Wednesday, February 5, 2014

December's over but...Tuba Christmas 2013

I lied! I'm posting a "catch up" post afterall! :D

In December, Stephen and his friend Zach, participated in the Fort Worth Tuba Christmas. Have you ever been to an event like this? So neat! It's all bass clef instruments performing Christmas songs. There were tubas, sousaphones, euphoniums, baritones (is a euphonium and a baritone the same thing?) and I'm sure others, but I don't know their names. Stephen played tuba and Zach played baritone.

 Here's Stephen in his Tuba Christmas scarf and toboggan!

Here's a little sample of the sound! Check your area for a Tuba Christmas for 2014!  It's a fun holiday event!


Monday, February 3, 2014

Hello Hello!

The time between now and my last post has flown by and so many events and thoughts and randomness has happened in that time, I should probably write a series of catch up posts. If I were a proper family historian, that is precisely what I would do. But I'm not. I'm not a blogger or a scrap booker or a family historian. Or maybe I'm some weird combo of all those and more! For certain I'm a 40 something (young 40 something!) woman hoping to record some family events, and occasional random thoughts that I will someday, somehow extract off this blog in the massive interwebs and have a snapshot of my world during this period of my life. The raising my boy period. A period of life that is passing ALL TOO QUICKLY for my comfort. That being said...

Today was a "snow" day. Which really means we had a period of freezing rain yesterday, followed by a bunch of oddly large sleet. The temps stayed below freezing, so our little, rural town's roads iced over and the kids got a day off! (that they get to make up in May...they always seem to forget that part! ;)) Unfortunately, the city where the university where I work resides, didn't have the same amount of sleet and I had to go to work. [sad face] 

And now I'm over the cold. It's been too cold. And no snow. None that I've seen. Always the ice. Always the freezing rain. Always the sleet. And while I dig getting paid days off work for ANY reason...I want to see some snow. Beautiful snow. Otherwise, let's get on with spring already. I have two new pair of yellowbox flip flops that are waiting for warm weather and a pedicure on my tootsies.

Since the beginning of the new year, we have all been making an effort to eat at home. Virgil and I bring breakfast and lunch from home, and I buy groceries regularly and prepare our evening meals at home. Stephen brings his lunch to school. Commuting almost an hour each way for work, I had gotten into such a rut of not cooking. It had become too easy to pick up breakfast on way, go out for lunch, and pick up supper on the way home. A waste of money, and totally unhealthy. In the past month we have all lost weight as this allows us to watch our carb intake. An all around win!

I've discovered some great recipes. Moroccan Roasted Butternut Squash for one! This, paired with steamed fresh green beans and baked pork chops has become one of my favorite meals. Mostly because of the butternut squash. It tastes fabulous and smells like heaven while cooking. Also, this meal is so easy...I buy the squash already cubed. Don't judge. Stephen puts the pork chops in the crockpot on high when he gets home from school, then I throw some fresh green beans in the steamer and roast the squash when I get home. Easy peasy!

Ok, I'm out. Off to watch my recorded episode of Downton Abbey. Because I love me some Mr. Bates.