Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Back to School kick off...

 Happy First Day of School 2012

Sunday night we celebrated the start of school with our last "Burger of the Week" for summer.
Yep, all summer long we have made a different hamburger each week. The boys in this family love them some red meat... and this mama eats some occasionally to combat exceptionally low iron. Except steak. I cannot do it. It makes me gag to even think of eating steak.  The best I can muster is tacos, chili, or an extremely well done burger here at home.
So here is our last burger of the week:
It was an onion ring topped burger with "special sauce"... think bloomin' onion at outback. I even made the onion rings, and they were delicious! Just dipped them in flour and then buttermilk to coat. Yum.
Poor Alden said, "Mom, does this mean you are never going to make burgers again?"
Not exactly bud... :)

Then we sent off some paper lanterns in the sky. I told the boys to write down (on the lantern) a favorite memory from summer, a prayer for the upcoming year, or just draw a picture if they wanted. I saw this on a wedding photographer's blog, and loved the idea, so I found some lanterns online and knew I wanted to use them for our last night before school.
The wild boys absolutely loved this, and I was pleasantly surprised at how big the lanterns were, and how high they flew. Micah said, as we launched the second one, "These better not start a forest fire." Oops, I never thought of that... but no worries, they did not!

It was a super fun night to get us in the mood to start school. As we watched the boys chase after the last lantern in the shot above, I leaned back into my Micah's arms, and he said, "Look, those are our boys. Aren't they amazing?"  Yes, yes they are...


  1. Ok, where did you get the lanterns? Or did you make them?
    PS those burgers look SO good!

  2. yay! we use those lanterns to make a birthday wish each year :) and we have definitely almost caught a tree on fire at my parents house.

  3. Anonymous3:14 PM

    Aw what a beautiful way to end summer and start school! You are the coolest mom ever;) xx

  4. O ya we use this to make a birthday for wish to each other. amazing style.

  5. Okay, these paper lanterns are just so awesome!!! And, we find ourselves pulling back, taking it all in, and saying the same thing...it truly is amazing what love can create-these amazing strong curious souls. :)