Monday, February 13, 2017

Amy Turns 30! Truett Turns 2!

Hey! Hope everyone had a good week and weekend.  It was sort of a big week in our house!
Amy turned 30 on Tuesday.
My family came over to our house on Tuesday night, and my mom made a spaghetti dinner for us and a birthday cake for Amy.
It was really nice.  At some point Raylan noticed the birthday cake, freaked out, and charged at it while making a tortured, frantic cry of, "CAKE!!!!" Before running across the room and burying his fingers in it.  We aren't even sure how he's so aware of cake, but apparently he's quite fond of it.

Gathered round the sandbox to discuss the week's events.

"What?  It's someone's birthday?"

"I'm not that good at counting yet.  But that's 30 candles, right?"

"Uncle Ryan, deciding whether to become a jedi knight or a sith lord-
that's, like, a serious choice.  You don't want to just rush right
into a decision like that..."
On Saturday Amy and Shelly helped host a birthday party for Truett, Mary and Chad's son and one of Raylan's oldest friends (they go way back, although Truett has since moved to a different school).
The party was at Ramsey Park.  It was a lot of fun.  We had some picnic tables next to a really nice playground, and the weather was nice.  Amy and Shelly did a great job.
The kids had fruit cups and little organic cheese crackers and juice pouches, and Truett had a chocolate cake with little construction site toys on it along with a big construction truck balloon.
The adults had breakfast tacos and coffee.

Ted, Hannah, Chad, Mary, Heather, Amy, Lizzie, Raylan, Megan, and Truett.

Raylan, Amy, Mary, Heather, Otto, and Truett.

a bunch of people with Katerina and Logan in the middle

"The cake!  Please, for the love of God, Mom, the cake!"

"Shelly, I'm not sure you should really put on a construction hat unless
you're serious about helping me build stuff."

Happy birthday, Truett!!!
On Saturday afternoon we went out to my parents' house.  Our family friend, Barb, was in town, and she and Ryan apparently spent hours making a pasty dinner before the rest of us showed up.
(Pasties, for those who don't know, are a sort of meat pie that were/are really popular in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  I think they sort of came in with the mining community and the Scandinavian immigrants who settled up in that part of the country.  I grew up eating them on visits to my grandparents' house, and my grandmother would sometimes make them at our house when she came to visit).
So the pasties are sort of a family tradition, in a way.  Since Mom never really got all that into making pasties, Barb's visit was a chance for Ryan to try to quickly learn how to carry on the pasty tradition.
Also, I ordered a carrot cake birthday cake from Russell's Bakery for Amy, so we picked that up on the way over there.

Pasty makin'!

Raylan tries out the pasties.  And decides that he primarily likes eating
plain ketchup.

Anyway, it was a nice dinner.  The food was great, and it was nice to see Barb and hang out with the family (Susan and Uncle Donald were there, too, and Juan stopped by for a pasty).

On Sunday we mostly did chores and hung out around the house.
I went to the grocery store, took care of some laundry, and took Raylan to the park.

Normally Raylan and I don't like to be photographed in our Sunday
lounge wear.

Amy made some really good fish tacos on Sunday.
I had a short band practice with just Reed and I.

And that was pretty much the weekend.
It was fun, but it went by quickly!

Hope everyone is having a good week.

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