Sunday, February 26, 2012

Weekend away

This weekend, Jeremy and I had a much needed weekend away, our first since Kirsten was born, unless you count the one night we spent at the Gaylord Texan before Katie was born.  My dad and Patty were wonderful and offered to stay with our girls for the weekend.  So Friday night we headed down to Fort Worth.  We had an amazing room at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel.
 The hotel actually spans two city blocks and Houston Street runs right under the middle of it.  We had an unbelievably amazing view from our room.

Even in the day, the view was amazing and we could see all the way to the Bass Hall.
The first thing we did after checking in Friday night was head over to Simply Fondue.  It was our first fondue experience at a restaurant, and it was so delicious.  Since we had already eaten dinner a few hours before, we decided to just do cheese and chocolate instead of the full four course meal.
The waiter lit our chocolate fondue on fire and we roasted our marshmallows over it before coating them in decadent chocolate.
After sleeping for a full 12 hours Friday night (unbelievable!) we got up and took the shuttle from our hotel to the Stockyards.
We figured that you can't go to Fort Worth and not visit the Stockyards.  The best part was the human maze. Neither of us had ever been in one before and we had a ton of fun!
We had to go around and find the letters M-A-Z-E and punch them when we got there.  The lookouts were especially helpful as we tried to chart our course.
There were all kinds of crazy signs around the maze, and we figured out that the majority of "Short Cuts" ended up in a dead end.

Why yes, yes we are!
We were even there for the daily cattle drive.
Then we enjoyed a great lunch at Riscky's Barbeque.  We took a ton of pictures, but we will not bore you with all of them.  The Stockyards were tons of fun and I think that everyone should take a day and head down there!

After the Stockyards we went back to the hotel and changed then headed to the Bass Hall to see Ben Stevenson's Dracula.  Can you believe that I actually got Jeremy to go to the Ballet?  I think that the whole Dracula part had something to do with that.  We could not take pictures during the performance, but I did get one shot from our nosebleed seats before it started.
After the ballet, we went to dinner at Mi Cocina, then headed back to the hotel where we spent the rest of the evening in the hot tub and indoor pool.

Sunday morning we slept in until 9:30 - another 12 hours of sleep!  Before heading home we had lunch at UNO Chicago Pizzeria.  We ate there 8 1/2 years ago the day after we got married, and Jeremy was too nervous to eat anything.  I think he enjoyed himself much more time!
We got home about 1:30 to hugs and snuggles from our two little princesses.  Kirsten had made us a card and gotten some roses to welcome us home.  We had such an amazingly wonderful time and enjoyed having three days to ourselves. We are already  planning what we are going to do next year for our 10 year anniversary!  It was such a relief to know that the girls were in good hands and that we could just relax and not worry about them.  We had such a wonderful time!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Yogurt and Valentines

Every two or three days Kirsten brings home a new guided reading book from school.  Last week she brought one home that was about making yogurt.  So we decided for fun, we would try it!  

The book took us step by step through the process.  First, gather all your tools.
 Second, gather the ingredients.
 Third cook the milk and powdered milk to boiling.
 Fourth, cool to exactly 100 degrees, and add 2 Tbsp of plain yogurt.
 Fifth, pour into a thermos and keep it warm at 100 degrees over night.
 Sixth, in the morning, add sugar, blueberries, chill, and voila!  Our own homemade yogurt for breakfast!
 I am so glad that her books are not always fictional stories, but incorporate biographies, science and cooking!

We also had a great Valentine's day this past week.  Jeremy and I did not go out, partly because I did not try soon enough to find a baby sitter, and partly because we are going out of town, just the two of us, this coming weekend.  So we are counting that as our Valentine's day date.    I was able to make a special dinner, despite it being a crazy Tuesday and teaching 14 lessons and Kirsten having her violin lesson.  I made twice baked potatoes, meatloaf, rolls, and broccoli, with chocolate covered strawberries for dessert.  It was yummy if I do say so myself!

We did get each of the girls a little something, Kirsten got Lady and the Tramp on DVD, and Katie got some Little People blocks, and each girl made their daddy a beautiful card.
These girls are getting more fun everyday and I am  glad that they love each other so much.  Sometimes, though, it may be a little too much.  About 15 minutes after bedtime on Thursday we heard giggling.  This is how we found them.
Kirsten said that Katie was having a hard time sleeping and so she decided to help.  I had to ask - do you really think that was helping?  Oh well.   At least they love each other and can make each other smile and laugh.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

New Camera

On Monday I got a new camera.  I have wanted one for several years, and after months of research, finally found the one I wanted at a price I could live with.  I still have dreams of the Canon Rebel T3i, but the Canon ELPH 300 HS will have to do for now.  For a point-and-shoot, I am really impressed with the picture quality.  You can actually tell that my daughters are blue eyed rather than them sporting the shiny red eyes of a newborn vampire.
 Katie loves to dress up lately.  We went through 3 costume changes today.  We moved the dress ups from a bin in the closet, to several dresser drawers in the playroom, so she can get them out all by herself.
 I turned on the Phineas and Ferb Soundtrack and we danced for over an hour.  It was so much fun!
 She loved the Minnie Princess Hat, and wore it the rest of the day.
I love watching her develop her own personality and preferences.  She sure is a fun girl!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

100th day

Kirsten's class on the 100th day of school
She is in the back in the green shirt giving a big thumbs up!
I can't believe that she is over halfway done with first grade!