August 14, 2009

Sloppy Joe's

So the other night our ward has the "Annual Ward Picnic, Car Show & Pool Party" at a local park.
I thought just by the title we could find something for each member of my family to enjoy, Who doesn't love a car show anyway! After a disappointing phone call from Manuel telling me that he was going to be home late and would be missing this "high on his priority list" activity, I decided to go at it solo. After all, it's just a ward picnic, car show and pool party, I can do this one by myself.
So after I've parked the car and given the boys the lecture about eating healthy, not touching the food unless your planning on eating it, no smelling things if your not sure about them and only choosing 1 dessert then I let them loose.
I decided to just sit down and save us a spot to sit while they navigated the food table, Avery had stopped at the playground so I could just eat after the boys got their dinner.
Eli arrives at the table first with a cupcake, 3 pieces of cake and a large pile of potato chips in the center. He quickly drops his plate on the table and races back to get a cup of root beer. Upon his return I asked him where his dinner was. "This is my dinner, it's all I like over there" I see the talk in the car really made an impact....
David arrives next, strangely he has the exact same thing as Eli. He sits down very quickly and starts inhaling cake while not making eye contact with me or answering me when I say his name. After several bites of cake he finally looks at me and says "Mom, they have some wierd hamburgers, but not really hamburger thingys over there. I can't eat them or I'll throw up"
Alex then sits by me with a strange look on his face but a much better looking dinner plate, he nods to his plate and says "What is this Mom?"
Oh, the mystery dinner item is a Sloppy Joe.................................................. I said to Alex" You should try it you might like it."
The sweet sister next to me, who has quietly been listening to all of this sits up a little straighter and sticks her head very close to me and in her best speaking voice says " Do you mean to tell me your kids have never had a Sloppy Joe, what on earth do you feed them?"
What on earth do I feed them? I was just wondering if I missed a memo about sloppy joes being a staple in the diet of picky children? I think I'll be revamping my menu to try and acclimate them to the american classic of Sloppy Joes!
Oh and by the way, the car show was a hit- especially with the 5 and under crowd! The pool party was great except everyone was freezing to death. Can anyone tell me why it is so COLD here in Utah in the middle of August??????
Wishing your family lots of fun at your Annual ward picnic this year- I bet your jealous that you didn't get to have a car show too;)

August 10, 2009

Just a few things I am loving lately...

Tomato Sandwiches & Corn on the Cob- this is my all time favorite summer food- Thanks to my friend Stephanie for getting me hooked!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake- I never would have thought I could love it as much as real "bad for you" chocolate cake. The kids all love it too- Oh except for Eli, he found a tiny piece of something green in his cake and now he thinks we are secretly putting vegetables in everything-ugghh!!!

Sundance Day Camp- The boys are loving camp up at Sundance! I am loving some quiet time around the house and it's so awesome to have them tired at the end of the day from spending the day up in the mountains. They really keep them busy and my boys never get tired of riding the ski lift up to the top of the mountain- they have had nothing but rave reviews each of the days they have gone.

Glimmer Mist and Distress Inks- I have been really working hard to squeeze some scrapbook time into my schedule and I have been having so much fun playing with these. Maybe I'll get brave and post some of my pages. It really is the coolest stuff!

The slushy store- My kids are loving the slushy store around the corner.

The Lindon Pool and the Flowrider!- Seriously this has saved my sanity this summer. It is clean, easy to keep track of my kiddos and the Flowrider has been a huge hit with Alex, especially. He seriously will stay there for at least 8 hours riding it! I hav some pics so I'll try and get them downloaded so you can see how much fun it it!

Hope you are all enjoying these last few weeks of summer- Yikes, I can't believe school is starting in less than 2 weeks!!!