Monday, August 9, 2010

back on track

After a long and unnecessary pause in my updates, here is the gist of whats been going on lately... I say that lightly as I overwhelm you with details and tons of pictures! 

Chayse's picture could just about describe the crazy week all by itself!

At the beginning of the week, we focused on only one major event in Sloan's life (and ours of course too!)  Mrs. Sublette came to the house to introduce herself to Sloanie and tell her a little about preschool!!! Isn't that great?! The teacher actually came to the house!

And she brought a little goodie bag, showed a picture of the class guinea pig (Mr. Squiggles), told Sloan about all the helpers she could be for the day, arts and crafts time, Bible story time, and let her pick out her own folder with her own sticker for all her "work"! 

She also brought her a T-shirt for music class and PE with their name on, when she asked Sloan what she wanted her T-shirt to say, she replied, "Sloanie".  I guess we never thought about it, but this is what we call her, so I guess it will make her feel right at home! At least she doesn't think her name is Sloanie Balonie!
To welcome Mrs. Sublette we made her Caki's famous delicious 'chocolate chip coffee cake', which is my favorite, because it's super easy and always a for sure hit!! 

Sloanie likes measuring...

(recipe is at bottom of post)...

For variety, we also wanted to throw in some blueberry muffins... which were 100% whole wheat, delicious, and easy (specially made from the Duncan Heinz Kitchen in a box!)

Such concentration!!

Needless to say, sending Sloanie off to Preschool is really going to hit home for me, especially because Baby Chayse will be going to the day-care at the Church/Pre-school! I can't believe it! Although so far, I'm feeling pretty good about it! I couldn't feel any better about leaving Sloanie in the hands of a wonderful teacher, and I'll be sending Papa to do several drop-ins on Chaysie when he goes for his walk and talk lunch and lounge at the Church!!

Moving right along...

I've always wanted to go to the 127 Longest Yard Sale! I've had visions of finding cheep, vintage, one of kind, distressed pieces I could place in my home and have our humble abode looking just as I have always dreamed!  No longer would I have to yank out magazine clippings from Better Homes and Garden, as my house would be perfect, and at the cost of little to nothing!...  NOT A CHANCE~!

We did have a good time, although on the "picking" side it was a complete disappointment! We did not find one thing we wanted, or more so, we did not find one thing we wanted to spend our hard earned money on!  I found a rusted tricycle for $30, and some glass mason jars for $28... are you kidding me! I can go to good will and buy several in every color for those prices!! And to say the least, those were the only two things I could find of any interest... I now know why I couldn't find any takers on tagging along with me!

Except Gigi, who graciously offered to accompany me and help me with the girls (even though she went because she felt sorry for them having to go at my expense! I was very appreciative! I'll take the help any day! And even though she was suckered in, she was a great sport!)...

Although, I think deep down she was a little interested in finding a jaw dropping piece... to no avail!! Ok, I will admit, sometime you have to learn the hard way... so I've learned no more longest yard sale attempts... but that doesn't mean I have to give up my local ones!!

But to top off a long day already, we went to the UK fan day! This is always a yearly hit with the kiddos! (and the parents as they can run around and let out all kinds of extra energy!)
While most were watching the practice...

Of course, the girls were not a bit interested in the game!

And then some were getting a little restless while waiting to go on field...

And others waiting patiently...

And Finally! Time to go on field, play and get autographs!

Wow! What a week!

 I think he's watching all 3 of my followers leave me for good now, after such a ridiculously long post!!!

For those of you that have stuck around for the Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake...
mix all of the following together:

2 Cus All purpose flour
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
1 Cup (2 sticks) melted butter
1 Cup Sour Cream
2 eggs
2 Tb milk
1 Tb vanilla
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt

Beat on low til smooth and pour into a greased and floured tube pan.
Place a couple handfuls (more or less as desired) of chocolate chips on top of batter.

Place in preheated 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes.  (finished when tester/toothpick comes out clean)
Cool in pan 10 minutes and turn out.  Dust with powdered sugar or cinnamon.

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