Today Jack was standing in front of the television when Maxwell said "Uh, Jack's toe is bleeding." Jack had no idea his big toe was a bloody mess. And no idea how it ended up that way. So we went to Alpine Pediatrics where the Nurse Practitioner told Jack he was a very brave boy, and wouldn't need stitches. RELIEVED! She cleaned his toe, bandaged it up nicely, and sent him home with a sucker, a bouncy ball, and a sticky hand that is now semi-permanently stuck to the vaulted ceiling. Awesome.
I told Jack to make a happy face for a picture for Dad. He preferred his mad face, and there you have it.
It snowed this week. And though we don't have many family traditions, one that we started when we became a family was to make Snowball Cookies on the first snowy day of the season. And since we like cookies so much, we usually make them on other random, snowy days, too. They help ease my pain and anxiety over winter. You know-- carbs.
There is nothing better than Snowball Cookies and hot chocolate on a snowy day. Snowball Cookies
1 c. butter
1/2 c. confectioners sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. sifted flour
1 c. chocolate chips
1 c. chopped pecans (an option I don't use)
Additional confectioners sugar (for rolling)
Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add remaining ingredients, mix. Use a teaspoonful (I use a small ice cream scoop) of dough and roll into small ball. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool slightly and roll in confectioners sugar. (I roll them twice.)
We have some important events to celebrate at our house this weekend!
Today is Aaron's 44th birthday. I honestly thank the heavens for that man every day of my life, so I'm especially looking forward to celebrating him today! Although, I still need to go buy the presents. (Busy week.)
Today, we are also celebrating Jack's Preschool Graduation. Since he has a late birthday, I have always planned on waiting until he was 6 to start kindergarten. But now that he is finished with preschool, it's obvious we are both ready for him to start kindergarten next year. He's all registered, and we have his 5 year old "shots" appointment next month. And while I'm a little bit sad that our baby is growing up (in just the blink of an eye he'll be graduating from high school) I'm also excited to move onto the next phase of life.
Of course, Monday we'll celebrate a rainy Memorial Day, and Tuesday will mark 10 years of marriage for us. TEN years. Someti…
In November of 2012, Parker came home from serving a mission in Florida. I can't even begin to describe the complete JOY (there is no other word for it) a parent (yes, even a "step-parent") feels when their child, or man child as was Parker's case, comes home after being away for 2 whole years. And Parker's mission was the absolute longest mission ever. He was gone FOR.EV.ER.
Maddy's friend,Jedidiah Thunell, was there to capture Parker's arrival at the airport, and then made this awesome video to help us remember that day. Incredible talent- that boy will have an Academy Award someday.
Elder Parker Grant from Grantma and Grantpa on Vimeo.
This past August, Maddy left to serve a mission
in Denmark. We knew from our experience with
Parker that the curbside drop off is rushed and hurried, and I thought
we were prepared this time around- experienced, seasoned missionary parents. We pulled up to the curb, and saw one of her