Friday, March 31, 2017

French Food

To celebrate the Eiffel Tower's Anniversary on March 31, we had french toast made from french bread and we had french fries.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Singin' and Dancin' in the Rain

March 27 was the anniversary of the New York premiere of the movie, Singin' in the Rain.
Appropriately, it rained that day.  There was singing in the rain, there was dancing in the rain, there was hot chocolate drinking while watching the movie, Singin' in the Rain.
After taking several pictures of Lucky making cute faces while bundled up in the comforter after coming in from the rain, he informed me that he would like to just watch the movie so he wanted me to stop taking pictures.  So cute.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

March 26 is Make Up Your Own Holiday Day.  Most of the kids' ideas for holidays revolved around video games but we said no video games today so they didn't get to celebrate.
Nichole's holiday had to do with gummi bears.  I got her gummi bears instead of flowers for her wonderful dancing performance Saturday but forgot to give them to her until today.  She was very happy that she got them today (she even shared some with her brothers).
I don't remember specific names of holidays people came up with today.  Oh well.
Jeremy and I were tempted at one point to celebrate Send Your Kids to Bed with No Supper Day.

And... here's a picture of a Western Screech Owl. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

We All Missed You

You missed me?  Oh, that's so sweet.  I've been pretty sick this week and have not felt up to blogging.  Here's a little something for you today, though, even though I still have a cold.
So... what you've missed... besides me lying miserably on the couch all week and reading lots and lots of books:
Monday, March 20, was National Snowman Burning Day.  I wanted us to have snowman sandwiches but didn't feel up to it.  My wonderful husband made us grilled cheese sandwiches.  He's the best.
Tuesday, March 21, was Fragrance Day.  I couldn't smell anything.
Wednesday, March 22, was World Water Day.  I drank a lot of water.  It was also National Goof Off Day.  I didn't do much (except read) but I didn't really goof off (reading doesn't count as goofing off if you're sick).  The kids did watch An Extremely Goofy Movie since my wonderful husband went to the library earlier in the week and picked up some movies (and lots of books for me to read).  He's the best.
Today, March 25, is International Waffle Day.  We proteined our girl up with eggs, bacon, and waffles before her end of the year dance performance this afternoon. 
Our sweet little ballet/jazz dancer- mostly ballet because that's what her teacher likes (and honestly, Nichole prefers, too).
Of course she was tired afterward, so she and I didn't go to the church building, but watched the General Women's Broadcast at home this evening... with brownies, of course. 
Busy day.  My wonderful husband drove Nichole to and from practice this morning and drove us all to and from the performance this afternoon.  He's the best.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Forgive Us

March 18 is Forgive Mom and Dad Day so to celebrate we dragged the kids out birding (they had to forgive us for that, right?).  We did mostly birding from the car, driving up and down a certain canyon.  We did get out a few times to let everyone stretch their legs.
The kids were happy to get to stretch their legs at one point at a playground.
It was nice.  We did get to see some birds we hadn't seen before.  We also saw some birds we had seen before.  It was still fun.

Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day 2017

Apparently, leprechauns struck our home today.  Nichole couldn't find a certain book.  None of us could find one of Lucky's boots.  We had no time because we had to walk the kids to school.  So Lucky walked in one boot and one church shoe to and from the school.  Sigh.
Later, we found where the leprechaun had hidden Lucky's other boot (never did find Nichole's book) and Lucky noticed that the leprechaun got stuff on his boot.  I would have thought it was just from the blackberries that he and Jr. Jr. spilled the other day, but Lucky was convinced it was the leprechaun.
So Jr. Jr. designed and built a leprechaun trap with a little help from his family.
He did a really good job.  It was similar to one we made in 2012 with the ladder, but instead of having a spot on the top for the leprechaun to fall in, the leprechaun had to actually jumped down onto the loose paper that would make him slip through to the bottom of the box.  Jr. Jr. put a lot of work into it.
On a related note: Jr. couldn't help himself.  He had a desire and was finally given permission to draw mustaches on the faces of the chocolate coin wrappers. 
I love those kids.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pi Day

March 14 was Pi Day.
Jeremy got out a few packages of tortillas to make quesadillas (circles, you know, for Pi Day).  He thought he'd be funny so while I was doing dishes and yammering on about something, he just kept filling those tortillas with cheese and stacking them up.  He thought he'd continue doing it until I noticed and said something.  I often do when he's being "funny."  I totally didn't say anything.  I noticed him starting to stack, but then I didn't pay much attention after that.  Apparently what I was jabbering about must have been so important that I wasn't thinking of anything else.  He made it through all the packages of tortillas before he had to say something to me.  Sigh.
Well, we had a very round tall stack by the end for Pi Day.
 As often happens, the littlest kids got creative with making faces out of their food.  I love those kids.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Beware the Ides... Forget That, Just Beware in General, Especially Around Bed Time, or They Will Get You!

It's that time of year again. Time to dress in sheets. Time to topple empires. Time to stab your friends in the back.


Maybe one day we will celebrate that hard core. (We did do the sheets thing one year. We are borderline here people!) This year we were caught a little unaware, but not unprepared. Jeremy had a dental appointment where he paid at least some out of pocket. (That makes him our tooth-payer). And we had our Ides of March traditional dinner. We had build your own Ceasar Salad with Ceasar Croutons, Orange Julius to drink, we had two kinds of fruit (Eat two fruit, eh!), and Jr. made sure we all had a knife- just in case the urge came up. NOW GO TO BED, KIDS!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Tasty Umbrellas

Today was National Open an Umbrella Indoors day. So we opened an umbrella and shoved it through the hangar doors...
of our mouths. Yum!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The KAT's Meow

Kristin mentions something she will stress about.
Jeremy:  Well, Kristin, if you're going to stress about it then you better do a good job.
Kristin gives him a puzzled look.
Jeremy:  Because it's Sunday and you should always wear your best stress.
Kristin immediately runs in the other room to write it down for a blog post.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Swan Day

We went to Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge for the annual Swan Day today.  We got there early (and the auto loop is currently closed) so we had a nice family walk on the trails outside the visitor's center. 
When we got to the visitor's center, there was an animated movie playing, The Trumpet of the Swan.  There were also other activities for people to do.  Nichole made an origami swan (paper crane?) and Nichole and Jr. Jr. made kites.
Since we couldn't drive the auto loop to see the migrating tundra swans, we got directions to another spot where there were scopes set up and more activities for the kids.
It was a good family day.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Oreo Adventures

The kids had a day off of school yesterday so we loaded everyone in the van and headed out to look for a particular bird.  And we found it.
Juniper Titmouse

When we stopped to get everyone lunch, we got out the Oreos we brought with us since March 6 is the birthday of the Oreo cookie.  We only opened the red velvet Oreos, though.  We'll save the others for another time.

While we were driving around, the kids got to watch Wreck It Ralph, which has a scene with Oreos.  They also got to watch Horton Hears a Who, which has a scene with the mayor at the dentist.  March 6 is also Dentist's Day.

We saw lots of other birds while we were out as well as lots and lots and lots and lots of prairie dogs.
On the way home I celebrated by singing along to some Weird Al- "The White Stuff" (about Oreos) and "Cavity Search" (about visiting the dentist).
 Jr. pointed out the bird in these last pictures.  Silly Goose.

Today, March 7, is Cereal Day.  We ate cereal for dinner.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

More Zelda Fun

You know how we had our Legend of Zelda dinner recently?  Well, friends of ours got the new Nintendo Switch and the new Legend of Zelda game that just came out: Breath of the Wild.
They invited us over to play and for some more Zelda fun.  I made chuchus again and deku scrub cheeseball.

It was so fun to be with these friends and watch the game.
We did it on I Want You To Be Happy Day, March 3.  It made us all happy.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

I Don't Have Any Pictures For This Post

March 4- National Dance the Waltz Day.  Jeremy explained to me how we celebrated.
We went to a friend's house who played a waltz on a violin while Jr. Jr. and Lucky danced.
We watched the opening sequence of the movie, Strictly Ballroom, which has the characters dancing a waltz.
We watched Doctor Strange, a Marvel movie which is owned by Waltz Disney.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Birthday, Birthday, You've Had a Birthday

We recently celebrated Jeremy's birthday.  Besides cake and ice cream, Jeremy had a special request.  He wanted us to go to the annual Snow Goose Festival in Delta.  We weren't able to make it last year, but we were this year, and it was right around his birthday.
It was cold.  I forgot to bring or remind kids to bring gloves.  Whoops.  Luckily, they had a tent set up with a little heater.  Jr. enjoyed getting snow all over his boots then watching the steam come off them near the heater.  Sigh.
We got to the reservoir early enough that there was only one lone snow goose floating around.

The rest hadn't come in from where they were having their breakfast in nearby fields.  We didn't know where those nearby fields were so we didn't get to see them in the fields.  I took some of the kids to the van to warm up while Jeremy and Jr. waited for the geese to come flying in.  It wasn't long.  Jeremy was able to wave to me when a big group of geese were on their way so I was able to get out of the van and watch them circle and light on the water.  It was so fun.  There were sooooo many geese.
There were spotting scopes set up so we were able to get better looks than with our binoculars.
Lucky had trouble figuring out how to look with just one eye in the scope (he's used to binoculars), so one of the people brought out his phone with an attachment for the scope and Lucky could look at the screen and see the geese.  So nice.
It was cool.  We went for a drive around lunchtime to a different place.  That was fun.  We saw some birds we hadn't yet seen this year.  After we were done with that area we went back to the Snow Goose Festival.  The geese floated closer to where we were so we could get a better look at them.  Again, it was awesome.
I wanted to get a picture of the kids with the reservoir and geese in the background.  They were so good to oblige.
Jeremy got a panorama of the reservoir in the morning without the geese and in the afternoon with the geese all stretched out in a big line.  That was fun.
There were other activities going on during the festival, but we missed some.  Oh, well.  We enjoyed what we did do.  Jeremy was very happy with this for a birthday present.