My appetite must be back, because all this snow has me in the mood to make ginger cookies. Who says it has to be a Christmas thing? I'm contemplating the concept of making some gingerbread egg-shaped cookies...Easter is right around the corner, after all! We could fancily frost them and everything. I've always loved gingerbread better than sugar cookies.
A Trip To See Friends
This last weekend Derek and I loaded the kids up and took a mini road trip to visit our rancher friends! I grew up with these ladies in a tiny white-steepled church in the mountains before they moved away, and they will always be dear friends of mine. We always have such a nice time when we visit them, and they are such an encouragement to me.
The kids loved seeing the lambs and calves (some of them born just the night before!), riding in the chuckwagon, getting to watch the baby animals have their bottles, chasing the chickens, and riding a pony!
(Of course my camera battery died, so I had to rely on phone pics - hence no pictures inside the barn of the cute lambs. You can see my cute kids outside instead.)
(Grooming the pony!)
(One of the best pictures to date of Clarice's curls!)
(Bringing the wagon around for a ride!)
(My dear friends and myself - Holly, Me, Hazel, Heidi.)
We had lunch together and we adults had a nice time to visit too. And the sweetest thing was that Holly gave me (drumroll please)...a Victrola turntable! I am so excited! She had read that I wanted one on my blog, and she wanted to give me this one as a "just because" gift. She included the sweetest note of encouragement that was just what I needed to hear. I felt so blessed by her thoughtfulness!
I have been so excited ever since I got the turntable home, and I went to the thrift store the next day to hunt down a few records to try out on it. I love it! Vinyl records sound so different than CD's or digital music, and I am a huge fan.
So far I found a classical music record that ended up being more of a jazzy classical version. I was wondering how they fit so many pieces on one CD - it's because they are all up-tempo medleys. It's okay, but not quite what I was looking for. I'll try again for a different classical record the next time I am at the thrift store. I also found a Flyin' W Wranglers record (which is fun cowboy-style music), a Hawaiin collection (there is my desire for Summer winning out again), a hymn record that is excellent, and Peter And The Wolf (narrated by Lorne Greene! Of Bonanza fame). The kids have been requesting Peter And The Wolf over and over again, so that has dominated our player so far, but I am excited to go hunting for some other good records to play on it.
Anyone else have a turntable out there? Where do you find records? Isn't it the most fun way to play music?!
Old School Blogger Shoutout
I've been a horrible blog reader since the first trimester hit - all my blog reading time now goes to napping. I'ms sorry! Hoping to change this soon. However, here is a new blog I have been enjoying reading, It's Just Angi, and Angi is just the sweetest. I have been enjoying swapping comments and getting to know her over the last month or so!
What I'm Drinking: I finally got over my uptightness about caffeine in the first trimester (it just takes me a while with each pregnancy), so I have been allowing myself some decaf coffee here and there! Ah, sweet nectar! I'm drinking Boyer's Mountain Roast Decaf with CoffeeMate Chocolate Toffee Truffle creamer.