Friday, December 26, 2008

Laser Tag

Rather than showing you my bloody knee from repeated kneeling while hiding from the other team, here's a photo of my husband who came in 1st place in the first game. We played while we were all in town, and Rollie, Sandi, and Johnny played, too.

Then we came back to mom and dad's house and ate our much-anticipated lasagne dinner in celebration of dad's 60th birthday.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Daddy Is Done

This is what Ryan came home to on Thursday. He had a final presentation and a lesson. He was planning on subbing on Friday but then schools were canceled.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

December Happenings

My mom saved a Raggedy Ann outfit that I wore when I was a baby, and now it fits Abby! It was a hit at our mom's group this morning.

Stephen wasn't sick, but he was definitely tired after a late night the other night coming back from Plainfield. We had another late night yesterday at a saxophone party (late for him anyway - it was almost 10 when we left).

Abby is forming some strong opinions about food and even recognizes some things. She gobbled up her chicken but wouldn't eat more than a couple bites of potato. But she did like the small strands of spaghetti squash that I put in her mouth (as seen here in the photo). At least she likes it more than Spencer does :)!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Watch Out World! Abby Has Something to Say . . .

I wanted to make sure she wasn't just babbling, so I asked Heidi if it counts as her first word ... Abby has been saying "dadat" (or variations similar) to her daddy for a couple days now, and she sure does seem to know what it means!

Here is a shot of Abby taking after her great-grandpa Lindstrom and reading on the toilet. And Stephen demonstrating how to make gingerbread cookies (doesn't he look so bored?).

Friday, December 05, 2008

Picking Up the Tab

Here is Stephen picking up the tab at lunch today. He was eager to do so as soon as the little black book came with the bill. And he was financially capable of doing so because the price was FREE! We got a $10 gift certificate from Lone Star in the mail last week and I figured he and I could eat lunch when we were in that area. He had chicken strips off the kids' menu and I ordered a cup of chili. With the peanuts and bread they bring, we both ate plenty! I did leave the server a good tip, though.

Ryan's semester is drawing to a close. It'll still be another week or so until he's done, but the biggest project was due today, and is spilling a little bit into today. And a master class tomorrow has had him practicing quite a bit.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Visits with family

Sunday Craft Time

I've been wanting to make stuffed grape leaves for awhile--don't ask me why--but I knew it was a pretty involved process. And when I haven't done something before, I tend to look at the recipe every 10 seconds. In other words, I don't attempt projects like this when home with the kids while Ryan is in school. So dad and I got to work when the kiddos were sleeping.

After soaking the grape leaves to remove excess salt, we patted them all dry. We filled them with a mixture of lamb, rice, allspice, and cinnamon. They then simmered for an hour.

We really enjoyed eating them for dinner!