Yes, I know...it's been forever since my last blog. But I have good reason; I was on vacation. We went to Colorado to visit my older brother and his family at their new home. My parents also came up from NM. We all gathered for Thanksgiving and a little R & R. It was desperately needed. I had two days of classes before we departed and in that time, I had a paper due and in the previous week, I had two entrance exams. I was very ready for some rest and great food. My sis in law is a great cook and a wiz in the kitchen. She has just about every useful kitchen tool there is and kicks serious butt with them. We had some excellent meals while there. I think I ate more in three days than in a normal week. She is also very organized between the kids' homeschooling, housecleaning, meals, and activities. I hope I can be that put together one day. I'm working on it.
While we were there, we also celebrated Mister's bday because it is this week. He picked out the cake, I made sure it was doable, and I was able to make him the coolest racetrack cake ever. Tiny helped me decorate it and did a great job laying the gravel for the track (cookie crumbs). I hit a snag with the side icing piping as the icing did not want to evacuate the decorator's tip, so instead we put licorice on the sides. Mister loved it, it was yummy, and he made out like a bandit with the presents, which ranged from art supplies to cars to tech deck dudes and a movie. He had a great day. I'll probably just do a nice dinner and some more cake on his real birthday. I can't believe he is going on 10. I won't say the time has really flown by, but it definitely went by faster than I anticipated. He has been such a blessing to me. He's my conscious and my sense of humor.
So, we got home last night and pretty much all melted onto the couches after being in the car for 9 hours. I love road trips but it sure is nice to get where you're going and just chill. The kids travel well too. I don't know who came up with the idea of watching videos in the car, but God bless them. They watched more on the trip there then on the way back, but it sure was nice. Our bigger vehicle is awaiting some new brakes and we had to take our smaller one. Two adults, two kids, a dog, and ton of stuff almost proved to be too much on the way home. But we survived and I will look into a luggage rack before our Christmas trip to NM. So, today is the calm before the resuming of the storm which is life. I have to unpack, do laundry, clean house, and do some homework. I have about two weeks of class and one week of finals left before the next break. I'm very ready for this next break already.