Friday, December 31, 2021

Back to College

And just like that, the break is over, laundry is clean, the car is packed, Covid tests are completed, and snacks are stacked high in grocery sacks for late-night college room consumption. It has been an incredible, hectic, enjoyable, and pleasant time having Lukas and Noah home for the holidays. We are so grateful for who they are and look forward to what God has in store for them this semester. 

Pretzel Baking, Puzzle, and Art

We packed in a lot of fun activities the last few days before Lukas' friends showed up for skiing. Noah and I finished the puzzle that Gunnar gave his sister for her birthday. He neglected to tell her that one piece is missing. Oh well. 

Lukas and Noah made pretzels which Bob happily enjoyed with a cold beer while chatting and hanging out. 

Dishwasher Repair Man

 With a house full of guests, the dishwasher is a man's really good friend, unless it does not work. So after a full day of skiing with friends, Lukas took the machine apart to figure out what was wrong. He and Bob identified the trouble, and an hour or so later, the dishwasher was man's good friend once again. 


Snow fell overnight, so we woke up to a winter wonderland. There are few places a beautiful as Flagstaff with new snow. 

To start off the year on a good note, we had a seafood extravaganza - snow crabs and shrimp, along with scalloped potatoes and salad. Dessert - cookies, of course! 

New Year's Eve

Best laid plans of mice and men were thwarted by illness and weather. This did not stop us from having a wonderful and joyous New Years' Eve. We made sushi, sipped champagne, watched the ball drop in New York City, and were all asleep by 10:30.

Looking forward to seeing what 2022 has in store. 

Thursday, December 30, 2021


Lukas kept himself busy the entire time he was home. When not sewing, baking, or cooking, he was working or planning events. I am glad he was able to do his work from our living room so that we got to see him. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

That Time Again

It seems every winter, we encounter a few uninvited guests who choose to take up residence. Naturally, this means a thorough and complete cleanout of the pantry, which has the positive effect of organizing all the pantry items and label jars to prevent confusion. Interestingly, the pantry holds a lot more candy than we ever anticipated... The invaders are evicted, the pantry organized, and the candy stacked high. All is well again!