Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sprinkler Play and a Recipe

Saturday we had another fun filled day with Mamaw & Papaw. Greg and my dad got a lot of projects done around the house, me and my mom did a little shopping during the boys nap, and of courrse we spent some time with the boys. It was another beautiful (and hot) day, so we let the boys play outside again.

We started off the day with biscuits and gravy. Mmmm... My dad makes gravy for us anytime he comes to visit or we go visit them. It's the best. We gave the boys some, Carter was more interested in the raspberry jam, but Evan ate some biscuits and gravy also.

While Greg and my dad worked on installing shelves in the computer room closet, we played downstairs with the boys. They love playing with balls, especially Evan.

After their nap, we went outside again to play in the water.

I decided to hook the hose up to the sprinkler and let the boys play in it. It was their first time playing in the sprinkler, so there's a ton of pictures. We got such a kick out of watching the boys and their reactions to the water. They were so funny. The first time the water came down, Evan didn't know what to do. Here he is, ready to get wet, but it kept coming and I think he was trying to dodge it.

Because if you look past Carter, you can see Evan's poor feet in the air. haha. He didn't know where to go.

But, both boys figured it out really quick and had such a good time playing in the water.

These are a little out of order, here's my dad in the boys room before they took a bath for the night.

Here's one of the many projects that Greg and my dad got accomplished while they were here. I got these shelves at Ikea last weekend. I'm so excited to have them up.

While the boys were playing in the water, my dad and Greg were busy planting my vegetable garden.

I'm telling you, we are the world's worst hosts. My parents come up, they brought ribs with them in a cooler to grill out, my dad and Greg install two closet organizers, hang shelves, go on many trips to Lowe's, spent a few hours in the hot, (VERY hot sun) grilling the ribs and corn for dinner, cooked biscuits and gravy, planted my vegetable garden, played with the boys, bought stuff for us and the boys, I don't think I washed a single dish while they were here, the entire house was picked up while we were bathing the boys, they played with the boys all day, my mom painted a shelf for me that I had been needing to do, and I'm sure even more things that I'm not mentioning. I feel bad, they need a vacation after visiting us. Plus, they have such a long drive from Georgia to get here. We're very, very lucky. And we really appreciate it.

And these two little boys LOVE their Mamaw and Papaw. As soon as they pulled in the driveway, I said "Mamaw & Papaw are here" and the boys dropped their toys and ran to the front door, laughing and smiling. They were so excited. They loved every second they got to spend with them and they were very sad to see them go today. :(

When the boys play in the cold water, they each have a face they make when the get sprayed with the cold water and they are so funny! Here's Carter's face that he makes.

And here's Evan's face that he makes when he gets wet.

I tried a new recipe this weekend. I've been wanting to make this baked bean recipe I found on Kevin and Amanda's blog for a long time, but Greg doesn't like baked beans. My mom likes baked beans though, so I knew I needed to try them while she was here so I'd have somebody help me eat them. Well, they turned out really good and everybody liked them. Even Greg--who hates baked beans. I was so excited that they were a hit. We'll definitely be having these again and I'm so glad that Greg liked them so I don't have to wait until we have company to make them. They were really easy to make.
Ultimate Baked Beans

2 (15 oz) cans Van Camps pork & beans
1 garlic clove, minced
1 pkg lipton onion soup mix
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp prepared mustard
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
1 lb mostly cooked bacon

Put the bacon in two 9x13 dishes, cutting if necessary to get it to fit. Place the dishes in a cold oven. Then turn the oven to 400 degrees. Bake for about 25 minutes or until it's done. It doesn't have to be "all the way done" since the bacon will cook for another 45 minutes with the beans. (this is the best way to cook bacon, by the way)

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients except bacon together and spread in a 9×13 dish. Top with cooked bacon. Cover with aluminum foil and bake covered for 30 mins, then uncovered for 15 mins. Makes one 9×13 dish.

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