An open agenda, snow and hot chocolate; who could ask for more?

For the first time in months, the only thing on the agenda for this weekend is 30 minutes worth of music lessons Saturday morning. Both of the girls have their lessons at the same time.   Other than that, no soccer games, no birthday parties, Frank is not traveling for work, nothing on the calendar that we HAVE to do.  This will be one of the only weekends like this since Spring soccer games will start early March.  This is a rare treat.  What will we do????IMG_3448

For tonight that answer is admire the snow.  We did not get any measurable snow last year.  Late this afternoon a small storm started which is due to bring about 2 inches.  Not much at all but for two little girls who have been waiting since last year to wear the snow boots we bought it is a dream come true.IMG_3454  Thankfully I bought those boots a size big for each of them! With only about a 1/2 inch on the ground both were dressed and out the door to play in the snow.  I hope it does keep going for a little while so there will be a little something more to play in tomorrow.IMG_3447

Now we are sitting enjoying some hot chocolate and a movie.  Sometimes it really is the little things that mean so much!IMG_3456


Pumpkins and Potter

Hanging with my girls today carving pumpkins and watching Harry Potter movies.  We have seen them all several times but it is a ritual now.  We start with the first movie, settle in with popcorn and hot chocolate and snuggle under a big blanket.  It takes months to complete them all since it is not an every weekend thing.  Once we complete them all, we start over.  Just some nice, relaxed time with my girls.  Right now is Deathly Hallows Pt1.

The big project of the morning was the carving of my first ever Hello Kitty pumpkin.  Madison is obsessed with Kitty.  We printed the stencil from a website.  It took almost 2 hours to complete and a very cramped hand but we had success! I sprayed it with Aqua Net hair spray after I was finished in an attempt to preserve it for a while.  Aqua net can get ink out of carpets, seal a hair style for weeks so I was hoping it would extend the life of our pumpkin.






I also plan on cooking tonight.  Not just a quick dinner like normal but instead a nice roast beef, sliced mushrooms maybe a healthy salad.  I love the smell of a roast cooking in the oven.  I always have. With all of the running we do, it is nice to have a sit down dinner as often as possible.

Not as busy this week. I see the gastroenterologist on Friday.  Now there is something to look forward to.