Suburban Family Fun

13 Jan

Since moving in to our new(to us) home we haven’t had a weekend that wasn’t scheduled with holiday activities or other obligations. Friday brought more settling – hanging or framing photos from our engagement shoot, vacations and treasured family memories – so things feel more like *home*. I bought Valentine’s Day sprinkles at the store and sent a pic to my nieces telling them that we’ll make cookies around the holiday but they had other ideas. Boredom strikes easily for preteens and elementary schooler’s – Friday night turned in to a slumber party at Aunty and Chu Ba’s. (Chu = uncle related to kids father, Ba = 3. The patriarch of the family is the first male – their Grandfather – the kids Dad is second male, so Thuan is the third eldest male relative on the father’s side. Hence, Chu3).

After a little Rock Band, we settled in to watch the Princess Bride. We’ve really enjoyed sharing classic flicks with the kids. Over the holidays we watched A Christmas Story, which they loved and still quote (You’ll put your eye out!). It’s funny because when the kids come over, they love American food that they don’t often get at home. We broke with their weekend breakfast routine and had scrambled eggs and sausage. Lunch was in the kids’ hands with personal pizza stations to top croissant crusts with veggies, meat and cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Learn from my mistakes – take it easy on the sauce or it won’t cook well or evenly.

Personal croissant pizza bar

Personal croissant pizza bar

After lunch was prepared we could move on to crafting suncatchers by melting plastic beads in muffin pans. It will smell awful, so do this on a nicer day when you can open the window. Making these are simple and cost all of $10 for a container of plastic Pony Beads that more than supplied three kids and two adults. Place a single layer of beads in any design or pattern in a non-stick baking pan or muffin tin and bake at 400 degrees for 35 – 45 minutes. Keep an eye on them towards the end or they’ll develop air bubbles that will dry in the pan. Set out to cool completely, then pop out and enjoy! We’re going to drill holes in them to string before hanging in the window.

Pony Bead Suncatchers before and after

Pony Bead Suncatchers before and after

We recovered from two days of three kids by cleaning house and driving out for a steaming bowl of pho from our favorite spot in Falls Church, Pho 75. We haven’t found anywhere nearly as good near home, which is disappointing although 15 minutes isn’t too far to drive when in need..

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