Friday, April 17, 2015

Dear Ande,

I can't believe you are 6 years old!
Every year the number of your age seem SO big.
Everything that I wrote for your birthday last year still remains everything I love about you.

I appreciate your patience with me.
You are my first baby.
Every phase that you go through is completely new to me.
Your whole life is going to be a huge learning experience for me as a mom.
Sometimes I get things right, but sometimes I get things very, very wrong.
Thank you for loving me through it all.

You started Kindergarten this year!
You learned to read this year!
A few months ago when you read an entire book to yourself you said,
"Mom! Now I can read anything!"
Yes, sweetie. Yes you can!
I hope you will continue to love reading and learning as much as you have so far!

You were my first born for a reason.
You are the best helper and biggest brother that ever was.
Your ability to nurture and love your little brothers is amazing to me.
You're also the life of the party, and we always look forward to you bounding off the bus in the afternoons!
I know that sharing pretty much everything can be hard sometimes,
but I think it will make you a stronger, more giving person in the long run.
So thanks for putting up with brothers stealing your toys, breaking your lego cars, 
and togetherness always.

I loved telling you about your birth story the other night.
It was fun for me to tell you about the day (ahem...night) we first met.
I will never forget it.

As much as I miss that squishy little baby that you used to be,
I am truly loving every age as you grow older.
You're a real cool kid and I love you!

Love, Mama

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Kids Can Cook {Refrigerator Biscuit Mini Pizzas}

I am no master chef. Come to think of it, cooking dinner is one of my absolute least favorite activities. Because of this, I have come to love finding  quick and easy dinners that don't take up a lot of time or ingredients. And besides taking less time in the kitchen (which is a plus for me), these types of recipes are a perfect way to get the kids helping in the kitchen! 

Hey, did you know? Kids can cook, too!?

My three year old Owen, in particular, has shown an interest in cooking and helping out in the kitchen lately. Sometimes it's hard for me to give up control and allow the kids to be a bit messy and imperfect, but helping makes them so happy! They are so proud of their work, which also makes them that much more excited to eat the food when it's done!

So, here is a recipe for an easy pizza dinner that we tried last night! The boys had a blast decorating each mini pizza and gobbled them right up when they were done! 

1-2 packages refrigerator biscuits
1 cup spaghetti sauce
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
choice of toppings

Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes

Place biscuits on cookie sheet and press each round into a small pizza-like crust. Spread spaghetti sauce on top. Follow up with toppings and cheese (I like to put the cheese on last to hold everything in place). Bake at 400 degrees for 11 minutes.

I did all of the biscuit shaping while the boys added all of the toppings!

Sometimes dinner time can just be hard. The kids are often scooter-ing about the house, running over my toes or begging for snacks while I'm trying to cook. Having them help to make these refrigerator biscuit mini pizzas was the perfect way to keep them entertained, allow them to munch a bit of cheese while they decorated, and made us all a little bit more cheery!

So, now I'd like to know... What easy meals do you like to make for your family? What have your kids helped to cook?
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