Wednesday, May 30, 2007
We sat down and immediately my father-in-law commented there were no chopsticks--only forks and knives. Striiiiiiiiike one.
We then asked about dim sum. The waiter mentioned that it was on the, no don't say it, the buffet. Striiiiiiiike two.
My father-in-law then ordered tea for the table (in Chinese, mind you). The waiter replied that the tea is per person. Striiiiiike three.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
On Saturday, we went to the Aquarium with their Nanny, my mother-in-law. My father-in-law was in a conference all day Saturday. We took the 'T' from Cambridge to Boston where the aquarium is located. Here is Pete, his mom, Kendall and Clayton waiting for the train at the Harvard station.
The aquarium was a lot of fun. The kids loved the penguins and turtles. After the aquarium, we had lunch at Legal Seafood. Here are some more pics from the day.
On Sunday, we went to the Boston Children's' Museum with Nana. It is a great place to take kids of all ages.
All in all, we had a good visit. Pete was able to do a lot of stuff around the house for his parents and just spend some good, quality time with them. We know it won't be much longer until Pete's mom won't remember us or recognize her grand kids. I really want my kids to know both sets of grandparents. And I feel like they are so blessed to have a great-grandmother. She is 93 years young (will be 94 in July).
Here's to family!!!
Thursday, May 24, 2007
We fly to Boston tomorrow so I am looking forward to that! But, first I have to go to the hospital for one stinking hour for some continuing ed at 8am. (No yay, there!) and then off to the local elementary school for the Kindergarten open house. How great is that? I don't know who is more excited? The soon-to-be Kindergartner or the soon-to-be-mom of a Kindergartner?
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
MONDAY'S CHILD IS FAIR OF FACE
by Mother Goose
Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go.
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
But the child born on the Sabbath Day,Is fair and wise and good and gay.
I found this cool link on a blog that I read.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
I recommend this movie, but don't forget the tissues.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Clayton really scored with the toys. OK, I know he has too many, but the toys for boys are so much" cooler" than princesses and My Little Pony! He got a tee-ball set, a Nerf basketball and some Diego stuff. He also got a fishing pole so I hope he gets out with his daddy every time his daddy goes out!!!!!
And even though this was supposed to be a kids party, Pete had to make mojitos and all kinds of adult food. Oh well. If an army would have showed up, we could have fed them.
Here is Clayton getting ready to blow out the candles.
And here he is showing us 'what he got' in tee ball!
And some more cake pictures below:
He really wanted the Spider man face to eat. Yummy. I highly recommend the butter cream frosting but stay away from blue #1 dye!
If this doesn't turn you off of blue dye, nothing will! :)
Friday, May 18, 2007
So, today after preschool, I took the kids to the indoor jungle gym. We were going to go to the park, but the skies were threatening and it was a little cool. The kids practically had the place to themselves. But, this is the surreal thing. There is a guy that works at this place. First of all, you would have to be goofy-whacked out crazy to want to work here. I mean, really, kids, kids, kids. Two is all I can handle (stand sometimes). So, I hadn't been there in a while and was chatting with the guy. We talk about the South and things like that. He moved up here for a girl and he is a musician. So, I told him that a friend of mine in Alabama is going to his hometown of Pigeon Forge, TN for the weekend. I explained that she was a friend in elementary, but now has a blog so I keep up with her through that. He said that he used to have a blog but now posts things on myspace. He gave me his url and I checked it out. He has his own music on myspace. It was actually good. I do admit that I have strange taste in music sometimes, but he has a good singing voice and can play that guitar. I can't wait to tell my husband. Here is his urlhttp://www.myspace.com/niutecrowe. Check out his music. It's not bad.
And the other thing this weekend. My little man turns 3 on Monday. WE are having a neighborhood party Sunday afternoon. I can't believe it. I think all children should be born at age 3. It is so much more fun than that baby stuff.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
I did have something on the schedule today---a dentist appointment. Unfortunately, my husband can't watch the kids, so I had to reschedule. What a disappointment. Ha. BUT, with that said, I love my new dentist office. The dentist is good and all that stuff, but the receptionist is the NICEST person. Honestly, I liked the other dentist but I couldn't stand the receptionist. That's why it was so easy to leave. It really does matter who is at the front desk!
OK, the other day I hurt my finger playing softball. How long will it take for the swelling to go down? I could almost get my wedding ring off yesterday, but the knuckle is still too big. My husband doesn't seem to mind that I can't get my ring off. And why is it that your muscles hurt so much more on day 2 and 3 after the game, than the day right after the game? I am stiff! (and old).
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
I did get on base tonight! Yeah! so, I guess it all balanced out......! *
*(if you believe that, I've got some beachfront property in Oklahoma.)
Saturday I had my friend, Mary Ann, over for dinner. Her husband was performing in his Barber Shop chorus so she and the kids came over. It was great to have company.
Sunday, we went to church and then out to eat. My husband got home around 4 pm. Thankfully, he caught some fish, but didn't bring any home. And then the fun started. Pete went upstairs for something and Cody (black lab) had puked in our room and the guest room. Nice. Well, the rule is your animal, you clean it. So, Pete cleaned up the mess. And then, after dinner the kids were playing upstairs and Clayton was coming down the stairs and....you guessed it. We heard this bump, bump, de-bump. My husband looked over at the stairs in time to see Clay doing cartwheels down the stairs. It was a little scary and Clay was a bit shaken. No broken bones, thank Goodness.
So, the week has started and tonight is my first softball game. I am in a non-competitive, co-ed league. I play for the hospital. I'm awful at it but I used to be good at one time. It's slow pitch and that makes it a lot of fun. Yeah!!!
By the way, Music and Lyrics was really good. It had a slow start but I liked it. I actually liked the song that they "wrote". I would recommend this movie for a feel-good movie where you don't have to think a lot.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
I know that the big rewards for taking care of these little ones will come much later in life. Motherhood isn't the kind of job that has instantaneous gratification.
And paying taxes is like that, too. I got a State College Area School District publication in the mail and this school district ranks in the top 16 percent in the nation's public schools. So, that is comforting. (it's a good thing, I can't afford private school).
Saturday, May 12, 2007
All right, I need to stop griping and put those sweet angels to bed....I've got a movie to watch. I rented 'Music and Lyrics'. I just love Hugh Grant.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Early this morning he went out to walk on the wet deck.
Later this morning, I came down stairs to see that Clayton had dressed himself.
He was so proud of himself. I was proud, too.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Monday, May 07, 2007
And here she looks like she is smiling
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Which brings me to our menu tonight. We had smoked wild turkey breast that my husband had soaked for 24 hours in a brine. This afternoon, he put the breasts in the smoker and then finished them on the gas grill. Great job, Pete! He got his spring gobbler last Saturday while he was hunting with Rich. And to hear my husband tell it, it was the best hunt ever (and they were done by 8 am). I can't even think of starting anything before 8 am, much less being finished and totally happy about it. We also had some margaritas since it was Cinco de Mayo! Rich also made a Mexican shrimp dish with the best ever rice. His recipes were from Rick Bayless. I was the dessert person and I made the fruit tart and the chocolate cake.
The kids played forever and it's amazing how much fun they had. And you know what that means. When the kids are playing and having fun, it means the adults can actually carry on conversations and enjoy their meals. Yep, good times were had by all.
Here are the husbands eating the turkey.
And here are the kids actually eating some turkey, too.
And the desserts tonight
And here are the kids and dads playing football. The kids were exhausted by the time the night was over.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
I did it! Here is the crust after it baked for about 10 minutes. I should have taken pics of the step by step process--maybe on Saturday I will. Tonight was the trial run. So, it turned out awesome! I used fresh raspberries and blueberries instead of strawberries. The custard (pastry cream) was perfect! I feel like I have really accomplished something!
And here is the final product.
And here I am relieved and happy that this thing didn't flop. Kendall was pretty excited too. She helped put the fruit on top. She did a great job. Clayton put the last raspberry on the custard. He was upset when we finished without him. I took a raspberry off so he could feel part of the team effort.
And just one more picture of the inside of this thing.
A little bit of Heaven here on Earth....
I'm having strawberry tart tonight. I just put the custard in the 'fridge to chill. It's looking promising. This recipe is from Ina Garten and I found it on line from FoodTV.com (think that's right). Anyway, it looked like something I could handle. It called for 5 egg yolks so that means I had 5 egg whites left over. Um? What's a girl to do? I got some meringue in the oven right now. I think the meringue cups will be great with vanilla ice cream and strawberries or raspberries. Decisions, decisions....
Pictures will follow. But first, I must make a run to the grocery store for some fresh fruit. Yummy!