Monday, August 20, 2012

Slip N Slide fun, pink lemonade cupcakes and yet another backyard BBQ

If you've been reading this blog for a while you'll know our summer's pretty much consist of pretty much the same stuff every year.... kicking the dreaded homework out first thing. Then the dashi pull, then summer festival where we live. A few visits to water parks but most of our summer consists of hanging in the backyard the boys splashing in their paddling pool, or doing the slip n slide like they do every single year. And how many bbq's so far this year....@_@  holy smokes honestly we've lost count of all the bbq's this year. But many.  Anyway, these pics are from yesterday afternoon. The boys getting their fun on, with the ol' slip n slide!
Noah keeping cool while sliding across the slip n slide.
I also like watching the games they come up with. This one they decided to roll sideways while sliding. Giggles and laughs filled the backyard. Noboru and I both watched and smiled. It's fun watching your boys have such a good time.
What a silly pose Noah! He slid the whole way down like that.
You too....what a silly pose Branden! All the different poses and ways they went across the slide was fun to watch.
Noah dancing or skipping in this picture and Branden about to slide down and Noboru sitting down in the shade and I also sat with him and we enjoyed just watching the boys together! It wasn't too scorching hot outside yesterday either we had a few nice breezes here and there. Just a real simple and totally free way to spend a day just hanging in the backyard. But fun all the same.
What a happy boy!
Noah went down about a million times, with hat, without hat, with goggles, without goggles. About 2 full hours of watching these kiddos.
With boogie board even! Ha ha ha, you name it...they slid down just about every way you can think of. : ) And laughed and laughed the whole day. Which in turn... cracked Noboru and I up to no end.
Then they just laid there for a while and let the water sprinkle on them for a good long while.
Branden cruising along.
Aha make a tunnel with legs...check! Have your brother slide through said legs...check! : ) Go Noah go!!!!
Yay Branden!
No neighbors behind our house for a long ways. A school way off in the background but with it being summer it's dead quiet over there. Just the boys and the backyard and an endless rice field back there.  Alright now.... time to go throw your swimsuit in the washing machine so mommy can wash it on the quick wash and just enough time to dry it outside while we do the cupcakes before the bbq starts.
Swimsuits hung outside and dried in a jiff. Meanwhile we preheated the big oven and whipped up some cupcakes. That pink lemonade frosting was so good.  Perfect for the lemony cupcakes.
I left the middle one plain so they'd look like flowers. We had 2 plates full of these. I had 1 cupcake last night for dessert and I allowed myself one today and that's all I had. The boys and Noboru enjoyed the rest of them though.
The slip n slide dried up nicely along the fence, Noboru then folded it and put it in the shed for another day.
Run Noah! The boys were playing a hybrid game, along the lines of dodgeball where you don't want to be hit by the ball except they wanted to use their American football, a soft Nerf one.
Aha now the tables have been changed I see! Run Branden! Haha. These boys definitely don't lack exercise that's for sure! : )
Do you see the football right near Branden's shoulder? You're out! ; ) Meanwhile the chicken was grilling and we talked outside Noboru and I.  "What a nice summer this has been." "oh yes, I agree" I replied.  "what do you think we'll be doing in Bangkok next week at this time" Hmm, not sure. "there's a 2 hour time difference you know" "yes, yes I know" : ) You know...typical chit chat stuff.
Almost done. Everyone got 2 pieces of teriyaki chicken. Noboru ate 2 for dinner last night, the kids and I each had 1 last night and the other ones we had for lunch this afternoon.
Noboru's  plate was 2 chargrilled thighs and rice and a salad. The boys had potatoes, green beans salads and rice and chicken. Noah ate his salad while waiting for me to plate up the dinner. He always eats his salad first, he loves salad. And the lemonade cupcakes for dessert.
Sorry I didn't give Noah a chance to smile or anything. : )  Sorry Noah. : )
A shy little smile. : )
My dinner from last night. chargrilled teriyaki chicken, potatoes, green beans, rice and salad. And I have to say....this particular chicken looks exactly like Chiba-kun! Nose... head.. feet and the whole thing. I showed the family and they agreed. How funny.
A quick pic before eating. Just really simple laid back days being spent around here in our neck of the woods.  Anyway that was what we were up to yesterday. Today, I did an hour on the treadmill this morning before anyone woke up. And stomach crunches. The boys are playing with some boys from the neighborhood, they're on the front porch right now. Meanwhile, we're having spaghetti and meatballs for supper and a simple salad and 2 fresh baguettes of bread from the bakery. One I'll turn into garlic bread and the other I'll just slice and put butter on. So a choice of bread to go with dinner. Noboru's off today and it's nice that he's home.  Anyway that's it for now. : )