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Bruschetta with Bagel Chips

I made Bruschetta tonight with dinner. I didn't have any French or Italian bread, so I used Sea Salt Bagel Chips instead. We love these & I try to keep them instead of chips around the house. I didn't want them to get soggy, that's why they are on case you were wondering!! LOL!
I have to say, they were a big hit and even better with fresh tomatoes! Emma & Aaron chowed down! Michael didn't have a very eclectic palette when I first met him, but it has grown a lot over the years with all the varieties of foods I've introduced him to - he loved them, too and even started thinking alternatives to the typical ingredients for bruschetta! Ha!

I love all the fresh garden veggies in the summer!!

Splishin' & Splashin'

Yesterday we got together with friends to celebrate Memorial Day. The kids played hard all day (sans a nap for Aaron, btw) - we got up early for church, then had brunch at Cracker Barrell, a visit from their grandparents, which included playing outside, followed by a trip to the carwash, a stop for slushies, stop at the grocery store, then home again to get set up and ready for the fun...of course, that was non-stop swimming, splashing, running, playing games...needless to say at 10:00pm we were sitting out side and Aaron passed out in my arms. Wasn't too long after that Emma let me know she was soooo tired, too - so they were both out and slept till 9:00am this morning! I couldn't believe it...hmmm, maybe we should keep them up and out that late every Friday so we can sleep in on Saturdays! Ha ha! j/k
I hope you all have a great Memorial Day...remember those who sacrificed so much for us and why we celebrate this day.

Never Forget...Ever Honor!

Emma's Luau Graduation

Emma's Day Care class had a Luau Graduation!! They did such a great job doing their dances for us and looked so big in their cap and gowns and it surely brought tears to my eyes to see!
The kids did three dances for us!  (She is 2nd from the left with with big green flower in her hair) She was so happy for family that came out to see her, too! Her Geddo had to go out to work at 4am yesterday morning so he had to miss it, he was so upset. He sent Emma a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a balloon, though & promised to see her again as soon as he came home! The flowers are in the collage below - and the boy with her in the other picture is Carlton. He is 3 days younger than Emma and our neighbor - they're big buds and look forward to starting K in the fall together! I hope they get to be in the same class.  Emma's teachers Miss Elizabeth & Miss Annie! I'm so proud of my big girl! We went to the school today and got her all registered for Kindergarten, too. We go …


Tonight we took it easy - Daddy went fishing after work so Emma, Aaron, & I went out for dinner and then spent the rest of the evening playing in the backyard. Made for an easy bedtime, that's for sure! Neither one of them got out of bed once, which is rare! They love to get up & come ask for a drink or anything else to stay up! Ha ha!

I took my camera out back tonight & even tried to bribe Aaron to get him to look at me for a couple pics - hey, I'm not beyond bribery. The boy just does not look at the camera for pictures. I did get a couple, though! Emma doesn't mind as much and she will smile for me, but it is short lived! She'd rather be taking the pics to be honest...she is her mommy's daughter after all! She kept asking for the camera & she took some good ones, too!

I'm going to rest good tonight, too. Especially since tomorrow is my last day to work until next Tuesday - except for a little bit Saturday morning, I'll be in staycation m…

I'm Happy to Report

that my baby girl is feeling so much better. Not that it ever really got her down to begin with, but she is done with her antibiotics and 100% again! :-)

I am also on the mend. I haven't finished my own antibiotics, but for the most part would declare myself well! Very thankful that Aaron & Michael didn't get down with either what Emma or I had. It wouldn't have been good to take down the entire household!!

Aaron is about to venture into the wonderful world of Potty Training himself! He is to the point now that every time he wets his diaper it comes off...he's done it once with a dirty diaper, too. Eeewww! (I'm just glad that one happened at the sitter's! Ha ha!) He will sit on the potty, but it's too late by then b/c he's already wet his diaper & removed it.

I let him run around sans diaper for a bit Sunday and Emma put his Cars undies on him (he liked that) - I gave him a talk about not teetee'ing on Lightening McQueen, too! We left to go …

Bubbles...Really Big Bubbles

Yesterday afternoon we went out back to play bubbles! I had to wait until "school" was over b/c Emma had Aaron down for nap time! LOL - before that she was busting in my bedroom b/c that was where their class was! She cracks me up!

So, I guess it was recess b/c they finally were ready for bubbles...jeez, I'd only been asking to play bubbles for 30 minutes!!

I bought a new bubble wand for the kids to use at my parents' house when we went on our cruise and wanted to see how well it made big bubbles!
They were awesome - though, now I am on the search for a strong bubble recipe b/c the bubbles we buy these days aren't that great! The bubbles did look awesome, though!
 Aaron liked popping them more than anything! And it was cute b/c every time he did he would say, "Pop Pop" in that adorable little voice of his!

He did try very hard to make his own big bubbles, though!
Emma did a really good job - she made one big one that made it over into the garden!
We …

Lots of Sniffing & Coughing Going on Here!!

So, since we came home from our trip on the 7th I've been sick. It was just a cold, but it is still with me. I am super congested - my ears hurt so bad - my eyes are all watery - I have a terrible hacking cough - it's awful! I've gone through a pack of steroids, Mucinex D, & Afrin, but so far nothing has helped. I finally went to the Take Care Clinic at Walgreens yesterday & they put me on antibiotics for a sinus infection. Praying I feel the improvement soon!

And on top of that Emma got sick, too.

She spiked a fever Saturday night of 104.7 - I put her in an ice bath and put cold water on her neck and wrists -we were headed out the door to the ER, but then it started dropping. We kept her fever at bay the next 24 hours by alternating ibuprofen and acetaminophen every four hours and thought all was good b/c  her temp was normal all day, but then would come up again during the night.
After a couple days of yo-yo'ing like this we went to the doctor and found out …

We Went Cruisin'

and we had a blast! We were so, so busy the entire time...relaxing!!!!

We went for 4 nights & made one stop in Cozumel. I got a nice shade of brown...with a little red, too! Hey, I did use sunscreen!! We took a catamaran in Cozumel to an island where we swam, relaxed in the sun, played games, had open bar & buffet, shops, etc. It was exactly what we needed for our little getaway!

Here are a few pics of our time away - there are more on my flickr set. I honestly didn't take that many pictures this trip. All the relaxing just took it out of my I guess! Ha ha!

We laid around on the beach - Michael acted silly - enjoyed the breathtaking views...
And we sipped cold drinks with little umbrellas...there was a drink mixing contest and I have to say the winner was amazing! I don't remember what all was in it, but it had melon and it was truly the most refreshing drink I've ever had. It's the bright one below!

Like I said, it was just what we needed - relaxation!!!

It …

Last sunrise! We will dock soon! It's been a great trip!!

My Growing Kiddos

I look at pictures of my babies and it's so hard to believe how much they've grown!

Emma is going to be in Kindergarten in the Fall and I just fathom it's already that time! I swear I feel like it was just yesterday she started at the Day Care. She is over the top excited - I am too, but also know it's going to be hard that day. I've already told my boss I wouldn't be at work that day - I know the waterworks will be in full effect! She is such a sweetie these days, too - always my big helper and has tons of kisses and I Love You's for her mommy!!

Aaron has really developed a huge vocabulary, too. He says everything these days! And he is ever so slightly thinking about using the potty! He sits on it, but nothing has happened so far. He tells me every time his diaper needs changing, though! Maybe by the end of the summer, though I'm not rushing it. All kids come to things in their own time. My babies were quick to crawl, walk, & talk, but potty traini…