Kidfresh meals for kids on the go

Soccer season is over but our schedule hasn’t cleared up as we move into the holiday season. The free time from no more practices is quickly being taken up by trips out to fight the effects of shrinking walls from rainy days. We still head to the park to kick the ball around on dry days as well as hitting up the local attractions in Portland. We have set the cooking schedule between Beautiful and I to make sure that each night we are having a meal around the table and talking about our day but the boys come home from school ready for a snack. To get them to dinner we have been on the look out for quick and easy meals we can make on the go.

I got a chance to check out Kidfresh frozen meals to see if the boys would like them and if they would help our need for quick portable meals. The boys and I head off to Safeway and found about 5 choices for meals. Both of them wanted the Quesadillas so we picked that and a pasta dish to get a sense for the options. The next day we were off to Harper’s Playground after school and I made the Quesadillas for the boys before leaving to pick them up. The boys loved the meals and it was super easy to eat on the go. I don’t think some of the pasta dishes would be as easy so I might save those for times when we are at home.

If you would like to check out Kidfresh meals yourself grab a coupon here and check out the different option on Facebook. You can also see some more pictures from our shopping trip here.

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Ready for Derby Day

Saturday is Derby day and the boys and I are fired up. Primo has a game at 10 and then we all head to Jeld-Wen for the Timbers Cascadia matchup with that fishy smelling town up North. If Portland wins the Cascadia Cup is ours and this horrible season will be salvaged. We can only win it tomorrow we can’t lose it so some of the pressure is off but it still feels nerve-racking. The game is on at 3:30 Eastern, 12:30 Pacific on NBC so tune in and check out this great rivalry.

Looking back on a busy summer: The great road trip of 2012

Right after our stay at The Great Wolf Lodge we dropped the boys at my parents for Soccer camp and our first week of kidless time. The next Saturday we brought them up to Gig Harbor, along with the RV that had been living in our driveway for the last year. The boys were heading East in that RV with Grammie and Tom Tom and most of their cousins. Five kids and three adults in a small space for 2300 miles sounds like a nightmare I had, but for the boys it was a dream come true. Two weeks without mom and dad, on the road with their grandparents. They had talked about it all spring, counted down the days on their calendar in their room.

They all piled into the RV on Sunday morning and headed towards Uncle Dan’s house in Colorado. They wouldn’t make it there on the first night but that was the first known stop in the cross-country trek. They had to make stops every now and then to run the boys to burn off that extra energy. Tom Tom would line them up and the races would be on. There were movies to watch and books to read and plenty of snacks to keep the boys occupied. They took naps all together on the folded down dinette and we followed along through Aunt Meg’s tweets. Here are a couple of my favorites:

Finn:some bad guys in our world are called robbers. Don’t know what the others are, but don’t worry, my dad and your dad {SCuda} are stronger.


Entered Nebraska. One boy sleeping, one baby in midst or epic nap, two boys sharing an ipod, one boy chatting with Grammie.


Henry: will a bear hit us {talking about hitting animals on the rd}? Grammie: no, they stay in the wilderness. Henry: but they would eat us.


Milo: Grammie, get me out! Grammie: no, you’re a sitting duck! (As she pelts him with a grape in his car seat :)


There was a stop in Idaho, one in Colorado, another in Nebraska, and there was meant to be one in Iowa but it was hot and there were sick folks that needed to get home so Tom Tom drove through the night to get home to Indiana. If not for colds they say they would have loved a longer trip but I don’t believe them. Both Beautiful and I grew up on road trips and family vacations and I know that my boys are good travelers but five kids in that space would get old pretty quickly.

Once in Indiana the boys got to spend some quality time with Aunt Heather and her pirate adventures. Their cousins left and Primo and Segundo got Grammie and Tom Tom all to their selves for the first time since we left Indiana, the first time for Segundo. They swam everyday and lived in Grammie rules for two weeks before Beautiful met them in Iowa to fly home. We all agree this is something that needs to happen often and the boys are already wondering what day on their calendar they can circle and start the countdown towards.

Scaring their food to death

I don’t know why but it seems my boys are angry eaters. At least they are when ever there’s a camera around and since I’m such a social media parent that is far too often for their own health. The picture above is exhibit A, taken when I asked Primo if I could have a bite of his Pad Thai after a great Memorial Day in Portland.

Exhibit B is Segundo going after a slice on Primo’s birthday. Notice his perfect form in handling a New york style piece of pizza. If it’s too hot for his hand he tries to immediately put it into his mouth to cool his hands down but we all know how that ends. Not sure were these emotions come from but this aggression won’t stand man.