Holidays, Life, Misc.

Little life catch-up

The weekend flew by this time…boo. Sunday night, Asher even said, “Wait, it’s Monday already tomorrow? The weekend went so fast!”

I’m not really sure why, since for us, it was actually a lower key weekend than usual. (No full day swim meets or tournaments or anything like that.)

It was a good weekend, though! Lots of fun stuff. Here’s a few highlights from the last few days:

1. Solo Ensemble

Asher had his band solo ensemble competition on Saturday afternoon. I took him to that while Ivan went to basketball with Ethan.

After my post last week bemoaning our terrible in-person shopping experience, you’ll be glad to know that Ivan (arguably the better shopper of the two of us, anyway) did indeed save the day. He went to Macy’s on his lunch break on Friday and apparently found exactly what Asher wanted, in about 5 minutes. Hmph. I’m so glad I ran all over creation for 2 1/2 hours on Thursday night.

Final product:

The black pants/ white shirt combo. Both probably worth the effort, since the pants should come in handy for other events, as will the shirt, I’m sure.

Asher did great on his first ever drum solo. He was surprisingly really nervous before it. (This really did surprise me! Before we left home, he kept saying, “Ooh, I’m so nervous!!”) Remember, he’s my kid who gets up on a swim block in front of huge crowds of people to swim in often fairly high stakes (for him) competitive races, with seemingly little to no nerves (or at least none that he really ever mentions).

I reminded him he was just playing for one judge- not a big performance….but he was still nervous. ๐Ÿ™‚ His audition was at 3:40 and they said we should be there 30-40 minutes early. At 2:30 he was hounding on me to get going so we could leave to get there. I was like, “ummm…we live 2 minutes from the school…..we are going to be SO early.” Haha. But I just went with it, we were early and it was fine. ๐Ÿ™‚

The judge was very nice and gave him some great feedback after. He also got a “1st” rating, which is the highest one for his level. Asher liked the experience and was really happy after. I think he will definitely do it again next year.

It brought back so many memories for me! I used to do these yearly solo ensembles for both piano and cello from 7th- 12th grade. (I also used to get so nervous!!!)

The judge also complimented Asher on his cool drumsticks. At the last second, Asher decided to grab his Aerosmith Rockin’ Rollercoaster 20th Anniversary sticks that we bought him at Disney World last year. (They’ve been on display in his room- but he wanted to use them for the competition.)

2. Superbowl Sunday

Sunday was the Superbowl, of course. My parents came on Saturday and stayed over so we could all watch the game together in a little mini Superbowl party. Ivan made homemade nachos for dinner! SO GOOD.

We made a little betting pool with a winner for each quarter and each put $5 in (including the kids, from their own money). I ended up winning $10! Woo-hoo! lol! It was obviously just for the fun of it.

It was a pretty good game, I thought! Lots of action. I still hadn’t really decided who I was rooting for even after the 1st quarter started…but then settled on the Bengals. Honestly, I really didn’t care. But after I decided on the Bengals, I got more invested in it (for no apparent reason) and was bummed when LA came back for the win! Haha.

everyone lounging around…..

3. Valentine’s Day

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. I’ve been telling people this week how I really just get burned out on anything special/ holiday/ etc. after Christmas ends. It literally takes me MONTHS to feel in the mood to decorate or partake in festivities!! So I’m generally kind of a Debbie Downer when it comes to the later winter and spring holidays. I’d be pretty happy to mostly sit out Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and even Easter! I always do a little something, because that’s just how I am and I can’t bring myself to completely ignore the holidays. ๐Ÿ˜‰

But the excitement just isn’t there for me. I do have some Valentine’s Day decorations downstairs, but I honestly forgot and didn’t even get them out.

I told Ivan last week that we should just not celebrate with gifts or anything this year. We just went on a trip, anyway. I don’t need anything from him! He was fine with that. We don’t generally do a lot for V-Day, but sometimes we do buy each other a little something. However, we’ve got a lot going on right now and I really just didn’t feel like dealing with gift buying, though. We still had a very nice night last night and I still feel plenty loved. ๐Ÿ™‚ No need for a gift to show me that!

I did pick up a few treats for the boys- mostly out of tradition.

I just bought some of their favorite candies and a card. They are trying to stockpile some candy to take on the plane to Europe next month, so they were pretty happy. (We’ll see if it lasts another ~4 weeks before we leave….)

I really like the cards I found for them!

Oh- something funny, happened, too! Asher wanted some eggs before he left for swim practice, so I said I’d make them for him. I cracked two eggs into the pan, and look how they turned out!

They formed a perfect heart!! I didn’t do anything to shape them- they just started to cook like that! A little Valentine’s gift from the….chickens, I guess. ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Gratitude:

I am grateful for my boys’ friends. They both have great friends in their lives and I’m grateful for that.

8 thoughts on “Little life catch-up”

  1. I love the clothing story so much. Nice job I and A! Good effort K! lol

    Other way we are opposites – i grin and bear the pressures of Christmas but St Pat’s Day is my JAM. We do the Shamrock Shuffle 5k every year, eat corned beef, take in the parade… Madison is so fun. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. The heart-shaped eggs! So cute! I love it! We did not do anything for Valentine’s Day either. Pre-kids I would make Phil his favorite meal, which is lentil enchiladas. But that’s kind of it. Although this year he surprised me and got me a card! He is NOT a card person. He finds them to be a total waste of money since they get thrown away. But me winning $1,500 pushed him over the edge and he bought a card and wrote a very sweet message in it. The fact that he never buys cards made it all the more special. I am probably making him sound like a jerk but he really is a wonderful guy, he’s just not a present or card person. I am not a present person either so we are very compatible in that regard.

    Paul had a valentine’s day celebration at school so I didn’t do anything for him at home, but that moons card would have been perfect for him because he LOVES space so much! If we weren’t going on a trip this week, I would have got a heart-shaped pizza for dinner from Papa Murphy’s. But we wouldn’t be around to eat the leftovers so that felt wasteful.

    Great job to Asher on the drum solo! He looks so handsome in his dress clothes! Good job to dad for taking care of that. Go figure it was something he did in 5 minutes after you ran around for 2.5 hours…

    Oh and we had nachos for the superbowl, too!


  3. The dress outfit looks perfect! Since COVID and changing churches (to a very laid-back dress code)…the kids rarely dress up and I really DO miss it.
    Without concerts or other events that would normally cause the kids to put on different clothes…oh well. I’m sure that time will cycle back around to us, but GAH he just looks so, so sweet!

    We also had nachos for the Superbowl (and we almost never have nachos). Great minds were thinking alike!


  4. so envious of your parents living so close by and can join you for super bowl. the nachos look fantastic! it’s getting me hungry. Happy Valentines’ day for your boys… they are lucky to have you to make it special.


  5. oh… congrats to Asher. It’s so funny that they are cool in one setting and nervous in another. I think that’s good practice, to keep calm while nervous.


  6. Congrats to Asher. Great performance… and those drum sticks ARE really cool.
    Love the heart-shaped eggs. We don’t do anything for Valentine’s Day (it wasn’t a thing where I grew up, so I don’t have expectations either).


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