January, 2015

While it might seem like we did not do anything during January, it’s not true. I have just been procrastinating about writing my blog.

Sam turns 6 on January 11! We go to his after party party. His first party has been with his friends at the Legos store. Auntie Leigh makes him another incredible cake. This time it is of an Enderman from the Minecraft game. He opens our presents and we all eat cake!

Sam with his Enderman cake

Sam with his Enderman cake


The eatable cake is behind the Enderman

The eatable cake is behind the Enderman


Sam with Auntie Leigh looking pretty tired

Sam with Auntie Leigh looking pretty tired


Sam playing with his kinetic sand from Aunt Peg and Uncle Ted

Sam playing with his kinetic sand from Aunt Peg and Uncle Ted

On January 16 we host a dinner for our friends, Diana and Peter. I make some pretty killer hors d’ouevres, potatoes, and green beans and John seares some scallops. We have sherbet and strawberries for dessert. I think the dinner is a success!

Salmon on rye and egg salad on carrot and radish rounds

Salmon on rye and egg salad on carrot and radish rounds


Diana, Peter and John

Diana, Peter and John

Later this weekend, Jonathan, Nathan, and Sam come over. In addition to playing tennis all together and going out to lunch, we take Nathan and Sam for haircuts. The kids seem pleased by their new shorter locks!

Nathan before

Nathan before


Nathan after

Nathan after


Sam before

Sam before


Sam after

Sam after


The next weekend, January 24, Sarah moves back home. Jonathan, John, and I help with the move. Before long she is looking pretty settled in her upstaris apartment although there are still pictures to be hung and John and I need to finish clearing out one of the closets. This move is good for us too as we are forced to deal with a lot of accumulated junk.
Sarah's living room

Sarah’s living room


Sarah's bedroom

Sarah’s bedroom


Finally after quite a long time due to John’s hip surgery, we make it back to Utah. Mostly I want to get the house clean and ready for my sisters’ visit at the end of February. We have a couple of rainy days but the temperatures are springlike and we visit Zion while there.
Rainy day out our back window

Rainy day out our back window


Beautiful Zion

Beautiful Zion


On a trip to the ABC store to buy some wine we notice a new sign!

On a trip to the ABC store to buy some wine we notice a new sign!


In addition to all these activities John pays his last visit to the doctor and gets the go ahead to resume normal activities, we have a lot of workers in to take care of plumbing, cable and gutters, I take Jonathan shopping for his birthday, and we have dinner out with Karen and George.

At first I was going to write that January was a slow month – but I guess it wasn’t!!

January 7, 2015 – A belated Happy New Year

I have finally caught up with my December blog entries and now it is time to move on to 2015. We celebrated New Year’s Eve pretty quietly with our friends, Karen and George. We made a dinner which could have been a lot more successful and wished each other happy new year at 9:30. We finished by cleaning up the kitchen and going to bed by 10:30 PM. Woo hoo.

John and I are in the midst of trying to lose weight AGAIN!!! Our injuries and surgeries led to a pretty couch-potato-ish existence in 2014. I know we’ve done the diet thing before and I know we can do it again. Towards that end along with eating correctly and doing some exercise, I’ve started writing in my Dining Lite blog – https://dininglite.wordpress.com/

Here’s to a healthier 2015!