What’s Been Goin’ On

It seems like I’m always apologizing for not writing enough on the blog… and here I am to do it again. Life has just been full and busy, and at the end of the day, I usually choose sleeping/vegging over blogging… But I found myself with a few borrowed minutes today, and decided I’d just do a catch up post, since I’ve had a few things to blog about that I’ve put off for a couple of weeks here.
In regards to the menus; I haven’t put any up in 2 weeks because they’ve been pretty boring as of late. I’ve been trying to keep meals easy, simple (and healthy) so that all of my time doesn’t get sucked up preparing food. I will probably try to add a new recipe here and there as I have time (and money.)

About 3 weeks ago, Drew turned seven. SEVEN. 7! I’m having a harder time absorbing that than my own self turning 30. (Though, that is beginning to sink in 6 months later…) I decided to keep things simple this year, having four kids and all (what a convenient excuse!), and do a simple party with our family, and a few friends. And we took Drew sledding up at Papa and Grandma’s house with a buddy. I know, that doesn’t sound very simple does it? It is, compared to last year’s.

Not many pictures were taken of the sledding, but Kevin did get this fun little video of my parents sledding down the hill. The best part is my mom laughing like a little girl!

If you checked out that link to Drew’s last birthday, or you have an especially good memory, you’ll know that he’s had a Star Wars theme for many of his birthdays. In fact, I don’t recall doing any other theme for him. This year, I was looking for something a little different. The well of Star Wars ideas seemed to be getting pretty shallow, so I went for the Lego side of things. I made him a Lego shaped cake. (And that was as far as I took the theme, because, remember, I was trying to keep it simple. Ha!) This cake was pretty difficult for me to make, mostly because my rectangular cakes wouldn’t come out of their pans in one piece. (Insert exasperated sigh here.) Anyways… after a long night of finagling, I did get them to come out. I did learn one thing though, perfectionism, lack of skill and cake making do not belong together!

Birthday Buddies

I was seriously up until at least midnight the night before frosting this thing. And the round parts of the Lego are made with marshmallow, in case you were wondering. I found a tutorial for this when I typed in “lego cake” in my browser.

Of course, Drew received many Lego items for his birthday. Good thing his buddies are all into Legos too.
Drew and His buddies2.jpg

I still can’t believe he’s seven!
Enjoying his B-day Cake

Last weekend, for Valentine’s day, Kevin got a wild hair and decided that we all needed to get out of the house and go snowboarding. We rented a room at an inn right on our local mountain here, and really had a great time. We went up Sunday afternoon, got settled in our room and then went up to the restaurant and were treated with live music! Which I was super thankful for, because it put Rory right to sleep, and she slept long enough for me to be able to eat. Then we all packed into our cozy little room and watched the Olympics together (unfortunately the ONLY bit of Olympics I’ve been able to watch, but that is another story. Can you say, “digital converter”?) The kids finally drifted off to sleep and we got up bright an early the next day to start boarding. Kev took the boys out on the hill and gave them some of their first snowboarding lessons, while I stayed in the room with the girls.

She Dressed Herself
As you can see, Selah dressed and entertained herself. At the end of the day, she was upset that she didn’t get to go on the ski lift, and I believe this girl will be more than ready to start shredding next winter.

Baby Girl
Rory just laid there and looked gorgeous. She was/is also teething, and when she is awake, constantly chews on her fingers. She obliged me later on that day by nursing just before it was time for Kev and I to hit the slopes, so we had a good uninterrupted 2 hours to board. That probably doesn’t sound like much to some of you, but it was perfect for me.

About lunch time, my mom and dad came up to help us with the kids for which Kevin and I are eternally grateful! And Drew and Beau finally got to dig in to the one thing they had been waiting for…

Cheeto Boys
CHEEEETOOOOOS! They seriously would have been happy having only these in exchange for anything and everything else on this little trip.

Our little room package came with 2 half-price lift tickets (and a continental breakfast. I think we’ll be doing this again!) Kev and I were thrilled to finally be at it again! Such a release!

Evidence

It didn’t take us any time to get our “legs” so to speak. We were flying down the mountain as if we’d been doing it for the last 2 years straight. Unfortunately, my face didn’t fare as well, and is still wind chapped! I’ve never had that happen before… guess it’s time for better gear. I did have one little snafu, when we were boarding the lift the 3rd time, I lost my footing on the slick, slick ground and went down pretty hard. When I tried to get back up, I put all my weight on my left foot, which was strapped into my board, and it of course slid making it near impossible for me to get up. Meanwhile, Kevin is actually on his cell phone checking in with my dad, and there is the chair coming up behind us. Fortunately, somebody grabbed my hands and helped pull me up. I was laughing the whole time. What can you do otherwise? I told Kevin it was always good to have an ego check now and then. My back and arms suffered more from the fall than my legs did from the boarding though… I’m just thankful nothing was broken. And I can’t wait to get back up there!

Menu, February 1-7th

Monday: chicken with green salad
Tuesday: baked potato bar
Wednesday: macaroni and cheese with green salad
Thursday: asian beef skewers
Friday: chile rellenos with beans and rice
Saturday: chicken sausage sandwiches
Sunday: leftovers
Monday: burritos

lunches and snacks: apples, bananas, sandwiches, chicken and rice soup with lemon, pita chips with hummus