Friday, May 29, 2009


You must see this movie!

You simply must.

Best Pixar movie ever made.

That's what we think.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

What Do You Do Wednesday

As promised, the next several What Would You Do Wednesdays are going to be a place to share your favorite recipes.

These posts will only be helpful if lots of people contribute. How yum would it be if all of us gave ONE of our favorites for each category. We'd be overflowing with delicious, proven recipes to try this summer.

If you have some great recipes for breakfast or soups, please click on the links below to add your recipes. It's not too late. At least once a week, I go back through these and use them while cooking dinner or deciding our menu for the week.

Favorite Breakfast

Favorite Soups

I'm going to put these posts under the link, "recipes" on this blog. To easily access it, every time you want to try a new recipe, or just keep from having to write one down yourself, scroll down to the section on this blog called "What We've Said About" and then click on "recipes." Easy!

This week...


What are your favorite salad recipes?

Join us in the comment section and share your salad secrets!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Antique Rose Emporium

Our Summer of Awesomeness kicked off on Sunday.

We took the kids to the Antique Rose Emporium for Garden Day.

It was beautiful and so much fun. The Rose Emporium has now been officially added to the places the Hendricks will frequent. What a treasure not very far from home!

The kids picked vegetables, planted flowers, learned about herbs and butterflies, and then explored all over the gardens. We took so many pretty pictures.

We came home with a caterpillar, several cocoons, and lots of snails.

Once we got home, we cut up all our veggies the kids picked, threw them in a skillet, cooked them...and they ate them for a quick snack before church.

Eggplant, potatoes, green beans, zucchini...these kids were eating machines. I'm telling you...there's something magic about homegrown food. Well...there's magic in most homegrown food...all the kids still refused to eat the tomatoes. Who cares though...Aaron's mom and I didn't want to share the tomatoes with the kids anyway. We liked having them all to ourselves.

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Friday, May 22, 2009

And the Winner Is...

You'll have to watch the video to see.

The winner needs to email me...can't wait to hear from you!

I asked Hayden why he said, "Again" on the video after he drew the winner's name.

He said "We were drawing names when you went inside, and we chose her name."

That's what happens I guess when you leave little kids in a tent with a circus hat filled with paper slips.

I know they shook the bag. So hopefully this was an accurate drawing!

Weekend Fun!

We'll do the drawing for Feminine Appeal later this afternoon, but for now I wanted to give you some info about fun stuff going on around town (or near our town) this weekend. Then we're heading to the hospital to meet our newest family member! Aunt Lynsey is having a baby girl today! Hooray! Happy Birthday Ruthie Claire! We love you already and can't wait to meet you!

Family Fun Day
May 23, 2009 -
Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater
Family fun day is an event the entire family can be a part of.
“We created Family Fun Day to provide a spirit filled environment for the whole family,” says Edward Graham, founder of Family Fun Day—Brazos Valley.

There is a myriad of events that take place throughout the day such as face painting, train rides, and other fun activities that will entertain the entire family. Various vendors from across the state of Texas will display and offer their products to an estimated crowd of more than 5,000 people.

In addition to the full day of activities, a wide variety of entertainers will grace the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater from the Motown sounds of the 70s to today’s hottest artists. Zapp, The Dazz Band, and Lenny Williams will represent the old school portion of the show. While Mike Jones, Lil Will, Cupid and Montell Jordan will represent today’s hottest artists.

Family Fun Day will also feature one of the biggest names in Gospel music today, James Fortune and Fiya, who currently hold the number 1 song position on the Gospel charts for the last seventeen weeks, “I Trust You”.

A portion of the proceeds from Family Fun Day—Brazos Valley will be donated to The Girls Club of Brazos County, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization specifically created to help young girls in the Brazos Valley prepare themselves for the future while emphasizing the importance of life skills.

For more information on Family Fun Day, please contact Edward Graham at (713) 397-9618.

Childrens' Garden Day - Independence (May 24)
Location: Independence Display Gardens

Our first children’s day in the garden was a huge success….. even in the rain. It is time to harvest the garden and build the sunflower house that is already six feet tall. The activities for this session include fun activities like planting a Rainbow Garden as well as learning about butterflies and caterpillars. Participants will even be given a chrysalis of their own to take home to watch the Painted Lady butterfly emerge. So don’t miss out on this event, whether or not you attended before, sign up now for all the fun! The one hour sessions will begin at 1:00 with the final session starting at 3:00pm. Please call 979-836-5548 or email to reserve a spot. $15.00. Limited space.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

How Does Your Garden Grow?

During Spring Break, our family spent some time putting in a vegetable garden.

I didn't tell anyone because....let's just say, the Hendricks + their yearly vegetable garden = a running joke among our friends.

We try just about every year to have a vegetable garden. We work hard. We get dirty. We have fun. We get NOTHING TO EAT.

What makes the jokes even more funny is that my husband has an ag degree. It's hard to imagine Aaron as an ag major with his graphic tees and thick, trendy black glasses...but he was an ag major. He sat in classes with people wearing belt buckles. Let's all pause and smile. Not only did Aaron take some soil science classes...he took a lot of soil science classes...and yet, Aaron has confessed that we Hendricks would have starved to death if our lives depended on our garden.

It's weird to think of Aaron in ag classes a few years ago, and today making movies and strumming a guitar. College never know what you're going to be doing in the future, no matter what you're studying right now. So maybe chill out on the "freaking out over college stuff," okay? Work hard. Be a good steward of your time. Love God, His people and the church more than anything else. You'll never regret that.

Back to the garden...

So far, we're right on schedule to keep our friends laughing and cracking garden jokes at our expense.

Look at my garden...

So pretty.

So lush.

So green.

So tall.

And yet, there's not really any food growing in there.

No tomatoes on those six feet tall plants.

Thanks to some smart farmers, we bought some fertilizer this week and hopefully, we'll actually grow some food in our vegetable garden...that's hard for me to believe...but apparently, food is actually supposed to come out of these cool things.

I also have herbs and what not.

Rosemary. Yum.

I use this in soup and to make these delicious oven potatoes.

I feel like a cool hippy grabbing a handful of this to throw in some guacamole.

I don't know why I planted this. It smells good. That was my only reason. Anyone know what I should do with this stuff?

And then there are two plants that were here when we moved in this house. I don't know what they are.

Anyone know what this is? Connie, can you help?

Or this? Closeup below. Can I eat it?

Even if we don't get much food out of this garden, I love having one. The boys go out every morning to "check the garden." They all worked to plant the seeds. They love to be in charge of watering it. And my favorite sons ate green beans for a snack at the swimming pool the other day. That's weird, even for my kids whose parents are big fat meany faces and make them eat their dinner every night. The boys ate green beans for a snack! Isn't that nuts? But they were so super duper excited that those green beans came out of our garden. I don't know why, but the fact that we grew them, magically made green beans delicious.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Butter Crunch? Anyone?

Once upon a time, I was sitting in church listening to a missionary speak.

Before I go on, I'll let you in on a pathetic, lame truth about myself.

Every single time I see a movie, or in this case, hear a missionary speak, I decide I want to do what the person on the movie does for a living, or be a know...whatever I'm watching, I want to be that person.

I'm sure this says something sad about me. I just don't know what sad thing it says.

So I'm sitting...

In church, listening to the missionary, thinking, for about the 900th time that God is telling me to move to Africa. Well, not 900 times, but take the number of times I've heard a missionary speak, and that's the EXACT amount of times, I've thought I was supposed to be a missionary to a far away place.

I had to mention that part about me wanting to be a spy, a girl who works in a hardware store, a hip hop dancer, an inner city teacher, or a wedding planner, in case anyone thinks that God was really prompting me to Africa.

So far, I don't think He is.

I just think I'm silly and do that weird "I wish I were that person" thing.

Back to me sitting in church listening to the missionary...

I go through all the normal, "I think God is asking me to be a missionary" steps.

Step 1.

Cool. I could be a missionary, eat weird food, live an exotic, non-normal life...tell people that Jesus loves them.

Step 2.

Imagine myself walking around African villages with black babies on my hips. In these imaginary scenes, I always look exactly like Angelina Jolie does when she's in Africa. Yet another reason why I don't think me wanting to be a missionary has very much to do with Jesus. Imagining me, with gigantic lips, and chiseled arms...I don't know...just seems suspicious if you ask me.

Step 3.

Start thinking of all the reasons why I can't leave Texas.

I'm sad to admit this, but it's true...

Bluebell Ice cream always comes up in my mind WAY closer to the top of the list of reasons I can't move to Africa than it should.

I'm ashamed.

I remember thinking...

"I would never get to eat Blue Bell ice cream again."

And then, the next thing that goes through my mind is...

"I just thought of Blue Bell Ice Cream before I thought of dying a martyrs death or not seeing my friends and extended family for long periods of time...what the cheese is wrong with me?"

Blue Bell Butter Crunch Ice Cream
You need to try this ... like maybe today ... like maybe don't even read the rest of this post ... just go get some. Eat it for dinner.

When people bring ice cream over to our house, but it's not Blue Bell, I have to pause and work really hard to continue liking those people.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Quick Note

There's a GIVE AWAY below! Check it out.


I'm working on our summer schedule today, using all the great ideas I've received from YOU.

If you live here locally and want to be a part of this stuff, email me and let me know.

I'm not going to add anyone to the email list unless you give me permission. That way, we won't bog down your email account.

But, if you want to know what our family is doing for fun throughout the week this summer, or you want to share and invite others to do things with your crew, then email me and I'll keep you in the know.

Now I'm not feeling nearly as scared of summer. There are so many fun, mostly free things to do!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Maybe I Should Reconsider

Because when I find Ashton burying his brother in the back yard

it makes sticking the boys in front of the tv seem tempting.

Really, really tempting.

I walked outside and said, "Ashton what are you doing?"

He never stopped shoveling.

He just said, "Burying Hayden alive."

Thankfully, Hayden was only half buried when I heard Ashton say...

"Hayden, let's bury you alive in a little while. Right now, let's go look for worms."


Thursday, May 14, 2009

New Favorite Things

I am forever on a quest for creative, non-tv, non-computer type activities for our boys.

One of my favorite new finds are these books:

The Boys' Doodle Book

a peek inside
I will be using this book next year, during school for our creative writing prompts. How fun to draw the picture, and then write a story about it!

They also make a girl version for those of you who are raising one of those strange creatures.

To use now, the boys bought some of the books below with their birthday money. I've been thrilled to see all of our little guys, busy drawing and creating. It's not often I'm this impressed with something we buy at the store! They have literally spent hours with these books this week.

Hayden loves this one...

Ashton loves this one....

They all love this one...(Kirby got Hayden this book for his birthday. Boy does she know him. I think he slept with it in his bed this week.)

Another treasure was this book:

Remember Highlights...where you look for pictures in the drawings? Well...this book is like Highlights on steroids. It is super fat, has a bajillion colorful pages in it, and each page takes all three of my boys, working together about an HOUR to finish. This book now has a special place in this mom's heart. There is a two page picture, then a checklist on one side, of all the things you have to find in each picture.

I really can't recommend these books enough.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What Do You Do Wednesday

As promised, the next several What Would You Do Wednesdays are going to be a place to share your favorite recipes.

These posts will only be helpful if lots of people contribute. How yum would it be if all of us gave ONE of our favorites for each category. We'd be overflowing with delicious, proven recipes to try this summer.

I'm going to put these posts under the link, "recipes" on this blog. To easily access it, every time you want to try a new recipe, or just keep from having to write one down yourself, scroll down to the section on this blog called "What We've Said About" and then click on "recipes." Easy!

This week...

What are your favorite soup recipes?

We are a soup eating family. I can't wait to try these.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

It Has Been Added to Our Dictionary

Because of my niece, we erased the word, "wedgie" from our family's vocabulary and instead call the unfortunate incidence when your undergarments are traveling to uninvited parts of your behind...a "washie."

Because of Ashton, we no longer say someone tooted.

Instead, when smelly air makes its way out of your behind we Hendricks now call that offense "pooting the cheese."

"Did you poot the cheese?"

I laugh every time I hear one of my boys ask someone that question.

As of last week we no longer say "sunscreen."

The other day, Ashton said, "Mom, don't forget to put on my summer screen."

summer screen

How cute is that?

Now, that white stuff you put on your skin to keep from getting cancer will forever be referred to as summer screen.


This just in....Charlie reminded me of another Hendrickism.

Neck Chunks

That one makes me laugh every time.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Our Soccer Stud

Anson played soccer again this season.

We have LOVED watching our boy learn to play soccer, and make sweet friends.

The families on our soccer team are precious...and watching those boys play as a team, and laugh, and enjoy one another is so great!

Our coach is incredible, and we are terribly grateful for how he teaches the boys, challenges them, and yet cares for each of them.

Saturday, we played our end of the year tournament.

Three games in one Saturday!

Our hearts literally BROKE as the other team finally scored on us during overtime.

Our boys worked so hard, but ended up losing the game for the championship 0-1. Ugh!

I loved seeing them comfort one another after such a disappointing game.

I got choked up watching boys, who a few moments before were so passionate...turn around, a few moments later, and hug one another, pat each other on the back...

Have I mentioned in a while how much I LOVE BOYS?

Anson played harder this Saturday than we've ever seen him play.

He scored a goal.

He was on fire!

We're so proud of you, Bud!

Go Anson!

Go Lightning!!

and he's just so stinkin' handsome

Saturday, May 09, 2009

The Mothers No One Will Be Talking About This Weekend

Happy Mother's Day to all the brave first moms. You gave life.  You chose love.  May you feel comforted and valued on this day that may be difficult.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Flashback Friday

Originally posted September 28, 2007

Wow. I wish not so many of my posts had to do with some sort of bodily function.

Oh well...I guess that's life with boys, huh?

I was rereading this post this morning and thought it was interesting that this kid was born funny.


Minutes ago, I walked into the bathroom and was greeted by a foul smell.

I screamed, "What DIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEd in here?"

That one phrase, yelled in dramatic fashion ALWAYS makes giggles erupt from every boy-filled crevice in this house.

"It was me!" Hayden said PROUDLY...giggling all the way to the bathroom. Seeing me standing in the bathroom waving my hand in front of my face, acting like I'm dying makes their day.

Boys and their behinds.

As if that wasn't bad enough...

Hayden holds his hand up and it looks like this:

Next, the most awful words came out of Hayden's mouth...

"And...guess what mom, I wiped my boody with my hand!"

He was so excited.

I just stood there. My mouth wide open...not believing my eyes.

Dear Jesus...take hold of me.

This is so normal with Hayden. He is my only child that does such odd, horrible things that I assume this stance regularly...I just stand looking at him, in SHOCK, trying to figure out where to even begin.

What am I supposed to do right now?

I've never told Hayden not to wipe his rear with his palm.

Should I have to say that?


Should I REALLY have to say that?

How can I be expected to think of all these things?

I had no words.

All the parenting books I had ever read were FAILING me as always when it comes to this child. I've often times wanted to mail Hayden to James Dobson or Tedd Tripp with a little note attached to his shirt that says, "You can have him for one week. After that, you'll have plenty to write about for the rest of your life and you'll change your book titles to The Strong Willed Child (excluding Hayden), Shepherding a Child's Heart (no guarantees if you are parenting Hayden) and Bringing up Boys (subtitled, I'm terribly sorry Mrs. Hendrick, I can't help you with Hayden)."

My eyes watered up. I started moving towards him, to grab that hand and then after that...well I couldn't even think that far...I was shaking, I was so upset.

That's when this little lunatic starts laughing so hard and says...."It's just marker mom...I tricked you."

I was totally punked!

I screamed with delight...HAYDEN HENDRICK!!!

He matched my squeals with "I tricked you mom, I tricked you!"

Then I laughed and laughed...he fell on the floor laughing....

While I was washing the MARKER off his hand I thought of how genius this was...

Just when I want to pull my hair out because the kid can't remember that roots grow in SOIL...even though I've had him repeat it 9,000 times...I get to see that he really is brilliant!

His gift is humor...

And he uses it well.

Five years old and pulling elaborate, well thought out pranks on his mother...

Will I survive?

Will he?

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Speaking of Animals

Aaron took us to see Disney's Planet Earth the other night.

When the movie was over, he was pumped.

The boys and I were quiet.

Aaron says, "Did you like the movie?"

The boys all mumble..."no."

Aaron is shocked.



Wife says, "Our planet is terrifying. It scares me to death."

Hayden said, "I didn't like it when the elephant died."

Ashton chimes in...sadly..."All the animals kept dying."

Seriously....our kids break down in a normal Disney movie where one animal dies at the end. This movie had an animal die every five minutes. What were we thinking? After about the third break down, I thought, "We just paid good money to torture our children. Pass us the Parents of the Month award."

I was extremely quiet as we walked out of the movie to our vehicle. I'm sure Aaron was thinking, "Why can't my wife just watch a movie for goodness sake. Why am I married to such a weirdo?" I assure Aaron I try to be normal. He knows I do.

In the car, Aaron tried to lift the sad, solemn spirits sitting in the seats. He said..."Ashton, what part of the movie DID you like?"

Ashton sighed and said in his sweet voice...

"I hated all the parts."

Poor Aaron.

I couldn't think of any parts I liked either.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

What Do you Do Wednesday

The next four What Would You Do Wednesdays are going to be a place to share your favorite recipes.

We all need new things to cook, right?

This week...breakfast dishes.

What's YOUR favorite breakfast dish recipe?

With summer coming, I'm looking forward to things slowing down a bit.

One of the things I'm going to do this summer is try some new recipes.

What an easy way to help each other out!

Monday, May 04, 2009

Seven Years of Color

Seven years ago today, I was handed a baby boy.

I had no idea what was wrapped up in that blanket would

make me laugh more than any other human

make me think I'm losing my mind

make me so scared my insides turn to mush and my legs turn to jelly.

I had no idea as I held you that I was holding the boy whose life would

teach me about suffering as I watched you suffer

refine me and humble me in more ways than I ever believed possible.

This home would be a terribly quiet, incredibly boring place without you in it, Hayden.

We celebrate you today and your creative Maker.

Your life, your love, your mind, your giggle is a fascinating work of art.

You display colors and feelings...talents and beauty...that make me stop, take a second look...pause...and appreciate this world - seeing it the way you see it.

You're a marvel to behold sweet boy.

A masterpiece.

We're so thankful for all the marks and doodles you've left on our souls.

Our souls needed doodling up.

So grateful for how your life has decorated ours.