Easter 2015

On Easter morning, Kaitlyn was the first to wake up.  Surprisingly, she went downstairs and apparently scoped out the house for evidence of the Easter Bunny's visit while the rest of us were still asleep.  (She usually doesn't go downstairs unless someone else is going with her.) Once she realized he had been there, she woke the rest of us up (at 6:45 a.m....not too bad considering the house was filled with goodies.)  The kids ran back downstairs together to start hunting for their baskets and eggs.

After the kids found their treasures (and had a nice early-morning sugar intake), everyone got ready for church.  These two sure do clean up well.  :)

Kaitlyn's bestie, Emma, stopped by to swap Bunny stories with Kaitlyn before we headed out.

After church, we went to our friends' (Stan and Rachel) house for a yummy Easter lunch.  We met Stan and Rachel when we were living in Israel and we noted that it was nice to be spending the Holy day with friends we met in the Holy Land.  We should have gotten a picture with them, but Rachel was kind to take this family picture of us.

I brought this super yummy (and cute) Bacon Ranch Cheeseball as an appetizer.  It was really easy to make and was quite the hit. (Thank you, Pinterest!)  See below for the recipe.
Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball:
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese at room temp
1/2 (1/2 ounce) package hidden valley ranch dressing mix (dry) 
1 cup cheddar cheese 
5-6 pieces of crumbled bacon
1 tbsp. chopped green onion or chives (optional)
1 tbsp. Sour Cream (optional)

This will definitely go into my "Must Make Again" file.

Hope everyone else had a great Easter!


Kaitlyn's 6th Birthday Party

Our little girl turned 6 last month. And if these pictures look somewhat familiar, it's because our girl is still a huge fan of Frozen and wanted another Frozen-themed party. She also wanted the party at the same frozen yogurt shop as last year. I was more than happy to honor her request since that meant an easy peasy party plan!

Another request this year: NO BOYS!  Daddy, Jonathan and Papa T were the ONLY boys allowed. We've been tempted to make her promise that her 16th birthday party will have the same rule. :)

Check back soon for another post about the fun she had on her actual birthday. 


The Rest of January 2015

Because the rest of January flew by, here are a few quick snapshots of what we did the rest of the month.

Ron made this addition for our laundry room to help contain the clutter of wet snow gear that gets dumped around the house.  

The kids and I got an up-close look at the neighborhood fox.  It was pretty neat to see him just chilling in our backyard.

Kaitlyn has been perfecting her gymnastics skills with her favorite coach.

And she and I had a girls only date to see Annie.  We both loved it!

The kids have been enrolled in our local Nature Club.  Jonathan takes a class weekly and Kaitlyn's is twice a month.  They've both enjoyed learning about animals and taking nature walks....even in the cold!

After a longer-than-expected break, Kaitlyn was back in the gym for gymnastics classes.  Unfortunately, the time off meant she wasn't comfortable just running back out there.  Once she warmed up (lots of coaxing and encouraging on Mommy and Daddy's part), she was back to wowing us with her skills.

Mom and Dad T arrived in January, which meant lots of fun in the kitchen!

Ron and I came home to this cuteness after a date night.

This little rascal is a great shopping buddy. :)

Mom T, Kaitlyn and I went to see the local high school production of Shrek the Musical with our neighborhood friends.  It was a great show!

We had s


First Week of 2015

2015 has been tons of fun so far!

We (sort of) rang in the New Year with our dear friends, Nick and Trish.  They had us over for make-your-own-pizzas and an early toast.

Yes, that's apple cider. :)  We left by 10:30 p.m. and we were all asleep by 11:15 p.m.  We watched the ball drop the next morning.  

A few days later, we celebrated my birthday.  It was the kids' first day back at school and while they were at school, Ron and I went to lunch and to run some errands.  Later that night we had pizza and cake.  It was a perfect day! 
That night, the weather forecast predicted "a dusting to 1 inch" of snow overnight.  We woke up the next morning to several inches of snow and it was still coming down.  We had a message saying Ron didn't have to go to work, but strangely enough, the schools were open.

Before Kaitlyn went to school, the kids had a blast playing in the snow.  

Ron got quite the workout that morning!
This was him just a second after that video finished. Ha!

Someone thought it would be a good idea to try out the kids' dirt bike in the snow.  Luckily, there was zero traction and it didn't work.  I was preparing for a trip to the ER...not how I wanted to start the New Year!

Shockingly, they didn't cancel afternoon kindergarten, even though we got several more inches after school started and the streets hadn't been plowed!  There were A LOT of unhappy parents!  We heard that the school buses were behind schedule and we shouldn't rely on them, so a neighbor and I walked the girls to school.  We told them that one day they could tell their children that they "had to walk a mile in the snow to get to school when I was a kid."  Ha!  It's surely something Ron and I never experiences as kids.
Luckily, the buses were fine and on time for taking them home.  

School was canceled the following two days so we had lots of hot cocoa, a trip to the library and playtime indoors.  They finally went back to school yesterday.  Phew!  I'm ready to get back to our routines!


Christmas 2014

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope 2015 has been treating you well, so far.  Now that the holidays are over, I'm trying to get back to some normalcy and hoping to move forward with some of my resolutions.  One of those resolutions being to consistently document/blog/preserve our memories.  We love to use the blog as a virtual photo album and memory book and as a way to keep family and friends updated on what we (mainly the kids) are up to.  Here's to hoping this year I'll actually follow through!

We had a great Christmas!  We were far more settled into the house than last year when we had only been here for a month and a half. That meant new ideas for decorating and lots of trial and error on where we wanted the Christmas tree.  Here are some highlights of our Christmas season:

- Decorating cookies.

-Decorating the house:

-Christmas Eve dinner with friends.

-Getting ready for Santa's arrival.

- Sprinkling reindeer food in the yard.

- The fun of Christmas morning.

- Someone was NOT happy with the gift his sister picked out for him.

- The day after Christmas, Janeysa, Frank and Valeria came for a visit.  We had a warmer than normal day and headed to a great winery to enjoy the outdoors.

- The kids LOVED having the baby here.  They laughed and laughed when she'd climb all over them.

-Kaitlyn and her Madrina (Godmother), Janeysa.

- On their last night, The Sanchez Fam treated us to a wonderful dinner at Clyde's.

Stay tuned for more posts..including some that never got blogged from last year!
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