March Update-Part 2

This guy was pooped after working 16 hour days for three weeks. Daddy’s girl took advantage of his napping for a snuggle.

Who needs to go to California or Arizona to vacation in the warmth? Not us Coloradans! We basked in the sunshine and 70 & 80 degree weather for most of the month and it was heavenly. 

I decided that the kiddos needed a wider repertoire of culinary skills. We’re going to work on that. They can make mac n cheese and grilled cheese and Tasha can make a few more things…So, here’s Kevin trying out his pancake-making skills. He did it all himself, start to finish.

Here’s our own little tiny dancer. She didn’t love ballet, but does love to dance. We’ve enrolled her in a combined dance class in April that integrates jazz, hip-hop, ballet and lyrical dance. I think she’ll love it!

This is Cindy Lou-hoo’s older, more beautiful sister Tashy Boo-boo. Isn’t she a doll?! 😉

March Update

The month of March was a lovely summer surprise. We enjoyed summer weather most of the month; taking advantage of it with lots of walks & visits to the dog park. The kids went for bike rides, played at the closest park and looked for garter snakes.

I was cleaning out the back of my car (which desperately needed it, as you can see) and Rocky decided that we were going for a ride. I tried to explain to him that it wasn’t what he thought…but he stubbornly decided to stay put while I cleaned 

This is the first time I’ve ever seen a rainbow in the clouds like this…it wasn’t an arc shape and didn’t touch the ground. It was just like a rainbow cloud. It was THE coolest thing!

Free pancake day at IHOP. We had an early dinner

This girl is the only one who finished her giant stack of pancakes!!!

One Friday night, we hit Ikea for dinner and some fun. After dinner, Annika hung out in the kids play center while the older two walked through the showroom with us. They oo-ed and ah-ed over all the fun furniture and things they saw.

Tasha found her dream bedroom! A huge california king bed; all in white and turquoise. 

A Mommy-daughter date to the Container Store, Pet Smart and to get her ears re-pierced. Tasha hadn’t been to the Container Store before and was in her organizing glory. She loves, loves, loves to organize things and couldn’t get enough of all the pretty matching containers and such. Fun day!

Yay Tasha! Too bad I was in the midst of planning a big church activity that day and totally forgot about the ceremony! Thankfully, a friend texted me a photo of Tasha with this certificate and I hurried my booty over to the school and took Tasha out for frozen yogurt to celebrate.

We tried a local place. Yum! I veered away from my usual chocolate-y choices and went tropical with a caramelized pineapple and coconut yogurt topped with fruit. It was pretty amazing.

 

 

Dr. Seuss Week

Kevin & Annika had Dr. Seuss week at their school, in honor of the late quirky author. One day you were to wear red or blue, another a hat, etc.

This was mismatched day. I think she has it down! So fun!

February Update

February was full of fun! We celebrated Valentine’s Day with a yummy, indulgent breakfast:

Chocolate-chip  pancakes (white flour) with whipped cream, strawberries and BACON!!! Yum! 

In the evening, I made homemade chili-mac, which the kids all love and we rushed off to see “Trolls” at the local dollar theater.

Tasha’s best friends, Phoebe & Lily came to visit for an evening in a crazy snowstorm. I claim them as my other two daughters! They’re kindest, most loving, fun girls and they fit right into our silly family. (case in point: the photo above)

For Christmas, we bought the kids these Chick-fil-A calendars which include a card that allows you one specified free item at their restaurant each month. One morning we took the kids for breakfast and they enjoyed their yogurt parfaits and played in the play area, which they had all to theirselves.

fondue

My Christmas present from Ammon was a gift card to The Melting Pot, a fondue restaurant I’ve wanted to try for 12 years! We went a week after Valentines Day and were not disappointed. Above is the incredible bacon, jalapeño, gruyere fondue; one of the four courses that we indulged ourselves in. Seriously, this place is a dining experience not to be missed. 

At the end of the month, the kids had a blast with their cousins who came to stay with us for the weekend. There was lots of electronics and crafting going on. I’m so glad we live closer enough for these sweet kids to get together. They have so much fun!