Saturday, August 29, 2015

My Brother's Family

We had my brother's family over last weekend.  It was wonderful getting to see him, his beautiful wife, and their sweet little girl.  Looking forward to next time!  I don't know how I managed to not get any pics of us playing Smash Bros.  Guess I was too busy battling!!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Fresh Pizza from an Outdoor Oven

We went to our city's farmer's market last weekend.  :)  Also got crepes and a pie.

Monday, August 24, 2015

My Sister's Family

My sister's family spent the evening with us recently, and we really enjoyed our time with them.  We had dinner, hung out in the yard, and played Smash Brothers.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Satay Bistro

To me, part of summer break is trying out a few new restaurants.  I compare each one to my current favorites, and if it doesn't measure up, we don't return!  Seems like we've had more misses than hits lately, but Satay Bistro was a hit . . . at least for me and Greg.  :)

The elegance of the interior surprised us.


You definitely want to dress up for this place!  We felt grossly underdressed in our t-shirts and jeans.

The fondue is worth trying once, and the baked brie was very good.  The chicken gorgonzola was extremely rich but delicious.  Greg didn't like his duck much, and Kylen didn't care for his stuffed chicken, but their desserts completely made up for it.  We ordered the bread pudding and raspberry sorbet, both of which were excellent.  Greg and I would like to go back and try a couple other entrees (and of course get dessert again!), especially the steak, which is highly recommended.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Champagne Grapes

Greg discovered a fun snack: champagne grapes!  You just knock off all the tiny grapes from the stem (much faster than with larger grapes, since they come off with very little force), and eat them with a spoon!  The varying levels of sweetness balances out, and the texture is interesting: little balls of sweetness popping in your mouth!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sermon We Listened to Today: Francis Chan

What especially spoke to me in this one was the part about life during retirement.  He starts talking about it at 14:30.  :)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

My Birthday

My birthday was different! We had company the day before, so I was pretty tired. I spent much of the day relaxing, enjoying phone calls with birthday wishes, and catching up on my to-do list. We'd managed to get some flies, and Greg was going after them with a vengeance. At some point, he decided to use a towel instead of a fly swatter. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY.... He thought it was more effective, but it seemed to me he was missing a lot and coming close to breaking something. I was in the kitchen preparing food, when I saw a fly on the kitchen window. I hollered, “I’m going to get this one myself.” and went to fetch the swatter. While I was gone, he walked in and used the towel and BROKE OUR WINDOW!!! I WAS SO UPSET, because I was already concerned something would get broken. ON MY BIRTHDAY. Of course, he was very apologetic, told me it was stupid and he’d never do that again, and cleaned up all the glass. It was the inner pane. Outer pane is still intact. 
Later, Kylen discovered a chunk of plastic on the sofa way over on the other side of the dining room. We realized it broke off the rod from the KITCHEN BLINDS. Yes, even the blinds were damaged! Seriously?? What kind of force did he use?? That’s when Greg made the connection. He tipped the plastic rod next to the window, and the end lined up with the origin of the break. The towel must have caught the rod and slammed it against the window. I still won’t let him use a towel again though!
After recovering from the shock and annoyance, we ended the day on a good note. I opened gifts and cards from my boys, and we went out for Mexican and saw Inside Out again per my request. When we pulled into the driveway around midnight (yes, we're late night folks!), we noticed mylars on the front porch. My uncle’s family had left them with a card. That was a nice surprise!! One of my birthday cards said, “Unexpected. Unbelievable. Unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Have that kind of birthday.” It certainly was that!
The following day I discovered tiny presents hidden around the kitchen. They were various flavors of fudge. So sweet! My boys don't usually get that creative. And we've already gotten to play the board game they got me: Pandemic. It was a memorable couple of days!