Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Very Storlie New Year's Eve

Gone is the desire to go out and ring in the New Year loud and rowdy with a bunch of friends and random strangers.  We had so much fun at home with the kids last year and they were very excited to plan for this year.  While Dad was away on his spearing trip, we came up with the plan for the evening which included a meal of dippable foods.  Bekah made up the menu for the New Year's Eve Dip Cafe:

And both she and Scott helped get everything assembled and set out.  I'm a big fan of the dip menu now.  I had chopped and prepped everything possible on Sunday night so it was a breeze to get it all on the table with their help.  We threw the already-assembled chicken enchilada dip in the oven and while it was heating up we put together the taco dip, sliced apples, and put everything on trays and in bowls.  Bekah was so proud of how she arranged every thing on the table. 

Once all the food was ready, it was time to mix the fizzy punch.  Scott thought his looked just like Mountain Dew when he mixed the 7UP and OJ.

Bekah mixed Alarik's in his green monster water bottle for him and Jesse and I got wine glasses.  We even had fancy ice cubes; frozen cranberry juice!

Time to eat!  Everyone sampled the dips they could reach from their seat.  We played musical chairs until we'd tasted them all,then parked in front of our favorites.

Scott's rankings were:
#1 - taco dip with Doritos
#2 - peanut butter/marshmallow dip with applies
#3 - dill dip with veggies
#4 - chicken enchilada dip
 Bekah's rankings:
#1 - fruit dip with apples
#2 - chicken enchilada dip with tortilla chips
#3 - taco dip with Doritos
#4 - dill dip with veggies

When we asked Alarik what his favorite dip was, he yelled out, "KETCHUP" which wasn't even on the menu so we laughed about that.  He did have his own little plate of chicken strips with honey to dip in.  I wasn't so sure which of the other dips he would eat.  He liked the PB/marshmallow one and he even ate a couple cucumbers with dill dip...not too shabby.

We started a game of Lego Champion after dinner was moved to the island to wait for Dad to get home and eat.  This is such a fun game!

We played another round with Dad when he got home.

No one made it to midnight in our house.  We didn't even really try actually.  Alarik got put to bed about 8pm and the rest of us watched Shrek the Final Chapter and will be in bed by 10:30pm.  A night like this beats any other way to ring in the New Year!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Man Pictures

Jesse returned today from a five-day spearing trip in the Boundary Waters.  He took the camera this year since we received a new one from his mom for Christmas.  These are typical "man" pictures; no people in them.

 It was some of the most frigid weather we've had while they were gone.  It got down close to 40 below.  It was slightly warmer today for their several hour walk out, but not much.  We are glad to have Dad home with us again.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Our Last Christmas Celebration

We celebrated Christmas 2013 for the last time yesterday at Uncle Drk's house.  All Grandma Linda's 12 grand kids were there and three of them even brought a significant other.  Jesse was the only one missing because he's up in the Boundary Waters on his second annual spearing trip.

The kids all opened their gifts from Grandma at the same time.  She always makes each of them a Christmas ornament and this year's was "Christmas in a nutshell", a walnut shell halved and filled with a nativity scene.  The girls got charms for their charm bracelets and the boys got survival bracelets.

Then the kids took turns opening their presents, youngest to oldest. A Thor figurine and Hot Wheels set for Scott:

A button maker for Bekah:
She proceeded to make a button for every single person there.

The traditional game of dirty dice was rousing but not so rowdy as usual because Drk instituted a new rule that instead of using a timer, we'd just each roll a set number of times after the gifts were opened.  The closest we came to tears was when Bekah stole Alarik's box of suckers.  Boy, was he MAD!  Thankfully he got to steal them back.  He was none to nice about it either!

Caden ended up with a much-coveted tabletop billiards game.  And you can see Alarik digging into his sucker stash next to Caden.

Sue trying to shoot pool with her club.  She'd cut her hand the day before and actually ended up needing surgery to repair some tendons that she severed.  Eeesh! Luckily she was feeling great and could still participate in the festivities...not to mention play hostess.

Here's Grandma Linda with her full dozen grand kids.  It's a good-lookin bunch!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Not too Cold to Sled

Brrrrr...it's been so cold the last few days and it sounds like there's just more cold coming our way.  It's never too cold to go out sledding for Bekah though.  We've headed out a couple of times in the days after Christmas.

Alarik typically lasts about as long as it takes me to get my stuff all on and get outside after I've helped him get dressed and out the door.

Bekah could stay out for hours in the below zero temps with wind chill.  She's cold blooded, that one.

And Scott's about in the middle somewhere.

 He's looking a little frigid in this picture.  "Let's go in!"

 "Come on guys. It's not even cold!"

Thursday, December 26, 2013

'twas the day after Christmas...

'twas the day after Christmas
and all through my rooms
lay cellophane and cardboard;
get me my broom!

Presents galore
were strewn all about;
toys, games, hats, mittens
and movies to sort out.
 The kids were all playing
while I puttered around;
breakfast, lunch, a nap
nothing profound.

When from the living room
there arose such a clatter.
I sprang from my book
to see what was the matter

Bekah in her new pjs,
and Scott in his too,
were going stir crazy.
I knew just what to do!

Where is your Christmas cheer?
I demanded to know.
Then I bundled them up and
out they went in the snow.

I washed my new bedsheets,
made of soft flannel that's plaid
then counted the hours
til I could turn into bed.

The kids played until dark
out there in the snow
then they came in for dinner
and we put in a show.

A fun day of lounging
was just what we needed;
nothing fantastic accomplished
but I'd say we succeeded.

What a great many blessings
this family receives,
not to mention the blessing
to me that they is!  :)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Different and Wonderful Christmas Morning

Christmas morning started at 4am for two little elves in our house.  Bekah woke up, crept downstairs, saw a ribbon leading to a snowmobile parked outside the front door and promptly scurried back upstairs and woke up Scott.  They both peeked out at the family gift from Santa, Jesse and I, then they cuddled up on the couch and were chatting away in whispered hushes when I came out and told them to get back to bed!  They actually fell back asleep and didn't get back up until 7:30...not too bad.

Alarik was excited but I don't think he exactly knew why.

Bekah and Scott showed him the "big" present.

And then they wanted to open the few gifts that were under the tree.  Bekah made homemade gifts for lots of people this year and Alarik's was a bow and arrow set.

He opened it up and said very matter of factly, "It's a stick."   :)
 I think Bekah was hoping for a more enthusiastic reaction.  He did play with it a little bit though, so that was good.

Bekah had made Scott a new pillowcase out of one of his bedsheets that had gotten a hole in it.  Very creative, that little girl.

Homemade gifts were the theme this year and I made the kids a fishing game and a stix game.

 The kids moved on to their stockings after that to see what Santa had left them besides the new ride.
Bekah got some Moshling figurines.


Scott always gets Tootsie Rolls in the foot of his sock.

He was really excited about these new gloves.  He's always had mittens and he's been wanting gloves.  It's so nice when your kids gets excited about "normal" stuff.

Alarik figured out pretty quickly what this stocking business was all about.

He got two new Sesame Street figurines.

 And "NEM N NEMS!!!!!!"

Which he promptly ate for breakfast along with two candy canes...the Christmas breakfast of champions!

It was such a relaxing morning with just a few, treasured gifts, and then it was time to gas up the 'nomobile as Alarik calls it and take a Christmas morning ride!

Our trails were packed by snowshoes so the first few rides were pretty rocky until we packed down a wider track.  It was pretty chilly so we didn't hook up a sled.

After a couple rides each we loaded up the truck and headed to Remer for dinner and gifts with Grandma Helen.  We stopped at Grandpa Tom's on our way home and, like every year, the back of the truck was FULL by the time we got home!  The kids got so many toys at both grandparent's places.
Christmas Day 2013 was a great one for the Storlies and we hope it was for you and yours as well!