Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Kid-Friendly Valentine Dinner

I mostly needed to document this day for my benefit. Allen and I decided to spend Valentines Day with the kids rather than fighting the crowds at the restaurants and movie theaters. Initially we thought of having a nice dinner with a variety of fun courses to make it special. But then I decided to make it a kid-friendly special sort of dinner instead.
I took a lot of pictures with my tablet computer thingy (I'm never sure what to call it) but they didn't turn out the greatest. It was a good lesson in why taking the time to use my actual camera is usually worth it.
Two of the kids' favorite foods are pizza and hot dogs so I wanted to incorporate those. I made English muffin pizzas with pepperoni that I cut into heart shapes with a small cookie cutter:
(before cooking)
 (after cooking)
I cut Little Smokies at an angle then rotated them to make the heart shape. Here's what they looked like before cooking. After cooking they looked more like angel wings but the kids didn't seem to notice. So if you ever want to make these I would suggest cooking them first, then cutting them and putting them together.

I had to have something healthy in there so I made a heart-shaped salad, too. The cucumbers could be cut out with the cookie cutter. The carrot had to be shaped before slicing. The grape tomatoes I cut the same way I made the little hot dogs.
No special meal around here is complete without Jell-O so I made these individual parfaits topped with whipped cream and some candy hearts.
For dessert I made chocolate covered strawberries
And each person got a little cup filled with Valentiney candy at their plate.


 Combine that with the candy hearts scattered all over the table and my kids were in candy heaven. They couldn't believe that they could just eat the candy whenever they wanted to during the meal! Needless to say, our table decorations did not stick around for long.

We drank cherry 7-up with maraschino cherries from fancy glasses but used paper plates and napkins.


The candles weren't out yet, but you can kind of see them in the picture at the top of this post. The kids always think it is such a treat to eat by candlelight with the lights dimmed. Here was our full spread:
Which was made complete with this awesome table that Allen is building for us. It's not quite finished yet, so we've been using it with a tablecloth to cover the unfinished structure. But what a treat to all sit at the same table and enjoy a meal and a fun evening together!

I also found Pictionary at our local thrift store for $2 so we had a great game night after dinner and laughed like crazy.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Quick Quips

Allen TY: Who knows the capital of Utah?
Hubba: Provo!
Allen TY: Nope.
Hubba: Rexburg?
Allen TY: Nope.
Hubba: Wyoming?
Me: It's Salt Lake City.
Hubba: I was going to say that.

Little O is getting pretty good at sounding out big words, but a lot of the time he guesses what words are based on most of the letters. We were at a church that had a sign on the door to the children's classroom and he read it out loud to us, "Are you an example of revenge?" (The last word was actually reverence.)

Little O: What day was I born?
Me: May 1st.
Little O: No way! That's the same day as my birthday!

Allen TY brought his girlfriend over to the house. After they left, we were asking the kids what they thought. Here's what they said:
Hubba: She must be pretty hilarious because Allen was sure laughing a lot.
Princess: She wasn't as serious as I thought she would be.
Little O: She is pretty beautiful.
Little X: Well, she is smaller than our house and she fitted through our door.
Me: What does that mean, X?
Little X: She is good.

Little X: If this food that you makeded didn't tasted so yucky, I would eat it allllllll gone. And I love you soooooo much!
(It's so nice that he softened the blow for me there at the end.)

Little X: Mom, can you giveded my toys a swimming pool?


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

More Jokes For Kids

What do you call it when you feed a stick of dynamite to a steer? Abominable!

What is Bruce Lee's favorite drink? WATAAAAARR!

What happens to Pastors who eat chili dogs? They have to sit in their own pew.

Two fish are in a tank. One turns to the other and says: ‘You man the guns, I’ll drive’

A neutron walks into a bar and asks "how much for a drink?" The bartender says, "For you? No charge."

What was Beethoven's favorite fruit?  BANANANAAAAAA!
Why was the broom late?  It over-swept!

What belongs to you, other people use it a lot, but you hardly every use it?  Your name!

Why don’t fish go online?  They’re afraid of getting caught in the Net

Why did the turtle see a psychiatrist?   He wanted to come out of his shell.

What happened to the cat that swallowed a ball of wool?  She had mittens.

How do you turn a beagle into a bird?  Remove the B.

Why did the dog get a ticket?  For double barking

Why are dinosaurs healthier than dragons?  Because dinosaurs don’t smoke.

What do snakes do after a fight?  They hiss and make up.

What happened when the butcher backed into his meat grinder? He got a little behind in his work.

How do you make a cream puff?  Chase it around the block a few times.

Why did the banana go to the hospital?  It didn’t peel so good.

Where do sheep buy their clothes?  Lamb shops.

Where do spies go shopping?  At the snooper market.

Why does Superman wear such big shoes?  Because of his amazing feats

Why was the pony sent to the principal’s office?  For horsing around.

How did the flower do in school?  It got all Bees.

Why did the Christmas tree go to the hospital?  It had tinsel-it is.

What's red and bad for your teeth? A brick.

What happens when a frog is double-parked on a lily pad?  It’s toad away.

What did the security guard say to the firefly?  Halt!  Who glows there?

Was the vampire race close?  Yes, it was neck and neck.

What do videos do on their days off?   They unwind.

What’s the difference between a chocolate chip cookie and a whale?  You can’t dunk a whale in your milk.

Where’s the best place to spot a man-eating fish?  In a seafood restaurant.

Is it a good idea to eat ice cream on an empty stomach?  No, you should eat it in a bowl.

What’s the difference between a bumblebee and a mattababy?  (Ideally, the person you are telling the joke to will say, "What's a mattababy?" to which you can respond,) "Nothin' baby! What's a-matta with you?"

Do you think clams are happy?  Have you ever heard one complain?

How do elephants speak with each other?  On 'elephones

What does a skunk do when it gets angry?  It raises a stink.

When is a horse not a horse?  When it turns into a pasture

What clothing does a house wear? Address.

What happened to the outlaws who went skydiving?  They had a chute out.

How does a quiet Hawaiian laugh?  With a low ha.

What’s orange and sounds like a parrot?  A carrot.

Why do golfers take an extra pair of socks? In case they get a hole in one!

How did the farmer fix his jeans? With a cabbage patch!

What did the mother broom say to the baby broom? Go to sweep, dear.

What do you throw out when you need it and take in when you don't need it? An anchor!

What did the light say when it was turned off? I’m delighted!

What has no beginning, no end, and nothing in the middle? A doughnut!

No one wants to have one of these. But when you do have one, no one wants to lose it! What am I? An argument

Why are pirates pirates? Because they just arrrrrgh!

What do you call a famous archer?  A shooting star

Did you know there are 3 types of people?  Those who can count and those who can’t.

Why is Cinderella so bad at sports? Because she has a pumpkin for a coach, and she runs away from the ball.