Life of late

Had a birthday.  Cuddling a sick babe and enjoying the forced slowdown.  Juggling roles, new and old.  Yet, trying to multi-task less and be more mindful.  Weekend away around the corner.

{Habit is one of my favorite blogs of late.  I love the pictures and short (36 words or less) thoughts on what life was like on that day.  So, I thought I’d take my cue from them today.}

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Life of late


Had a birthday.  Cuddling a sick babe and enjoying the forced slowdown.  Juggling roles, new and old.  Yet, trying to multi-task less and be more mindful.  Weekend away around the corner.
{Habit is one of my favorite blogs of late.  I love the pictures and short (36 words or less) thoughts on what life was like on that day.  So, I thought I'd take my cue from them today.}

Spring Break Recap

It's hard to believe that we're already nearly done with the first post-spring break week.  For not having a ton of plans, our week ended up being pretty busy.  Of course, now I can't even really remember what all we did. 
Much of the time was spent working on the house and yard.  Jeff made good progress on the raised beds and bought two whiskey barrels for our lettuce and herbs.  The seeds that we ordered a few weeks ago arrived and I can't wait to get them in soil.  Some will have to wait until May, others will start inside soon.  I think we'll try some that are cold/cool tolerant (broccoli, kale, spinach, etc) in the next couple of weeks. 
We celebrated St. Patrick's day with a breakfast of green waffles and green milk (not a hit with the kids, by the way). 

One of the moms from school planned a playdate at a park for that morning.  It was great for the kids to play and for me to talk with the other parents.  In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, I prepped Baked Doughnuts that I'd seen on The Artful Parent Monday night and baked them before the playdate.  They were YUMMY and I highly recommend the recipe. 

There were shoe tying lessons.

Lots of outdoor play, helping build, digging in the dirt, and errands.
My big project was painting the living room.  I'd been going round and round trying to decide what color of green to choose.  I. just. couldn't. decide.  So, Nester sang the praises of Svelte Sage I knew I had my color.  Silly, maybe.  But,  it was one I'd looked before and it ended the crazy struggle.  And, I really like it. 
I'm still looking for curtains and a few more accessories (like a bench or ottoman for between the windows) but here's what it looks like. 


I wish I had a good before that captured the lovely 1981 brown trim, but I don't.  Use your imagination.
So, Spring Break 2009 didn't include any fancy trips but the weather was beautiful, we enjoyed our time together as a family and even checked a few to-dos off the list.

Spring Break Recap

It’s hard to believe that we’re already nearly done with the first post-spring break week.  For not having a ton of plans, our week ended up being pretty busy.  Of course, now I can’t even really remember what all we did. 

Much of the time was spent working on the house and yard.  Jeff made good progress on the raised beds and bought two whiskey barrels for our lettuce and herbs.  The seeds that we ordered a few weeks ago arrived and I can’t wait to get them in soil.  Some will have to wait until May, others will start inside soon.  I think we’ll try some that are cold/cool tolerant (broccoli, kale, spinach, etc) in the next couple of weeks. 

We celebrated St. Patrick’s day with a breakfast of green waffles and green milk (not a hit with the kids, by the way). 

One of the moms from school planned a playdate at a park for that morning.  It was great for the kids to play and for me to talk with the other parents.  In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, I prepped Baked Doughnuts that I’d seen on The Artful Parent Monday night and baked them before the playdate.  They were YUMMY and I highly recommend the recipe. 

There were shoe tying lessons.

Lots of outdoor play, helping build, digging in the dirt, and errands.

My big project was painting the living room.  I’d been going round and round trying to decide what color of green to choose.  I. just. couldn’t. decide.  So, Nester sang the praises of Svelte Sage I knew I had my color.  Silly, maybe.  But,  it was one I’d looked before and it ended the crazy struggle.  And, I really like it. 

I’m still looking for curtains and a few more accessories (like a bench or ottoman for between the windows) but here’s what it looks like. 

I wish I had a good before that captured the lovely 1981 brown trim, but I don’t.  Use your imagination.

So, Spring Break 2009 didn’t include any fancy trips but the weather was beautiful, we enjoyed our time together as a family and even checked a few to-dos off the list.

What they’ve been up to

The kids have been busy imagining and playing outside enjoying the amazing weather we've had lately (well, until today).  I continue to be amazed at what they come up with. 
Camping

Lemonade Stand/Garage Sale.  What you can't see clearly are all of the outdoor toys spread all over the deck. 

Today, they were selling skis (hangers) out of a box in the kitchen. 
I love seeing what they come up with.  My opinion or help is rarely asked for unless it's regarding a spelling question or to dispense tape. 
I'm not blogging a lot here but remember I'm also at www.mamaandmore.wordpress.com

Snowed in and out

Today, our part of Colorado experienced its biggest storm of the winter (even though it's technically spring).  Actually, we had blizzard conditions for much of the day.  The kids and I were snowed in and, as it turns out, J is snowed out.  The freeway closed right as he was leaving work to come home.   So, J got a mini-vacation and the kids and I got a day to hang out. 

We played outside. 

Drank hot chocolate.  J bought me these sweet little espresso cups when we lived in Turkey.  They are perfect for serving tea and cocoa to the kids. 

And, because cold weather outside means warm foods inside, I made Tortilla Soup for lunch (ok, and dinner) and Orangette's Apple Tart Cake.  Today was one of those days with very little in the pantry (J was supposed to shop today after work) so I went searching for something I could make with what I had on hand.  This cake was yummy!  I look forward to trying more of Molly's recipes.  Her book is also calling my name.  Or that of my potenial birthday money.

Our day wrapped up early as I took the strategic risk of skipping naps.  So far, so good as all three were asleep before 7:00.  I'm cuddled up with some tea, Grey's Anatomy and the laptop. 

All in all, a good day.

Here's to a good night full of sleep.  A mom can wish, can't she?

What they've been up to

The kids have been busy imagining and playing outside enjoying the amazing weather we’ve had lately (well, until today).  I continue to be amazed at what they come up with. 

Camping

Lemonade Stand/Garage Sale.  What you can’t see clearly are all of the outdoor toys spread all over the deck. 

Today, they were selling skis (hangers) out of a box in the kitchen. 

I love seeing what they come up with.  My opinion or help is rarely asked for unless it’s regarding a spelling question or to dispense tape. 

I’m not blogging a lot here but remember I’m also at www.mamaandmore.wordpress.com