Random Photos

One day Ember was drinking a cup of milk and it matched her shirt pretty well so I took a picture. 010efbblog

My fridge in my apartment is pretty small, smaller than I’m used to. Trying to keep enough food on hand, fitting in there, for seven people is so difficult! I usually take all frozen foods out of their boxes to make room. I write cooking instructions on post it notes and stick them in the freezer for reference.

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What did Lyla do while I was putting groceries away?

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Starting Latter Day Learning!!

So 3 weeks (closer to 4!) after ordering our curriculum our supplies finally arrive! The kids are super excited!

 I was flustered and dropped the eggs as I was trying to put them back in the fridge. Luckily only 2 were left! I always put the shells back in the carton as I’m using it just because it’s easier that way. Regardless, it wasn’t a fun mess to clean up as the eggs that did crack got all over inside the fridge. *sob*

Everett has never seen the printer printing anything since he’s been old enough to notice so when I pulled our printer out to print some stuff for Latter Day Learning lessons he freaked out. First his eyes opened in terror, then he started pointing with a huge grin/shocked expression, then he started giggling like mad, then he brought his hands up to his mouth and laughed heartily into them. He ended up bringing me each and every page I printed, pointing and squealing and laughing at the printer each time something new came out. It was freaking adorable!!

Later in the day the kids were raiding our Halloween costumes box (which they do regularly) and were playing super heroes. Everett thought it was the best thing he’d ever seen and when Sierra stuck this mask on him he took it very seriously. He kept growling and “rawring” at everyone!

Back to Latter Day Learning, I got our timeline set up on our wall. We have very limited wall space in our house so the hallway was the only available spot!

I’d had the kids draw pictures of big events in our family’s history on index cards and then I taped them together with packing tape and folded them accordion style. This was their personal timeline and after seeing it and doing that they were much more interested in “God’s timeline” (history) and our timeline in the hall! We later taped the first index card of their timelines into the front of their binders so that they could pull out their timelines and look at them whenever they wanted to when we do school time.

By this time Everett was crying loudly and constantly so in the ergo he went while we finished up school.

This was three days after the caterpillars turned into chrysalides so we moved them to the butterfly habitat!

Everett was so exhausted that evening since he’s been fighting sleep hardcore this week. He fell asleep during dinner!!

Messy At Lunch and More Ergo

Is my blog predictable or what? Messy lunches and me wearing Everett in the ergo. That sums up my life. haha!

I went in another room to do something for a minute and when I came back out Everett was sitting with Brooke. It was a cute moment so I took a picture.

And then was super happy to hear the camera’s timer (beeping) going!

And then I wore him in the ergo while editing a family video and he fell asleep.

Handmade Dollhouse, Shelves, and Wonton Taco Bowls

We use an old toybox and we cut up some empty cardboard boxes and boom, Shopkins house.

We have so little furniture. Our kids don’t have dressers. I don’t have a dresser. We don’t have even close to enough shelves or storage. Our kids don’t have beds. I could go on but the point of bringing it up is I spotted these shelves at Wal-Mart (for $19) and stopped and put four of them in my cart right then and there. The kids were SUPER excited about helping me set them up since all you do is screw in the bars!

Here are two set up in Brooke’s room. Ignore how empty the bedroom is, it’s a work in progress!

I found this mini taco bowl recipe online one day and thought it looked good but needed tweaking. I googled wonton tacos and found this recipe that sounded even better. It was so good. Definitely adding it to our weekly dinner rotation! For the boys since they’re gluten free, I just mixed the inside taco stuff with some rice and filled some of the muffin tins with that. Everyone loved it. Huge hit.

One stupid thing I did was spray the muffin tins over my kitchen floor. 99.99% of the time I spray them over the sink but the sink happened to be filled with a big soaking pan. I have a tiny sink in this house so I just thought, okay- I’ll just grease this muffin tin over the floor this one time.
My floor was a mess. You can see Everett’s footprints as he was in and out of the kitchen (hanging on my legs and whining most of the time) while I cooked!

This isn’t a great picture but shows how the rice + taco meat mixture turned out when baked in a muffin tin. It was perfect! He and Payson loved this meal a lot!

Lime Chicken Burritos

First make taco seasoning. (Or skip this part and use store bought)
In a bowl mix:
2 1/2 T chili powder
1 1/2 T paprika
2 T cumin
1 T garlic powder
1 1/2 T onion powder
1/4 t cayenne
1 t salt
1/4 t black pepper

Here’s a version online that I got my recipe from. I tweaked it a little bit. It’s a great seasoning!

The seasoning recipe makes 4 servings. You use 7 teaspoons of the finished seasoning on one pound of meat.

So to make this chicken I made a simple marinade. (For 1 pound of chicken)
3 T olive oil
1 – 2 T fresh lime juice (I love lime juice, I use 2 T)
7 teaspoons of taco seasoning or one store bought packet

Mix the olive oil, lime juice, and seasoning in a bowl. Put the chicken thighs into a foil lined, then greased 8×8 pan (or 9×9)
pour the olive oil mix over the chicken. I use a plastic fork to spread it evenly around the chicken.
Bake uncovered for 45 minutes at 450. Or bake for an hour at 425, turning the chicken halfway.

Then I sliced the chicken thinking I’d put it in burritos that way. Later I ended up cubing it and adding it to the rest of the burrito ingredients.

I stopped taking pictures after this, the finished recipe is at the bottom of the post 🙂

These pictures are from hours after dinner. Everett was up way late that night. At least he’s cute when he’s torturing me with no sleep 😉

Here are ALL the recipes I used that night.

Taco Seasoning:
In a bowl mix:
2 1/2 T chili powder
1 1/2 T paprika
2 T cumin
1 T garlic powder
1 1/2 T onion powder
1/4 t cayenne
1 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
Use: 7 teaspoons per pound of meat

Mexican Lime Chicken:
1 pound chicken thighs
1 – 2 T fresh lime juice
3 T olive oil
7 teaspoons taco seasoning or one packet store bought taco seasoning
Put the chicken thighs in a foiled lined, then greased 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan.
Mix olive oil, lime juice, and seasoning together and pour over chicken.
Bake for 45 minutes in a 450 degree oven. Or until done.
Use: in any mexican type of dish. Great for taco salad, burritos, tacos, or even just chicken and rice.

Easy Chicken Burritos:
One pound cooked, cubed lime chicken.
one can diced tomatoes
one can black beans
one chopped onion
shredded cheese
avocado
sour cream
cilantro
tortillas

Cook chopped onion in a tablespoon or two of butter or olive oil. I use butter.
Add the can of black beans (I rinse mine) and the can of diced tomatoes. Let heat for just a minute or two.
Add the cubed, cooked chicken and simmer for five minutes or so on medium low.
Put this filling in tortillas and add shredded cheese.
Extras are avocado, sour cream, and cilantro. Though cilantro is really a must, not an extra, isn’t it?

On a Saturday

Everett won’t let me put him down for one second today.

Finally somewhat happy when eating lunch.

Allan takes Sierra and Ember fishing. It was supposed to be Ember’s turn (Allan took Payson the week before) but we knew Ember alone on the boat probably wasn’t the best idea. She likes the boat but we knew she’d get bored just fishing so he brought her BFF, Sierra!

I was really tired that day and Everett was super clingy. I didn’t take pictures or do anything special. I did snap one last picture that day of Everett’s dinner mess. Annie’s gluten-free macaroni cheese is not something Everett likes. Can’t blame him, it tastes like crap.

Everett Easton Makes a Mess and We All Go Outside!

Messy eater.

After his bath I spiked his hair up. He looked pretty cute!

Later in the day, after lunch, and another outfit change because of his messy eating, we went outside for a walk/bike ride.

Sierra was having some troubles with her helmet. We ended up having her use her old Tinkerbell helmet again and it’s a much better fit.

After this we went inside for a few hours. I didn’t take any pictures so I’m sure we just did homeschool. Later in the evening we took another walk.

This time we went to the other side of our neighborhood.

The kids were having fun looking at the fountain when Sierra told us she saw a wasp. I spotted a hive and we quickly left that area! We haven’t walked by that fountain since!

Brooke and Sierra wanted a photoshoot.

Poor Everett was sick of being in the stroller at that point so I let him out and we brought out the bubbles.

As usual, Everett spilled the bubbles.

This is when I’d hurt my back so severely so I was pretty messed up. Allan was in Colorado and it was a really hard 8 days for me. I had a lot of depression and anxiety. Blowing bubbles outside actually saved my life. I really believe that. I’d feel the anxiety mounting all day and then I’d go outside and blow bubbles for thirty minutes or so and feel better.