Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

I had a nice Mother's Day.  :)  My gift each year is flowers for the yard, mostly petunias.  It's a lot of work between weeding, shopping, and planting, so I prefer to do it the weekend before so that the weekend of can be more relaxing.  (Is it just me, or are flowers getting more expensive!  Ouch!)  Thankfully, the weather cooperated, and we were able to do it the weekend before.  So the day of, we had a calm morning and ate brunch out at the fancy buffet in Coeur d'Alene.  It was delicious as always, and I managed not to overload my plate with meat for once.  I even had room to actually enjoy my dessert!  It's so hard not to overdo it there!

See my dessert at the bottom?  A petit four and a macaroon!

I was hoping to catch a glimpse of my uncle's family, since we knew they were going to be at the park, and as we were headed over, I spotted our good friends, the McD's!  It seems everyone thought Coeur d'Alene was the place to be that day!!!  Then, we drove over to Spokane for two games of laser tag.  I wouldn't have planned to play laser tag on Mother's Day.  It was incredibly beautiful outside, and I would have preferred to window shop in Coeur d'Alene, maybe take a stroll along the lake.  But Greg had suggested laser tag as an outing for boys at the Union Gospel Mission where he and Kylen occasionally volunteer.  There weren't enough boys in residence to make it a go, so they pitched it to the women, who WERE interested!  They chose Mother's Day, so that's how we ended up playing laser tag.  But it worked out fine, because I love playing it.  Plus, I got to meet the UGM gal that Greg works with - a super sweet lady.  And it was also neat getting to meet some of the women and kids who stay there.

They are usually slow on that day, but we had a pretty good number of people both times, around 25.  There were three young men who dominated both games, but Kylen still managed to wrestle a second place the second game!  I came in 8th both times.  Better than 9th, I guess!  :)

At laser tag with my son.  Can you believe how tall he's gotten?!  I can't!!

Afterwards, we stopped by the Flour Mill to pick up a gift card, and I took the opportunity to look around the Chocolate Apothecary.  I hadn't been in quite awhile.  They've really improved their selection!  I learned a lot about chocolate while teaching a co-op class last spring.  I was surprised how many high quality brands I recognized.  Last time I looked, they had barely any variety.  Now I know where to go for a good chocolate fix.  ;)  They also have delicious ice cream and fancy cheeses.  We found out they carry my favorite cheese, which we haven't been able to find in a year (not that we've looked around much!).  But the store we get our meat at stopped carrying it, so it was nice to run into it there.  I picked out a chocolate bar, and Greg and I shared a scoop of ice cream while Kylen had one of their chocolate drinks.  Wish I had taken a picture or two!

Eventually, it was time to head home and get ready for school the next morning.  It was a busy weekend!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!


Sunday, May 3, 2015

April Update

What to say?  What to say?  It's May!

It's been a social month for me!  I can strongly feel the changes as I move into the transitional period before Kylen graduates.  It's nice!  I'm less stressed and am enjoying more time for friendships.  I recently went on several outings without "my little boy", including a Bunko night for homeschool moms, a tea field trip through our co-op (meant for daughters and moms, but I went too!), a "retirement" party for a friend, and lunch out with a friend.  Between visits at homes, youth groups, homeschool skate, co-op, and birthday parties, Kylen also had plenty of opportunities for socialization.

As far as school, we should be able to finish up some subjects by the end of May but will continue a couple weeks into June for others.  Kylen has been talking about getting a job, although I'm not sure how practical that will be without a car.  He likes to keep busy!  We are doing the annual big push on our yard this weekend: weeding and planting flowers.  I'm always surprised by how much work it is, but the weather has been breathtakingly gorgeous, and that sure helps things, doesn't it?

May your May be May-Day perfect!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Star Wars B-Day Party

We had the pleasure of attending a costume party on Saturday for a very special young man who is a huge fan of Star Wars.  Greg went as Han Solo, I as Princess Leia, and Kylen as a Jedi.  Even after losing weight, I still felt like a big white whale and will not post a picture of myself.  But it was a great party, complete with elaborate decorations, a robot building activity, light saber duels, and videos with special effects, created by the birthday boy himself.



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spring Maple Leaves

I love the way our maple tree looks before the new leaves are fully developed.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Babies & Cupcakes

My brother called on Easter and said his wife made some cupcakes they would like to share.  They came over the following evening, and I was SO impressed!!  They looked like something straight out of a magazine!  I waited until the next day to take pics, and by that time, half of them were gone!

Even better, we got to meet my new little niece!  She really is cute!!!  Greg got to hold her first.

We took the opportunity to give them our gifts.

I enjoy watching their little family.  Takes me back to our early days of marriage when Kylen was a baby.  :)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Easter 2015

Our tradition has always been to have Greg's parents over on Easter, but it's gotten harder for them to make the drive.  So this year, we decided to try something new and invite a couple of friends to share our European-style feast.  (We still celebrated with my in-laws on another day.) We all had a wonderful time!  After the meal, the kids went outside, moms visited, and dads had a blast playing pool in the basement.  I tried making grandma's fruit salad, since I have such great memories of her serving that for Easter.  Unfortunately, the quantities seemed off, and the apples were way too tart.  (I'm still trying to decide if I want to give it another try with some major tweaking or just give up.)  But overall, the meal was great and the company perfect!