We were away for the week-end. Each year we plan a big party out at the desert with a different theme. This year it was a Luau.
Mike left Friday morning since we were the ones in charge of the Luau and it was scheduled before we knew about Lily's recognition. She got special surprise recognition at school so the girls and I left after school. We are so proud of how hard she has been working.
Someone else showed up at the Luau dressed like us. Everyone else had chicken in teriyaki and burgers. We made our own marinade with orange juice, pineapple juice, and a little honey. The rest of the Luau was potluck. I took the girls plates in our motorhome and loaded them with fruit and veggies, guacamole dip, crackers and banana bread for desert. They ate it all up. They are getting used to eating our own foods.
The party is not all about the food though! There is motorcycle riding. (Emma)
There is riding on "Old Red" with Daddy. (Jilliana)
But the highlight is the geo cache treasure hunt. Mike goes out the week before and gets the quadrants for the hunt. He then goes early and hides the "boxes" with raffle tickets in them. They are all over the desert. Then everyone has a drivers meeting to go over the rules and off to the hunt. This year it was not a race. The more boxes you found the more raffle tickets you got. We buy gifts for the raffle and then the ticket numbers are called and you get to pick off of the raffle table.
It was a really great weekend. Especially spending time with Natalie. We are all going to Italy and Barcelona this summer so it was a great practice for Natalie being away from home.
Tonight I made the chicken nuggets recipe form the http://www.100daysofrealfood.com site. I also made the sweet potato casserole. Emma said it tasted like sugar cookie dough. I have really noticed how their perception of sweetness has changed. Without having sugar, things that are just a little sweet are really noticed. We also had peas, corn, cantaloupe, and homemade maple pecan ice cream. Here again is a flavor my girls probably would not have tried before this. They loved it and it took 20 minutes! Only about 3 of that was preparation.
I am enjoying them embracing this pledge and watching them try new things. I think they notice color of foods and are identifying spices that I am using.
Jillliana helping clean after dinner.