Choosing to Have Fun Together

Our family has adopted a new idea.  Actually, it’s an old idea, but we seem to have lost it along the way, in the midst of all of our busyness.  Here it is though…..

 

We want to have FUN together!  We want to MAKE MEMORIES together!

 

Plays Together

 

Brilliant, huh?

 

Seriously, I know every family loves having fun, but isn’t it easy to get caught up in every day life and forget to actually do it?  I know for us, the past couple of years have been interesting.  We’ve had health issues, a new job, a new baby, home construction, plus we have 7 kids to keep up with.  Life can seriously get crazy!

 

What does this mean for us?

 

We’ve already gone camping in our new camper 3 weekends in a row and plan to do plenty more!

 

We’ve hosted a party for a friend.

 

This weekend, we’re hosting a graduation party for my son who is graduating from our homeschool this year!

 

My husband and graduated son are going to a great big paintball adventure park to spend some time being guys together and hang out.

 

My 3 older girls are in Children’s Summer Theater and are having the time of their lives!

 

We’re all going to a family water park this weekend in Kansas City called Schlitterbahn!

 

Going to Schlitterbahn!!!

 

Schlitterbahn Logo

 

Way back when we only had a couple of kids, Ryan and I lived in Texas and I remember driving right past a cool water park in New Braunfels (near San Antonio where we lived).  It was called Schlitterbahn and it always intrigued me.  I remember loving water parks as a child, so it was something I had hoped to get to do.  While we lived there, I only had a toddler and I was pregnant.  My husband was in training in the Army and we didn’t get much time away, so we never made it out to the water park during the short 8 months we lived there.  However, last year, I remember seeing a sign for the new Schlitterbahn being built in Kansas City.

 

We were at a nearby business one dreary day, when we saw the World’s Tallest Water Slide that Schlitterbahn Kansas City is proud to host, in the making.  It towers above anything nearby and looks crazy scary!  We’ve been watching online videos of that slide ever since we saw it in the beginning phases.  We’ve all been so intrigued and yet… I’m not about to get on that slide (like ever!).  :)

 

construction of water slide

 

I also find it interesting that Schlitterbahn was the first water park ever to be made.  I love that they let you bring an ice chest in (imagine how much $$ I’d be spending feeding 9 people there!) and they don’t charge you to park.

 

Well, it just happened to work out that we get to take all of our kids to this really cool, new water park this weekend in celebration of my daughter’s 13th birthday.  We’re all really excited and I can’t wait to share pictures with you when we get back!  You know, cuz we’ll be making memories and have to capture them!

 

If you’re like our family and have gotten away from enjoying life a little, take a moment to think about what you can do to make life a little more exciting!  Go to the park, go hiking, host a party or two, get together with other families, encourage one another, or even go to a water park! Whatever you do, be sure that you’re embracing life and not just tolerating it!

 

In the mean time, I’d love to hear about how you’re making memories with your family!  After all, a family who plays together, stays together!

 

Disclaimer:  We received free tickets in exchange for us telling you about our experience.  All opinions are 100% my own


Southwest Bacon Ranch Deviled Eggs

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I love Easter!

 

I’m not sure if it’s because of Spring in the air, or the fact that I love to have potluck  at my daddy’s with all of my sisters.  Of course, watching all the kiddos looking for Easter Eggs is always the highlight of the day!

 

Being the baby of the siblings, I usually am the last in getting a say in my menu choices.  My sisters take the easy, no brainer dishes and that means that I’m left to coming up with something classic but with a twist.

 

This year I decided to go with the fail- proof deviled eggs, but I thought why not spice it up a bit.  That’s when I decided on Southwest Bacon Ranch Deviled Eggs!

 

Everybody can use a little spice in their life, Right?

 

Deviled eggs are a staple food at any Southern get-together. I grew up standing in the kitchen watching my momma make a platter for family reunions and bbq’s.  These  Southwest Bacon Ranch Deviled Eggs definitely aren’t my momma’s recipe, but I do believe she would approve 100%!!

 

And yes, I use fresh eggs from my hens!

 

Don’t they just look lovely in pictures?

 

Southwest Bacon Ranch Deviled Eggs

Southwest Bacon Ranch Deviled Eggs

What you need:
  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • .5 oz package of southwest ranch dry seasoning
  • 4 slices of bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1/4 cup of shredded cheese
  • pinch salt & pepper
  • paprika (optional)
  • green onions (optional)

 

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What you do:
  1. Boil the eggs in a pot of water for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Drain and cover in ice water for 10 minutes.
  3. Peal all of the eggs.
  4. Cut hard boiled eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks and place in a small mixing bowl.
  5. Mash yolks with a fork, add sour cream, southwest ranch dry seasoning, salt and pepper.
  6. Spoon mixture into egg whites and garnish with cheese, bacon and green onions (optional).  
  7. Sprinkle with paprika.

 

* You can use a piping bag to add yolk mixture into egg whites. 

I serve with a side of salsa!  Believe your guests will thank you!

 

Enjoy and Happy Easter!

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 blog profile picMiranda, is a Crunchy, Country Mama giving her look on a Homemade Life of Homeschool, Good Eats, (Mis)Adventures, and Living Grace-Filled Everyday at GraceandGravy with a side of life! Miranda has been married to her sweet husband for 16 years and a homeschool mama to 2 kiddos at home. She loves her four-legged, fur babies and they make her life complete. Miranda is passionate about Guatemala Missions, Early Farmhouse Life/Decor, and learning to be a Self-Sufficient Homesteader!

 

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Basket of Eggs “Easter” Craft Printable

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I love walking outside and seeing all the flowers in bloom and hearing the birds chirping away.

 

That means Spring is here and I am in love!

 

And with Spring here, well, that means that Easter is coming soon.

 

After a long winter we could all use a bit of cheer, and what could be better than a quick and easy craft to make with your children to get excited about Easter?

 

My Basket of Eggs Easter Craft is the perfect solution!

 

What could be more fun than coloring eggs and gluing them into a basket?

 

No mess, no hassle, just memories to create and remember.

 

Want to make it a teachable lesson?

 

How about having your preschoolers count eggs as they glue them into the basket!

 

Perfect fun and learning in ONE!

 

Basket of Eggs (2)

What you will need to have on hand:

  • Crayons or Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A Printer
  • Paper

What you will need to do to complete this Easter Craft:

  • Print off Basket Printable and Egg Printable
  • Color Basket and Eggs
  • Cut out eggs
  • Glue Eggs in Basket
  • Hang up to enjoy

 

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To Download click Basket of Eggs Easter Craft.

 

Hope you enjoy!

 

*All clipart and graphics were created by MyCuteGraphics.

 

 

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Miranda, is a Crunchy, Country Mama giving her look on a Homemade Life of Homeschool, Good Eats, (Mis) Adventures, and Living Grace-Filled Everyday@GraceandGravy with a side of life! Miranda has been married to her sweet husby for 16 years and a homeschool momma to 2 kiddos at home. She loves her four-legged, fur babies and they make her life complete. Miranda is passionate about Guatemala Missions, Early Farmhouse Life/Decor, and learning to be a Self-Sufficient Homesteader!

You can also find GraceandGravy on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter!