Meet the Sullivans

April 3, 2018

Easter Things 2018

Compared to last year, Easter 2018 was really good to us! The sun was shinning, and not one of us was sick. Last year we all had the stomach flu and Luke had a terrible ear infection, so it wasn't too hard to top all that this year.

We dyed Easter eggs last weekend, and next year I'll definitely be buying one of those egg coloring machines to make it all easier on myself, because it was a MESS. Owen is great, and doesn't try to make a mess, but once Luke hopped on the counter we had colored water and broken eggs all over the place. They both enjoyed themselves and I'd say some good memories were made, but it took me 2x as long to clean up.

Friday afternoon after school I set up an Egg Scavenger Hunt for Owen and Luke in the house. I used these clues from the Melissa and Doug website. You could use the clue for any kind of indoor hunt, but to make them "Eastery" I put them in eggs. Owen had a lot of fun doing the activity and Luke just followed him around, and I'm pretty sure he though we were playing his favorite game, hide n' seek. At the end of the hunt they each got a prize, play dough and gummy snacks.

We also made Easter Bunny Munch earlier in the week just for fun. The recipe is from Liz's blog, Ellie & Addie. It's really dangerous having something like this laying around because it's so easy to grab a handful here and there. The kids loved it, and Owen liked getting some in his snack for school.

On Saturday Keith and I both took turns getting hair cuts (and a highlight for me). There's just something great about a fresh highlight that helps make you feel great! In addition to the highlight I also cut off 4 inches, and my hair feels so much healthier!

I spend so much money to have my hair highlighted that I try to go as long as I can in between coloring it and usually try to plan it around special events like holidays or celebrations. The last time I had it colored was for our family photos and now I'm going to try (try!!) to wait until my friend's wedding in October, but we'll see.

After haircuts and all that we took the boys out for a little hike and pizza! It's so nice that Luke is a little older now and beyond the toddling stage of toddler hood so he can keep up with us on a short hike, and enjoy his surroundings.

Saturday morning we had to be up bright and early to get Easter going so we could make it to Easter Sunday Mass at 8am. Owen was already rolling around in our bed, so we all went in to wake Luke up to see what EB had brought them. Luke was too groggy / sleepy to do any egg hunting, but Owen put some aside for him. Luke is so lucky to have such a thoughtful big brother like Owen.

After collecting eggs the boys dove into their baskets. I love filling their baskets with a combination of things they'll need or want in the spring and summer.

In Owen's basket: a Mickey Mouse t-shirt, magic tree house book, gardening gloves, bubble wand, sidewalk chalk, magnetic tic tac toe game set, kinetic sand, personalized smoothie cup and a digger shovel.

In Luke's basket: a Star Wars t-shirt, a few trains from Ikea, bubble wand, side walk chalk, gardening gloves, smoothie cup, ABC book, puppy dog pals and bath color drops.

The boys did so well during Mass, and we only had to spend a little bit of time chasing Luke around outside. Owen was bored, we didn't go to a children's service, but he was such a good boy! Afterward we went back to Keith's mom's for an egg hunt and breakfast.

Later in the day after Luke's nap we went to my grandpa's house for dinner and, you guessed it, egg hunt #3 of the day. We were swimming in the sugar at this point. I brought a Bacon Cheddar Ranch cheese ball as an appetizer - recipe below!

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Cheese Ball

2 8oz blocks of cream cheese, softened
1 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
1 cup bacon, chopped
1 packet powdered ranch seasoning
1 cup green onions, thinly sliced

*parsley for garnish and crackers for serving

1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until evenly combined.
2. Using clean hands, form into a ball. If you want to cover your's in chopped pecans, crushed crackers or more chopped bacon, this is when you'd do that.
3. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate until about 15 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers.

We managed to get a family photo, but neither of the boy's were in the mood for smiling nicely at the camera. I hope you had a lovely Easter with the people you love!

March 23, 2018

Friday Five: Perler Beads, Ikea and St. Patrick's Day

Happy Friday!

| O N E | We celebrated St. Patrick's Day last weekend with a big family dinner, and lots of good Irish food. I brought my usual Irish Soda Bread like I do each year. I made 4 loaves this year since our group was pretty big this year. What's pictured isn't even all of it, there were 1 1/2 loaves not pictured.

Owen worked on his leprechaun trap during the week leading up to St. Patrick's Day and we set it up in the kitchen the night before. Unfortunately, he did not catch a leprechaun again this year, but he wasn't too bummed because the sneaky guy left behind some chocolate gold coins instead. 

The leprechaun also left behind proof of his mischief in form of a green toy battle scene and green toilet water.

| T W O | My sister-in-law watches Luke for me on Wednesday mornings so I can help in Owen's classroom. I'm usually done helping early, so I'm left with a little time to run some errands. This week I went to Ikea with a list of items to aide in some spring organizing plans I have.

I picked up...

- an Algot drawer thing for Owen and Luke's closet
- some shelf risers for the kitchen
- bins for the pantry (they were on SALE for $4.50 and $2.79!)
- napkins because I always buy them when I go. I love their fun designs and low price!
- trains for Luke's Easter basket
- a set of mesh bags for luggage organization
- a plant and prints for a PTA Teacher Appreciation Day project
- Perler beads for Owen

I pretty much always buy napkins and straws when I go to Ikea, and it's always fun to see what new things they have.

| T H R E E |  The MVP purchase of my shopping trip was undoubtedly the Perler beads! Owen sat for over an hour and a half creating his designs. I have to admit, I'm pretty into them myself! Pinterest has some really cute design ideas.

| F O U R | My first Grove collaborative order arrived this week! Can you believe my whole order was $22.41? There is an offering going on (you can find it on Megan's blog, Honey We're Home) that will give you some free Mrs. Meyer's items with a purchase of $20 or more, so I jumped on it. I love the peony smell!

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| F I V E | My favorite snack this week, rice cakes with PB2, half a banana and a dash of cinnamon. Filling, a little sweet, the perfect snack with a cup of coffee in the afternoon!

Have any fun weekend plans? I just checked the weather and it looks like there is no longer rain being anticipated for the weekend, so we will probably be busy with t-ball practice and games as planned! Have a good one!

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