Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Thumbs Up America!

U.S.A.! U.S.A.! What freedom we have in the country. Please, please let us not take that for granted Lord. We are so blessed to be able to celebrate our faith publicly and just go around doing things we want to do. Please Lord, let that fact never fade from our hearts. And THANK YOU for it!
This post will be a random assortment of fun. Please to enjoy how we roll.

Leelah's bday is coming up. So Build-a-Bear seemed a natural fit. She has her freshly awakened from a nap hair so deal with it. But that is her Panda Bear- "Ha-Loo". Did I mention we're hosting exchange students from China!?!?! More to come on this...

Yes this just happened. Red, White and Blue-tiful Waffles. I know, I know. Everyone should have a JOhn Nichols at home. He rules.

These are pics of our attempt at the Jon and Kate plus 8 4th of July cake she made one year. Leelah is a goof. I have tried, but it seems as the destined to be goofy DNA we gave her has fully taken over.

The night of the 4th we went to our church (Second Baptist- West!) and enjoyed an awesome service of songs and patriotism as we honored our Armed Forces. We John's parents in town with us to watch the servicemen carry their flags up on the stage and see all of the branches represented. Thank you servicemen and women for serving our country.

So we thought it would be super great for Leelah to ride in the parade held after the service in her wagon. Apparently, we didn't prep Leelah enough because "Somebody wasn't likin' it!" (Soup fans anyone!?) It started out such a great idea with the streamers and the fun...

Then the slumping and sad face began...

Yeah, we didn't roll around the second time... But who wanted her in that parade? Leelah or me? Totally me. She didn't want to be "paraded around". I must remember the end goal of planning things for her enjoyment. Who am I planning this for? Myself or Leelah. It's all good. Look how it turned out and by the way our church rocks major socks off!

That animal is a llama. Not a centaur in case you were wondering. Our church is cool, but not cool enough to have centaurs running/walking around.
And like I said we are blessed because we ended the night with some pizza at Cici's. Hey- it's a great value.

So in the meantime when there aren't any holidays or vacas. Leelah and I have enjoyed this book:

We purchased it at Mardel in the Home Schooling section. It's for her age and everything and comes complete with a lesson and easy and cheap ingredients.

We've made Ocean Cakes with rice cakes, blue frosting (a can of vanilla frosting with blue coloring) and colored goldfish.

And Penguin cookies - from oreos and candy corn! Leelah has had lots of fun with our cooking times.


Tina said...

There's so much to say! What a fun 4th! And you're so awesome to do all that cooking and stuff with Leelah. I'm so jealous of those waffles...and the fact that you have a waffle when's the invite for breakfast G??? I want me a "Grand Slam"! :) Pandas, wagons, and pancakes OH MY!

Wendy said...

How fun!!! I am loving all the food in this post. YUMMY! And I may just need to check out that book.

Becky said...

Looks like awesome times as always at the Nichols casa. I hadn't ever heard of Mardel before. Looks like a neat store. I'll have to check it out sometime. I bet the store smells wonderful inside - of books and school supplies. I love that smell.