6.10.2013

Good-Bye Training Wheel Days

It is always the little milestones in parenting that catch me off guard and cause me to feel a little emotional about my kids growing up.

 

This weekend Alidia learned to ride her bike without training wheels. It was sort of an unexpected event. Jeremy took off the training wheels while fixing her tires and on a whim decided to leave them off.

Alidia practiced riding all weekend and is by far the quickest bike riding learner of all of our children. She and I went for a nice ride down the trail this morning and she seems like an old pro already.
 

She is so excited and we are all so proud of her. Way to go Alidia! (Or as she prefers to be called lately, Ali!)

6.06.2013

Learning about Money

Alidia and I walked with a gaggle of giggly second graders down to the grocery store and the bank today. In math they have been working on their financial skills by counting money and all that second grade business.

The grocery store hooked them up with a snack in every single department! It was a little ridiculous/awesome. 



All the kids were allowed to bring a little bit of money to make a purchase and they pretty much all bought candy. These two included.






Then we went to the bank. One of the ideas of the 2nd grade expedition has been to understand the buying/selling/trading of money or goods across cultures and throughout time. So the idea of banking seemed like a good connection.

The poor guys at the bank seemed a little out of his element in relating to a room full of children who by this point were stinky and sweaty from their walk and totally high on sugar from the grocery store.


And then someone asked a question about bank robbers and it was all downhill from there. :)








5.06.2013

Graduation Day



Unofficially, Jeremy is a Univeristy of Utah MBA graduate. After a whirlwind week of finals (in which I, being a great wife, went out of town for the weekend by myself), a visit from Jeremy's mom,  and a full schedule of graduation festivities, Jeremy is now in Peru for the week finishing up a class project from Spring semester.  We are all pretty excited to *almost* be done with school for a while. (The kids really didn't get how he "graduated" but still has to go to class for another 10 weeks in the summer.)   Two years have gone by incredibly fast and the kids handled dad's difficult schedule pretty well. There were a few long weeks here and there of multiple late night classes and long Saturday study groups, but we made it and are very much looking forward to having him home for dinner again most every night.
And as much as Jeremy really really loves school (totally serious here, he's crazy!) I think he's looking forward to having a little extra free time on his hands as well. 


Our graduation view.



The family.

4.20.2013

Cupcakes



So we've been breaking some bad food habits around here lately and that is a whole different post. But one of the hardest things for me (as expected) has been sweets, particularly the act of baking sweets.

So book club rolled around and I deemed it a proper excuse to bake something lovely for my friends. I gleefully bought a tiny little bag of raw sugar and unbleached flour to concoct these sinful little treats. My 5 year old had recently brought home a cupcake book from the library, so we adapted our recipe from there.

A small dollop of frosting and fresh blueberries on top makes cupcakes feel a little more "book club" and not quite so "preschool birthday party". Though these were a hit with both the young and old cupcake connoisseurs in our house.


Vanilla Cupcakes (adapted from Mini Cupcakes, by Leslie Fiet)

Combine wet ingredients:

1/4 c sour cream
1/4 c buttermilk
1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
1/2 c melted coconut oil
1/4 c butter (at room temperature)
2 large eggs
1 egg yolk
2 Tbsp vanilla

Add dry ingredients:

2 c unbleached flour
3/4 c sugar
1 1/4 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 t salt

Mix it all up and pop into your cupcake liners and bake at 350. I did 20 minutes for cupcakes in 2 oz souffle cups, but my oven is pretty horrible so everything takes longer.


Frosting

8 oz cream cheese (at room temperature)
1 t vanilla
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2-3 cups powdered sugar

Combine first three ingredients. Add powdered sugar slowly and allow to incorporate until desired texture and sweetness is reached.

1.01.2013

New Year's Day 2013

New Year's Day. A fresh start, a clean slate, a world of opportunity laid out in front of us.

I don't want to make any drastic changes in my life this year. I would like to be a little more organized, more intentional with the way we live, find more time to enjoy, explore, and create.

I want to slow down again, not stress about silly things, and be optimistic and encouraging.

I want to go back to caring about what we eat and why we eat it. Back to treading lightly on the earth with our purchases and the things we use in our home. Back to making a budget and then actually following it.

We've been in Utah for just over two years and there are a lot of great things about our lives here. But there are also a lot of ways in which we have changed that I don't really love. We have different relationships and friends around us, different schedules, different stage of life with the kids. So many excuses for allowing so much unwanted change.

So today, as we enter into 2013, I want to start with that clean slate and be true to the way that we want to live as a family.

Christmas 2012