Disneyland with friends {2017}

When we bought our 3 day pass for Sarah’s birthday at Disneyland we purposely didn’t use them all at one time. That way we could do two days as a family and one day with friends. These guys are season pass holders so they had a few shortcuts. For example, they don’t normally ride the tram, but since my kids enjoyed it last time, we did. Yay!! Excited to go in!

 

Jacob and Flora, such cuties!First ride of the day, It’s a Small World (Jacob and I missed this ride last time so we were eager to try it)

  Next up was the carousel.

 

Throughout the day, all the big kids wanted to hold Jacob’s hand. We have such sweet friends!  Jacob napped while the big kids rode some big kid rides.

During lunch time, Sarah lost her 4th tooth!!

Next up was I think everyone’s favorite, Astro Blasters.

We tried taking a picture of the kids, but J didn’t want anything to do with it. Luckily those that wanted to smile came out cute!Another favorite ride was Autotopia. Flynn was an awesome driver! Love these kiddos!

Another thing my season pass friends do or not do is watch the parade. We were in line for a ride when the parade passed by.  And just like that we ended our trip to Disneyland with friends with this blurry picture.

7 kids, 12 hours and 10 miles later I was pooped. Bravo to all you pass holders, but this mama wont be back for another couple years.

PS Thank you to mama friends for showing us newbies the ropes. Fun times!

10 on 10 July {2017}

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Documenting 10 pictures on the 10th day of the month.
Here is a peek into our day!
 
The 10th was a bust. It was hot, everything went wrong and I was in no condition to take any pictures.
Hello July 11, 2017.
My day started waaaaay to early, Jacob woke up screaming at 5am. I don’t do early. In fact I’m a horrible newborn mom. I’m exhausted and I loose my cool often.
Fortunately, I was able to lay him back down, but falling back asleep was hard.
I guess I got some sleep, because the next thing I know it is 8 am and the kids and hubby are coming up the stairs. #hallelujah #hubbyisawesome
 
The kids and I snuggled in bed and watched some tunes, while I tried to wake up.
 
The kids were getting hungry and I was not yet a functioning mama so we got dressed and headed to IHOP for pancakes.
Before we can even order, an obnoxious old day reached over our booth and told me my kids were being loud. I walked up to her told her it was summer and to get a life.
Again I was in no mood.
I got in the car (rental for the week), saw this awful awful reminder and cried. What a hormonal mess!
I grabbed some fast food, met our friends, Erin & Ella for a movie and calmed down.
We came home played for a bit, laid Jacob down and got dinner started.
After nap we headed to our local library for a Silly Science Show.
We headed to grocery store for a few items. We hit the bakery for a little snack. Once home, I plopped on the couch and couldn’t move. I was super tired!
Thankfully dinner was done so I sat on the couch until hubby and kids were ready for dinner.
Dinner was Pulled BBQ Sandwiches and a broccoli slaw (mayo, olive oil, apple cider vinegar and honey).
After dinner we surprised the kids and took them to 7 Eleven for free Slurpee day.
We let the kids run around for a bit while hubby fixed my bike. Jacob was more interested in playing with daddy’s tools.
It was bath, PJ’s, books and everyone was down for the night.
 
Hope you had a nice 11th!

Show & Tell Tuesday – Favorite Recipes

I’m linking up with Andrea for Show and Tell Tuesday.

The theme this week is…Favorite Recipes.

Anytime I cook something yummy or come across a great recipe I try adding it to the blog.

Here are some of my favorites.Happy Tuesday!

Garden Update {2017}

Back in April we planted our garden. Since then it has grown a ton!Our tomato plant has tripled in size! It’s even taller then our patio gate!

Not only is our tomato plant tall, but it’s producing a ton of tomatoes!Every morning we go out to water the garden, we pick the tomatoes and snack on a few. There is at least a dozen each day! It’s been so much fun picking them.

Our cucumber plant has also been doing well. Our strawberry plant however is not growing as much. It produces a strawberry here and there, but not like it did last year. Have any suggestions?I love having a garden! What are some of your favorite things to plant?

Oshrat’s Visit {2017}

 My husband recently had emergency spine surgery.

My sister, Oshrat, immediately booked a flight so that she can help out. I didn’t ask her. I didn’t know I needed her. She just showed up!

And I am so so thankful she did.

While she was here, hubby needed a second emergency surgery. I was beyond exhausted and (truthfully) falling apart.

Osh however held down the fort. She took the kids out on outings, cooked, bathed them and put them to bed while I was in and out of the hospital.

It wasn’t our usual fun visit, but thanks to Osh I have some great pictures of their adventures to remember of.

 

 

Osh was even able to attend Sarah’s tap recital

 

   

Towards the end of her trip when things finally got calmer, the kids and I took her to the beach.

Thank you, thank you and thank you from the bottom of my heart for being here! You were the perfect rescue during our hard time. We couldn’t have survived those crazy two weeks if it wasn’t for your generous heart. Love you and appreciate you oh so much!

And just like our rings say, Always Sisters Forever Friends.

To see previous visits click below.

Oshrat’s visit 2015

Oshrat’s visit 2014

Oshrat’s visit 2013

Mushroom Chicken

I love simple and yummy weeknight dinners. So after I made this I knew I had to share it with you guys.

Mushroom Chicken

I served it with rice pilaf. The kids, hubby and I all really loved it.

Mushroom Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 pounds chicken cutlets
  2. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  3. Salt and pepper
  4. 1 pound mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
  5. 1/4 cup dry white wine (use water if wine is not available)
  6. 1/4 cup chicken broth
  7. 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, heat oil and 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high.
  2. Place flour, salt and pepper in a shallow dish.
  3. Coat chicken and cook in batches until light brown, about 3 minutes per side.
  4. Transfer to a plate.
  5. Reduce heat to medium, add mushrooms and 2 tablespoons oil. Cook until softened, 6 minutes.
  6. Add wine and broth.
  7. Cook, stirring, until reduced by half, 3 minutes.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Return chicken to pan, top with parsley.
  10. Simmer for 5 minutes.
Adapted from Martha Stewart
Adapted from Martha Stewart
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What’s Up Wednesday {June 2017}

 I’m linking up with Mel, Shay and Sheaffer for some random monthly fun.

What we’re eating this week…

Monday – Mushroom chicken and rice pilaf.Tuesday – Trader Joe’s Pizza. Love their red pepper and pearl mozzarella pizza!Wednesday – Meatballs, polenta and garlic wild rice.

Thursday – Leftovers

Friday – I have guests so I’m still planning the menu.

Saturday – Birthday party

Sunday – Out

What I’m reminiscing about…

Hanging with my sister for 10 days! Oshrat left everything she was doing and came out to help me with the kids while hubby had emergency surgery. I’m so thankful I have family to call on in time of need. Thank you Oshrat for taking care of the kiddos when I couldn’t be there, but most of all for you generous heart. I love you!What I’m loving…

Spending time with the kiddos. Just playing, lounging in the pool, and hanging out with no agenda. These past few weeks has been so so nice.

What we’ve been up to…

Sarah is in camp 3 days a week so the other two days we’ve been going on adventures. So far we’ve gone out to breakfast with friends, saw a couple of movies, played at two different splash pads, went to the beach, had an Arctic Zero ice cream and slip and slide neighborhood party and lot’s of time in the pool.

What I’m dreading…

The hot and humid weather of Florida. I can’t wait to see my family next month, but oh goodness the humidity is going to be brutal.What I’m working on…

Making photo books for the kiddos.What I’m excited about…

Summer picnics, concerts and a lot of outdoor play.

What I’m watching/reading…

Southern Charm, Housewives of NY and Housewives of OC is on in a few days.

What I’m listening to…

Kiiara on repeat.

What I’m wearing…

Lot’s of bathing suits, covers ups and my favorite shorts. Seriously though! I can’t keep up with the all the towels and bathing suits. I have to run a load every single night!

What I’m doing this weekend…

My in laws are taking the kids on an outing. Hallelujah!! This is the first time they have taken both kids at the same time. I can’t wait to catch up on laundry, dishes, sleep and do nothing.

We also have a neighbors birthday party to attend.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

Visiting my family in Florida. We are going for two weeks this time and I am so excited! What else is new…

Question of the month is: What is your favorite July 4th tradition? My favorite 4th July tradition is actually on July 3rd when we have a picnic with our mommy group and then stay for the fireworks.See past July 4th celebrations see below.

4th of July in 2016

4th of July in 2015

4th of July in 2014

4th of July in 2013

Happy Wednesday!

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