This year we had our annual Patriotic Culinary Contest, celebrating Canada Day and Independence Day! Below are the entries we received. Feel free to leave a comment to vote for your favorite! I’ll add up the votes on July 14th, and announce the winner then, so make sure you get your vote in right away!
Oh Canada Mini Trifles
by Sandi & Anna Hammermeister
Patriotic Banana Cream & Coconut Cream Pies
by Ruth Hoyer
American Girl Cotton Candy
by Stephanie & Esther Fowler
We didn’t do much to celebrate Valentine’s Day today, but we had a fun day.
The kids opening their Valentine’s Day stuff from Opa & Omsie.
The ring Brian got me. Love it!
Silas made this Valentine for Brian and I, in Sunday School. The words were written by one of the Sunday School teachers, and instead of writing Mommy and Daddy, Silas told them to write our real names, and he told them what our full names were.
The kids helped me make this Valentine’s cake!
Brian also got me 4 different types of gummies (my favorite junk food), and I got him a “Ronald Reagen at 100” magazine, put out by LIFE.
That’s it for now! Happy V-day, all you love birds!
Last week was Brian’s birthday! We went out to eat at Brian’s favorite Mexican restaurant, El Campesino, and then came back home for birthday cake and present-opening.
Brian and Silas after blowing the candles out together. I let Silas pick the frosting color, so I had to make it purple!
Brianna and I celebrating!
Silas helping Brian open his presents.
Brian with some of his presents from my parents. He loves visors, so they searched high and low for an “Alaska” one, while they were there on a cruise, and eventually found one!
Brianna wearing Brian’s new visor!
A couple weeks ago, when I asked Silas what he wanted to get Brian for his birthday, he said “a lion toy”. So, that’s exactly what Silas got him! I love Silas’ wide-eyed expression whilst looking at the lion.
Brian and Silas playing with the party blowers! Silas is about to laugh in this picture. 🙂
Here is a pic of my three tomato plants. Actually, there’s four, but two of them are planted very close together. The tomatoes pictured here have been eaten days ago, either by me or Silas, who likes to pick them and eat them immediately, before coming back into the house. They are delicious! It’s amazing how much better homegrown tomatoes are than store bought ones.
I never actually made a nice little garden or landscaped around the plants, but I think I’ll do that next year.
I also have a raspberry bush, which is yielding many juicy raspberries, which both Silas and Brianna like to pick and eat. It’s a lot of fun, and I think next year I’ll plant a few more raspberry bushes, and hopefully an apple tree. Above is a pic of an unripe cluster of raspberries from our raspberry bush.