Yes. That's right. Cheese makes everything taste better.
Don't like broccoli? Add a little cheese.
Don't like tortilla chips? Add a little cheese.
Don't like larvae? Add a little cheese.
Yes, right again. I said larvae. Here's M (remember, I told you she's quirky) chowing down on some cheddar cheese flavored "larvets." They're the real deal. We bought them at a vending machine in the Butterfly Museum. Gross!
This atrocious (but kind of cute) wall display represents my inner-teacher coming out. M earns one flower petal for each book she reads. M took the challenge to the next level by imposing a rule on herself...she can only earn a petal for a chapter book.
Since reading her first chapter book a little over a month ago (see day 10), she's read 27 more!! She is hooked on the Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osbourne. What a great addiction. There are 43 titles in the series...her goal is to read them all by the end of the summer.
She's a truly amazing woman. Proof: we made plans to visit her and my Papa first thing this morning so we could say happy birthday. She called to bump our plans back an hour or so because she volunteers in the community food pantry through her church.
I hope when I'm 85 (that's only 50 years from now) that I'm still reaching out and serving others.
Also...she and my Papa have been married SIXTY FIVE years! How lucky am I? What a legacy of love and commitment.
note: sorry about all the "old" pictures this week...have I mentioned yet that this is really hard!?
G was insane...M was insane...I was insane...Chad is out of town.
I had a hard time finding anything to be thankful for in all of this insanity. Then I saw this picture and it made me smile. It is one of my all time favorites. Such a favorite that I have had it made into a magnet. It is front and center on our fridge.
That's right. The National League has won the All Star game. (note for you non-baseball fans: this is the first time the NL won this match-up in 13 years!) And...to completely make Chad's night, Brian McCann (catcher for the Atlanta Braves) was named MVP.
At least that's what Chad tells me. I was at a cooking class with Monica Pope and a few other good friends.
This is the truck we followed for several miles on our way home from San Antonio. My mouth watered just imagining all the Texas Hill Country peaches that must have been stored inside.
We've been making Granny Hesters' Famous Homemade Peach Ice Cream a lot lately. So delicious!! Here's the recipe should you want to make some for yourself.
Granny Hesters' Famouse Peach Ice Cream 12 medium sized fully ripe peaches (about 3 lbs.) peeled and pitted 2 3/4 cups sugar 1 T lemon juice 1 1/2 quarts heavy whipping cream (do not whip) 1/4 tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp almond extract
Puree peaches in blender or food processor. Stir sugar and lemon juice into pureed peaches. In separate bowl stir cream, salt and extracts until completely blended. Stir cream mixture into peach mixture. Fill freezer container 2/3's full with mixture. Follow freezer manufacturer's instructions. Allow to stand up to one hour at room temperature to ripen. Divide into containers and freeze.
This is what happens when G decides to practice being a garbage man. This picture was taken half-way through the game. The pile was HUGE by the time he finished. Ironically, he was so proud of himself...he had cleaned the toyroom.
It took forever to clean up...G kept saying, "Mommy, I'm exhausting." All I could think was, "G, You have no idea..."
We baked cookies today. The first batch was a total bust. The second turned out quite nicely...double chocolate chunk...mmm!
life lesson learned by mom: M was most appalled when I suggested at the grocery store that perhaps we should consider buying pre-made cookie dough. "What!? Mommy, making them is what makes them so special!"
We went to the zoo today. This was such a sweet moment. G ran after M and said, "Hey M. Wait for me." (Which is even cuter because he can't quite yet pronounce his r's.) Then he grabbed her hand and they walked together. Love.
Here's the same corner at our favorite bike riding park taken 2 ways. Normally I would expect G to be the dare-devil taking the corner on one wheel, but this is his first time to ride his big boy bike.
We were playing with friends today and M decided she wanted to be a superhero with the boys. Her twist on this traditional game...she was the operator at the "super hero call center." She took incoming calls and dispatched superheroes. Where does she come up with these things?
"Hurry up." These are the words I find myself saying all too often - to myself and to my sweet children - when what I really need to be saying is "slow down." I find that I am so often rushing through the day, forgetting to slow down and enjoy the special moments and little victories that each day holds.
My goal over the next 365 days is to hurry up (and) slow down and appreciate each day and the moments it holds as the special gifts from God that they are. I hope that taking a picture a day and posting it will keep me accountable and that some of you will get a kick out of having a glimpse into our crazy wonderful life!