Monday, March 31, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Last night I had dinner with two new friends and it was such an enjoyable evening. We ate at a swanky Longmont restaurant, and enjoyed wine, riveting conversation, and new foods. Dining with adults is so calm and relaxed in comparison to eating out with children. Tonight we ate out as a family, and although it was enjoyable trying a new restaurant together, the conversation around; "Eat your macaroni", "Don't talk so loudly", and "Pick up your toys on the floor" certainly makes for a different, although equally appreciated, dynamic in dining out! :-) I'm not complaining though, two nights of not having to do dishes is a luxury!
The kids were in great moods tonight as it is the first evening of spring break in Colorado! Ashlyn had a friend over to play, and they kept busy for 3 hours this afternoon in the basement designing a "carnival." Their carnival was complete with a petting zoo, (stuffed animals) concession stand, (candies and nuts) pony rides, (sitting atop "Butterscotch") and entertainment where you would earn tickets to purchase toys at the prize station ( a bin of beloved trinkets and treasures.) It was great to see imagination at work!
We've all settled in with our books...I just finished reading, Charms for an Easy Life, and have begun, A Thousand Splendid Suns. Tom just finished To Kill a Mockingbird, and Kyle is working on the final 30 pages of, Eldest. Ashlyn just started reading chapter 2 of her first Harry Potter book, and I am amazed that a first grader can actually grasp the concepts, and fluently read a book such as this. Let us know what you are reading...Tom is always looking for new books and loves suggestions.
Wishing you a relaxing weekend! Until next time...Denise
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
The snow is all melted and it is expected to be in the high 60's today! Yesterday the kids were bundled up in winter coats, and today they are in short sleeves!
Colorado schools have one more week before vacation, so our kiddo's got up bright and early. Ashlyn is bringing in her new talking parrot, "Polly" for sharing, and is thrilled to continue the birthday celebrating at school today. She is excited to have the class sing to her today when she passes out her treats, and woke up ready to, "Hurry and get on the bus Mom! I can't miss my celebration!" She is also presenting the class with a book, as a gift for the library in honor of her birthday. The weekend of celebrations continues!
The Easter Bunny even hid eggs in the mailbox!
Ashlyn finds the "golden egg!"
Warming up by the fire to open eggs...
Spring tries to peek through the frozen ground.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
These were the invitations that were printed up on recipe cards and attached to a spatula!
Our neighbor and awesome sitter Christie, came to help us with the party. Ashlyn was so excited to have a "big girl" there!
Having fun at the party...
The birthday girl!
Decorating kitchen aprons with fabric paints...
The kids worked in groups to bake pizzas.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
There is a little kitchenette and a fireplace to enjoy if you come to visit next!
The dogs spend their days napping in the sun upstairs. You can see them on the red blanket.
Remember my "Longmont Luxury" of farm fresh milk delivered right to our door in glass bottles? Well, now our neighbor is bringing by eggs from their chickens, so we are "farm fresh" in our refrigerator! Notice all the brown and green eggs....there are even spreckled ones...I thought those were only found on Easter candy!
We are growing "Magic Rocks" so Ashlyn wanted you to see the experiment in the background.
We had a landscape architect come and draw up plans for our 3 acres. His plans were wonderful, but due to the costs, we will have to implement the plans in phases over MANY years. The first plan of attack will be clearing out the cattails in the pond, and planting more trees down the long driveway. I will be sure and take "before and after" photos once we get started!