Wow this week has flown! I am thrilled local sales are starting up. I am loving hitting the road as soon as the kids are off. I visit my favorite thrift stores and hit the local sales. Scoot back home and go through the catch of the day. Here are some of today's lovelies~
I noticed the clouds seemed somewhat strange this afternoon. Looking closely I could see a rainbowing around those near the sun. I've never seen this before but it wasn't too hard to google my observation and find out:
I am seriously loving this unbelievable weather! I can't believe I actually brought the screens up today. (yup, old home with old windows). Our area of upstate New York saw very little snow this winter and now record highs for March. Today reached a lovely 76 degrees with more record breaking highs forecasted for the next few days. It is so wonderful to be able to send the kids right to the backyard for some playing in the sunshine when they get home from school.
It just doesn't seem right. Is this it for winter? Will we be hit with some freak storms in April? How will our crops be affected? Will we have an extraordinary amount of pesky bugs like ticks, black flies, and mosquitos?
I can't help but wonder what influence the mild Winter and early Spring will have on our Summer. So I am enjoying this but warily. Any thoughts?
Okay it was more like a night away but getting away during any part of the weekend is a wonderful thing. Mark is away for the month for training in his new job and we went to see him in Syracuse. Even though he's worked far enough away for the last 4 years to only come home on his days off we've really gotten used to him being home since he's now working locally.
We stayed at Hotel Skyler a former temple totally renovated into a super green hotel. Gorgeous and impressive in its efficiency and energy saving design. There's a keypad on the wall to place your hotel keycard. Without it in place, the room doesn't totally power up. When you leave and take the card with you any extras left on (tv and most lights) will automatically turn off.
We spent this beautiful warm Sunday at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. What a great place! They had wonderful exhibits and a great variety of animals.
Ronan enjoyed having the penguin follow his little stick.
Cutouts always make such fun shots!
Our time went so quickly. The ride home wasn't too bad but kids and long drives don't ever mix that well do they?
This was thankfully a false alarm. She always gets carsick and felt like it this time but didn't. Maybe the dramamine and the bracelets helped. (she is awesome with a bucket though!)
Little Stinker trying to hide & pick! Gross!
It was a great time but a definite downside was bedtime. My kids are totally not used to sleeping away from home and it is a nightmare! The new bed, room, etc. are way too novel and getting them to sleep takes forever!
Little guy didn't have school today so we had a friend come over to "mommy's house" (not his house, apparently this is solely my house). It was great to spend some time with his friend's mom. We don't live close and it's hard to get together. So glad we did today. I found a super simple but Very delicious quiche recipe. Easily adaptable so feel free to add your favorite veggies and/or meats.
Ham & Broccoli Quiche
(recipe from foodnetwork.com *indicates adaptation on my part)
1 refrigerator pie crust (I used a generic brand & it was great)
I'm returning after a loooong absence and want to jump right back in.
The biggest changes are naturally the kids. Looking back over my previous posts it amazes me how they've changed. Kids grow way too fast and it is so easy to lose sight of this day by day. The photos tell the story. Because I am so immensely proud of who they are becoming I am putting them here ~
My Sweet Girl 6 1/2. With a heart so big it is at times heavy for her. Behind her our faithful and beloved Finn who passed away in January.
The Little Guy, turning 4 next month. He has really made great strides recently with his language and speech. Things are really coming together for him.