Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Prep

Look at this everyone.  See those frozen casseroles?  That's Friday's dinner.

Whoop whoop!

I'm prepared people!

Josie (and Henry) are on vacation this week, so I enlisted Josie's help to make dinner for tonight and then put together two lasagnas for Friday.  We're hosting Christmas at our house and everyone but my parents arrive on Friday. 

I'm not the best cook in the world, so when hosting multiple dinners, I usually stick to dishes that I can make ahead of time and which are mostly fool proof.

Because I am definitely a fool when it comes to cooking.

We started off making a spinach, potato, egg casserole for dinner tonight.  Josie has hockey practice, so it helps to have something easy that one of the teenagers can stick in the oven at the last minute, so we don't have to wait too long to eat once we all get home.

I make a lot of casseroles.

Next up was the two lasagnas - one with ricotta cheese and one without for those of us with ricotta-free stomachs.

Both lasagnas have meat - half ground beef and half spicy Italian sausage.

Josie put together the ricotta lasagna and I put together the ricotta-free lasagna.

And then we wrapped them up with foil, put them in plastic bags and stuck them in the freezer.  Tonight, if I have time, I'm going to make a chicken enchilada soup for Monday night.  

We are prepared for Christmas.  I've wrapped most of the presents, we got a tree and decorated the house.  I've menu-planned and Josie is going to make some cookies... I think we're doing well.  

Monday, December 12, 2016

Hockey Begins

I do realize that for months I've been saying that Henry doesn't want to be a part of my blog anymore and yet he keeps making anonymous :) appearances on this site nonetheless.  I do want to respect his request, but when I spend an entire weekend watching him play hockey, I do feel the need to report about it for my future records.  Besides, it seems to be the photos that I make him pose for that annoy him and not necessarily the ones when he's in full uniform, playing hockey.

Henry's first game of high school hockey was on Friday.  This is Henry's high school team's second year in existence - they lost a decent player or two last year but they added an equal number of new students.  They are starting to become more competitive which is nice.

On Friday afternoon, I was delighted to see an old friend - the mother of someone from our hometown who was in kindergarten with Henry and who played town hockey off and on with Henry over the years.  Kindergarten doesn't seem that long ago, believe it or not - even if both boys are now high school juniors.  

There was one less-than-pleasant moment when Henry got knocked down and then got up and (in his words) "shoved the first person on the other team that he saw" which ended up being his old friend, who then retaliated and they both ended up in the penalty box while their mothers watched, worried that something bad had taken place between the two of them while we reminisced about what good friends they used to be!

After the game, though, the boys laughed and laughed over the incident.  Both said that they had no idea who it was they were attacking until they both ended up in the box.  Ha!

It was fun to see them and it reinforces my theory that it's a small, small world.

On Saturday, Gordy and I went to one of Josie's hockey games and then Josie joined us at Henry's afternoon game.

It was a freezing cold rink but the game was exciting.

Last year, Henry's team scored a total of three goals over all their games.

On Saturday, his team got four goals in one game!  

They still lost, 8-4 but still.  That's pretty amazing.

I'll end this post here, before I share too much about Henry (eye roll) but before I do, here's a gift:

A mom from the other team brought a friend.  So cute, right?

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Random Post

I don't have much to tell you about today, but I did want to post some iPhotos so I remember what happened in November that I didn't already mention.

November was the month of the Film Festival at Henry's school.  Henry is a co-leader of the film club and they organized submissions, had two viewings and an award ceremony.  I missed the high school showing but managed to make it into Brookline for the middle school's turn.  The movies were all quite good - and it was fun to watch Henry give a speech and as a added bonus, I got to see Josie there.  win-win-win.   And if anyone asks, that is not Henry in the above photo.  That's my story and I'm sticking with it.

It's properly winter now and today it even snowed.  Pippa Middleton has become taken to sleeping Princess and The Pea-style.

And so would I, if I could get away with it.

I took this photo of a photo at Gordy's parent's house on Thanksgiving.  Look how sweet young Henry and Georgia looked five years ago:

Josie had a friend from our town over to play and I took them to a trampoline park to burn off some energy.  Here is a photo I took while they listened to the rules of the facility.

I gave Gordy an Amazon Echo for his birthday and it's been fantastic.  Last night, we asked Alexa to play some Dolly Parton  songs ( I cannot for the life of me remember why Dolly Parton came up - perhaps the fires in Gatlinburg?)  and we had an impromptu dance party to Jolene and 9to5.

We have three current big projects - the first is to get through the next two weeks of endless appointments and end-of-the-calendar year functions/concerts.  The second is finish the holiday prep such as cards, decorating, meal planning and do a little bit of redecorating (primarily buying a larger bed for Josie's room and all the sheet, blanket purchasing that requires).  The last task is to get Henry his driver's license which involves a lot of Dealing With the driver's ed company, a lot of swearing under my breath at the driver's ed company and driving around the state with the 16 year old.

And if that sounds fun to you...

Ahh.  Isn't he cute.

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