No, not THAT kind of "new member!" (that picture probably gave a few family members and friends a healthy little heart attack haha) I was actually talking about this little guy:
You may not remember, but I am VERY ALLERGIC TO CATS. However, he is just so cuddly that I can't help but love him. He comes over every evening around the same time and hangs out with us until we throw him back outside when we go to bed. I wonder if his owners put him outside as a sort of punishment and this is what he is actually doing...
Yup, he definitely wins the Lazy Cat award.
Unfortunately, he had to go a few nights without our warm house because we were off skiing/snowboarding! My friend Melissa from back home made the drive up and we all went to Powder Mountain on a perfect day! Not only was it sunny, but they had just received six inches of fresh snow the night before!
I had only been skiing one other time in my life and lets just say it was not like riding a bike for me. It took a good hour before I wasn't falling every ten seconds. I eventually sent Josh off with his friends, because I felt guilty for slowing them down so much. Once they were gone, I became an olympic-level pro! Well, I at least could make it all the way down the run with only one or two wipe-outs haha.
Since Spring Break is supposed to be a week filled with adventures, a couple days after we went skiing, my mom and I took a train trip to Denver! I have wanted to go on a long distance train ride ever since I read about the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter! They always made it look so great!
So this was, of course, what I was expecting when we walked up to our sleeper car. This is what we got:
That picture is the ENTIRE WIDTH of our compartment. It kind of felt like being in a closet haha. Luckily, once we reclined the seats into beds, it was much more comfortable.
And all the fun free food added to our nerdy excitement :)
My final Spring Break adventure was replenishing our stock of homemade laundry detergent. We came across THIS RECIPE on Pinterest last summer and decided to try it. It makes about a gallon of detergent and you only have to put ONE TEASPOON into every load! I think it works great and it lasts forever! Definitely worth trying if you are sick of having to buy detergent all the time. My mom and I shared our batch and it lasted us about a year! (I just put a small amount of what we made in this bottle so I could take it home from my moms house, it makes a ton!)
Unfortunately, today marks the last day of our break and now we have to get back to the real world. This includes attending the funeral of Josh's grandma Sharon. Although I didn't grow up calling her grandma, this lovely woman welcomed me into the family the very moment I met her. She reminded me so much of my own grandmother and I'd be bouncing in the car like a little girl every time we went to visit her. Sharon was a force of nature and will be missed.