We have had a fun and super-busy month. We had Cathy & Pete's family here at the end of Jan and Robert was here as well. We must have been so busy that weekend taking care of the 9 kids age 9 and under because I didn't get any pictures. Maybe Cathy will blog some. :)
We also made a trip up to SLC to visit Oma & Opa and Paul took our kids skiing. It was so fun to see lots of family at Oma's annual Valentine Party an overall was a great weekend other than the food poisoning (or flu) I had. :(
The week after this, we celebrated Valentines' Day and then had a bunch of family visit for Presidents' Weekend. A couple of Mike's kids were in a soccer tournament. With ours, Suz's family and RayAnne's we had a total of 19 people in the house for 3 nights and this was lots of fun. We had a great time with all of these visitors watching Downton Abbey, lots of cooking & cookie-making, running, hiking, soccer and celebrating for Michael.
Here are a few pictures to recap:
Alex - doesn't he look so happy to eat? Out of all of our kids - he is the biggest eater so far. He has a very strong "Wirthlin Food Gene"
My nephew, Michael celebrated his 9th birthday at our house last Sunday, so we had fun making cookies and a cake for his birthday. The theme he chose was "BYU" and we were happy with that. Below is the cake I made for him - it turned out great thanks to some help from Suz's kopycake projector!
Here is Suz - the master cookie maker at work with her Kopycake. She has an awesome cookie blog that is worth checking out!
Austin loved the superman cookie!!
Here is an example of how I entertain my 2 "naughty" boys while I work from home - this popcorn entertained them for quite a while.
Our Valentines' Dinner w/ the kids. Every valentines' Day we stay home and have a special candle-lit dinner with the kids. We had heart-shaped mini meat-loafs, heart-shaped roasted potatoes, w/ heart-shaped slices of bread (cooked in a canape pan). We go around the table and say something we love about the person next to us. I strategically placed everyone so that they would have to stretch themselves a little here. Austin (my mamma's boy) had a really hard time saying something about Paul. I felt so bad for Paul - Austin kept saying, "I don't love Dad, I love Mommy." - then finally he said, "I love Dad because he is funny!"
Some cousins at Oma's Valentine Party.
I helped all of the kids decorate heart-shaped sugar cookies at the party. It was a fun craft that the kids enjoyed making and eating.