Home again

Lots to post about (and some pics to share) in the next few days, but this is just a short one to let you know we made it home safely.
A good time was had by all, but it will be good to get back into our routine and we’ll all be happy to sleep in our own bed again tonight. :)

Just a quickie

Our visit continues to go well. :) We’ve decided to extend our stay by a day since Jody found out he gets Monday off of work anyway. So we’ll drive over to Wichita tomorrow (Monday), visit with Jody’s sister and family, then get back on the road for a few hours. We’ll stop somewhere along the way for the night, then head the rest of the way home on Tuesday.
It will be much nicer to make the trip home in two days instead of one loooooooong day. :)
Hope everyone is staying warm. It’s been so cold here with freezing rain and snow and we’re missing snow and even colder temps back home in CO too. The roads, however, should be fine for the trip home.

Safe and sound in OKC

We arrived safely in Oklahoma last night (technically this morning) around 1 a.m. It was a loooong, loooooooong drive, just cuz it is over 700 miles, but the weather cooperated and Ava did well other than when she was really tired and needed to nap, but kept fighting sleep.

We spent the night in a hotel and have spent the day today at my in-laws’ house. All of the cousins weren’t able to make it, but we saw some of them here and hope to stop in Wichita on our way home to see the rest.

My mother-in-law was kind enough to indulge our new vegetarian lifestyle and found some tasty vegetarian meals to make for us. We had potato soup for lunch and veggie tacos, tostadas, beans and all the fixins for dinner. Mmmmm.

Tonight and for the rest of the time we are here, we’re staying with my friend’s parents here in OKC. (We aren’t able to stay with my in-laws because of my cat allergies.) We had been planning on sucking up the cost of a hotel, but then my friend offered her parents’ house to us and we took her up on it. It will be nice to save some $$ that way.

Ava’s been having a good time so far. She played with her cousins, and has been enjoying me-maw and paw-paw’s two dogs as well. Now she’s running around playing with some balloons paw-paw gave her, while me-maw draws animals on her aquadoodle. Ava hasn’t napped at all today (and hasn’t eaten much either – too busy to sit still I think) so we’re hoping she’ll go to sleep early tonight. We could all use the extra sleep.

The freezing rain has started here so we’re leaving my in-laws’ soon for the night.

I’ll likely stop in to post again at some point. Ya just can’t keep me away from my blog. ;)

Snow and headin’ out

Since we are planning on driving to Oklahoma tomorrow to see the in-laws, of course we are getting dumped on with snow tonight. Unless it looks really bad in the morning, we still plan to make the trip. So please think “no more snow vibes” for us tonight and then “safe (and happy Ava) traveling vibes” tomorrow. :)

I may check in and blog while we’re away, but we’ll see how it goes.

Hope everyone has a nice week and I’ll be back again on Monday. :)

Updated at 9:20 a.m. to add:
We had too much snow to make an early go of it this morning. So we’re going to try to head out shortly now, assuming the roads have been cleared and we will miss rush-hour traffic in Denver.

Valentine Pizza and “chock-lit”

Inspired by Jess of “Get Sconed!” and her heart-shaped vegan shortbread Valentine’s cookies, I decided to make a heart-shaped pizza for dinner. My pizza was not vegan, but it was vegetarian (and yummy). I tried out some veggie pepperoni for the first time and, while I didn’t like eating it right out of the package, it was pretty good on the pizza. In addition to the veggie pepperoni, I also put on shredded carrots, red swiss chard, tomato sauce and monterrey jack cheese. It was quite a tasty dinner. :)

The heart-shaped dough:

With the veggie pepperoni:

Topped with all the fixins and ready to bake:

The finished pizza, hot out of the oven:

Recalling my disappointment last Valentine’s day when all Jody got me was a card, this year he got me a card AND a box of Belgian chocolates. :) I was a happy girl. Chocolate (in any form) really is the key to my heart. I think it’s the key to Ava’s too. We let her have a few bites and soon after she said, “more chock-lit?”

After our feast of heart-shaped pizza and “chock-lit,” Jody and I watched Saving Face tonight. IMDB description: “A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.” And one reviewer on Netflix said, “It’s a story of the relationship between a mother and daughter, and their search for love in the face of family and societial expectations.” I liked it. It was quite good and different from the norm.

Hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s day. :)

Happy Valentine’s Day

I recently had a 10×20 storyboard printed of this (without the words) to hang in our livingroom. I threw the words on it to add a little Valentine’s flair. :)

Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody!

We don’t do much to celebrate V’day around here, so I’m not expecting any presents (even though I secretly want them). ;) We did get a package from my parents yesterday with some reese’s peanut butter cups (mmmmm), as well as clothes, a book and stickers for Ava.

Hope you all have a nice day. :)