November 13, 2011

Sölden - days 3 and 4

So we finished up our ski vacation with yet 2 more beautiful days. The weather was warm, sunny, and no wind! This trip was just like a spring ski trip - just the way Madeline and I like it!!

Here's a few more pictures from the last 2 days.

Like father, like children: no fear

Don't worry, they all landed without falling!

Loved this guys hat so much, I asked if I could take a picture. Angry Bird.

The overall thought of the trip - two thumbs up from these two.....

Complete exhaustion from this one!

November 10, 2011

Happy 9th Birthday Jack!

Here's a quick posting of Jack's 9th birthday here in Sölden, Austria.

This looks like it could be our last birthday celebration on the slopes. Who knows where we'll be for Jack's 10th birthday next year. But for now, we're loving the beautiful weather here in Sölden!

Here's what Jack thinks about this being the last year for birthday celebrations on the ski slopes:

First birthday wishes of the day!

A hug"e" thanks for birthday breakfast

Two thumbs up for pancakes and bacon (little Alan)

Me and my "not so little" birthday boy!

The Gang at the top:

Birthday Tacos (every year)

The candle looks better on the birthday brownie!

See those bunny ears waiting for the picture?

Dinner for two....I mean four

Home Ec 101:

The kids have been asking for over a year to be able to plan a meal for Brad and I. So this week we finally made the time for the whole project.

Brad had been traveling the whole week for work and so Friday, his return, seemed like the perfect time for a romantic dinner for two! The kids picked out the recipes, made their first Power Point invitation, emailed it to Daddy, made the shopping list, went to the grocery, cooked the meal, decorated the table and BONUS...clean-up!

Takes after his Dad in the kitchen!

The invitation read something like this: You're invited to a candlelight dinner for two at Buona Punta (the Good Point in Italian - this was all their idea).

The Menu:
Stuffed Shells (w/ Italian sausage, ricotta, mozzarella, parmasan and fresh basil)
From scratch Red sauce
Garlic bread with homemade garlic spread
Tossed salad and
Frozen chocolate dipped, peanut coated bananas

Making homemade sauce requires getting your hands messy!

Tossing of the salad

Prepping the pasta

Making the chocolate dipping sauce

Banana Assembly

The Final Product

They did such a wonderful job, and the food was amazing! We couldn't let the "hired help" eat in the kitchen, so we insisted that they eat with us!

Job Well Done!