SJ on the Move

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Fun Day at the Boat Show!

Nathan wanted to take us to a boat show today. I've never been to one and wasn't super excited, but since it was at Patriot Place (the shopping mall area next to Gillette Stadium) I decided it could be fun since I figured I could duck out of the boat show to go shopping! I expected endless row after row of big, expensive boats, to walk around, but was pleasantly surprised to find that the boats on display were at the Bass Pro Shop, which is like an outdoors man's mega store. This huge place had indoor streams, giant fish tanks, a turtle pool, lots of engraved-in-the-floor animal tracks to follow, an outdoor working cranberry bog and nature trail to hike, a yummy snack shop that sold moon pies, ATV's to sit on, lots of moose statues, a giant whale hanging from the ceiling, glass elevators, tents to play in, and giant plush fish pillows! Oh wait! I forgot to mention they did have a few boats on display, too, and one the kids could get in and "drive" - but that wasn't the highlight of the day for them by far!

J and S by the turtle pool and water fall!

Captain J

S enjoying her hike

Hansel and Gretel...I mean, J and S

The Family!

So, it was a fun day topped off by a yummy lunch at Five Guys! When is the next boat show, by the way???

Friday, February 17, 2012

More Typical

This has been a pretty strange winter! We've hardly had any snow and the temps keep cycling from about 40 degrees to 50 degrees - way above normal! I'm certainly not complaining and after the past 2 winters having a break from deep cold and frozen snow is quite welcomed.

Since the weather has been so nice this winter S and J have gotten to spend much more time outdoors riding bikes. J has really progressed on his balance bike and can now glide with both feet up for at least 20-30 feet! He wants to ride his bike as much as he can! S will ride her bike, too, but often she prefers just climbing all over the playground structures, too!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Cake Pops!

I was recently looking for a special dessert to serve at my Norwex anniversary show last week. I needed something bite sized and fun and I thought of cake pops! I had them only once before at my niece's birthday party 2 years ago, but they were delicious and the perfect dessert for the occasion! Since I was celebrating working with Norwex I made them "Norwex inspired." One of Norwex's trademark logos is a picture of a globe sitting in blades of grass (found here on their website) - very earthy and natural, just like their products. So, I produced this cake pop: globe in grass:

The making of the cake pops was kind of difficult - several dropped off the stick during the dipping. My handy husband gave me some pointers and got me on track to making beautiful pops. Since they ended up turning out great we were instantly thinking of when we could make them again. Well, in fact we were going to another party - a Super Bowl one, so we decided to make chocolate ones. I was more inspired by this blog and her beautiful football cake pops and thought we could do this. too! Mine didn't turn out quite as neat as hers, but I think they look pretty good:

I stuck them in a Styrofoam stand and then reused my green "grass" so the container looked like a football field:

Yummy! Unfortunately, they did not help our team to win the Super Bowl, but the party was sure fun!