Peeps Taste Test – Number 1

Spring is arriving and that means – Peeps! Peeps in every flavor!

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Every possible flavor!

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The girls were very excited to find Peeps that had been dipped in chocolate and Oreos that were Peeps flavored. Big girl was especially excited to see how many different flavors of Peeps there were this year. (That’s my kid alright!) So, we’ve decided to make this a year when we try to taste as many flavors as we can. I am not nearly as excited as the girls because I am a bigger fan of the regular ones, not necessarily the flavored ones. But, we shall see. I might just find one that I really like……and while we’re at it, the girls will eat a ton of sugar…..so that’ll be interesting too…..

We ate the chocolate covered ones and Peeps Oreos.

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I will say, not all of my girls were that interested. Buddy only wanted to check them out for a few seconds and then was officially done with Peeps.

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The verdict: Every loved the chocolate covered Peeps. This is actually one of my favorite non-plain Peeps. Mmmmm. Sugar with more sugar.

The Oreos?

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They are pink. Really really pink. Really, really, really pink. There were reports that the Peeps Oreos had some, um, colorful side effects. (Thankfully, that wasn’t an issue in our house.)

They are sweet. Really, really, really sweet. As pink as they are? That’s how sweet they are. And, they don’t necessarily have a Peeps or marshmallow flavor, more like a generically sweet flavor. But, they are good. And we quickly finished off that package.

First Peeps Flavor Testing Experiment: Good stuff. 🙂

Stayed tuned for taste test #2…….

Lego my legos

We are now at a new level of parenting. There are now toys in our house that everyone wants to play with. Kids. Mom. Dad. Yep. Legos have officially taken over our living room. We have had lots of Duplos in the house but now we have a good mix of Duplos and Legos. We are now at a point in which Ryan and I are dreaming ahead to when we can buy more complex sets and all have some building fun…….(Also, when there aren’t Legos all over the floor, chances are really good that we are in the middle of watching Lego Movie.)

So…..I know what sets I wanna buy……not sure if the girls will be as into these ones though……

 

 

 

 

Big Steps in Parenthood

Last weekend, I experienced two new exciting steps on my journey through parenthood. First, I am beginning to feel like a real dance mom because I purchased a bun maker and, gee whiz, this thing actually really works! I had been struggling and getting frustrated trying to get big girl’s hair to stay in a bun. Her dance recital is coming up and she has to have it in a bun this year. Well, bun maker to the rescue! I bought mine at Target but I know that you can find then in other stores (in the hair accessory section).

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This looks pretty darn good if I do say so myself. And this is before pinning any of it so it’ll look even better on recital day.

Second big step? Apparently, big girl and I are now at the stage in which I can give her one of my least favorite chores (sorting socks) and she’ll take care of it without any guidance. Now, I love doing laundry. I love fresh laundry. I love the smell of clean clothes. But, I hate sorting socks. I have been known to put away several loads of laundry and leave all of the socks in the laundry basket. But…….

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The sock pairs aren’t stuck together at this point but at least they are sorted together. Important to note, this picture was taken right before little girl picked up all of the socks and put them back in the laundry basket thus undoing all of her big sister’s work.  But. Still. It’s a big step.

My little girls are growing up so quickly. But at least that means that I don’t have to sort socks anymore.

Ink + Doll = Disaster

Big girl got a big present for Christmas. An American Girl doll! She already has a Bitty Baby but this was her first doll “that has hair that can be brushed.” It’s a big deal. She’s wanted one for awhile  so she was super excited when she opened her new baby.

Well, this was all great until I found the doll under a blanket and she looked like…..

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AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! She looked like she had had a run in with an evil tattoo artist! At some point, little girl had found a pen in their bedroom and had decided to decorate her big sister’s doll…….

Honestly, I thought that we were going to have to send baby doll off to the doll hospital and get her a new head. But, three days of light scrubbing with a paste made of baking soda and water and then letting her air dry lying face down (I was really paranoid that her eyes were going to get rusted or something) and she now looks like……

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She’s not perfect but big girl is just so excited that baby doll now looks much closer to normal.

What did we learn from this? Well, when mommy says things like “don’t leave pens or markers or crayons in your bedroom” it’s best to listen to mommy. And, American Girl has a very helpful site with care instructions in case your newest addition to the doll family is attacked by a pen.

Going Stir Crazy? Stir Some Batter.

The kiddos are definitely already ready for spring. It’s just sooooooo cold. I can’t blame them. I’ve been ready for spring since December 26th. But, the girls are now old enough that when they get bored, they start arguing. I told Ryan that I’m looking forward to a time in the future (far future) when we have a two story house and I can tell the girls to “go downstairs!” Or, “go upstairs!” *sigh* That’ll be awesome.

Since we have a one-story ranch house, my solution to the bickering came in the shape of a box of bread mix. (And, the fact that our bananas were ripe…..very ripe…..very very ripe.) So, the girls and I made two loaves of pumpkin bread (with three bananas mixed in). Bread and muffin mixes are some of my favorite pantry staples. Many times, I want to bake something but I just don’t have the time to mix and mix and mix. And many mixes are actually delicious or can be made delicious by throwing in a few ingredients (chopped nuts, dried fruit, bananas that are very, very, very ripe).

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And yes, they stopped fighting the entire time that we were preparing the bread. Ten minutes later they were arguing again but that short time was peaceful……

My Own Christmas To-Do List

It’s a well-known fact that it is very easy for me to overdue Christmas. There is just so much that can be done during the holidays in and near Chicago! How can you choose? So, well, I don’t choose and instead try to do everything. That might be why December is so exhausting…..well, that and I teach preschool so no matter what December is going to be exhausting. But, if you too are wanting to have a Christmas crammed with activities, here is my list of must-do’s during the holidays. (Close to Thanksgiving, I usually send Ryan a bunch of invites on Google calendar so that he knows what I’m planning.)

Mag Mile Lights Festival -This one is a great way to kick off the holidays, in my opinion. Plus, it combines two of my favorite things: Disney and Christmas decorations!

Christkindlemarket – It’s fun just to walk around but it’s even more fun if you buy some snacks. Since they are right across the street from each other, we usually combine going here with dinner at the Walnut Room.

Walnut Room – One of my all-time favorites. Ryan and I have been doing the Walnut Room since before we had kids. But, it’s even more fun now that we have kids. The girls love seeing the “Christmas fairies” and I love seeing the windows and the giant tree in the middle of the restaurant.

Holiday Magic (or “lights at the zoo.”) – Lots of zoos do their own version of zoo lights. We go to Brookfield because we are members there. But, I have many friends who go to see the lights at Lincoln Park Zoo and they love going there. So, I think that you are probably ok with picking a zoo and enjoying their lights. 🙂

Renegade Craft Fair – I love this because it offers a chance to purchase some interesting gifts for people.

Christmas Around the World at MSI – This has been one of my favorites since before I even lived in the Chicago area. The trees are beautiful and you still have time to check out some of the other exhibits after you see the trees.

Garfield Park Conservatory – This one is a new one to the list. But, it’s not a new one for a list of my favorite things to do during the winter. This really is one of my favorite places to visit in the winter. Walking in here in January, you can forget that it’s 2 degrees outside and just enjoy the tropical temperatures, sights, and smells. This was, however, the first year that we went during the Holiday Flower Show.

Walking (or Driving) Around And Looking at Lights – This one isn’t necessarily a “destination.” However, I do like to walk around downtown Chicago to see the lights. The big tree at Millennium Park always looks nice. But, I also enjoy taking a scenic route home from Target or the mall to check out neighborhood lights. And, a big part of our Christmas Eve tradition involves driving around and looking at lights. That’s what we do following Christmas Eve Mass. 🙂

 

What are your must-do activities at Christmas?