Another school year in the books

>> Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I am now the mama of a rising 2nd grader AND a rising Kinder! Here are the 1st & last day side by sides. They are getting so big!

1st day of 1st grade!6.8.12 last day of 1st grade! (1 of 1)

Preschool 2011preschool last day 2012-2 (1 of 1)

and this one actually didn't go to school but she will go 2 days a week next year. (1 of 1)

These girls. I swear each of them have grown 2 inches. When you look at them from just 9 months ago you can see the changes. I should have made them get out the chalkboards again. Something to remember next year :)

Haven't participated in a long time!


School's Out! My COOL WHIP Everyday Celebration! #FMcoolwhipmoms #spon

>> Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Quick, easy, and delicious. COOL WHIP Whipped Topping finds itself on our family's table all year round. I can remember back to being a kid and at every family event someone made Pistachio Fluff, did you ever have that or was it just our house? COOL WHIP was served every Thanksgiving and Christmas with delicious pumpkin or pecan pie and also summer's apple and berry pies. COOL WHIP isn't just for pies though. I enjoy a little dollop on my fresh berries. Sweet summer berries make an easy dessert during the week and our family can't get enough of them!

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In true zoo style we celebrate everything so the first day of summer break deserved it's own little party. I am going to share a Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie recipe that I really love. Super easy to make and it is a hit with the kiddos. It was rainy and yucky outside and the girls didn't get to play like they wanted to but knowing the pie was coming for "bessert" that night gave them something to look forward to.

ingredients (1 of 1)

COOL WHIP Whipped Topping - mostly softened
Chocolate Ice Cream - mostly melted
Peanut Butter Chips
Chocolate Pie Crust

Then assemble the pie - first up most of the peanut butter chips
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On to the mostly melted chocolate ice cream
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Top it off with COOL WHIP Whipped Topping and the rest of the peanut butter chips
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Now freeze! Sometimes I freeze it overnight sometimes (like this time) I freeze it for the day (approximately 5 hours). And Enjoy!

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Prep time on the pie was about 5 minutes. The hard part is waiting until it refreezes to dive into it! Chocolate, peanut butter, ice cream, and COOL WHIP - it doesn't get any better than that! You can mix and match chips and ice cream to make up your own personal COOL WHIP pie. I saw mint chips at the store that would be fantastic with a mint chocolate chip ice cream. COOL WHIP also has 2 flavored Season's Delight varieties, Sweet Cinnamon and French Vanilla, that you could get really creative with. I could just dunk a wafer cookie in the Sweet Cinnamon and my sweet craving would be satisfied.

Yummy treats don't have to be difficult or time consuming and COOL WHIP helps you make them easily. COOL WHIP Whipped Topping has a ton of recipes on their website that you can try out tonight for your family. Or maybe you have a special dessert you'd like to share? Enter COOL WHIP's Fan Dessert of the Month Contest for a chance to win $500! Simply make a COOL WHIP dessert, take a photo, and upload it here. Enter now!

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Project 366 - Week 22

>> Monday, June 11, 2012

Summer, summer, summertime
Time to sit back and unwind

We had some friends of ours over. It was a very good day!

And I think that they were all worn out. Want to know why?

This was taken at almost 9am the next day - diva!

It was also Daddy's birthday on Monday so we had a surprise party for him.
We decorated

Can't you taste the sprinkle goodness? @matthewdlucas
and the girls were in charge of his cake

Happy Birthday!
Old Man!


Oh Burning Love Burger how I love thee. Dinner out with the fam to celebrate Daddy's 42nd year on this earth.


Why didn't I plant cucumbers? Ah well, here is hoping that my friend has too many of them and takes pity on this cukeless mama. This one in fact was part of a salad last week. Yum!

She's loving her new do :)

Who is this grown up looking girl with the sassy new hairdo? Her little friends got their hair cut and baby girl decided she wanted hers done too. It is absolutely adorable on her!

It's official school's out and summer is here! 2 musts are ice cream

Living the good life @matthewdlucas
and lots of fun nights hanging out on our deck. I love lazy summers like this.

Something's in the water
I told the girls to give the poor (literally) tooth fairy a break and not wiggle for the rest of June, at least!

We teach them all the important life skills here

and to be able to laugh at each other and have lots of fun!

Weekends at the zoo :)
But most of all love each other

Snack while watching Dirty Dancing
and eat chocolate. Daily.


Project 366 - Week 21

>> Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A wonderful day spent with the family. I love Sundays - especially during the summer!

Just like that - dos!


The summer program at the little library near our house is going to be a ton of fun this summer! They have music, story times, and them a whole bunch of activities for our older kiddos. Love that library!

New bling for our Rhubarb from the Value Village's 1/2 off day.


Decisions, decisions. Goodwill on Thursday had 3 BRAND NEW pair of flip flops for me to choose from. I left the Haviannas because they felt like they would hurt my toes.

Where oh where did the Lucas girls go?

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I let them stay up too late on the weekends. Here we are on our deck and she has my Kindle reading a book. Nights here in NC are gorgeous and my kids should get to experience them once in awhile :) Plus they are awesome company - love me some Lucas girls!

This is the only posts that I seem to be able to publish these days. I don't love what starts coming out when I type so I delete most things I write. There have been too many bad anniversaries swirling through my head. Too much sadness inside me and with my "due date" quickly approaching it is a dark time in my heart right now and that's all I am going to say about that.

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