The Stream


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Few Parties

We did get to celebrate the girls' birthdays with a few friends just before school started and just after school started.  Micah's birthday landed us right in a house mess trying to get baseboards done and the cabinets fixed. It makes me twinge thinking about it.

Micah's birthday

She planned her party and I always find they go great when they do that! Make pizza, decorate cupcakes, and watch studio C.  Gretchen came up with a game called hide the present.  When guests arrived, Gretchen and additional girls went around the house looking for a perfect place to hide their gift.  Genius.  It was a lot of fun and it gave them something to do while we were waiting for the others.

I couldn't have done it without these two, Sister Coleman and Sister Owens.  They were in need of a service project and I just so happened to need a few extra hands in the kitchen.  LIFESAVERS.  They helped the assembly lines and helped with cleanup (which is always exhausting after throwing a party).

Micah's birthday

Becket also was a good sport, oh, I mean wolverine with spatulas? Turners? Flippers? Whatever you call them, they were our party favors along with sprinkles and their decorated cupcakes.

Micah's birthday

Happiness

Micah's birthday

Micah's birthday

One party down, one more to go.  Gretchen wanted it low key this year.  "I want a girl's night out. Just me and my friends." How about a girl's afternoon out---there were some things going on in the evening that we had committed to and had to be there. I don't normally throw a ton of birthday parties, but you feel like your kid was neglected a tad with all that had been going on this summer, so why not?

Nails

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Shakes

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She planned it. She loved it. Enough said.



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Becket Means Business

It was my kid's first day back to school last week.  Becket decided on his own that he was going to wear a suit.  He is mayor of the school after all and I suppose he is setting the bar high.  I love that kid. He's not afraid to take a few risks now and then.

Back to school

Business men talking business over French toast. Probably the only hot breakfast they'll get all year.

Back to school

Crazy kids!

Back to school

Back to school

And we still get our bus stop in front of our house.  Our new bus driver is Larry.  Hi Larry. He's nice. Don't ya feel bad for the preschoolers who just want a taste of school life?  This is our neighbor Brooklyn in her tutu. She sure looks cute and ready for her ballet class.

Back to school

And coming home.  I asked Becket if anyone mentioned anything about his suit and he said, "The boys just started clapping when I walked into class." Surprised eyebrows go up, "Yeah, they really did. I was like, okaaaay." Good man Becket.

Back to school

Friday, August 22, 2014

Desk

Good news or bad news first?

Good News: Our desk got outfitted--galvanized steel.  Totally durable, totally kid proof.

House remodel

Here's some different angles to orient you. Dead on looking towards the front of our house.

House remodel

Walking towards our blue couch family room

House remodel

Walking into our more formal living room (dining room table is just on the other side of that orange chair.

House remodel

Bad news, the glass that was supposed to go on the back of our island was completed and delivered, but when it got to the cabinet shop they dropped the box cracking all four glass panels. Nooooot Surrrrprrrrised! (I'm singing this in my head if you should know) Back to the drawing board.  

House remodel

They also ordered the upper cabinets too big, so when they were delivered they obviously didn't fit. Swear words. They put up some temporary ones to bring my frustration down to normal levels.  My cabinet guy owned up to everything and I'm still keeping mental tabs on things so when payment comes, we can work out a deal. 6wks to finish five things is a little much.

House remodel

They also put up our stainless steel shelving on this corner, (by my tomatoes) to put the microwave on, but in two minutes I tore it down.  It looked unstable and not what I was picturing.  I ended up moving my microwave by my freezer (pictured above) and I think this new space needs some simple white staggered shelves or a piece of bright art. Maybe bright art to the left and simple shelves on the tile if it can be done.

House remodel

I keep the Light Saber close by in case I want to take down anything else. (that's why it is on the counter)




STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO

We made one last summer ditch adventure to Colorado to meet Mat's brother's family halfway.  They are always driving 10hrs to us, so we thought we'd pick a place between us to spend the weekend. Steamboat Springs is a Park City mountain resort before the boom.  It's got hiking, biking, farmer's market, rodeo (we didn't get to), summer concerts and lots of place to play in the water wihout all the hoity toity ness.

Go cousin cheer to start the day! I started the morning in my bedroom salon braiding all of the girls hair.  It was fun to talk beauty talk.

Steamboat springs

We went hiking at Fishing Falls Creek.

Falls Creek near Steamboat Springs

Lindsay bet the kids $2 to dunk their heads in the icy cold water and everyone accepted the challenge, including her.

Steamboat springs

Steamboat springs

Becket pretending to be a Sasquatch.

Steamboat springs

We discovered a pawn shop that was closing and giving out free beanie babies!

Steamboat springs

Lucky day

Steamboat springs

We also discovered our old college friend Cory, placing 2nd in the mountain bike race over the weekend.  Random and AWESOME.  We stayed to cheer him on at the award ceremony.

Steamboat springs

We also found out we could get ice cream for $1 at the Lyons Pharmacy and have an 80's dance party at the same time. Becket and Tom are swapping dance moves and learning from each other.

Steamboat springs

Brilliant! Pretty (man made) river at the base of the mountain by the gondola.  They were smart enough to put in sand and adirondack chairs so kids could play and parents could sit back and enjoy the views.

Steamboat springs

The Farmer's market was high quality and manageable.  I don't like the HUGE ones where everyone is selling the repeated thing.  This one represented unique shops well.

Steamboat springs

The bread guy was making BANK.  I wish I could have take lessons from him.

Steamboat springs

Brother's enjoying their smoked salmon and vintage cheese.  Such connoisseurs.

Steamboat springs

On the way home we finished the trip off with a little dinosaur dig outside of Vernal.

Steamboat springs

These two having a deep conversation.  It was probably about Nutella.

Steamboat springs