Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Super Fun Weekend!

Spring break is here (Hallelujah!) and we started it off with a bang! We had quite a busy weekend and quite a busy week ahead of us as well.

Yesterday, we took the kids to a cooking class at Wegman's in the morning. They got to make a few things using Peeps! They really had a good time! After, I stayed and grocery shopped and Gabe took the girls for a few errands.

In the afternoon, we were busy baking a cake for my Mom's arrival.  She came around 3:15 and the kids were so excited to see her!  My Mom's birthday is tomorrow so we had Gabe's parents over for dinner and cake. It was a really nice time!
Avery, Mom, Cassandra
This morning we got up and the girls had swimming lessons. We went to the gym a little early so they could play in the playroom for a bit before lessons. And they did really great at their lessons today too!

After lessons, we got ready to go to the ballet! My Mom brought the kids new dresses, so of course they had to wear them!
The ballet was really cute. Avery and I went last year and she really enjoyed it, so this year we all went and my sister-in-law and niece went as well.  When we got there, the girls received a little tiara to wear. And they were announced as they walked in.  Then they were able to dance with some of the snowflakes!
We got to watch them do a performance as well...

then they opened up the dancing again and had some coloring as well (which my kids love!).
They also had some snacks, a hot chocolate bar, and a silent auction.

There was a second performance where they "arrested" Jack Frost:
and crowned a snow queen:
After the second performance, the kids got to meet the new snow queen:
Avery, Cassie, Bianca with 3 of the dancers
And the "old" snow queen:
They ended with more dancing and Cassie was finally brave enough to join in!
The kids had a blast! Cassie was really into it-she sat right up front and clapped loud and hard for the dancers! She was so cute!

After the ballet, we went to Gabe's parents' house for dinner. And now it's about time to call it a night....we have a busy week ahead of us too!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dress Obsessed

Cassandra has a new obsession. It's been going on for a few weeks now and it's quite funny!

She LOVES dresses.

She wears them 24/7. No joke.

She has one in particular that my in-laws bought her for Christmas that she just can't get enough of. It's torture when I have to actually wash it because it's all I hear about until it's clean.

Since it's still winter, we've been putting her dresses over her clothes. And sometimes if we're not going anywhere, she'll strip down naked underneath and run around like crazy!  But even when bedtime comes, she has to have a dress on. She has a nightgown and most nights that'll do. But again with the nightgown-if I have to wash it, I hear about it every night until it's clean. Some nights we can convince her to wear a dress over her PJs to bed. It's crazy!

Avery went through a dress phase too, but it was only during the daytime. At night, she never asked about dresses at all. And I don't remember her phase lasting very long.

But this one....she's all about the dresses. Oh, and her "glass shoes" which are her shoes we wear for parties, etc. I actually had to hide them on her because she was wearing them all of the time and they were getting scuffed up. We put an end to wearing those except for going to special events.

The other day she asked me to take a picture of her all dressed up! She's too funny!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

I've been meaning to post this recipe for quite some time (as you can see, the pics are from August!). And now that I'm thinking of it, who the heck wants to eat ice cream cake in the middle of the winter?! cream is my favorite so I could eat it anytime!

This recipe came from my girlfriend's Mom. She made it for a birthday party we went to over the summer and I immediately got the recipe from her. It's super easy and really yummy too!

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
20 ice cream sandwiches
1 jar of hot fudge
8oz cool whip
desired toppings

1. Line bottom of pan with ice cream sandwiches-cut to fit if needed.
2. Top with half of hot fudge sauce, a layer of cool whip and any other toppings you desire!
3. Do a second layer of ice cream sandwiches
4. Top with hot fudge, then cool whip, and toppings.
5. Freeze until ready to serve!

(Notes: So next time, I'll have to play around with this a bit. I didn't have enough ice cream sandwiches for some reason. And the 8oz of cool whip barely covered both layers in the pan so I might buy a bigger tub of cool whip next time. Along with hot fudge, I used peanut butter sauce. For toppings I used crushed M&Ms.)

Even though I had to fake some of this to make it look right, it still tasted fantastic! And I love how easy it is! Definitely something easy to bring for a party, especially in the summer!