Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Everything's Coming Up Tulips

We've been in Oregon for nearly five years now.  And every year, I've seen advertisements for the Tulip Fest.  Last year, a friend and I tried to convince our husbands to take us, and the collective laughter was a clear indication that it wasn't going to happen.  Well, I'd waited long enough.  The weather forecast called for sunny skies, so I let Adam know that this was the year we were going to see the tulips.  

The only question I'm still asking myself is "why did we wait so long?" 

I think Claire would've sniffed every flower if we had let her.

These ones are called "queen of the night".  They had just started to bloom a day or two before we made it to the festival.  They look black when you see them from a distance.

I think this was my personal favorite.

Well, I liked these ones a lot too.  Whatever was growing next to them was probably a weed, but it looked like a baby's breath filler that you would get in any bouquet at a store.  They were so pretty.

Then there were these little ladies.  Just gorgeous.

Okay, so maybe I can't pick just one favorite.  

Claire loved watching the bees and then getting the pollen on her finger so we could try it too.  Here she is telling me all about pollen.

I don't think we could have picked a prettier day.

Henry liked looking at the flowers too.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Buddhalicious II

Not unlike his sister at this age, the Henry man has got some serious girth to him.  The squishy, chunky, squeezable kind of girth.  

Saturday, May 5, 2012

All Things Easter

We had a beautiful Easter.  Here's one reason:

Claire had a fun time looking for her Easter treats.  

Showing off her spoils:

Claire was also excited to receive a few packages.  Here she is "reading" a card to us.

Peeps on a stick?  I think I've died and gone to heaven!

We enjoyed the most glorious weather on Easter Sunday.  So the kiddos and I embarked on a walk to enjoy the perfect spring day.

Claire decided she was going to "take pictures" too...

Easter dinner, Greek style.  We grilled some lamb chops, and I whipped up some fresh tzatziki sauce and a Greek salad.  

Since Claire loves to help me in the kitchen, I decided to do a dessert that would not only be easy enough for her to help me with, but that would also teach about the meaning of Easter:  Resurrection Rolls.  

First you take a marshmallow.  Roll it in some butter.

Next, roll it in some cinnamon and sugar.

Take a crescent roll and wrap it around the marshmallow.

Wrap it up tight.

Just a little tighter...

And voila!  After baking, the marshmallow has melted and left sweet, tasty goodness inside a hollow roll.  Adam laughed at me because of the silly object lesson, but Claire got it.  And Adam had to admit that he loved the dessert.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Harper Turns 3!

We sure love this little girl, and we were excited to wish her a happy birthday.  But, of course, this little sassafrass decided to have so...