One Pea, Two Cavities

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Have you ever felt compelled to write a letter to tell a company or person just how great they were?

 

I always find myself telling everyone at work, the day after one of the Peas Dentist appointments, just how awesome our Dentist Dr. Mitchell and Hygienist Heather is.  From the very first appointment  Heather walked each Pea through the process, let them see and feel if possible everything they would be using for their appointment.  Pyper was an old pro by the time Phoebe had her first appointment at 3 1/3 years old.  So being the awesome big sister she can be (I said can be!) she prepared her for her first appointment.  (picture here is from December not our last or first appointment)

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This time,  however, Heather exceeded the expectations of any parent when she had to tell Phoebe she had not one cavity BUT two.  

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The look on Phoebe’s face was pure sadness, she brushes as she should; but probably needed more help with those back teeth.  I just took for granted that she got them, luckily these are baby teeth and will eventually fall out. BUT STILL! Anyway, Sissy had a cavity last time so she assured Phoebe she wouldn’t feel a thing.  I hope this is the last of them!

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 That shot above it before she was told the news! Yikes!   Although they do love going to the dentist (-:

  I made the appointment for Phoebe’s filling for that Monday.  That is when we had the pleasure of meeting Ms Amy who told Phoebe her only job was to keep her mouth open wide.  (but not right now LOL)

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 Ms Amy and Dr Mitchell both went through each of the tools that they would use, showed her what her filling was made out of, gave her a couple little brushes to hold and made her super comfortable.   She really was listening to Dr Mitchell but they also put Disney on the TV in front of her after Ms Amy talked to her LOL  (-:

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 The only thing they kept from her was the needle to numb her mouth and boy was Dr Mitchell sly. He  had it hidden by his sleeve so she wouldn’t see it LOL.  She didn’t see a thing and the pre-numbing solution must have worked; but just in case it didn’t Ms Amy slowly put her arm over her in case she tried to put her hands to her mouth.  These two are no rookies!  

By the way Phoebe didn’t even flinch! 

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After waiting for the numbing to take over the fun began and again Phoebe never moved.  Dr Mitchell  and Ms Amy assured her the while time that she was doing great! She was amazing!

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Once Dr Mitchell drilled the tooth, Ms Amy finished up the filling polishing and making it smooth.   Phoebe being Phoebe tried to catch the filling dust as it came out….yep that’s Phoebe.

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  So, although it’s NOT something I wanted to have to do with either of the kids (Pyper was 9 and didn’t want me back there with her when she had hers done) I am glad I got to see these two with Phoebe.  I couldn’t be any more happy that we picked Grove City Family Dentistry as our Dentist.  Now the silly part…. that face she felt nothing had no pain but she swelled up a bit and sounded so silly it kept us in stitches.  

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A week after her appointment Phoebe received a card from Ms Amy, she was so excited not only to get mail LOL but just the fact that Ms Amy said the nicest things and made her feel so special ~ 

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Thank you Dr Mitchell, Heather and Amy!  We drive by the office every day on our way home after work and know that she is waving to you and screaming Hello to each of you by name (-: 

  

 

http://www.gcfamdent.com/

http://www.gcfamdent.com/meet-dr-mitchell

http://www.gcfamdent.com/meet-the-team   Yea Heather and Amy G!!

Follow them on Facebook just wait for Halloween to see them compete against each other for best costume!   That’s right I pay attention LOL

Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/GroveCityFamilyDentistry?fref=ts

 

PS they also have visited the girls schools in the past and all the kids loved it… http://www.gcfamdent.com/gcfd-in-the-classroom

Two Peas and The Summer Moon Festival

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On July 19th and 20th the Armstrong Air & Space museum in the small town of Wapakoneta, Ohio  put on the Summer Moon Festival celebrating the 45th anniversary of the first lunar landing.

Chad the girls and I met up with my friend Erin and her daughter and made the trip.   It took us about and hour and a half to get there so we made sure to stop to eat lunch before we went over.  There were plenty of places to eat and you could see the Astro Theater from the road! We couldn’t miss it !

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  We went in and the kids were immediately drawn to Orbit Table it shows you how the moon and artificial satellites maintain orbit around the earth.   The girls thought it was like an air hockey table (-:   WP_20140720_009

Dad of two peas made a friend….

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Two Peas plus one ….who is tall enough to go to space???

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The girls had a fun scavenger hunt to do for the Festival, they loved reading about everything to searching for the answers.  Erin and Dylan the most!  The could do a scavenger hunt every where they go….Challenge accepted!  

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Future astronaut in there??

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The Gemini capsule Neil Armstrong’s first ship~

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Mr. Armstrong’s Gemini Space Suit….why is this Museum named after Neil Armstrong and have all his memorabilia?? Because Wapakoneta is the birthplace of the first man to step foot on the moon.   ” The museum opened on July 20, 1972, just the third anniversary of the lunar landing. The museum itself is designed to resemble a futuristic moon base. It is most beautiful when viewed at dusk and night.”  – Museum Brochure  

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You have to check everything out…but sorry Py you can’t go through that door….

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Photo ops a plenty!

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Hey what’s in there????

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Mr. Armstrong’s Apollo 11 suit!

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Hey are you allowed to touch that??

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Something in there must have been shocking!

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The walk way to the Astro Theater was beautiful, Phoebe called the theater the moon room AHHHHMAZING !

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The photographs alone are enough to get you to the museum but learning about them even better.

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Captains !

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The shop was packed full of the coolest things, of course we bought books, stickers and postcards

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Outside the Ohio Connection had quite the set up of fun for the kids (and adults!)

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The littlest pea stuck to the inflatables since she was just shy of age to do that moon walk the older girls did.

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The moon walk!

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Look at all those tents, just full of fun!

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NASA was here they showed Py how far you can jump in space!  Gave us stickers and some sweet pictures of the Ohio Astronauts and shuttles too!

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NASA printed out pictures of the girls in space!

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We saw and pet animals that have been sent into space….not these guys but the breeds (-: 

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Made Twirly Birds …

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Played Twirly birds!

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A book reading by the author Meaghan Fisher.

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She signed a book for the Phoebes.

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We met Author David Crawford, and had his book Delta G signed for Uncle Fred, he loves Sci Fi!  Mr. Crawford spoke to us for awhile about his book I can’t wait to read it.   You can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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Played a little corn hole…

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Waited patiently for Face Paint….

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Round bubbles out of a triangle, yep!

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See !

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Can’t leave without face paint! Sun, Moon and Stars noooooo  not a Star but a Smiley Face LOL! (there is always that one kid!)

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Some last minute photo ops!

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We had a great time and can not wait to go ahead, be sure to check their website for the movie they will be playing when you go or for any special events coming up like this festival!

For My Scout friends, this place is awesome for learning and earning patches. They have a wall of patches in the shop that you could use as fun patches (Girl Scouts) the Scouts could even pick their own patch if they wanted to.   Not to mention tons of things to do in town here is the brochure for the museum, it has some neat things to go and see: http://www.armstrongmuseum.org/sites/default/files/aasm_bro_2.18.11_WEB.pdf

I hope you get a chance to see this year old treasure you are guaranteed to learn something!

 

Museum Website: http://www.armstrongmuseum.org/  

Social Media Accounts:  facebook.com/ArmstrongAirSpaceMuseum   facebook.com/ohiohistoryconnection twitter.com/ohiohistory instagram.com/ohiohistory

Lessons in Gram’s Kitchen

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It all started with a trip to the Grove City Farmers Market (one of the best around !)

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We picked the perfect zucchini… 

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 And took it to Pap Pap’s house the next day!  I thought I grabbed everything I needed to make it easy.  But I forgot my shredder!  Now Gram’s used her fancy attachment to her mixer, I am not that cool.  So the hunt was on there had to be a regular shredder in that house somewhere…….then I saw it a box with pics of vegetables all covered in dust.  Eureka! A shredder!

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It was still in the original box never opened, it was perfect and worked so well!

So I originally intended on whipping up some zucchini bread real quick so Gramps could have a loaf, he loves my zucchini bread.   Next thing I know the peas where taking over!  All I had to do was talk them through it all.

The were learning to bake zucchini bread in Grams kitchen and Pyper couldn’t be any more happy.  She cooked with Gram every chance she got in this kitchen and even after 5 years remembers every time.  

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Today was special and even though Phoebe was 1 when she passed away, this gave her a little bit of Gram that she never had the opportunity to  share with her. 

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  I careful showed her how to peel a vegetable and then shred it, it took barely any instruction Py’s dream is to be a baker so she just dove into this. 

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 Then showed Phoebe how to crush the pecans, she did so well! 

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 It took a while longer than usual but they were so proud (-:  

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  The pecans were crushed a little faster than the shredding of the zucchini (-: 

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 Finally they were able to add the other ingredients.

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 Flour flour flour! 

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Cinnamon and my cousins Denise’s home-made vanilla extract 

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  Hey how about some bananas ??? YES! time to smash !

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 Keep smashing there sis….

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 Add it to the mix….

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 And let Pyper mix it all

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 While Phoebe sprayed the loaf pans (-: maybe a little too much LOL those loaves were never gonna stick! 

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 Yeah…a little too much maybe….

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 Done and read to put in the pans while one patiently waits  

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 Almost ready to bake! 

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 It got pretty messy ! they were happy to clean themselves up but you won’t see pictures of them cleaning the kitchen! 

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 One hour in here….

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  45 minutes for the mini loaf! 

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 We served it warm, it’s the only way!   Now getting a good picture is never easy….take one…(phoebe!!)

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 Take  two….uh good enough (-: Hope you loved the bread Gramps because the girls loved making it for you! 

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 Here is the recipe only we added three smashed bananas and a cup of chopped pecans (-: 

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 Happy baking!!

 

 

Pyper Pea’s 10th Year Interview

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Pyper is 10!  

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So it’s that time of year again, I can not believe my little pea is 10.  Time has seriously flown by.

 Py loves her interview and was 6 when we started, she read all of them today and just cracked up over herself.  In preparation she said! Gotta love her so here we go!!

Pyper What is your favorite song?  John Legend , All Of Me Why? I don’t really know (and the pre-teen years are starting with these kind of answers LOL)

Who is your best friend?  Everybody, Everybody? Yes, Why? Because I want to be everyone’s friend and I want everyone to be mine.  Not to be left out at all. (I love this kid) 

What is your favorite game at recess?  Swings, my friends and I have contest on how high we can go!

What is your favorite Breakfast food?  Sausage Gravy and Biscuits (now that’s a change)  Lunch? Pizza (Ha brought back from year 7!) How about dinner?? Spaghetti (another year 7 come back!)

OK how about your favorite movie? I want to see How to Train Your Dragon 2, but that wasn’t the question., Yeah I know (ok fine)  and Book?? How to Train Your Dragon, it’s a hard cover chapter book, Yes I know I bought it HAHAHAHAHA right…..(what a goofball)  and your favorite tv show? Psych (Thank you Netflix (-:)  OK how about ice cream ??? what’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Reeses Chocolate Peanut Butter, yeah finally a flavor we both like! 

Py what is your least favorite thing? Tomatos, Onions and Asparagus.….how about non food…Bugs. Fair enough

Favorite thing to learn?? Same answer and my same comment! Science  that’s my girl I would like to thank our mutual love of Dr Who (:

What would you do with a million dollars?? I would by everyone gifts, Oh how nice what would you buy Phoebe? A ticket to Michigan, Why Michigan?? To send her on a trip, away, WOW Py really??  

OK quick answers!

What is your favorite:

color – green   smell – roasted marshmallows   clothing – dresses, shape –a heart (finally a shape!! the last few years it’s been a symbol not a shape)

Who is your favorite boy?  Daddy…. why is he your favorite?  Because I love him so much (so sweet) and he is the only boy in the house (still sort of sweet) 

If you were a baby animal what would you be?  A cheetah (same as year 9!) why because its super cute and I love cheetah print (there it is)

OK my favorite question…what is your favorite thing about sissy??  I do love her very much, she can be nice and is super cuddly, would you like to not send her to Michigan then? no, she is still going (oh geez and why Michigan I have no idea)

What is your favorite type of music?  Pop and no not like Diet Coke (she got me)

What is your favorite flavor of gum?  Extra Strawberry Shortcake and the Apple Pie ones,  ME TOO!

I love doing these interviews with her and I know one day she will out grown them, but for now I enjoy the answers.  I see the way things change ( at least 100 more freckles !~ ) and the way the stay the same (that zany hair).  I just love everything about this girl.  Happy Birthday Py, my  first pea I love you so very much!

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(you can look back at old post to see her previous interviews)

Using Resources Wisely (CDs)/End of the Cookie Season Party

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At the end of every cookie season it has been a tradition in out Troop to have an end of the cookie season party.  We go year round so we don’t have an end of the year party.  Because of this I try to make it extra special.  This year I made each girl a CD scrapbook.

Supplies are as follows:  

Paper Cutter

Exacto knife

Glue Dots and Strips

Glue Runner

Old CDs

Scrapbook Paper

Stickers

Crop-o-dile Hole Punch

Scissors

Book Rings (cheaper in the office section than the craft section)

Ribbon

And small wallet size pictures 

 

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 I used my Creative Memories Circle cutters for the paper to cover the CDs, you can easily use your exacto knife too cut around the CD after you attached the scrap paper.

 

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Once I get all the paper on I punch the hole.  making sure each one is the same measurement from the edge. If they aren’t it looks really weird when the CDs don’t line up.

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I made three different versions Daisy, Brownie and Junior so as you can imagine it was a mess!

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Once done with adding the pictures and bling attach together with the book ring and add ribbon.

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TADA!

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 I also made small bags for each Scout used fabric markers to put their name on them and ironed on a wordle mix with all the girls names.  Since we had camp coming up as a reminder I made s’more baggies with the details of our trip and sealed with an owl that I found at Micheal’s.  Added their badges and more candy and was ready to give to the girls !

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 We had pizza, chips, juice boxes and cookies of course (-:

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We had the girls write on paper what they were happy for with all the intentions of making a “happy” video with them dancing around carrying their signs……that didn’t quite work out.  They were happy for so much you wouldn’t be able to see the writing on the paper!  (not to mention of couple of older wallflowers LOL)

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PIZZA!  

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 All my happy girls (-: 

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PS….here are out TOP sellers Miss Alexis (Brownie) was #1 an Miss Phoebe (Daisy) was #2 by only 8 boxes (-: ~!  

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Using Resources Wisely – Cookie Cases

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Look at all those boxes!   Surely there is something clever we can do with those…..

 

WP_20140304_006This year as you know we added two Daisies to our troop, we started to work on Journey books at our meetings but after two meetings and two leaders trying to work with three groups…well, it just wasn’t working.   So I sat down and looked at all the other earned patches and petals that the girls could work on together.

So for our first unified meeting we worked on the Junior Drawing, Brownie Painting and Daisy Using Resources wisely patches.

What we did was use all but one end of the cookie boxes talk about using resources wisely!  I used a box cutter of course

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I was careful but still ended up tossing a couple of the ends because I cut wrong, good thing I had a ton!

So basically you are are tossing out the two small side on one end and keeping all the rest…..for what you ask?

Sketch Books and Easels! 

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I went ahead and pre-poked the holes in the books and paper for the sketch books and made kits for each girl with a sharpened pencil too.

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 Pretty easy to assemble just make sure the writing is on the inside cover so the outside cover can be decorated.

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Then for the easel …. I found that the tagalongs and dosidos were the best for this one. I used the bulk of the box for this again with the writing on the inside.  Simply attach the boxes on the top so that they stand up.  I used duck tape to keep it together and heavy plastic sheets recycled from reports I get everyday.  Normally tossed in the recycle bin I justs kept mine.  Here it is in stages…..First duck taped closed….second glued the plastic sheet on the box so the paint wouldn’t run through to the cardboard and third with the clip holding the watercolor paper on to the easel.

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It took a few hours getting 12 together and of course making sure it worked LOL!  I got each girl her own water color paints (97 cents each at walmart), and brushes.  

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All set to take to the meeting…..Our project was this taking the part of of the law that states “Be  a sister to every girl scout” sketch something that shows this action and then paint it.

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I mixed the girls up too, split up the three groups to sit with each other and if they went to the same school, they didn’t sit together.  It’s a constant struggle with girls to make sure every one of them get along, I try not to stand in from of them lecturing instead trying to incorporate this principle in our meetings.

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It was a great meeting, I took 5 pictures of the above and still couldn’t get them all to smile at once LOL! maybe next meeting will be photography???

Pie for Py on Pi Day!

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Not too long ago the oldest pea helped me pull off a surprise night for Phoebe who had been missing Pizza Planet at Disney World.  (See that here http://momof2peas.com/2013/05/21/i-want-to-go-to-pizza-planet-mommy/ ).  So for Pyper who we call Py, Phoebe and I wanted to surprise her with a special dinner too and what a better chance for this house of self proclaimed nerds than Pi Day!

What is Pi?

Pi is a name given to the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter. That means, for any circle, you can divide the circumference (the distance around the circle) by the diameter and always get exactly the same number. It doesn’t matter how big or small the circle is, Pi remains the same. Pi is often written using the symbol  and is pronounced “pie”, just like the dessert.  ( http://www.math.com/tables/constants/pi.htm )  Also known as 3.14  Therefore Pi Day is March 14th (-:

Knowing how picky the girls are we knew Py would love a broccoli, chicken and cheese pot pie.  I looked for recipes on line and Pinterest of course.   Like always nothing looked right so I looked at a few and just made my own and hoped it would work!

Starting off with chicken breast  ….

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While the chicken cooked, I steamed the broccoli …..

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Shredded Cheddar, two bags one mild one sharp, 2 cans of cream of broccoli, and two bags of frozen broccoli and a cup of milk.

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl so easy Phoebe did all that by her self…

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Cut the chicken in cubes or even shred it I sort of shred it LOL (this part I did obvi!)

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 Once all of the ingredients were mixed together we put it in a already made pie crust…I didn’t have time to try and make homemade but I will try some day!   This was the part she was waiting for filling the pies.

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She did this herself too! I did flatten the tops a bit to add the top of the crust.

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Once we got the top crust on I cut the Pi sign on top .

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Once Dad of Two Peas got home with our Py it was ready to pull out of the oven (-:

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She was pretty excited and the whole family loved the pot pie!

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So we had to top it off with more PIE!

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This recipe will make two deep dish pies (-: and is very cheesy next time we will use only mild cheese too the girls loved it but thought it was rich.  We will just keep trying I can’t wait to cook with the peas again!