Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Family Summer Vacation 2016

In February of last year we started planning a month long trip to California! We had not been to California in 5 years so I thought it was time for my children to experience a real California Summer!! We were blessed to get to stay at Grandma Olivia's house in San Diego!!

We left on June 27th and took a little bit of a road trip!

We stopped in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona!! We had so much fun getting out and seeing different parts of our country!

We arrived in California on June 29th and got into San Diego early enough to go to the beach for a little while before heading over to Grandmas!!  It was such a beautiful beach!

On the Fourth Of July the Werner family has a tradition where we take a picture on our porch! Though we were not at home we still took our picture on Grandmas front porch! This was the first year that Grandma got to be in our Fourth of July pictures! Grandma took us girls to a Fun Run/Walk 4th of July fundraiser that she attends every year. Mom joined us with the twins and Randy later on for a pancake breakfast! There was live music, games, a park, (which the twins LOVED) and free swimming!! It was so much fun to be a part of Grandma's 4th of July traditions this year!

Later on in the month was Katy's 17th birthday!! She got an IPhone 6S plus for her birthday! 
She was so excited!!

On the way back home to Kansas, we stopped in Las Vegas and stayed at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino.  Our room on the 20th Floor had an awesome view of the Roller Coaster ride at the Hotel New York across the street!

2016 Recap!!

 2016 was filled with great friendships, laughter, family, and fun vacations! 
The year started out with Mackenzie in the role of Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical. This was her very first lead role and she enjoyed it very much!

Aren't they the sweetest?! They love each other so much!! This is on their 4th birthday!! We spent that day outside at the park!!

The boys and Ava enjoyed getting to play on soccer teams with the Homeschool Soccer League.

Mother / Daughter coffee date with Ava Marie!

Early morning soccer practice with our Homeschool group in September.

Halloween is always fun and everyone had a great time Trick-or-Treating!

Katy was so excited to get her IPhone 6 for her 17th Birthday!

Mackenzie & Katy doing a LIVE Sale for our Lularoe business.

My mother Olivia and I got to meet the Founder/Owner of Lularoe at the National Convention.

Hudson & Beckham loved looking out the window of our hotel in Las Vegas!
We stayed at the Excaliber Hotel and had an awesome view of the 
Hotel New York's Roller Coaster ride.

Celebrating Mackenzie's 14th Birthday at Nick & Jake's Restaurant.

Ready for our family Christmas Tradition of Jammie Cocoa Christmas
with Grandma Olivia!

Gathered together with friends for Madyson's 12th Birthday!

Hudson & Beckham really enjoyed the Tuba Christmas performance at the Kauffman!

Love spending time with my BFF Lorraine!

 Harvest Pumpkin Festival at a Pumpkin Farm in Gardner.

Everyone hard at work taking photographs of new Inventory.
Mackenzie made Green Chili Chicken with Lime

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Celebrating My Beautiful Mackenzie!

Today Mackenzie is 13 years old!!!

There are so many wonderful things going for this talented girl!  She is smart, determined, helpful, a great cook, and thoughtful in so many ways.  

Mackenzie has always been a fire-cracker!  She speaks her mind and likes to plan everything out!  Sometimes, as the Mom I have to reign her in a bit, but when you just let her take the lead, she will run with it and make things happen!  I see big things in her future!!

She wants to continue to perform and is looking forward to auditioning for teenager roles now!  She has an incredible voice and really awesome stage presence.  I wouldn't be surprised if we see her on Broadway someday!

Last Friday we celebrated Mackenzie's birthday with a sleepover with a few of her sweet friends!  We ate pizza, watched a few movies and the girls also played flashlight tag outside in the dark with a few neighbor kids!  And of course we kept up on our ROYALS!  

Having such good friends is so important!  And Mackenzie is a good friend to others as well!  She is so thoughtful, it's no wonder these two love her!  (By the way, Mackenzie made the "FALL" garland hanging above her head!  So cute!  See, that girl is TALENTED!!)

Happy 13th Birthday to my 
beautiful and talented Mackenzie Alexis!!
I love you sweet girl!  
And I can't wait to see what God has in store for your future!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

How We Spent Our Summer Vacation - Part 3


When we weren't at the pool, we spent our time in the backyard!  The big girls set up a pool and positioned it under the slide.  The boys especially loved sliding down into the water!

Due to the heat that finally arrived in August, we made a lot of these...

YUM!  Popsicles!
This recipe is Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip from here.

Popsicles make everyone smile!!
Well, except Beckham...but they usually make him smile!

I think this is why they call it 
The Dog Days of Summer?

How cute is this?

Our sweet summer came to an end in the middle of August when we started back to homeschool.  Even though we still spent a lot of time outdoors, we started back to structure and schedules.
I do miss those lazy, relaxed days in the sunshine, but I am ready for FALL!

I hope your summer was just as wonderful and filled with sweet memories!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Lasagna Night!

I love to make my yummy lasagna in the Fall!  In fact my family loves the lasagna so much that I always make two of them, one to serve and one to freeze for another day!

I also buy the disposable pans to make them in so I don't have to worry about the clean up!!  Yay!

Makes 2 casserole size lasagnas.

1 lb. ground Beef
1 lb. ground Italian Sausage
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 medium Onion, chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste
Garlic Powder
Italian Seasoning
3 Jars Prepared Spaghetti Sauce (I like Traditional Flavored)
8 oz. Ricotta Cheese
4 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
8 oz Parmesan Cheese
1 Package Lasagna Noodles

In a skillet heat the Olive Oil, saute the chopped onion.  When the onion is translucent, add the ground beef and the Italian Sausage and Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder and Italian Seasoning and brown.  Drain, and set aside.

Prepare the Lasagna Noodles according to the package.  Set aside.

Spread a little Spaghetti Sauce in the bottom of each of the casserole pans.  Lay Lasagna Noodles to cover the bottom of the pans.  Sprinkle the Meat Mixture over the noodles, spoon rounded spoonfuls of the Ricotta cheese in about 5 - 6 spots over the noodles, spoon the Spaghetti Sauce over the mixture, sprinkle the Mozzarella cheese over the mixture, sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the mixture.  Lay another layer of the noodles over the whole pan, and then repeat the entire process again.

If your pans are very high, then you can do three layers, but most pans can only fit 2 layers.  It will cook down, but it will also be very saucy!

Cover the pans with Tin Foil and put one in the oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  Wrap the other pan in plastic wrap and store in your freezer.  (It will need to cook for an additional 30 minutes, since it will be frozen.)  Take the tin foil off for the last 15 minutes.

I love to serve it with a Caesar Salad and Garlic bread!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

How We Spent Our Summer Vacation - Part 2

The end of June was so busy for us!  During the last weekend we had an Adoption Blessing Shower for a dear friend of ours.  It was a beautiful Saturday morning, with sunshine, flowers and great food!  We showered our friend and her daughters with gift cards and scripture verses and spent time praying over them.  Wow!  You could feel Jesus in the room!

When girls get together...there's got to be good food!

Sweet fellowship, powerful prayer!

We can't wait for their next crew member!!  Sweet Little John!

On Monday of the following week we packed everyone up and headed to 
the Great Wolf Lodge to celebrate Madyson Claire's 11th Birthday!!

Randy met us there to have dinner with us and sing Madyson Happy Birthday!

Madyson opened all of her presents and then we had dinner at Granite City.

We stayed in a suite with an adorable area for the little kids!

We stayed for 2 nights and 3 days!  It was so much fun and we will definitely go back again!

Everyone loved running around the resort and seeing all of the fun decorations and animals!

We spent our 4th of July at home with lots of swimming, 
great food and excitement in the dark!

We took our "Annual 4th of July on the Porch" picture.

We made a delicious Red, White and Blue Trifle for dessert!

One of the other things we did a LOT of during the summer....

Katy is catching Beckham.  He loves to swim!  I mean it, this kid is a fish!

And while Beckham is jumping in over and over, Hudson will barely get in at all.
Here he is with Madyson, he won't let her touch him, just gets in and then gets right back out!

Ava Marie, Madyson and a friend taking time out of their playing to pose together.

These two had so much fun with their jumping challenge!

Can you see Tyler's football carry?  He is determined!

And that is all for today!  Stay tuned to next Wednesday for the final photos of our 
awesome Summer of 2015!