Valentine's Day

 Holidays are more fun with little kids, and Valentine's Day is no exception. I am a sucker for dressing my kids in coordinating outfits, though Kade is not much for pink and red hearts. Tess, however, will let me put her in all pink and will even sport Valentine's Day hair for preschool: 

 Since the holiday fell on a Saturday this year, I decided to cook a fun little breakfast of pink, heart-shaped pancakes complete with heart-shaped strawberry slices. So festive! 

Chad and I had gone on a date the weekend before, fully knowing that it would be crazy busy on the actual big day. Instead of our regular dinner and a movie,
we stayed home and made a fancy dinner together. It was so much fun!
Plus, it was really good and probably better than anywhere we would have gone.
We made an arugula and parmesan salad, filet mignon with horseradish sauce, lemon garlic mashed potatoes, and balsamic glazed mushrooms and onions. Oh. My. Gosh. 

Chad LOVE creme brule, so I decided to try it once again (after failing a couple of years ago) and it actually worked this time! It was so rich, so creamy and so so good.
I will definitely be making it again. Probably soon.

 We were lucky because we even got to see Grandma Michele and Grandpa Doug earlier in the day. We tried to go look at some bald eagles with them at Farmington Bay, but didn't have any luck. So we went to lunch instead!


Life Lately

 It has been an eventful month, kind of. We haven't had a lot going on, but we have been on the move a lot. Does that even make sense? This has been the warmest February ever, so we have been playing outside pretty much all day every day. This is great for mom! Here's more of what we have been up to lately.

I just love bath pictures, and Tess loves playing with every single moldy bath toy that we own. I think it's time for some purging. This last weekend both kids came down with a little cold. It sucks for them, but I don't mind switching off time at home during church!

Kade really wanted to go to his school to play basketball like he does at recess every day, so we headed down to his playground.
Obviously it was a warm day, since he decided to play shirts and skins. 

What a fun age! Kade and his buddy, Spencer, made this sign to keep their little sisters out of the bedroom. It didn't work...

Kade just recently started reading like crazy! It's like something just clicked, because now he can pick up just about anything and read it. This is nice for me when Tess really wants me to read her a book, since I can just make Kade do it instead.
Good parenting, right there.

It was the Super Bowl earlier this month,
so we had to make snacky foods and eat until we burst.
Chad requested these ham and cheese sliders,
plus I made seven layer dip and fruit dip. We are a bunch of dips, after all.

Both kids love exploring our gigantic backyard, and one afternoon Kade found this little guy. I was in the kitchen working when he came in and told me he had a surprise. He opened up his hands and a frog jumped out. I screamed like a little girl, then had a good laugh while he caught the frog and took it outside.
He named him "Fast" and looks for him all the time now.

Kade finally got to try out the fishing pole that Santa brought him for Christmas at a pond in Syracuse. We didn't have much luck, but I imagine that he and Chad will be out there
a lot more in the spring.


Headin' to Laramie

Chad's youngest brother, Mark, and his wife, Kayla, live in Laramie, WY right now while Mark is attending law school. They welcomed new baby Cecilia in November, so we got to take a trip earlier this month for her baby blessing. Chad's parents and two of his siblings' families made the trek as well. It's about a 5 1/2 hour drive from our house, but it was worth it to see that cute baby
(and her parents, too)! 

We all stayed in the same hotel, so the kids were able to swim with the Sartori cousins and have a blast. We all went to dinner together Saturday night, and it was fun to visit and catch up.

I've got to say, my kids are the best little travelers. Thanks to a few movies, books, and a lot of "I Spy," we made it across Wyoming and back with just a few pit stops and very little crying.
Roadtrip masters!


January Happenings

 January, schmanuary. This month actually wasn't too bad.
It has been unseasonably warm,
and we got to get away to sunny St. George for a few days.
Here are some of the things that have happened so far in 2015:

Tess is in Primary! And I get to be her Sunbeams teacher! It is pretty fun, but also very crazy. There are quite a few kids, and they are still getting used to two hours of sitting still. Tess gets a little sad when I have to help another kid who is also sad,
but we are getting used to it.

I took Kade skiing for the first time! We headed up to Snow Basin right after school on a Friday (since he has early out). We got there just in time for the half-day lift tickets to go on sale. It's like $20 bucks for adult tickets if you stick on one lift,
and kids six and under are free. Sweet!

I never took lessons, so I was a little nervous to teach Kade, but he caught on pretty quick. We spent a lot of time falling down and getting back up, but that's what it's all about. By the time we had made it down the bunny hill (very slowly) about four times he was ready to go home. It was pretty successful, and he said he wants to go again

Tess started taking dance/tumbling lessons.
She was a little timid at first, but she has fun each week.
She especially likes dancing to "Shake it Off,"
and requests that we listen to it every time she comes home from lessons.

Chad had his annual city engineers' conference in St. George, so we tagged along again. While he was in meetings all day, the kids and I went "hiking" (aka wandering around) at Pioneer Park, played at the playground, did a little shopping, and enjoyed the blue skies. It wasn't very warm while we were down, but it was better than the inversion! 

The second term ended and Kade got really good grades, so we had to celebrate with froyo. His teacher said that he is great to have in class and is doing very well.
He has been reading a lot, and it is so exciting to see him figure things out!
He's a smart cookie, and we're pretty proud. 


Kade Turns SIX!

Every year we tell Kade how lucky he is to have his birthday when he does; no school, everyone celebrates, etc. It's really the best, though it can be hard on his mother to remember to purchase/wrap presents so close after Christmas...

Kade wanted to have a friend party this year, so we invited a few buddies from his Primary class over for a Lego-themed party. We played pin the head on the Lego guy, had a Lego relay race, took turns building a Lego creation one block at a time, and guessed how many Lego candies were in a jar. After games we had pizza and juice for lunch, followed by cupcakes that I ordered from Harmons and added Lego candies to (my best idea of the day!). Kade really wanted a pinata, but the only one I could find that kind of fit the theme was a taco pinata... Taco Tuesday from the Lego Movie?? Get it?? All the kids got a couple of turns whacking the pinata before it burst open. 

The little friends gave some nice gifts (lots of Legos!). Kade had a blast, and I think it was just about the right amount of effort for a party on my part...


Birthday waffles!

We met up for lunch with Craig, Amber, Morgan, and my parents at Buca. Like I said, it is so nice to have a holiday birthday when no one has to work! Kade opened a few presents, blew out a giant candle, and got his very own pizza. 

Later that afternoon Kade got to open even more presents (more Legos)! Then we got a special treat when Uncle Mark and Aunt Kayla stopped to spend the night on their way home from Panguitch to Laramie. We got to meet the newest Boshell cousin, Cecilia.
Tess loved her!

For dinner Kade chose his favorite sweet and sour meatballs, con queso and chips, and pineapple. I made him a chocolate oreo cream cake topped with six candles! We rang in the new year at 8:30 with a funny countdown on Netflix and some confetti poppers out in the snow. 


Christmas 2014

We had a laid back, calm, happy, fun, beautiful, and all-around perfect Christmas this year, and I'm not just saying that! I really think that it could not have gone any better. It certainly helps that we have two kids that make everything about Christmas more exciting, and that we woke up to fluffy, magical snow to complete the package. 

We started our celebrations on Christmas Eve morning with our traditional (as in we have done this twice now...) breakfast at Kneaders and an early matinee. The kids wanted to see Penguins of Madagascar, so we did. It was pretty funny, but the best part of the movie is always the recliners.

We played host to my parents and Brian and Heather (who had just flown in to SLC) for Christmas Eve dinner. We ate tasty ham, turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and all the fixings. Plus egg nog and sweet potato pie, just to make sure that we had enough sugar running through our veins. Kade and Tess opened up Christmas jammies and acted out the nativity before we sent the family home and the kids to bed so Santa could stop by.

Unfortunately, Chad and I woke up before the kids and didn't even sleep in! What the heck! Let's be honest... I was really excited and didn't sleep much... Some things never change. Santa brought us all some great gifts and we spent a couple of hours taking our time unwrapping things from the big guy, as well as grandparents and other family.
We were all very spoiled!

The freshly fallen snow was begging to be played in, so the kids headed out to try out new sleds from Grandpa Doug and Grandma Meesh while Chad and I made breakfast. After warming up with some hot chocolate, the rest of the day involved lots of candy, trying out new toys, playing games, laying around, and even a quick run in the snow for me. Just the way I like my Christmases!


The Buildup to Christmas

December last year was not the best... we had just moved in, were still trying to find a tenant for our house, and just felt stressed and overwhelmed. This year I was committed to enjoying the Christmas season, feeling the Spirit, and having lots of fun. I think I was successful. We did a lot of fun things in the weeks leading up to the big day to help us all get excited.

 The kids and I built and decorated gingerbread houses. We did this as a kid, but I hadn't ever made my own real-deal gingerbread, so I thought I'd give it a try. I am mean, though, and I made the kids decorate graham cracker houses because I didn't want them to mess up my big one that I had baked...Turns out they were really into the whole thing and actually did a great job! (I was smart this year and hot glued the houses together before decorating.)

All of the Boshell kids that live in Utah/Salt Lake/Davis Counties got together for treats, hot chocolate, and FHE. It was fun to visit, let the kids play, and see each other aside from the regular craziness of Christmas parties.
Chad surprised me with tickets to go to the Nutcracker! I have always wanted to see the real thing, so I was pretty excited. Grandparents watched the kids while we went to dinner and to Capitol Theater and enjoyed the ambiance of downtown SLC at Christmastime.

Sometimes I like to do "fun mom" stuff, like try to make our pumpkin pancakes into festive shapes... This kind of worked, but Kade's snowman was more like three blobs. The kids were happy, so who really cares, right?

Decorating sugar cookies is an ALL DAY process, but it is completely necessary, in my opinion. Santa needs these cookies to make it around the world, dang it! Only a couple of cookies were victim to piles of excess sprinkles.

We also enjoyed the annual Hancey Family Christmas Party. Kade got to be a wise man this year, and once again Tess refused to participate, until she got to be Santa and help hand out gifts. It's always fun to see how many kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids have come from these two awesome people.

By far my most favorite activity that we did this year (and did not take any pictures of) was our trip to This Is The Place State Park. I just love getting away from the hustle and bustle and enjoying the quiet, simple Christmases of the past. We also took a trip to Temple Square, which was fun and not even crowded! Success!