Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Road-tripping . . .

While visiting at Joe's house it was somehow brought up that Joe had the CD that Ben and his friends had made way back at BYU.  Ben and a bunch of his Littleton friends, who were all roommates pretty much at BYU, wrote and sang a bunch of songs and compiled them in to a CD.  Ben and I have never owned the CD - and I had only listened to it on one occasion.  Anyways, we listened to it a bit at Joe's and then were able to get a burned copy.  We began playing it for our kids and, well, they just can't get enough of it.  Twenty-three songs - most of them crazy and silly and hilarious.  And immature - but in a great way.  I love most of the songs - but particularly Ben's songs (the ones he wrote and sang.  He played guitar in a bunch of others as well.).  They are goofy and silly and embarrassing (to Ben . . .), but fun for the rest of us.  :)  

So I had no idea how I could just insert a music file on to my blog post.  I researched it, did what I thought it said, yet I still wasn't able to quite get it.  So, instead, I uploaded a few of Ben's songs to our ski videos.  They do not match in any way really - except that the songs became a beloved part of our vacation.  The CD is entitled "Road-Tripping."  So sorry for the weird combo of ski-videos/photos and songs by Ben.  :)

To Ski Cooper and Beyond . . .

So we went on our annual 2-day ski trip last weekend - on Friday and Saturday.  We went to a small ski resort called Ski Cooper.  I was already in love before we ever got there because of its adorable logo:

We left early (5am) on Friday morning so we could get there and have a full day of skiing.  The drive was fine - the getting ready for skiing . . . not so fine.  We had some minor (or perhaps major) issues with Jonas and his lack of ability in getting himself booted up (or in figuring out what to do . . . like ask for help?!).  It's a long story and one I do not want to rehash.  Suffice it to say, we had to leave him struggling in the car and told him we hoped to see him on the mountain.  It wasn't too long afterwards that he had apparently and miraculously figured out how to get himself ready.  Luckily that was the biggest hang-up of our trip.

Skiing was great.  I really enjoyed Ski Cooper and thought it was a perfect place for our family.  The runs were fun and Lucy was able to ski on runs that weren't so babyish (i.e., flat) - they were actually fairly sloped and so everyone could enjoy skiing on it. We skied all day Friday - on a lovely bluebird day.  You'll see pictures of some slightly sun-burned kids later.  We did end up buying a teeny-tiny tube of sunblock for like $8.  Awesome.

After skiing we went to our house that I had rented online.  It stunk a bit when we entered and that soured our perception of the place.  But, really, it wasn't that bad.  Just not really nice.  :)  We cooked up the spaghetti and meatballs I had already prepared and ate a good dinner and then watched  a movie.  The kids were in bed and asleep before 9pm.

Saturday we were on the slopes by 9am and enjoyed another full-day of skiing.  Lucy improved a lot from day 1 to day 2.  She was doing super great on day 1, but by day 2 her turns didn't cover the entire slopes and she was cruising down the mountain.  (The videos you'll see are from day 1.)  Miles and the three older kids skied with Ben until lunchtime, while I skied with Lucy.  Then we switched, although Emmy went with Ben; Lucy was delighted with that.  The kids loved going through some "tree runs."  Corkscrew was a favorite - especially of Miles'.  Lucy even go to do a couple and had fun.  Oh, and Emmy ran in to a tree on Corkscrew.  Luckily she wasn't going fast and no damage was done.  :)

After skiing we cruised to Littleton (no ski traffic, what?!).  We had a great time with family in Littleton - staying with Jim and Diana, going to church with them on Sunday, hanging out at Joe and Britt's the rest of the day, and hiking on Monday (Ben and Joe went mountain biking together, instead.).  We got the best of two worlds: a ski trip and a visit with family.

 The kids all enjoyed this lift - you basically stuck a plate behind ya, held on to the bar, and skied up.  :)

 Two of the four ready to ski!

 Ben and Lucy.

 Sun-burned kids.

 Eating breakfast and watching some ocean show.

 Miles and Emmy on the second-to-last run of the trip.  Miles' favorite:  Corkscrew!

 The whole family!


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hair Cuts

My girls got their hair cut today.  For Lucy, it was a trim.  A much-needed trim of 3 inches.  
She really wanted me to take a picture of her.  Cute, as always.

So Emmy decided a few weeks ago that she wanted a "pixie cut."  We had discussed that before, but I think after her teacher got her hair cut real short, Emmy soooo wanted to as well.  She LOVES her hair cut.  I love it, too!  But sometimes I wonder if it's just a little too boyish?  But her pretty face does a pretty good job of making her not look too boyish.  At least, I think.  She was brave to go for such a style.  Go Emmy!

And if I wasn't getting ready for our 2-day ski trip and then trip up to Littleton for the rest of our long weekend, I'd tell you a bit more.

Like about how Lucy lost her boo a couple of weeks ago.  So sad!  For all of us - well, I don't think Miles and Jonas were too affected by it, but the rest of us were quite saddened.  But Lucy handled it well and has taken to a new boo just fine.  New rule, though:  The girls' boo's do not leave the house (unless traveling overnight).

If I had more time I would tell you how BeSeRk! Emmy has gotten the past two Sundays when I've told her she can't bring her boo to church.  BeSeRk is actually a kind word to describe her on those mornings.  In fact, I was ready to tell our Stake President that Ben can no longer be Bishop because I can't handle many more of those mornings with Emmy.  Ha.  But I didn't.

If I had more time I would tell you how I went to the OR on Monday and watched Ben do his job - and got to see a cool and brutal total-knee replacement.  It was crazy!  Ben was great.  I only felt like passing-out the first minute or 2 of surgery, and then I was totally fine.

Okay, it looks like I'm procrastinating the final packing details of our trip.  Blech.  I better go . . .

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I Made Stuff

Hehe, I totally copied my sister's title of her post today.  I'm the greatest little sister ever!

I saw these "I {heart} handstands" shirt on Pinterest a while back and thought it would be fun to make for the girls for Valentine's Day.  So it was my first time using the silhouette (that I had gotten from my sister) for a freezer-paper project and I was proud of myself for figuring it out without having to call my sis a dozen times - because that's usually what happens.  :)

Anyways, I didn't get any picture of the shirts with the girls "normal," but mornings are crazy around here and so I just got what I got.

They aren't perfect, but the girls loved them.  And that's pretty much what counts.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

A Few Random Pics

 Like I mentioned in my last post, the beginning of February started out busy for me.  I had worked the last two days of January - Monday and Tuesday nights.  Then on February 1st I hosted a baby shower for a young gal in our ward.  It's sort of a long story of how/why I did it . . . but I did.  The weekend before I was busy dyeing onesies, getting the fabric ready to iron-on to the onesies, and lots more "stuff."  On Wednesday I got a bit of a nap after work, woke up and set up the room, then got the kids from school, took Lucy to music class and ran with Brigham during his class-time, then got home and got our dinner ready - and then shower-time.  Busy, busy.  But it all worked out and it was a nice baby-shower (I had delegated the food and cake to other people and that was brilliant!).

 Saturday morning, three of our four kids had activities going on.  Miles went cross-country skiing with the Young Women and Young Men.  They went all the way up to the Grand Mesa.  Jonas went ice-climbing in Ouray with the 11 year-old scouts.  And Emmy had gymnastics.  All their activities started at 8:30, just about.  So then we found a play-date for Lucy, for two reason:  1.  So she wouldn't totally be bored with just mom and dad around and 2.  So Ben and I could go cross-country skiing.  Skiing we did!  It was great!

Yep, Brigham came along - of course.  He loves it, too!

Lucy got our Superhero CTR Girl from Primary last week.  I forgot about it all week long because I left it in my Sunday bag.  But I remembered this morning and so we grabbed a picture of Lucy doing her reading/homework.  (If you get the superhero, you are to choose the right and have a parent take a picture of you.)

 Jonas getting ready to ice-climb last Saturday!

 So cool - haha.

These pictures are actually from the last Saturday in January.  The young men got to go ice-fishing on Blue Mesa Reservoir.  It was a mere -27 degrees.  Yes, that is a minus there.  AIYIYI.  Miles had fun (he's in the light striped coat), albeit he was a bit cold.  :)

That's it for now.

January 2017

Because the start of February 2017 was so busy, I'm finally getting this posted: