Friday, February 29, 2008
Last night my husband and I attended a work related retreat at a nearby resort, Daniels Summit Lodge. I always enjoy these types of events because we really like the people with whom he works. This morning we all got up, ate breakfast and headed for the hills on snowmobiles. Here we are taking a break at the top of the mountain.
Stay tuned tomorrow for more of my "food blog." College Girl is home for the weekend and I have all of the ingredients for the special cookie that she requested! :-)
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Now, had I done a little less baking and refrained from posting damaging picture of my sister, I might have had this quilt finished in time to enjoy BEFORE Valentine's Day was past. I like to think "better late than never" and we all know that it's ready for next year!
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Yesterday Cabana Boy was going out to run a couple of errands and to make a stop at the post office. On his way out, Cabana Boy asked me if there was anything that I needed him to pick up. Isn't he a good Cabana Boy? Concerned about my every need.
"Why, of course there's something you could pick up. We have no chocolate in this house!"
Chocolate, diet Coke, and Cabana Boy! Oh, my life is good!!!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Yesterday the kids were out of school for Presidents' Day so we got a bunch of friends and family members together and headed for the tubing hill at Soldier Hollow.
Soldier Hollow was the venue for the cross country skiing and biathlon events during the 2002 Winter Olympics. I had the fortunate opportunity to serve as an Olympic volunteer at Soldier Hollow and drove the athletes to and from their training sessions and competitions six year ago. Today, the resort continues to host cross country events and is also open for public use.
For those of us who choose not to exert themselves cross country skiing, there is also a tubing hill extraodinaire. The instructions are simple:
1. grab a tube
2. hook up to the tow rope
3. cruise to the top of the hill
4. speed down the groomed hill
Although it's fun to race one on one, the most fun that we had was getting a huge group together and bouncing off each others' tubes as we slid down the hill.
You can see from the pictures that the weather was perfect...lots of snow and plenty of sun. You can also tell from the smiles that a great time was had by all!
Saturday, February 16, 2008
And speaking of things that came in the mail (watch out, I'm gonna rant!)...
Yesterday I was sitting in my family room when I heard the mail truck come bumping along our road until it stopped at our mailbox. I immediately got up and went out to the mailbox. I'm always certain that there's going to be an envelope with a $1,000,000 check from Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. To my disappointment, there was no check, but there was a tag from the USPS informing me that "they had missed me" and that there was a certified envelope that I needed to go pick up at the post office. WHAT?! I was home and I certainly didn't hear a knock on my door.
Fortunately, the mail carrier still had to go down the other side of my street so I walked across and waited for her. Without going into all the details, she pretty much told me a bold face lie about how she had probably just knocked too softly for me to hear. I think the truth is something more like she was a temporary carrier in our area, she was sick and not feeling well and didn't want to get out of the truck, run up to the door and wait for someone to answer and sign for the envelope.
As much as I was bugged about the lie, I know that there's a lot of crud going around right now and I truly hope she gets felling better. I was really feeling sorry for her when I passed her in another part of town several hours later and she was still delivering mail. It'll sure be nice when the weather starts to warm up and we can quit recycling all these germs!
Here's some GOOD NEWS! One of my favorite quilt shops, Quilt, Etc., is having a big sale today and Monday. All fabrics are 30% off and all FQs are $1.50. I picked up the six FQs above. No plans for them yet, but I really like the colors.
I've been eyeing this Mother Goose fabric for a while and figured this would be the perfect time to buy. We've raised each of our children on nursery rhymes, starting when our infant son was given a book of Mother Goose poetry by DH's aunt who was a childrens librarian.
I've kind of got a quilt design in mind, but nothing set in stone. I realized when I got home that there was one or two pieces that I didn't get enough of. You know what that means...back to the quilt shop on Monday. Ah, shucks!!!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
This picture is brought to you by the Ballerina (soon to be renamed 'the Chef'). Last night I made the ooey gooey cherry chocolate chip cupcakes and she put on the frosting swirls and sprinkles. We took these to her 5th grade class party this morning. Nothing like a sugar rush before lunch! lol!
I saw these made yesterday on a local TV show. They looked so yummy that I decided to give them a try. If you'd like the super easy recipe, click HERE. (Call me lazy, but I didn't make the roses made from Fruit by the Foot to top our cupcakes...lol!)
My husband and I decided that we'd stay home tonight and avoid the crowded restaurants. I think we'll grab a couple of Philly steak sandwhiches from the shop down the hill. I bought some stuff to make fondue to share with the girls. Nothing says "I Love You" like chocolate fondue!
I hope that you day is filled with lots of love! Hugs to you all!!!
* For those of you who aren't texting savvy, my title says, "I HEART YOU!" One of those important things that you learn from a 14 year old! LOL!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Here's Susan and her daugther last summer when we were camping. Suz was making homemade ice cream. Ever the popular aunt!
When I was looking for pictures of my sister, I realized that I didn't have very many recent pictures of her...or of the two of us together...so I took a vow to take pictures of US when we're together this summer.
Okay...being the evil sister that I am, I couldn't resist posting this picture. Do you get the feeling that Susan was unhappy? I don't look too thrilled either (but at least I wasn't bawling...lol!). This pictures was taken in our living room just before our ballet recital. I think it was shortly after that that Susan quit taking ballet lessons. LOL!
You can see some adorable pictures of her when she was younger on her blog.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Friday, February 08, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
In our family we have a birthday party with friends every other year...and this wasn't they year! But we did invite a few of her closest friends over for some cake and ice cream. Aren't they a bunch of cuties?!