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Monday, July 25, 2011

B and B day 5


Well today was their last day here in Dallas and we kept pretty busy.

We went to the Arboretum this morning. Mondays are "Family Day" and they have face painting, a petting zoo, snacks and Peter Rabbit was there.

The theme at the Arboretum right now is Fairytale Castles. Different artists designed them. They are made of art or flowers or a combo.

It was was really hot but they enjoyed it.












(How sweet it this?)
They were both hot and tired so we went back to the house for lunch and they rested and watched a movie on Netflix.

We had a few errands to run and then we went to meet Franny and Moss again to swim at her friend's house.

We baked broccoli, pork chops (Shake N' Bake again) and had a salad. Bryanna cooked the broccoli and Braelyn set the table again.


Now Bryanna is reading her new Bible.
Braelyn is helping me fold clothes.


They are about to get in the bath and head to bed because we have a really early day tomorrow!
By the way Sassy has gone to sleep with them every night. We kicked them out of the bed a few months ago so I don't know if she is just happy to be in a bed or if she is watching over them.

Dot has nothing to do with them. She sees them as a threat to her food! haha!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

B & B Day 4


We went to church this morning. They were both really excited to go which was so precious. They wanted to go to Sunday School but we just went to big church.
We came home and cooked these little creatures. (Pinterest)
We used Little Smokies instead of wieners.

Braelyn named them "Little Sophias" and Bryanna called them "Wiene-pedes".
We made a cheese sauce for them and dug in. They were a hit.
We hung out here for a little while after lunch. It was 106 here today and I didn't want to go outside.
Bryanna wanted a new Bible so we went to Borders (which is going out of business BTW) to find one. We got: Day By Day Kids Bible. You can read it in a year if you read for 7 minutes a day. Bryanna is already on day 7.
We went swimming again in the community pool and then they played on the playground. I didn't take any pics of that today.
Braelyn rolled the crescent rolls and set the table again for dinner.
Bryanna found our dinner recipe: Bacon Ranch Chicken Pasta
and she made a salad.
Braelyn studying the magnet on how to set the table.

The meal was really good. I didn't use the recipe we found because it didn't sound as good as the title. Here is what I did:
Bacon Ranch Chicken Pasta
Seasoned chicken breasts with dry Ranch Dressing.
Cook about 10 slices of thick bacon and reserve some grease.
Sautéed a yellow onion and garlic then added a little bacon grease and chicken until the chicken was cooked.
For the sauce I reserved 1/2 cup of the pasta water and mixed it with 1 container of fat free ricotta cheese and 1/2 a cup of fat free half and half. Seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Stir in 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese. Mixed everything together and that was it!

I learned from a friend that you can use fat free ricotta to make cream sauces instead of butter and heavy cream. It worked really well.

Braelyn has worn a graduate hat all night. She painted Brett a picture and insisted he hang it by his desk. Bryanna has been making up dances and singing.

This is what Sassy and Dot have been doing....nothing but sleeping.
Brett has been reading.
That's was our day today!
Now the girls are in bed and I'm going to do the same!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

B & B Day 3



Started out the morning with Braelyn's favorite: pancakes and bacon.
She helped with the batter.

They painted a canvas and a photo frame for Megan and Pat.
(A surprise Megan)


Then we had hotdogs and custard at Wild About Harry's for lunch.


We tried to go to the Aquarium but there was an hour wait outside to get in so we decided to go to The Children's Museum of Nature and Science.

Lot's of fun things to see and do there.



We watched a show at the Planetarium but didn't make it through the entire thing. Everyone got sleepy so we left and went to play in the fountain.




Finished the day with sliders, corn and tots. Yum yum.

Friday, July 22, 2011

B and B Day 2

This morning we met my friend Franny and her little boy Moss at the zoo. They have zoo pass so we got to park at the entrance and walk straight in!

Bryanna's favorite part was feeding the giraffes.




Braelyn said her favorite part was the water.






After the zoo we came back to the house for lunch and to rest for a while.

Then they got manicures and pedicures at the beauty school. I don't know if the girls or the students were more entertained!

We took the dogs on a walk and did some more relaxing until it was time to start dinner.
(Sassy has taken up Bryanna's bear and thinks it is her own now. She keeps playing with it!)
We cooked home made pizzas tonight.
They were really good. Bryanna helped out again. Braelyn said she was too tired.

Now they are watching another Netflix movie and fighting to stay awake.

Fun day with some sweet girls.
By the way it looks like an explosion went off in their bedroom and we haven't even been in there. i don't know how it happens but I will never think Megan isn't a good housekeeper because I'm pretty sure their stuff gets up and spreads itself out. haha!