Monday, March 7, 2011

Leprechauns and Limonata

It is exciting that March is here.  We have a fun month planned--the big part being a wonderful visit with my sister Lois. Normal life carries on as usual, and I like that.  Last week Cal had a school project to either color a rainbow or make a leprechaun trap...he chose the trap.  I let Lee be in charge of making the trap--isn't that nice a me?  It is really funny because Clark and Cal were at my sister's one year during St. Patrick's Day.  They made leprechaun traps--which the little fellows escaped. The leprechauns even managed to color the milk green!  Clark and Cal do not believe in Santa but they believe in leprechauns.  Too funny.
March 2 2011 Cal and Lee making leprechaun trap

March 2 2011 Lee making trap

I was talking to my sister a couple weeks ago about her new date night idea. She wanted to mix things up a bit and make date nights, well, a date night.  Not just a let's-hang-out-watch-a-movie-or-tv-show, but a "real" date. Yes, being together is wonderful; but it's better when a bit more preparation has gone into the evening than a click of a remote. I loved the idea and talked about it with Lee and we are now doing the same! We take turns, rotating every week.  For the first date we went to the fitness center on base to play racquetball. Of course luck would have it that a tournament was in session that night.  So dressed up in workout clothes we played pingpong instead.  After we went home and enjoyed homemade smoothies before the kids came home.

Lee's turn was this week.  I had a fun surprise awaiting me when I checked my email Thursday night! 
March 3 2011 Lee's date

I sat upstairs Friday night with the kids and read while they fell asleep.  When I came down Lee had this all set out: yummy finger foods that we never buy (and good thing too as they aren't "healthy" foods) and one of our indulgences, San Pellegrino Limonata.  
March 4 2011 Date night!

I thought it was so funny that he chilled the Italian lemonade.  Lee and I love this stuff.  If you are at Costco, buy some!  SO GOOD! 
March 4 2011 Date night

We had a regular game night like we have about once a month, but the little note on the computer and all the foods and preparation he did made it so incredibly fun!  We also watched Lord of the Rings part one that night (can't remember what it is called).  I have never seen any of the Lord of the Rings' movies before. I already have a plan for this week, but of course I don't want to spoil the surprise!

I would love to hear any of your date night ideas!!! I hope to keep this going for a long time.

In other news, I think I mentioned Haley in the last post, but she is doing well.  Monday morning she had her tongue clipped--well the extra tissue under her tongue, plus the rest of her right-ear skin tag removed.  She has been great about not touching her ear which is wonderful.

Some new neighbors moved in Sunday night and they are also in our ward (local church congregation).  We had them over for Family Home Evening with another couple in the ward.  We had a great time and I am excited they are our neighbors!

We had Stake Conference this weekend, which we always enjoy.  Some wonderful young women in our ward set up a nursery during the Saturday adult session.  It was great going with Lee.  Usually we go sit in the Relief Society room or the High Council room and listen in over the sound system.  For the Sunday session we listened to a broadcast from Salt Lake City.  President Eyring spoke along with Bishop Burton, Elden Quentin L. Cook and Mary Cook. Bishop Burton was telling a story about Joseph Fielding Smith shopping a at small grocery store, but the broadcast kept cutting out and we didn't hear the whole story.  If anyone else heard it, please tell me the rest of the story!!!

Time for bed (usually happens when I am doing a blog post!) but I have a funny story to add.  Clark enjoyed hearing that his ancestors are from Scotland and England.  He mainly talks about the Scotland side because that is where Lee is from.  Well, last week Clark was tested to see if he knew English...or something of the sorts.  We had put on his school paper work--as we do every year--that two languages are spoken at home.  The other being Spanish.  (It's the last time I am doing that!)  So, they pulled him into testing.  Anyway, he was explaining this to me at home and I was somewhat confused till I got a letter from the superintendent--a different, boring story.  At dinner one night he talked about his test again and said they probably tested him because he was from Scotland.  Ahh....too funny.  I got a laugh out of that.

Have a fabulous week all!


britt said...

Oh, I love the date night idea! Even if you don't go "out" We'll have to do something like that too! Thanks! PS, You'll have to let us know how the leprechaun traps work out!

Roger said...

you'll have to let me know the other boring story about the superintendent. Loved the blog post and I will now have to go get some of the lemonade that you mentioned

Dean and Elaine said...

Enjoyed these great updates! I'll have to teach President about those "date" nights. Sounds fun!

Sarah and Todd said...

Love the leprechaun trap idea! Maybe this will be our first year really celebrating St. Patricks's Day. We're usually doing good just to wear green! And good job with date nights!

Lois said...

Loved the date night idea! You have a really smart sister! ;) Can't wait to see you THIS SATURDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D

Emilee said...

That's a cute date night idea. I don't have any to share, but I'm going to have to steal that one. We live more than an hour away from civilization, so date nights pretty much all have to happen at home. That's a fun way to make a game night a little different.

Megan and Jeremy said...

That is a great idea for date night! We almost always watch a movie or fall asleep early on Friday nights :)

Bishop Burton said, with his wife's help, he finally asked President Smith why they drove so far to go to the store & he said it was because that store honored the Sabbath by staying closed. Cool story!

I loved the story of Clark! That is so sweet & true, you do have a happy face :)