Greetings! Welcome to another edition of Weekly mishmash. Here’s what’s been going on around here lately:
This has been a CRAZY week! Bellie had the first of her two spring ballet performances on Friday (which followed a week of intense rehearsals). They are doing Alice in Wonderland, which is really cute! She gets to be a bunny and then one of the Queen of Hearts’s attendants. I am constantly amazed by the creativity of her ballet director; the choreography is really neat. My favorite is the “caterpillar” where they use several dancers outfitted with frilly green umbrellas to give the impression of a many-legged insect. Fun to see!
Junior had a karate tournament on Saturday. He got two first-place medals and was really proud of himself! His biggest brag was that he beat a really talented kid from his class who outranks him. I thought that was pretty exciting!
This evening I am being a friend’s daughter’s sponsor at her Confirmation. I was really honored that she chose me. I think she views me as something of a mentor, which I find flattering. It’s kind-of fun because she and I share a passion for writing, French, and Hercule Poirot. Also her confirmation name is St. Dymphna, who is a personal favorite of mine because of her association with mental health:-)
My children somehow got interested in The Great British Baking Show. I blame friends of ours, since I hate hate hate cooking shows. Well, and cooking in general. But the kids decided they would have their own “Cooking Challenge” and Hubby and I were to judge. Here are the inspired creations:
Voted WINNER for Best Presentation:
Voted WINNER for Most Intense Flavor and Name:
Voted WINNER for Most Creative Recipe Idea:
Evvie got an award too (she wasn’t so interested in the whole baking thing), for Best Performance of a Tantrum in the Kitchen.
While the Midwest has been struggling with nasty wintery weather still, that same front came through a couple of weeks ago. We had a tornado warning! That never happens. Basically, we just got a lot of damaging hail. Then the next day or so it got really cold and we got snow. It took a little while for it to melt again (at least half a day) and the kids got their boots out and snowmobiled around the yard. Hubby and Spike built a snowman. But by the next day he had melted and it looked like spring again! Weather is weird.
I was able to meet the challenge from last year (50 books read in 50 weeks!) and got my sweet Extreme Book Nerd prize: a hoodie sweatshirt! They just came in last week….it took a looooong time for them to come in at our library. But I really like it. I am trying to do the Extreme Book Nerd challenge again this year but it has been hard with how busy I am and all the teacher certification stuff I have to read. But we shall see.
While sprucing up outside, I realized my front door wreath was not very spring-y. I wanted to do something a little different than just a traditional wreath, so I went on Pinterest and got some ideas. Ultimately, I really wanted to use an old bike tire and put flowers on it, but wasn’t having luck finding a suitable tire anywhere. I did, however, find an old horse collar at an antique store and thought that might look interesting. Added some spring-like floral and ribbon and Voila! Country front door decor. I am really pleased with how it turned out! What do you think?
That’s all for now! Enjoy your week!