Sunday, May 16, 2010

Spending time with Caroline and Summer

Caroline and I have lots of time together each week. Madelyn doesn't get home until 2:50 each day so it is just CJ and me for almost 3 hours each day I am there. So lately we have been discussing that she will go to school next year and won't be home until 2:50 like Madelyn and that we won't have as much time just the 2 of us. Therefore, we are making the best of all the time we have together. Here are a few things we have been up to lately:
1- CJ wants to paint her toenails a new color everyday! We usually end up painting them just once of the 2 to 3 times I am there, but let me tell you that child loves to paint her toes esp. blue and wear lip gloss!
2- We have been taking little trips out each afternoon. One day we went to Target and split a small icee. One day we also went to the pet store and pet the birds, dogs, and cats. Who knew there was so much excitement at the pet store!
3- We have been reading a lot of books. Many, many books! She especially likes when we go outside and sit under the tree on a blanket and read. We also sometime wait until M gets home so we can all 3 read together.
4- Lastly, we have been having chat time. CJ likes to go upstairs to her room and we just sit and talk. She tells me about her friends, the boy she likes (I promised not to reveal his name), the upcoming trip to California where they will go to Disney Land, the beach, maybe Sea World, but most importantly THE AMERICAN GIRL DOLL STORE! The girls have been asked to not talk about California b/c their brother will be having surgery and it scares him to think about it so the girls don't talk about it around them and therefore we talk about it A LOT before Silas gets home!
This summer I will be with all 3 of the Groth children (Madelyn, Caroline, and Silas) and the 2 Hughes children (Raya and MaKenna) for the summer. The schedule is crazy, but I love what I am doing. I mean who wouldn't want to spend a summer day playing games, watching movies, playing hopscotch, swinging at the park, playing dress up as a princess, a dancer, a super hero, or a gymnast among many other things, reading books under the tree, going swimming, grocery shopping, going to the pet store, going to the library, going to other stores, and don't forget painting the toenails of 4 cute little girls!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Today's Big Sandy Gilmore

Go check it out!
There's a surprise guest strip today!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

flowers, finals, movies, and yummy french toast

A few things:
1. Here are some pictures of the white Irises that bloomed next to the purple ones. We were both so surprised that there were more colors.

2. Matt now has 3 papers left to write. He thought he had 4 but one of his professors canceled. Then I got a great grade on my Inductive Bible Study assignments, finished up my Cross Cultural Counseling Class, and found out that my final in my Counseling Research class was changed from an 80 objective question and essay test to just a take home essay test! This week has been so busy for us trying to finish up but these things have made life a little easier for the Stouts.

3. Lately, I have been all about some Victorian age movies. I listen to this podcast called Stuff You Missed In History Class. I highly recommend it along with many of the other podcasts at How Stuff such as Stuff Mom Never Told You and Stuff You Should Know. Anyway, some of the Stuff you missed in history podcasts have been about The Tudor family, The Boylen sisters, and Queen Elizabeth. So now I am watching a few movies such as The Other Boylen Sister last weekend and this weekend and week I plan to watch Elizabeth the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth the Golden Years, and the Queen. I'll let you know what I think!

4. Finally, tonight we tried Strawberry Stuffed French Toast! Yummmmmmyyyyyy!!!! Here is the link and you must go try it!
The Pioneer Woman, Ree, always has great stuff, and this is one of my favorites of all the recipes she has featured!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Beautiful Flowers

I did not plant these, they just appeared Thursday evening! Well, that is when they started blooming. Aren't they beautiful?

Oh and the latest puzzle we finished. It is of London. Now we are hanging out at home on this rainy day watching movies, reading, and resting. Finals week in in 2 weeks so we better rest up now!