Monday, October 25, 2010

Future Olympians.



The kids recently finished their first session (seven weeks, once a week) of ice skating. I am happy to say that they LOVE it. Love it.
Grace had been asking for an ice skating dress, so since she finished her first session, past the level and was moved up to the second level, and continues to gain interest in it every week, I said yes. I found a great MAGENTA outfit with sparkles on it from ebay. She loves it.
They both got patches for passing level one and I sewed them on to Frankie's coat and to Grace's outfit. They are both so proud to show off their EARNED patches.

This video is of just Grace before she got all her new loot.

Over the weekend, we went to Champions Choice, a local skate shop (where Frank used to beg for hockey stuff when he was a kid!) to look for skates for me and proper, thicker skating tights for Grace. We got the tights and more comfy skates for Frank and a kid size hockey stick for Frankie. Grace had a stick picked out for herself too, but decided (on her OWN) to put it back. She said she would rather only do figure skating because that's what she really wanted to do and that she wanted to learn how to twirl. How great is that???! I love that she made a choice to have less so she could concentrated on what she really wanted.


I'm sure it will come to no surprise that these skates are on her Christmas wish list. Right now she's skating with hockey skates, but from what I've been learning, if she wants to pursue figure skating, it's better for her to be learning in figure skates. So much to learn...
Plus they're pink... Shocking, right?!
Maybe she'll get lucky this Christmas... (*wink*)

Here's a video of both the kids.
I'm so happy they both are enjoying this.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Iced Pumpkin Cookies.


Are you tired of pumpkin stuff yet?
I think after these I will be satisfied.

They are lovely.

After Grace ate one bite of these, she said, "Oh my gosh, oh my gosh. You gotta try these. They are so good. You just gotta try these".
She actually broke off a bite and walked it over to me.

Seriously, so good.

Very easy to make.
Even easier to eat with a cup of coffee.

I found this recipe over at allrecipes.
Try it! You'll love it.

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.
  4. To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners' sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Talkeetna, Alaska. Part Two.

We picked up Grace from school in the coach.
Which in itself, was thrilling for her.
All the "pick-up parents" wait in a big long loop until it's our turn to pick up our child. The earlier you get in line, the faster you get out of line. We were about half way in, which meant that Grace got to point and jump up and down and say "I told you I was getting picked up in the RV!!".

We hit the road and pulled into Talkeetna right before dark.
The RV park was all but closed, we had the place to ourselves!
We ate dinner, washed the kids up and put them to bed.
Frank and I had about twenty feet of RV bliss.

The next morning was cold and frosty.
We walked into downtown, about a 10 minute walk.


The Roadhouse was our destination.
This place is loaded with history.
Built between 1914-1917, it's been supplying Alaskans with goods and food for years.
Let me tell you, the food was so good.
So good.
Nothing was super different or unusual, it was just good, normal food.
And the coffee.... Ahhhh, the coffee.
It was tasty.
Five or six cups worth tasty.
In our defense, the cups were on the smallish side... so good.


That was all that was on the small side.
Everything else was enormous.
There was a toy area that the kids happily played in while Frank and I had our fill of cinnamon rolls the size of our heads and coffee. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

Then we went to this amazing park.
Where we stayed for easily three-four hours.
What else were we going to do?
We took some pictures of Mt. McKinley, messed around with the dog... Vacation type stuff.


We later parked the RV and walked to a local burger place.
Excellent burgers.
After walking back, the kids were spent.


Sunday morning, we hit the Roadhouse again.
It would be just silly not to.
We totally eavesdropped about this cool beach "at the end of town".
(about fifty feet from the restaurant...)
So we hit the beach, where Smith ate some rotten salmon.
A lot of the leaves and ground was frozen hard.

After a return trip to the awesome park,
we HAD to stop at a grocery store to get Smith some Milk bones.
It was high times for Smith that morning;
he must have had about 25 Milk bones.

The weekend was very relaxing and restful.
It was great to get out of town before the snow really hits.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Talkeetna, Alaska. Part One.



My man at the big mountain.
Mt. McKinley.
It was fantastic.

We spent the whole weekend there.
There's more to come.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

First Day of Preschool.


Here's the goofball.

He had a great first day.
I couldn't get the shot records from the doctor in time, so I had to stay with him.
The fire department came.
It was a schedule trip, it had nothing to do with Frankie being there...

That was very cool.
The kids made fireman hats and got a tour of the fire truck.
He's very excited to go back tomorrow.

When we picked up Grace from school, the first thing she said after getting in the car, "so, Frankie, how was your first day of preschool?" I thought that was so great of her. They talked about their day for about five whole minutes together.
Maybe this whole brother/sister thing was a good idea after all! Ha!!

All is well up here.
I hope the same is true for all of you.

Monday, October 4, 2010

My Little Man.

Today is a big day for us.
And by us, I mean Frankie.
This marks the first day for preschool for my Frankie boy.

A spot became available at our preschool and I jumped on it.
For the past couple of weeks, he has been very vocal about wanting to go and is preschool still full... He wants to be big like Grace, to talk to his teachers, to spend his "milk money" and show his "boys" stuff.
Always "my boys".
I think this is beyond cute.
I hope he has such a great fun day today.

On the flip side of this, another BIG milestone for my kids and our family, are my own personal thoughts and feelings.
Yesterday I really started to think about how I am going to fill my two hours and 45 minutes, twice a week now.
At first I was thrilled. Wow. Time all to myself.
I've been waiting YEARS for this.
I actually thought I had another year until I got here.
However, now that it is here, happening today, I couldn't help but start to think,
what if?
What if the novelty of no kids wears off and I become slightly lost without them...
I think I am going to miss them.
Please think good thoughts for all of us today!


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Anchorage Rainbow.

This beauty greeted me as I looked out the window over the weekend.
Even though we had a little bit of sunshine at our house, you can see how ominous the sky was over the rest of the valley.

I may be all grown up but I still think rainbows are AMAZING!

Who's with me???

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls.


I still feel very fall-ish.
I still want pumpkin.
So when I saw Katie's recipe for Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls over at goodLife{eats}, I knew I had to try them.

Making cinnamon rolls at home from scratch requires a little bit of forethought. You can't just wake up and say, "I want to have cinnamon rolls for breakfast" and BOOM! 30 minutes later you're sipping your coffee and breathing in the cinnamon-y goodness inches from your plate.

But. You can make them the night before so all you have to do in the morning is take the pan of prepared rolls out of the fridge, let them warm up a bit and pop them in the oven. Instant Mom, the Hero!

This recipe was very easy to make and even easier to eat!

I did a few things different from Katie's recipe. I used about half of the called for butter and sugar mixture for the filling and fat free cream cheese for the icing. The later was a mistake. Don't try to save calories on this one. Just admit you're going to splurge a little bit and go for it. It's fall; you can go outside and rake a few bags of leaves to make up for it!

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