Sunday, March 15, 2015

Ski Day

We finally got some snow as Winter showed it's true colors with a bona-fide snowstorm.
We drove to Eagle Point Resort for its first day open after the fresh snow.

A caravan of 3 carloads from the neighborhood left early in the morning on Thursday...for fresh powder you can miss one day of school.  We packed a lunch and hit the resort with a bargain at $30 a lift ticket.
What a beautiful day! There was not a cloud to be seen and the sky hadhad never looked so blue.
This was Adrie ' s first time ever on the slopes. For the rest of us , it was just like riding a bike.
Adrie was a natural! Her friend fell and we had to call ski patrol to get her down the mountain. Luckily, it was just a minor knee strain. They strapped her onto a sled and a snowmobile whisked her to safety. She spent the rest of the day resting in an urt. We joined her there for lunch and hot chocolate. The employees were so nice. We love coming to this resort. 
We returned home sunburned and exhausted. I had to put in a couple hours work at the clinic and then go straight to symphony rehearsal. But, we sure enjoyed our first and probably last ski day for this year.  

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Rain or Shine

Best memories of our weekend in St. George

Kate turned 14!!!!

Crepes with Nutella for breakfast
Birthday dinner at Texas Roadhouse
Chocolate birthday pie back at home.
Trees a-blossom

Muffins, jerky, dried mangoes, plums, coconut granola, frozen juice bars, and taquitos from Costco.

Brynn caught a toad in the garage after the rainstorm
Our first time at House of Jump
Shopping our hearts out.
Sofie got a prom dress!
Cannon got new shoes and learned to tie them.
Never too late to celebrate Chinese New Year with New clothes for everyone!
Dad and I enjoyed going to the temple for date night.

Exploring Anasazi Petroglyphs on the only sunny day
Discovering the diving board of doom.
Jackrabbits, lizards, deep red rocks.
Spectacular desert vistas.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Happy Birthday to this girl. She celebrated a big #10.
What she really wanted and begged for all year long was a hedgehog. She got one--stuffed!
She also got running shoes and few little things to find around the house.

Birthday Menu:
Breakfast: Cookie crisp cereal
Lunch at the BBQ joint with dad
Dinner: steak and salad. Dad's specialty
Dessert: fruit pizza

Adrie 's big news is that she got her ears pierced. This was the 2nd time because age 8 didn't work out so well. She was brave and it wasn't so scary this time and she is going to take very good care of them.

Day Trip to Arches

I'd only been home from California a couple of days but the kids were out of school for President's day. We had to take advantage of the day off and fulfill #1 on Sofie's bucket list for Utah

Delicate Arch

The desert in this part of the state is beautiful! We marveled at all the cool rock formations. 
The sky quickly became grey and before we knew it we were in a blizzard! It didn't stop us from running up the trail to see Windows arches.

Thankfully the storm blew away quickly and the sky was at least partially clear. We decided to take the 3 mile trek to get up close and personal with the famous Arch.
After wandering through sandy desert trail past petroglyphs, up a steep slick-rock mountain, we wound along a narrow trail with a cliff drop off one one side and sheer rock cliff on the other. Then we turned a corner and suddenly...this!

Well worth the effort!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

California Girls

It's here and gone--the much anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed student exchange trip to California. 
Day 1: Leave UT, lunch at In'n'Out Las Vegas, afternoon/evening at Laguna Beach
Day 2: Disneyland and California Adventures
Day 3: Universal Studios, Hollywood, Hard Rock Cafe
Day 4: Huntington Beach 
Day 5: Las Vegas Strip, arrive home

After a quick oil change for my van we were off.  Entrusted to my care were Brazil, Belgium, and three Danish girls, including our own student. After incessant begging, Kate earned the privelege of being co-pilot...and photographer, and DJ

Anne from Denmark was giddy about crossing the border into a new state for the first time since arriving 6 months ago.

After a long drive these girls were ready to dive in. The waves were fierce! and swimming was short but exciting.
 We strolled in and out of shops and settled on Nick's for a fantastic dinner.
Sofie was surprised to get a pile if lettuce and noodles when she thought she was ordering Thai soup. Kate loved Nick's famous bacon deviled eggs.

Hotel in Anaheim welcomed us weary travelers with very spacious rooms and super comfy beds. We were just a short drive from the magic of our next dsy's adventure at Disney.
Day 2: Disneyland

The 2nd Tuesday of February is a great time to to be here. It was a pleasant 75 degrees and 20 minutes is the longest we had to wait in line.

It's a Love Thing

I hosted a Valentine's Tea Party for my visiting teachees--that's mormon speak for friends.  My sister helped. She made awesome cranberry orange scones and fancy trifle cups. We had a selection of herbal teas and hot chocolate with sugar and cream. Completing the appetizers were eclairs and cucumber sandwiches. We had a lovely afternoon of visiting and munching with some classical harp in the background. After the ladies left, I put out a second helping of all the goodies and re-did the tea party for when the kids got home from school. 

I got the valentine mugs, placemats, doilies, and rose petals at the dollar store. The hanging pom-poms were $1 each at walmart and required quick simple assembly. 
You may notice the dining room table. It is the most rewarding furniture purchase I have ever made (Costco) because I had been waiting so long to replace our old sad one (botched pinterest project.) I ordered a custom glass table top to preserve its beautiful finish. 

Our local beauty college was having a special this month of 2 for 1 pedicures. That's what I gave the girls, the boy got chocolate, and husband and I got 2 tickets to the upcoming Nathan Pacheco concert. 

All About that Brynn

This girl celebrated birthday #12 

Her special day started with a breakfast of caramel sticky buns.
She found some little gifts around the house like candy and a jewelry holder. For her big present she requested clothes so we scheduled a little trip to the city for some shopping. 

We had sweet pork burritos for dinner, angel food cake for dessert. Brynn played a great basketball game in the evening and did a great job. We were all there to cheer her on. This is her first year playing and she has done very well.  Even though it was a school night we ended the day with the exciting movie rental, Maze Runner. 

Extending the celebration...A LOT of cute 12 year old girls came over for a sleepover party over the weekend. They had bean dip for dinner, lots of treats, went to the gym to play games, and came home to homemade funnel cakes with whipped cream, caramel, and chocolate toppings. 

The much anticipated shopping trip arrived. We met Grandma at the mall. Brynn tried on a million dresses, finally settled on one, and then we went to lunch. 

I thought this one looked adorable but brynn settle on something that she felt was more "her" style....12 year olds.

We had a fun day together and we are sure glad to have this fun, kind, talented girl in our family.