Today we celebrated the winter solstice with my mom and step dad at our house. After the laziest morning ever (read: I didn’t get in any exercise) I make a quick trip to Wegmans like a complete fool. I needed a few things for our little party and ended up fighting my way through what can only be described as the the biggest, craziest crowd of the year. The phrase “what the hell was I thinking” comes to mind.
I have to be honest. For the last week or so I feel like I’ve been walking around with my head in the clouds. I barely recognize myself or my life right now. I’m so distracted it’s almost like I’ve got an innocent little crush. Moving to the new house seems more real now that we’ve been spending more time there. As our official Moving Day draws closer I find myself daydreaming and thinking about the new house more and more.
Didn’t I just write a post this morning about living in the moment? Hypocrisy thy name is Alison.
Guess who’s coming to our house for the first time tonight?
That would be the Tooth Fairy!
(You try and get a 5 year old to smile in such a way that she holds her lip out of the way! Go ahead! Just try!)
So yes, Ava lost her first tooth today! It came out just a half hour before we left for an OrKIDStra presentation of The Snowman this afternoon.
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs is a children’s book that was made into a short animated film. Like the book, the film is wordless – but has an orchestral score.
Today I was on a mission: Bake Healthy Cookies.
There’s a fundraiser going on this weekend for one of the homeschooling organizations we’re a part of – and there’s going to be a bake sale. The group requested the donation of healthy, homemade treats to sell. Given the population of attendees; organic, gluten free or vegan treats are big sellers.
Just one thing: absolutely no nuts due to allergy concerns.
After a roasted red pepper hummus sandwich and a side of carrot sticks with salsa for lunch this afternoon,
we were off with some friends to the local garden center for some holiday fun.
Lots of decorations to check out –
and painted plywood to stick our heads through.
We enjoyed a gigantic train display.
The adults appreciated the finer details of the model, like dirty old men and their posters.
This fine Saturday started out with a 7 mile trail run early this morning, much like last weekend’s trail run, but without all the photo shop fun.
We left early this afternoon on a little road trip for a family birthday party about an hour and a half away.
A glass of Pinot Grigio upon arrival? Why certainly!
Tons of great party food.
Lots of veggies!
A few different pasta casseroles were served for dinner tonight. I can’t remember the last time I had pasta and it was a welcome treat!
Children with Granny, the man off with some friends, I had the joy of making lunch in total peace and quiet this afternoon.
And I had a hankering for a veggie burger.
1 can of black beans, rinsed, drained and mashed
1/4 c ground flax seed
3 Tbsp bone suckin’ bbq sauce
When I was getting out veggies for burger toppings, I spotted some mushrooms hiding in the back of the fridge. Into the burger mix they went.
Shhhhh, listen? Do you hear that? Just a quiet burger sizzle and a gentle bubble of my veggies steaming.
This afternoon the girls went off with Zak’s mom while Zak and I went on a little double date with my mom and step dad!
Real artifacts uncovered from the Titanic are currently on display at the museum. As soon as we heard about this exhibit I knew we had to go.
As we waited to enter the exhibit hall we were given boarding passes with the name of a real passenger who was on board.
Packed in today’s magic basket of super snacks?
I liked this one better than the Vibrancy bar actually. I especially liked that at 220 calories, this sucker easily held me over all afternoon while Maxine and I ran errands and Ava spent the afternoon at her homeschooling class.
And I totally needed the energy to play along with Maxine’s latest Take-My-Socks-and-Shoes-Off-Everytime-I-Get-in-the-Car antics.
I got my run in this morning. A very cold, wet, 5 mile run run – but come hell or frozen water I was getting out there to run today and by God I did.
Immediately upon I scarfing down the same breakfast I’ve had for the past two days Zak and I left to meet my step dad (who, as luck would have it also happens to be a civil engineer and is qualified to do home inspections) for the inspection of the new house!