Posts Tagged ‘Hubby

09
Apr
12

Amazing Easter

We LOVE Easter at our house. Our adoration is certainly led by our faith, but I’ve always felt that it is much easier for us to keep this holiday simple. Today was perfect. We started out with cinnamon swirl pancakes, then headed to church. We gave the boys their Easter baskets, which were filled with needed new umbrellas, sidewalk chalk, garden transplanters, and chocolates. Then we took them outback to unveil the garden bed frames hubby had built for each of them; we spent the rest of the day outside digging up sod, filling with top soil, and planting seeds in their brand new raised beds. There was even an altered egg hunt where they looked for seeds instead of eggs. The weather was perfect, and I managed to throw a simple pork loin roast with carrots, onions, and potatoes in the oven and a pot of homemade apple sauce on the stove in the midst of all of the gardening. Apparently the day was WAY too good; we had trouble getting all 3 of them tucked snugly into bed tonight. Mama and daddy, however, are exhausted. We do SO hope you had a happy Easter too!

The biggest boy does his rabbit impression.

04
Apr
12

Doing the Rain Dance

I was making a meal the other day when I heard my boys, all of them, shed their shoes and escape the front door to do this:

 

02
Apr
12

Meyer Lemonade

I looked in the bottom of the fridge this afternoon while it was in the upper 80’s (on April 1!!! Not a joke…) and found a bag of Meyer lemons. Maybe it was the heat, but I’m pretty sure I heard all of those lemons saying, “Make us into lemonade. Make us into Lemonade.” I didn’t bother with trying to find a lemonade recipe, and I used at least half as much sugar as I remember being in the one recipe I’ve used in the past. Hubby kept telling me it was the best lemonade he’d ever had. Goodness, I think I’ll have to buy another bag of Meyer lemons next time I’m at the store.

Meyer Lemonade

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup Meyer lemon juice – about 6 lemons (Meyer lemons are sweeter; if you don’t have them or can’t find them, use a regular lemonade recipe.)

Mix water and sugar in a small sauce pan and heat just until the sugar all dissolves. Set this aside to cool a bit and juice the lemons. Add the lemon juice to the simple syrup and stir to combine. To serve, pour warm over a glass FULL of ice. This recipe made enough for 3 adult size servings or 2 adults and 2 boys.

 

28
Feb
12

Sometimes…

Sometimes you have a rough night after a long week of wiping noses, holding, hugging, cuddling, and water pushing to help them all get through a tough illness. Sometimes your husband graciously lets you have first nap the next afternoon, and sometime, while you are napping, the house gets suspiciously quiet. Sometimes when you come down from your nap, after searching the house, you find this:

Sometimes you are keenly aware of just exactly how good you have it.

15
Feb
12

Valentiney

We have had a strange and wonderful (mostly) sort of day around here. The biggest little boy woke in the middle of the night in a screaming panic and threw up; it wasn’t until he demanded to take a nap this afternoon that I knew he was actually truly sick. In my defense, he did tell me in the middle of the night that he only threw up because he was so upset; this is something he has a history of doing. At any rate, our morning started with simple toast and apple juice, and getting off to school went smoothly simply because he really wanted to go today.

The younger two boys and I returned home to make a late second breakfast of oatmeal and fried eggs. We spent a leisurely morning mostly indoors just being. The middle kiddo donned his boots and coat for a while to explore outback with a table knife; he wanted to cut ice! I managed to sneak cutting the boys sandwiches with a heart cookie cutter while he was outback.

I was shocked when all 3 of my children slept soundly this afternoon AT THE SAME TIME! I shunned taking a much needed nap myself and headed straight for my studio to concoct something for Hubby. I stitched him a heart. I loved doing it. I think he liked getting it.

The boys almost all woke in tears at nearly the same time, but I was so relaxed from an hour ALONE that it didn’t really phase me. I’d put dinner in the crock pot this morning, and easily whipped up the rice, caramelized onions and sauteed red peppers to go with it while the boys played outside. Dinner was even an all around hit tonight.

Now, the boys are sleeping, and Hubby and I are sitting on the couch watching tv with popcorn. It’s been a great Valentine’s Day!




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