Sunday, February 8, 2015

Weekly Wrap-Up – January 25th-31st

Snow!  We finally got our first snow of the winter season.  It wasn’t much, but it was something.  That made it the highlight of the week.

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On Sunday, we had our monthly potluck after church.  It’s always nice to share a meal with friends.  :)

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That night, now that no one is sick, we decided to finally break out the Oreo ice cream cake for Steve’s birthday, since he was sick then and we never got to sing happy birthday to him.  You can see the confused look on his face when we brought it to him!  LOL

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We’ve had a strange round of belated birthday celebrations this month, for sure.

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On Monday, we headed off for our weekly gym class at My Gym.

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SNOW!  Haylee’s here showing off a broken branch from outside covered in ice. 

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Here’s the landscape on our way out to take Hayden to the dentist.  He was off school for a staff day.  Too bad to waste the one and only snow day on a staff day!  LOL

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After our trip to the dentist, we headed off to the Virginia Air & Space Center for some fun and exploration.  Here are the boys doing a little flight simulation.

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Here’s Holden learning to signal…well, sort of! 

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And here’s Haylee dressed up as an astronaut.  Reporting for duty!

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Even the renovated public restrooms were fascinating.  Check out the flat-screen tv mounted on the wall in the lady’s room and the innovative Dyson hand dryers attached to the faucets!  Crazy stuff.

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And here are the boys on our way out.

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We closed the place down at 5 PM, so we called Steve to see if he wanted to meet up somewhere for dinner instead of fighting traffic, so that’s what we did.  It was a nice change from the usual routine!  Days like this are when I really miss having the whole family together at home.

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On Wednesday, I went to see the Virginia Opera’s student night performance of Salome at the Harrison Opera House.

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That was a crazy story!  Part bible story, part crazy lady who kisses a decapitated head.  Ack!  Remind me to skip this one next time…

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I found a recipe for a Southwest Chicken Chopped Salad.  Here is everything that’s in it.

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And here’s how it turned out.

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Yum!  It made so much that it fed us all dinner plus lunch the next day.

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At the end of the week, I ran across this great recipe on Facebook for homemade “green” grout cleaner.  I decided to make some and see how well it would work on the grout on my porcelain tiled kitchen floor.  It was amazing!

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You can see the difference here…before on the left side and after on the right side.  It really brightened up my kitchen!  Now I just need to get some grout sealer so it won’t become darkened again so quickly.  But it took no time at all to do my entire floor…I just sprayed it on a large section, let it sit for 3 minutes, and brushed it with a nylon dish brush.  Then I wiped it dry with a towel.  Beautiful!

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That wraps up January!  Next month is looking pretty busy by the looks of the calendar.  Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it!  What plans do you have for your loved ones?