Monday, April 20, 2015

Birthday Celebrations and Scott's Travels

My younger sister Becca, and best friend along with Scott and Mom, arrived Sunday with her family, the day before my birthday. It was a really quick trip; they had gone out to Utah for a wedding and then came over here for a few days before they had to head back home to school and work. The children adored having them here. We all did actually.
Becca and I had some fun in the kitchen together. Their family is gluten-free and vegan, so we made a couple of pizzas, her gluten-free vegan version(which was so yummy!) and my whole wheat version (for my family), and then we made a birthday treat of oatmeal cream pies, also gluten-free and vegan.
I loved cooking together, both of us in our element, and enjoying one another.

Yum! Those taste as good as they look!
Monday morning we had green smoothies and granola for breakfast (my request) and I opened gifts. 
I LOVED all the homemade coupons the kids made for me with all sorts of awesome deals like, "I'll load the dishwasher" and "I'll clean the room of your choice" and "I'll take you out for dinner"...They say they're going to do extra chores to earn money to pay for that one ;).

Becca, Blake and Bella got me military type boots, a beautiful blush dressy tank, and a necklace that Becca put together that had a tree of life pendant hanging on the chain along with a couple of other beautiful things.
Scott made me some wood plank board/tray things for my food photography and I picked out a light reflector (which I might return and get a smaller one), and he helped fund part of my shopping spree. My parents and Scott's parents contributed to the shopping spree as well; love them all!
After gifts we went for a hike at Chatauqua in Boulder

Then Becca and I went shopping and then we came back, picked up Patricia who watched the kids for us so we could go on a double date to dinner. We ate at a place called Linger, in Denver which has some yummy gluten-free and vegan options along with lots of other whole foods items.

I'm wearing the new tank Becca got me and my new white blazer I found when we were shopping. Mom, how do you like my make-shift birthday candle? Remind you of our years growing up at home? I think we did that a lot :). Love it! I'm also holding Hazelnut Gelato that we picked up at Whole Foods after our dinner, and we picked up some other baked goods as well. Fun fact, hazelnut gelato was my all time favorite flavor to get when we were visiting Rome. I think I had it every day we were there.

Cute cousins, Bella and Annabelle.
This picture was taken a few days later, with the new dress and sweater I picked out while shopping. It's so long and comfy, I love it! 

 And I'm going to throw in a seemingly random old picture here. A  friend of mine here sent me this photo below that she saw online of my great grandmother Mae Pearl Schramm and I thought she looked quite a bit like my mother and myself so I wanted to post it here, next to some pictures of me.
One other thing I requested from Scott for my birthday was a jam tart, but I didn't want to have it while my sister and her family were here because it's made with wheat flour and they don't do gluten. So we waited until later in the week, and actually Scott made this Sunday, the day he took off back to Utah for work. 

 Love that man of mine! He's such a thoughtful and sweet husband.
 When Scott was getting ready to go, Nora was following him around saying, "Daddy, I come with you?!". She cried a lot when she found out she couldn't go.
 We tried to explain it to Nora, that he'll be making lots of trips like this until we all meet him out in Utah next month, but to a two year old, it's nonsense. Hence, daddy wiping away her tears.
 None of us like it when he leaves, but at least the rest of us understand that this is temporary and he'll come back again. Also, I'm so busy with life and all that the kids are doing that the time flies so that's good. And it's not like I have a bunch of toddlers, I only have a couple of really young ones and I have a few older kids that can help with the younger ones, so that's been really nice. Charles has been taking the girls to bed and Elisabeth has been doing a lot of extra cleaning and sometimes they switch. I'm grateful for all their help. And I'm grateful Scott has a phone again (was without one for several days because he had to turn his last one in to his previous firm and wait for his new one to arrive, provided by the new firm) so that we can call and text throughout the day, and I'm grateful for our google hangouts and face time so we can see each other every day, even if it is from a distance.

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