Sunday, March 31, 2013

Other misc. news

Luke and my dad have started brewing beer. So far we have made an Ale, a Wheat and a Rye Pale Ale. It's quite a process and takes over a month from brew date to drink date. In fact, so far we have only been able to try the English Ale and it was quite delicious. I am looking forward to the Wheat beer as that is my favorite. Jack even got to make his own root beer which only had to sit for five days and was pretty tasty.
Transferring the beer

I have still been running and finally got myself a new stroller. I was using my double stroller, but I only run when Jack is in school now and it is really awkward running with a double stroller with only one kid in it. So I splurged and got a really nice single jogging stroller. Lily loves it and the best part is that it fits through our front door!! So now when she falls asleep, I can just bring the stroller inside and let her keep sleeping in it.

Luke started his new job and he spends three days a week in Colorado Springs. He leaves early Tuesday morning and then he comes home Thursday around dinner time. The kids try to skype him the nights he is gone.

It is becoming a ritual that we play charades when Luke gets home on Thursday night. I think this is Jack's all time favorite game.

Now that I have kitchenware again, I can finally bake! Yay! Although I quickly discovered that Lily is a butter fiend. She will devour butter like no one else. I now have to hide the butter whenever I use it to avoid any tantrums from denying her indulgence:
Lily "greasing" the pans

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Luke's band

Luke and a couple of his buddies started a band and have been working on putting together a set so that we can go to the local open mic nights at the breweries. The band has no name yet, but we are working on it. They play great music and the kids love dancing to it. 

Jack decided he wanted to join the band too, so he is now their official "shaker"

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Look who's talking

Lily has been talking up a storm lately. She can say at least 50 words and she is starting to combine words, like "more please" or "water please" etc. This video is a few months old, but you can hear some of the words she can say. I think it's funny that when you ask her to say "Lily" she says "Mama." (Sorry for the video. My phone is slowly dying and the audio/video are not in sync).

One of Lily's favorite things to say is "I know." This girl wants to do everything by herself!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Luke's Farewell England Trip

Luke had to fly back to England for a week to finish up the dirty work of cleaning out our storage. It was a sad and messy trip and I'm really glad I didn't have to do it. Although Luke and I did skype every morning and I watched as he went box by box through all our stuff and I had to decide what to keep and what to give away. It was a sad week. I hope I never have to do that again. 

Lily talking to Luke over skype
Luke's new job gave him some money to help us sent back 13 boxes of stuff. Each box cost about $100 to ship so we had to make sure that we filled it with more than $100 of value to make it worth it. We were able to send back things like our nice, expensive sheets, our hiking backpacks, our mementos, etc. About two weeks after Luke's trip all of the boxes were delivered. It was like Christmas all over again. Jack didn't even remember most of the toys that Luke had packed.

The kids inspecting the boxes

What a mess! Now we have to find space for all this stuff
Jack is most happy to have his Wii back. I think I am most happy for my food processor. It has been over two years since I've used it. I shipped it with us to Switzerland, but once we got there we realized we could never use it because of the power supply. So it sat unused for two years, and now I finally have it back again!