Monday, March 13

brower bakery

i have spent some one on one time with each of the kids in the kitchen the past couple days. needless to say, it's been tasty.

first up was ellie!
she wanted to make a crusty loaf of bread and we gobbled it up on spaghetti night.

next up was charlie!
charlie does not like my chocolate chip cookies. yes, you read that correctly. he does not like my chocolate chip cookies.
"they are too fluffy and tall and i want them flat and chewy". so he searched different recipes and picked a recipe based off of the picture. we named these Charlie Chip Cookies.

last, but certainly not least, was jack!
he wanted to learn how to shape rolls and made a batch of rolls AND hamburger buns!
we served these up as sandwiches with some smoked pulled beef chris made.

i cook with the kids a lot, but i will be totally honest. i am not nice. it usually drives me crazy. its easier, faster, and cleaner to do it alone and my patience wears thin very quickly when they are in the kitchen. somehow they always manage to still have fun and still love being in the kitchen even though I'm a grouch when we cook together. but i decided if i made a special effort that they would enjoy it more and be able to work on some skills that they really want to develop. they each told me during their turn how much fun they were having and i feel silly admitting this, but i really enjoyed it too. it was a good reminder for me to slow down. these guys won't want me hanging around showing them what i know for much longer and i need to take advantage of these opportunities (i.e. schedule in more of these dates or else it won't happen).

charlie said he wanted to be a baker and i said it would be awesome if he became one when he was older. he turned to me and looked me in the eye and said "i don't have to be older to be a baker". no you don't charlie. you can be a baker now.
how cool would it be if these guys grew up being bakers or chefs or something like that and worked together?! 
I'm voting for a bagel shop :) brower brothers bagels has a nice ring to it...

kiddo update

here is a very long run down of what each one of the brower kids have been up to the last couple weeks, oldest to youngest.


the pinewood derby took place last weekend and jack's car, "the holey rolla", came in second place overall and will be going to the district race next month!
he always comes up with fun ideas for his car and this year was no exception. a cheese wedge.

whenever jack was up to race the kids would all shout "cheese! cheese! cheese!"


our handsome webelos den, minus one.

in preparation for the derby, jack did quite a bit of the cutting and sanding himself. during one sanding session, a piece of wood flew up under his goggles and into his eye. we rinsed out his eyes and told him to try not to rub it and thought he'd be fine. the next day he could hardly open it and said it felt like it was being scratched each time he opened or moved his eye. since it was sunday we had to take him to the walk in clinic. they saw an abrasion on the cornea, gave him some antibiotic drops, told him to wear a patch and sent us on our way. 

here he is, cap'n jack

well, the next day it was even worse. so he stayed home from school and i got him in to see one of the eye docs. sure enough, there was a splinter under his lower lid that they were able to swab out. 
sweet relief!

if you think of an all around great kid, thats jack. I'm always getting emails or texts about the nice things jack has done for someone. hes always the first to help me out around the house and he is owen's best friend. i was cleaning under the boys dresser the other day and i found this note by a boy in jacks class. he is partially blind and needs a lot of equipment to function at school. sadly, he gets made fun of quite often too. he has been in jacks class for the last two years and jack's teachers have always asked jack to sit next to him and help him when needed. they have developed a great friendship and jack thinks the world of this kid. when i saw the note his friend wrote it brought tears to my eyes. so thankful for jack in our lives.

he even puts up with owen's sword fights :) 


ellie is always the first up for an adventure. she may be small but she is super strong. she, along with jack and charlie, will be starting soccer in april and is excited to be on the older kids team with jack this season. 

she does her own hair. she is currently into side pony tails and side buns and she rocks them.

she has been doing really well in school. she had been struggling a little in math, but has worked hard and seems to be feeling like she's got the hang of it. everywhere we go she sees someone she knows from school and they are always quick to say hi. jack says that kids always ask him "hey, are you ellie's brother?".

she got this letter in the mail the other day and we thought it was pretty dang exciting that our "little miss ellie brower" got a letter from the state representative Mathew Pitsch!

friday night i needed to go visit a sister in the ward. she is about to have a baby and hasn't been doing well. i wanted to go see her before she goes in for her c-section. ellie came along with me on the visit and i had one of those "my baby isn't a baby anymore" moments on our drive home as she was singing along to Something Just Like This on the radio. she is turning into a little lady. she is definitely a force and i can't wait to see the force for good she will be over her lifetime.


he has started golfing lessons

(hes the tall on in the blue shirt, third from the left)

he is a reading machine and continues to set his class' AR record!
this picture made us laugh pretty hard!!!

the older kids had a dentist check up last week and we discovered through the X-rays that charlie has an extra tooth right smack dab in the middle of his two front teeth. what the heck?!? so he has to go to the oral surgeon next month and have the front baby tooth and the extra tooth pulled in order to allow the real adult tooth the room to grow in. crazy!

charlie loves to get a haircut

he loves to draw
(a self portrait. pay particular attention to his nostrils)

he loves to hang out at the park. 
like, literally. he just kida climbs around, watching everybody else. he'll join in the occasional game of tag here or there, but usually he just likes to play by himself and observe others.

and he loves owen
whenever he gets a snack, he always grabs two.

charlie is currently laying on the couch watching tv. hes home from school today because he's been throwing up a couple times every hour since 11 last night. poor charlie. but if any of the kids has the flu, we want it to be charlie because hes never missed the toilet and he doesn't complain at all.


where do we start?
he's as wild as ever. 
he still loves puppies. he still loves to dance. he still draws on walls. he still hits in nursery. he still gives kisses and hugs to his siblings. he still loves any and all sports. he still loves being outdoors. he still loves to be in charge. he still yells if i walk out of the room. he still thinks he is an adult.

a couple new things about owen...

he is finally, FINALLY sleeping through most nights. (fingers crossed, knock on wood, please don't let me have jinxed it by typing those words!!!!!)

he finally, FINALLY likes bath time.

he has discovered his love of painting!

usually i let him paint with water on large rolls of kraft paper because the water shows up really well and, obviously, theres no mess. but i ran out of kraft paper, so i decided to let him use the real deal and he can't get enough!

he recently got a bad boo boo. i guess that isn't exactly new, but it was a new ouchie so i thought it fit here. long story short, his back rubbed up against the treadmill while on its lowest setting. it was just a second, but it was long enough to leave a mark. i know, mom of the year right here. first his tumble on the driveway and now this. it looks horrible, but i promise he only cried for a couple minutes and it really isn't as deep or as bad as it looks! especially in the last picture, which was the day after it happened.

and this isn't new, but man, this kid loves his siblings so much. jack and charlie (especially charlie) have perfected their armpit toots. owen will sit next to them and try so hard to do it too. its pretty funny and pretty cute


Friday, February 24

ellie turned 9!

ellie turned 9!
the 11th proved to be a pretty busy/crazy saturday, but we tried to make it special for our ellie bean. since she didn't have school, she wanted to go out for donuts in the morning before we went Scouting For Food (while dad and owen were at the dentist).  then she opened gifts and had a basketball game. that evening, daddy took her out for dinner to Taliano's for some alfredo (her fave) and then came home for cake and ice cream!

grandma and grandpa sent ellie a new angel for her collection she started last year. she LOVES it!!!

she also got a couple new dresses, some calico critters families, and some art supplies.

her requests were very simple this year. she wanted birds to fly above the kitchen table and a "vanilla" cake with yellow frosting. done and done!

lucky girl got a piece of chocolate cake at dinner right before she came home and had another piece of cake with the family!

we love our ellie so much. she's got to be tough in a house full of boys, but she doesn't seem to have any troubles with it. she's strong and smart and super silly, not to mention a beautiful girl. we love her so much.

happy birthday baby girl!!!

Thursday, February 23

(unwanted) visit from the tooth fairy

on friday the 10th owen had an accident. he was riding on his ride-on rocket toy in the driveway with the big kids and flipped over the front. his face broke the fall and the fall broke his front two teeth. 

he was upset for about 10 minutes or so but then asked for some chicken (what we were making for dinner while his fall took place). so after a bath he ate some dinner and we texted the above photo to the dentist.  by this point owen was totally calm and ok.

the dentist said to come in first thing the next day (saturday the 11th, ellie's birthday) and he would put him to sleep to take some X-rays and find out what needed to be done.

while i took the older three to pick up canned food for our cub scouts Scouting For Food service project, chris took owen to the dentist.

here he is at the dentist with some meds to help him relax.


both front teeth were loose, chipped and his left one was cracked all the way up to the root with nerves exposed. so, it had to go :(

this kid HATES waking up after anesthesia and becomes very violent and angry. its rough. but a juice box seemed to help for a moment or two in the car.

they were able to file down the right tooth so you can't see the chip anymore, but its a little loose. the dentist said we may end up needing it pulled at some point as well.

as ellie said "well, he IS from arkansas, at least now he looks like it". 
poor kid. it's going to be at least 5 years before that tooth grows in.

he seems to be entering that "I'm not a baby anymore" stage even though he's still a baby.

 i took this the other day on a little hike we went on because the weather has been so nice and the boys were being super sweet (for the moment). we all love our fiesty little owen!

harry potter week at the library

the week of february 6th was harry potter week at our public library! we went on two different days with the Peczuh family to be sorted into houses, make potions, and take the O.W.L.S. the kids had such a great time!

ellie even made it in the local paper (along with the back of charlie's head!)


ellie's response to being sorted into hufflepuff was pretty funny! later she said "i should be in Slytherin house before Hufflepuff!"
jack knew he was in gryffindor and charlie seemed quite pleased with being a ravenclaw.



while the big kids did the activities, owen ran around causing mayhem and havoc all over the library.

this picture of charlie made us laugh cause he's totally cheating off emeline's paper

this has nothing to do with harry potter or the library but it does have to do with reading so i thought i'd throw it in this post for the heck of it.
on the 10th chris and i went to jack's 4th grade class as a "mystery reader". the teacher reads 5 clues about the person and the kids try to guess who it is before they get there and read a book to the class. i guess my clues were pretty good because jack was totally surprised. it was pretty fun! i read "how i became a pirate" which is one of our kids favorites.

and just because it made us laugh so hard in the front office, i need to include this picture of chris. he conveniently placed his name tag on his shirt to cover up part of Jackson Hole so it said Jacks Hole instead. don't worry, he moved it before we went into jack's class.