We've spent the last week thinking warm thoughts, brought on by the return of a few days when the thermometer reached 50 degrees! One local weather broadcast said that it had been 114 days since the last time we experienced a 50 degree day, so it was a welcome feeling.
In another burst of spring fever, Peter decided it was time to put together the grill that arrived as a Christmas present. While the guys built it, Anya Rashi did what every self-respecting preschooler should do: she played in the box the entire time.
Our weekend plans fit nicely with the theme -- my sister Alicia visited, and instead of staying with us, she decided to book a room at a hotel with a small waterpark. We didn't tell the kids until Saturday morning, and Anya Rashi packed her own suitcase within 15 minutes of the good news! After removing the two skirts, dominoes, Christmas outfit, Ziploc bag full of costume jewelry, and fluffy princess slippers, there was room for essentials such as pajamas and swim suit. What she lacked in packing know-how she certainly made up for with enthusiasm!
We swam in the afternoon, the evening, and again in the morning before checking out. The kids had a ball!
Sunday afternoon was spent with my mom's entire side of the family -- minus the children. My mom's family has a winter get-together each year so the grown-ups can have a chance to catch up with each other's lives. We have a pot luck lunch, then talk and play card games, etc., then finish up with a snack/early light dinner.
The jewelry photos were the result of a great surprise -- Kim, who is married to one of my cousins, makes stunning jewelry from recycled metal. She gave me one set of earrings and pendant, and I purchased another set (only $8.00!!!) for a friend's birthday. Kim said that she likes to keep her prices low so that everyone can afford them, and her costs are kept low because much of her materials are recycled metal. I love it when you discover new facets to someone you've known for a few years!
So . . . the grill is currently living in our garage. Because we're supposed to have 2-3 inches of snow today, and maybe some freezing rain. The warm thoughts are over, for today at least!