Saturday, November 30, 2013

Go Blue Mousse!

Despite a loss, I am a proud Wolverine fan tonight.  The Buckeyes were favored by 16 1/2 points today.  Commentators suggested that the only change Michigan had was to bring back former quaraterback Tom Brady to play for the day.  Everyone anticipated a massacre.

And we ALMOST won it.  Say what you will about the controversial call to go for 2 (I wouldn't have done it personally, but that is why Brady Hoke is the head coach and not Kristi Gatchel) but we hung in there the whole game.  We only lost the game BY ONE POINT.  Go Blue!!!

In other news, Happy National Mousse Day! I made some fun berry blue mousse to go with the game.  Noah especially liked it.

Mom and I headed downtown for a bit this morning for small business Saturday and ended up snagging Mikayla a pair of ice skates!  Rumor has it that they might be skating again here with Aunt Shell at Christmas time and I heard that Grandpa Gary wanted to take her for her birthday in Farmington.  So the deal we snagged will get plenty of use, I'm sure.

Otherwise we hung out, watched football, snacked, Mom and I put a 500 piece puzzle together and just enjoyed each other's company.

Off to cut down the Kosakowski Family Christmas Tree in the morning!  Then it's back to the Hills for some pie. So until then...

Berry Blue Mousse

 The boys worked on the village today (it just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger)

Mikayla showing off her skates

Friday, November 29, 2013

Light Up the Night!

 Happy National Chocolates Day!

Happy National Lemon Cream Pie Day!  (Totally cheated on this one and we had lemon cream snack cakes.  But we're out of town, and I can't only make so many pies.  Deal with it :-p)

OK, covered those bases...

Today has been great!  We made our annual Kosakowski trip to the zoo for the Lights Before Christmas.  As a bonus, the zoo has added an ice skating rink this year and my WONDERFUL siblings took both of my kiddos skating for the first time.  I won't bore you with my wit, the pictures say it all.

Big game tomorrow!

In the meantime, enjoy the pics :)

Happy National Chocolates Day

 These are Bavarian Mints (think a cross between Andes mints and York Peppermint patties - yum!)

 Aunt Sarah works her mad skills!

 Doesn't he look all grown up?

 Lemon Cream Pie (Cake, whatever)

 Mikayla trying to be good and patient

 Mikayla got another early birthday present from Miss Cassandra who made this pillow herself!  Mikayla was delighted!

 Aunt Shell on ice!

 Mikayla gets ready

 Aunt Shell and Uncle Scott help out the Bean

 Noah getting ready

 Aunt Sarah skates like a pro!

 Uncle Scott helping Noah

 Miss Cassandra skating

 She was such a good sport about skating and being with our crazy family!

 Aunt Shell and Aunt Sarah helping the bean

 The kiddos posing with Uncle Scott and Miss Cassandra

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy National French Toast Day! (See you thought I was going to start in on turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing - had to throw you a curve ball!)

But first:

Happy 32nd Anniversary to the most amazing parents a girl could have hope to have.  Thank you for showing me what marriage truly means every single day.  I hope that you have had the chance to enjoy each other today (in spite of all the craziness!) and this anniversary is followed by so many more.  The only reason that I get to be here celebrating Thanksgiving today (and National French Toast Day!) is because of both of you.  Many happy returns on the day!

OK, so...

Happy Thanksgiving, all!  I hope that this finds you full - of food, of love, of family, of the joy of the season.  We are here in the 'Mont celebrating away.  Right now the Muppets are one - does it get any better than that?  (Well, maybe if Lady Gaga wasn't on....)  So I'm going to go enjoy my evening and hope that you're doing the same.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy National French Toast Day!

 This pretty princess came to dinner - Thanks Aunt Sarah for the early birthday present!

 Let's eat!

 Miss Stephanie and Noah

 This is what happens when Aunt Shell and Aunt Sarah get ahold of the whipped cream

 Papa gives instructions on breaking last year's wishbone

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Shop 'til You Drop

Quick post because the hubster and I are having so much fun together by just ourselves I don't want to squander it blogging :) (Not that i don't love you all and appreciate that you are reading my rants, but I know you'll understand)

I am in the best mood as Grant and I rocked out the majority of our shopping today.  In fact - THE KIDS ARE DONE!  And as Grant said at one point "it is so much fun to shop for them when they're not here"  I officially cannot wait until Christmas morning now!

In the meantime, Happy National Bavarian Cream Pie Day.  I made my own Bavarian Cream from scratch and then made mini pies for us to enjoy as dessert tonight.  Haven't tried them yet, so we'll just say they were good, hehe

So looking forward to the next couple of days!  Alright, I'm off to hang with my favorite guy, wrap some presents, watch a movie or two or three, who knows!  French toast tomorrow! (and turkey and stuffing)  I'll be posting over the next few days from the 'Mont, so bear with me as I'm not sure when I'll get stuff up.  Until then...

Think we had fun?

 Homemade Bavarian Cream

Mini Bavarian Cream Pies

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Piece of Cake

 Today has been a blur!  I don't think I've stopped between laundry, packing, kids running back and forth with, food making, working - phew!  So just a quick post with mostly pictures as there are still a few things I'd like to tackle before Grant arrives back home (WITHOUT ANY KIDS!) later tonight.  So...

Happy National CAKE (that was for you, Mom) Day!  I had only planned on making a cake for Grant to take to the office with him, but then since both kiddos were home this afternoon I decided we'd do something fun together to celebrate, too.  Check it out below.

There's also pictures of the Advent Calendar I created for the kiddos.  I've got to say that I'm pretty stinin' proud of this one :)

Grant and I will be out all day tomorrow shopping (well, hopefully we can be done in like 2 hours and then we can just spend all day together doing NOTHING but ENJOYING each other :) ) which I am so excited about.  This will be the first time we will get to shop for the kiddos together since they were born.  I really owe you, LJ :)  I did manage to whip up some Bavarian Cream today, though, so check back tomorrow to see what I did with it.  Until then..

Made a cherry chip cake with a cherry filling for Grant

 What's a cake without frosting and sprinkles?

 The kiddos Advent Calendar

 This very well might be my hands down favorite thing I've made all year - Cake Batter Popcorn!  Very well may be the key to Kristi gaining five pounds ;-)

 I promised the kiddos they could make Cakes in a Mug for lunch today if they had good days at school

 Yep, it actually worked!

 Noah's cake

 Noah made me this at school today.  Big melty Mommy puddle on my floor

My map came for our state project!  Can't wait to open it!