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Happy 16th Anniversary!

Waiting for Tom to get home and enjoying the weather on the front porch. 

Of course we had to start with a traditional anniversary selfie. :)

Our dinner of choice this year was…sushi! This was called the Willis Tower and had layers of crab salad, sushi rice, avocado, spicy tuna, and a few sauces. You ate it with a spoon!

We couldn’t decide between three rolls so let the waiter choose for us. Why yes, that IS gold leaf on there (right).

We wanted dessert and were trying to decide where to go. Our waiter, knowing it was our anniversary, said he’d give us a mochi on the house. We’d never had it, but were game to try it—all we knew is that it would be strawberry flavor. This is what came out: it was strawberry ice cream on the inside. It was tasty but not quite what we had in mind. (I Googled later and learned that mochi is a Japanese rice cake made of mochigome, a short-grain japonica glutinous rice. The rice is pounded into paste and molded into the desired shape.)

So we headed toward home and somehow ended up at The Chocolate Sanctuary where we both indulged in our own desserts! (We rarely get dessert and when we do it’s shared between all for of us.)

Tom had Pecan Bourbon Crème Brulé (Jim Beam infused crème brulée with toasted pecans, topped with toasted meringue and Sanctuary caramel) and I had S’mores Dark Chocolate (Dark chocolate flourless cake with toasted meringue, cocoa graham cracker sable, cocoa graham crumble, Sanctuary spiced caramel, and cocoa-candied bacon).

We may also have let it known it was our anniversary (the couple across from us was celebrating their 38th!) so we may have also indulged in free champagne and raspberry chocolates. 💕

And then this was waiting for us when we got home. (Well, they actually weren’t quite finished when we walked in so we were forcefully instructed to go wait upstairs!)

The kids helped Grannie make rice krispie treats (decorated with our cake topper!) and they drew and colored a sign. They were so excited to surprise us.

It’s kind of hard to see, but they drew and colored lots of wedding-related things (my ring and flowers, the train, the cake, the horse and carriage) as well as some of our favorite things (Petoskey stone, a saw, dolphins). We loved it! And then of course we had to have a bite of still-warm rice krispie bars!!

It was a good day. :)

Katie’s cute person

I love finding things like this.

Katie’s Pre-K artwork!

Oh jeez. I thought I had posted this a looong time ago… Better late than never!

I always wondered why she rarely brought home artwork…and then it all came home on the last day! It took me awhile to get the energy to take pictures of it all, but here they are.

Meet Wonder Woman!

We happened upon face painting while wasting time before my iFly flight. We wanted Owen to get one as well but he refused. 


Kids’ drawings to the rescue!

When you’re trying to use what you have but the presents are too wide for all 12 birthday bags you have…you have the kids decorate pics to glue on. #reducereuserecycle #littlekidswontcaretheyjustwantthepresents


A quick visit to Owen’s classroom. 

I needed to surreptitiously give his teacher his end-of-year book to sign so I made an excuse to pick him up. He was excited because they’ve been studying monarch butterflies and they are hatching some in class and he wanted to show me.

Other stuff from his classroom:

I want to be a better writer and good reader.

Owen’s group was responsible for showing the math concept of Regrouping columns.

Artwork projects in the hallway. I asked him what pieces he drew.

The corn, apples, and pumpkin section:

The horse (which Katie said did not look like a horse):

And this—which I’m not sure what it is, but he was upset that someone scribble-scrabbled on it.

He did the red ladybug on the far right.


It’s a chalk kind of morning. 


She’s really quite good at coloring. 


The picture I didn’t take, however, is what it looks like when she’s done…when ask the white space is colored in as well (usually with the same color so there was really no point in staying inside the lines). :)

Garden stone Christmas present

I finally decided to do this project today.


Of course, because it’s there. 


This is how the entire book was colored.

She apparently just likes to use one color at a time.

Painting ornaments 

We made salt dough ornaments at our friends house the other day and went back tonight to paint some of them.

Katie drew a Snorlax!

She came up and wanted to show me what she drew. I guessed immediately.


Painting snowmen at art night

I missed out on art night since I was in Michigan, so Tom had photo duty!! I had been looking forward to more ceramic ornaments, but this year they decided to do paintings!

Sitting with friends!

Owen’s on the left, Tom’s/Katie’s on the right.

And a photo from Heather:

And the finished projects:

I hate cleaning but I love finding these treasures. 


Katie drew this for our friends. 

Katie drew this a few days ago for our friends. We were going to run errands with them this morning so she remembered she drew it and ran and got it.

Can you tell which is the mom, which is the oldest boy, and which is the youngest boy? :)


Impressive upside down writing. 

I did the K and then she wanted to write the rest of her name. Which she did…upside down (the letters were right side up but she did them upside down). Impressive. 


Katie’s Oddish

Katie is a Pokémon addict. She knows all the characters and what they evolve to. She drew an Oddish last night. :)

This is what a real Oddish looks like:


Katie’s Whale

Complete with water coming out of the blowhole, eyes, and fins. 


A Katie-sized book and a Katie-craft!

We went to a new play group on base with friends. Katie loved the size of this book and the sticker craft (which had 3x as many stickers by the time she was done).