church for youth group.
 Thursday morning's sunrise.  God is certainly good, isn't he?
 After school Payton drew a self portrait.
Friday morning was sure beautiful at Run Club with Payton.
 That night I had a craving for Pineapple Upside Down Cake.  Yum!
Saturday while the kids stayed with Papa & Yaya, we went out to dinner with my parents, Uncle Barry {although he's technically not my uncle!}, Darrell & Candice {long time friends of our family}.  It was fun to catch up with them.