Welcome to the home of randomness and squirrels (sometimes they are big, shiny, glittery, flying squirrels). Here you will find family updates, recipes, and occasionally other posts on things I feel need to be said.
One more picture. Just because this kid is too damn cute 😁
I love the goofiness that is Rhys :-D I took him to the optometrist last week for a check-up. Unsurprisingly he needed a new prescription. I had also been noticing for a while that his frames were looking small for his face. So he picked out new frames and they ordered them for us. Well, they came in today. Four words. One. VERY. Happy. Boy.
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope your day yesterday was full of family, friends, food, and fun.
I love a good gingerbread house build. Trying to do them with two (impatient) boys means we haven't done them in years.
This year though I found a "Log Cabin Kit". I have to admit that while I bought it with the boys in mind, I really wanted to make it too ;-)
As I was perusing news articles online yesterday, I ran across this article. When I first saw the headline I didn't know who it was talking about. Out of curiosity, I clicked the link. I am beyond glad that I took the time to read the article and watch the video!
WOW! Just wow!
The kids' classes at our dojang (Trail Martial Arts) are split by age: 3-4, 5-6, 7-9, & 10-16. The kids usually move up to the next class after a birthday. There are other times though where they will "belt out" of the class they are in. This is when they have finished earning all the belts in their age group. Rhys just accomplished that tonight! This kid amazes me every single day! This is my kid who knew everything they asked him, and then some :-D The pictures from his grading are here.
"That went really well!"
Something I didn't think I would be able to say when Gareth and Rhys said they wanted to learn how to cross-stitch.
A bit of backstory: I have a cross-stitch project that has been in the works for the last 10 years (I know, I know, classic Nancy). I started working on it again after a friend of mine was over and I showed it to her. The boys have been watching me work on it. They both expressed interest in learning how to cross-stitch. Gareth had a beginner kit sitting from a while ago and I picked one up for Rhys while I was out today.
So, as most of you know, Gareth has been training in traditional Tae Kwon Do since he was 5½ years old (he is now 11¾ .....YIKES!)
At Tae Kwon Do, we have what is called "formal grading". These are the gradings where we are able to earn our next belt. They are a pretty big deal at the best of times.
Last night Gareth hit a milestone with his training; he earned his RED belt!
Words cannot express how proud I am of this kid!
Growing kids. They are ALWAYS hungry!!
When I was growing up I can remember my mum making what we called "Kitchen Sink Muffins". We called them that because she put everything in them except the kitchen sink. I remember her making batches so big that she would mix them in half of her turkey roaster!
Now, her muffins were heavy as rocks, and more filling than just about anything I can think of, but they were tasty, cheap, and easy to throw at us as we came in hungry after school.