Thursday, February 14, 2019

Snow Day #6

First, we got about 10 inches of snow on Superbowl Sunday.  School was closed that Monday and Tuesday and they had a 2-hour late start on Wednesday.  Then last Friday it started snowing again and didn't stop until Monday and then snowed some more off and on until yesterday.  I think we got about two feet this 2nd time.  School has been closed ALL week, this being the 6th total day so far and tomorrow will be the likely 7th.

I've been working from home all week which has been difficult with them being home all day and running in and out and having friends over and what-not.  I finally decided to just take today off and actually spend some time with them.  Plus I could really use a day to get caught up on some household stuff and projects and I need to start packing for our upcoming trip to Disneyland/Universal Studios/Knott's Berry Farm.

Neighbor girl was helping us shovel our driveway

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

50th Birthday in Las Vegas

I just turned 50.  Half a century.  Ugh.  We decided to use this occasion to go to Vegas where we would also be able to meet my half sister for the first time (still working on that blog post, but a little over a year ago I found out I have a half sister I never knew about).  It started out with 3, maybe 4 couples going (including us) and then a few singles got added, and then some of the husbands dropped out and a few of the couples so when all was said and done it ended up being 4 girls and Paul!  He was a trooper, though, and totally didn't mind and had a great time regardless.  We would have made it a girls' trip but he really wanted to meet my sister, too.

My birthday was January 24th, but we went over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend to take advantage of the extra day.  We flew down on Friday, and one of our friends was on an earlier flight and waiting for us at the airport.  We went together to rent a car (since Paul and I would be driving to my sister's place a little over an hour away), drove to the hotel and then walked around and had lunch while waiting for the other girls to arrive.  Once we were all there we sat at the hotel bar (just a tiny bar in the corner of the lobby) and enjoyed free drinks for awhile!  Then we went to dinner at the Foundation Room in the Mandalay Bay hotel and then to Blue Man Group.

Paul and I at Blue Man Group after the audience threw tissue all over

On Saturday Paul and I drove to Pahrump where my sister lives.  She took us to lunch and then we went to the China Ranch Date Farm across the state line in California.  It's a cool old date farm with trails, old farm equipment, a gift shop and bakery.  It was a cool place.


This interesting rock formation was on the road leading down to the farm from the main road

When we got back Saturday evening we had drinks in the room and played a game for awhile, and then we went to dinner at a tapas restaurant in the Bellagio called Lago.  It had views of the fountains.  And I forgot to take pictures of the tapas but I managed to snap the desserts!



Sunday morning we had brunch at a buffet in Ceasar's Palace and then the girls did some shopping while Paul sat in a bar somewhere and watched one of the football games.  Then we all went to the top of the Eiffel tower.  After that, one of our friends left to go visit her mom while the rest of us rode the roller coaster at New York New York.

That night we went out for my official birthday dinner at Tao at the Venetian.  So good!  They gave us a free dessert, a giant fortune cookie with two different fillings and fruit and chocolate sauce.  Yummy.  After dinner we went to Cirque Du Soleil Mystere.  Great show.  On our way back to the hotel we stopped at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign for a group photo, then went back to the hotel where the gang surprised me with a cake from Carlo's Bakery from the show Cake Boss.  They had picked it up the day before while Paul and I were in Pahrump.



Monday morning we checked out and everyone had flights at different times except one friend was on the same flight as us so the 3 of us went back to the Venetian because Olivia wanted a shirt from Carlo's Bakery, so we bought that and then went to In 'N' Out Burger for lunch (and breakfast) before returning the rental car and heading to the airport.

It was an awesome trip!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Snow Day

Yesterday during the Superbowl (we were at a friend's house almost an hour away) it started snowing and by the time we got home we had about 5 inches.  It kept snowing and they sent out an alert that school would be 2 hours late.  It kept snowing some more and at 5:00 AM they sent out another alert that school was closed.  Luckily I can work from home in these situations, otherwise I would have been scrambling last night to find a neighbor/friend to watch the girls today.

So I worked from home, as did most of my team, and the girls played in the snow and went sledding at the park.  This was our first snow of the season.  We were going to build a snowman but it was that real dry, powdery stuff that won't stick together.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

2019 New Year's Resolutions

2019 Resolutions

I've said it before but I love the start of a new year.  I'm always excited for a fresh start and I have lots of motivation for new projects and weight loss.  If only it would last more than a few weeks.  Sigh.  Here are my resolutions for 2019:  
  •  Lose weight.  Always my #1 resolution, every year.  I don't care how much, I just want to start 2020 lighter than I am today (and then keep going from there).
  • Have more date nights.  Now that the girls are old enough to stay home alone for up to a few hours I figured we can do some earlier happy hour type stuff close to home instead of paying a babysitter for an evening out.  We will still do that occasionally, but being able to do something earlier in the evening and not have to get a sitter (if we're going to leave them alone we prefer it to be earlier in the day, not late at night) will be a great way to make more date nights feasible.
  • Spend more time with friends.  We had a few friends over for a game night recently and it was so much fun!  We all decided we are going to do that more often and alternate homes, so in a few weeks we are going to our friend's house for another game night, and we already have our next girls' night on the calendar.  My friends are all really spread out so it makes it kind of hard but I really enjoy it when we manage to get together.  Also, I hope to start hanging out more with some of the moms right here in my neighborhood.
That's pretty much it for resolutions, although I REALLY hope this is the year that we finally get around to painting the entire interior of our home, or at least the downstairs.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Week Between Christmas and New Year's

On the day after Christmas, Paul and the girls went to his parents house, spent the night and then went skiing the next day with his sister who was visiting from Colorado for the holidays.  I had the day after Christmas off but had to work Thursday and Friday, so I couldn't go (not that I would have necessarily wanted to anyway-rental ski boots are not kind to me).

Friday night we had a few friends over for a game night.  It was so fun.  We all had a great time and vowed to have more in the future, alternating houses.  We already have the next one scheduled a few weeks from now.

On Saturday we took the girls to Enchanted Park for their Christmas lights and rides.  It's a theme park with rides in one part and a water park in another, the water park obviously being closed this time of year.  In December they put up all kinds of cool light displays.  We lucked out because it had been raining pretty good all day so we weren't going to go even though it was the last day to use our tickets, but we went out to dinner and after that the rain had let up so we decided to just drive down there and take our chances and the rain stopped and we were able to go and have a great time and it wasn't crowded at all, probably because the earlier rain had scared people away.

They rode the big twisty-turny, loop-de-loop upside-down roller coaster!

On New Year's Eve we did our usual party at our friend's house down the street.  This was the 7th year we've done that.  This year she invited a few of our other friends that she met through me.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

2018 in Review

2018 was a fun year.  It started off with the purchase of a new vehicle to replace our aging Toyota Highlander that needed all kinds of things done.  We bought a 2018 Toyota Highlander hybrid in a beautiful silver color.

The girls turned 10 in February and celebrated with dinner at the Melting Pot with a few friends and a small sleepover with a few other friends.

Olivia took hip hop and was also in dance troupe.  She performed in the spring recital including the production of the Little Mermaid.

Paul and I celebrated a dozen years of marriage in May and celebrated with dinner at Ray's Boathouse.

In late June we took our annual Nelson Family Vacation to Texas.  We stayed in New Braunfels, visited friends in Austin, the Alamo and SeaWorld in San Antonio, and my aunt and uncle in Kerrville.  Texas is awesome (but way too hot in the summer) and we had SO much fun!

We spent the 4th of July holiday weekend at Crescent Bar and went camping at Lake Cushman in late July.  We did our almost annual viewing of the Blue Angels from the I-90 bridge in August, and then the girls started 5th grade and their final year of elementary school.

1st day of 5th Grade

Olivia played soccer again, Kayley gave volleyball a try and they both took a dance class--ballet for Olivia and hip hop for Kayley.  Olivia's soccer team went undefeated except for one tie, and she scored the game-winning goal in their second-to-last game.  That was pretty cool.

It was a great year and now we are looking forward to some really fun things in 2019, including a visit to the happiest place on earth!  Can't wait!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!