I can’t believe it’s mid-December already. Time is flying by and we are in the last pre-trip prepping stages! It’s going to be so fun! And for trips like this, even the getting ready is fun, too 🙂
There’s been a lot of little things going on around here lately. I’ve taken quite a few photos over the last couple of weeks to share with you. Time to get started!
Do you remember how snowy it was on Halloween? Well, we got a little bit more snow after that, and then it warmed up again. Pretty much all the snow melted and I was able to get in a couple more really nice runs. The sun was out quite a bit not last week, but the week before:
And then ALL FOUR of us got to go on Sunday. This is significant because I remember before I closed up my photography business that I was really sad about not getting to do things like this with the family often enough. So we did it and it was great!
Here’s a video I loaded onto Youtube of them sledding. I’m telling you – it’s a big hill! If you watch it, please ignore my voice and comments in the beginning, but listen at the end. Their laughter is priceless:
Anyway, get the picture? We have a LOT of snow now!
Remember that special project I was knitting last post? Well, I finished it and am proud to show it off here. It’s a scarf I knitted for my neighbor who is currently going through chemo treatments. The cold can feel painful while on the medicine, so I thought she’d like a scarf to cover her face and also keep her hands in the fleece-lined pockets when they need to be warmed up. She loved it!
The kids even made some cookies. We thought we’d make a couple of different kinds, freeze half of them, and then have them to take with us on our trip. Lewis can’t just pick up any old cookie and be able to eat it. So we’re bringing some with us this year.
I read a blog post about a new technique for decorating. It involves outlining the cookies ahead of time, melting the frosting, and then just drizzling it inside the outline. It’s supposed to spread around and fill it in really easily.
And it actually worked! I’m pleased to say that it tasted pretty darn good. I guess it turns out that you don’t really need rice. Remember that next time you run out and want to use up the rest of your fillings!
Lewis learned how to play chess late last school year and now Cat has learned as well. Lewis’ teacher invites any kids who would like to play during Friday lunches to come and eat their lunches while they play in his classroom. It’s called the “Chess Club.” My two love it. And I love their teacher for being willing to give up some of his own personal time to encourage the kids to use their minds. Anyway, there’s been a bit of playing around here lately:
And this one from yesterday. Some of the words (because they are pretty hard to read) include: alligators, Mississippi River, swamps, bayou, jazz, French Quarter, Cajun, St. Louis Cathedral, voodoo, and Bourbon Street. This has been a fun project and is working to get us super excited!
That’s all for this week! Thanks for reading!!