Sunday, September 27, 2015

Weekly Digest, September 27, 2015

So last Sunday night our internet died on us and we haven't had internet all week.  It's been annoying because Maxine is making a wedding cake and she's had to do all her research on her phone.  Plus this post isn't really being posted on the 27th!  I'm just retroactively publishing it because we didn't have internet until the 29th!

September 21st (Monday) was Ellie's third birthday.  We had donuts and chocolate milk for breakfast and she spent the morning playing with her gifts and playing at Farm Country at Thanksgiving Point.  She got a bathtub Hot Wheels set (which funny enough she hasn't used yet because she suddenly started having issues with baths and now only showers), a little dollhouse, a rocking horse, and a cute little car garage set.  We wanted to get her more "girly" gifts but she said the girls' section of Target creeped her out.  In the afternoon we planned on going to our traditional birthday destination of "Jump On It" but to our shock and dismay it had closed down and when we arrived it had been converted to a warehouse.  The kids were SO sad.  We explained to them how the market works and how other trampoline places had come in that were higher quality and took away the customers.  A few nights later I went in to chat with the boys late at night because they were still awake.  They told me how they hate the idea that a competing company can drive another company out of business.

So anyway, we just kept on driving down to Provo and went to the "Provo Beach Resort."  They have a really great climbing structure with slides that the kids always love.  Afterward we went to "Blickenstaff's" toy store to peruse.  For dinner we had hamburgers from "Cubby's" and played Gran Turismo 5 until bedtime.  It was a great day.

Wednesday the 23rd Maxine and I celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary!  With a new baby we decided it'd just be easier to have a nice fancy cheese night in.  We kinda went all out and assembled what was probably the greatest cheese plate we've ever had.  SO GOOD.
We got five cheeses:
Vermont Creamery - Bonne Bouche (ash-ripened goat cheese)
Cowgirl Creamery - Red Hawk Triple Cream (California)
Poets & Writers Cheddar Irish 2-year Oscar Wilde Ireland
Domaine De Vallage Triple Cream (France)
Rogue River Blue Cheese (Oregon)

On Friday the 25th Isaac FINALLY lost his first tooth!  At almost 8 years old folks.  We didn't bother with any "Tooth Fairy" garbage.  We just gave him a dollar and he was very pleased.

On Sunday the 27th we got to see the fourth and final lunar eclipse of this 2-year "tetrad."  It was glorious.  It was also a supermoon, which when combined with a lunar eclipse is very rare but add to it that it was part of a tetrad and I couldn't even figure out the last time that this particular combination happened.  The view from our backyard overlooks the whole valley facing east and we got to see the moon rise as it eclipsed.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Weekly update, September 20, 2015

The weather was gloriously rainy and cool for the first half of the week, so I spent most of Tuesday cooking and baking. 
I made sunflower granola bars so Isaac can have them at school.  He sits at the allergy table during lunch and can't bring anything with nuts in them, so these use sunflower butter and chocolate-covered sunflower seeds.  I decided to bring my Maxine's Kitchen business out of maternity leave and posted these for sale.  They sold so well I had to whip up another batch that same day!

I also made these Taiwanese scallion pancakes, which I've been craving since I was pregnant.  It was my first time making them and I thought they turned out rather well. 

As of Wednesday-ish, Daisy has started waking up from some naps and in the mornings cooing and smiling a ton.  She's also discovered her hands and sucks on them once she's busted out of her swaddle, which she does just about every time now.

Sometimes I feel bad for babies because they're subjected to all kinds of indignities from their parents.  Here's the latest one: Being stuffed into a fuzzy bear suit and made to take tons of pictures until she just couldn't take it anymore.  And then she passed out on the couch and slept for 3 hours.
Saturday evening we went to the State Capitol to welcome Grandpa Mann home from his 3-day visit to Washington DC as part of the Utah Honor Flight program, which flies WWII veterans to the nation's capital to visit the war memorials and to be honored for their service. A local news station covered the event and quoted him saying, "I flew 35 missions over Germany.  I lived through all of them and I got wounded in one but it was worth it." Their shuttle bus was accompanied by police escort and a sizable motorcade, after which they were wheeled into the Capitol building to a rousing (rowdy?) reception.  Thank you for your service to our country, Grandpa!  We are so proud of you!!

The kids did really well waiting for the veterans to arrive, and they really loved holding up their signs.  They even did great sitting quietly through the ceremony afterward.
Sunday afternoon we drove up to Cascade Springs for a little nature walk.  It was a long drive up the mountain on narrow, windy roads, but the scenery was beautiful and the walk at our destination was worth it.  The kids had a blast doing what else but throwing leaves into the pools and watching them move down the mini-waterfalls.

It's starting to become tradition for Sammy to fall in water whenever there is some.  This time his foot slipped in one of the pools and got mildly wet, but that sort of ruined it for him. 
Isaac and Ellie had a blast, though. 
In fact, Ellie had so much fun that we got several cute poses, a t-rex walk, and a meme out of her!
It was a pretty great week!  Next week is Ellie's birthday and our 9th wedding anniversary, so it should be all kinds of exciting!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Weekly Digest, September 13, 2015

Since our life mostly consists of taking care of Daisy and trying to get her to sleep, let's start the post off with that.  Daisy is starting to get a bit more photogenic, so there are a bunch of photos of her this week.  The kids love to spend time each day trying to get her to smile at them.  She usually obliges. She's also been sleeping a bit better lately, giving us 4- to 8-hour stretches at night and a couple longer naps during the day.  She's been more alert this week and is more content to just hang out for a while (up til now she would cry if set down for more than 2 minutes).
 Today we ventured out on our first hike since a few weeks before Daisy was born.  We chose to give the Donut Falls hike another try, since our first attempt was thwarted by unmelted spring snow.  The leaves are just starting to turn on the mountain, which was a nice bonus on our drive up.
 We had a great time on the hike, and the kids did really well.  They loved all the rocks on the trail and spent a fair amount of time chucking rocks into the river as we went up.
 This picture was taken just a few minutes before Sammy biffed it in the water.  His entire left side was drenched and there was much crying and sadness.  That kind of ruined the trip back for him, but he stoically bore it.
  Our neighbors very generously allowed us to pick as many tomatoes from their garden as we wanted this weekend.  They got a bumper crop and we... didn't.  So I took advantage and picked about 10 pounds of regular tomatoes and several cups of cherry and pear tomatoes.  Next week's menu pretty much includes tomatoes in every meal.  Tonight's was this: a burst-tomato, zucchini, and corn galette that was so delicious even the kids loved it.  Wrap anything in buttery pie crust and it's bound to be delicious!