Saturday, April 30, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
We didn't plan anything, didn't do much. We didn't need to. Time was filled with our everyday stuff, parks, picnics, walks and talks, exclamated by the presence of a great gal that fit in like she belonged. It was great.
On Easter we rose early, appropriate I think, and went to an Easter only 8am church service at "our" church. It was horrible. The girls did so well despite the gloom and doom of a service that in my opinion should focus on the hope and glory of the holiday. It was weird and bizarre. There was interpretive dance and venue changes and casual "tell your resurrection story" communion circles. I missed the hymns, the praising of God and the comfort of a familiar service. I don't know what they were thinking. I really REALLY liked our new church, until that service.
We rallied and the rest of the day was great. Ainsley LOVED looking for eggs. She'd spot one and dash across the yard and beam with pride as she THREW the eggs in her newly acquired basket. Then Ian chimed in with a new Easter tradition, "the Easter bunny broke into our house, stole our eggs, and left his stuff ALL over own lawn! That vandall!" Hilarious...I'm thinking that sentiment won't fly.
Ainsley was pretty tired after all the ado so she snoozed while we ate brunch. Then I put on my apron and went to work on dinner. 3 out of the 5 dishes were from an episode of Cooks Country that I stumbled across on our DVR. The Delmonico Potatoes were some of the best potatoes I've EVER had, and this is coming from a potato lovin' gal. They're really not too intense and SO worth the little extra effort (and calories).
3 tablespoons butter
1 onion, chopped fine
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon grated zest and 2 teaspoons juice from 1 lemon
5 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed and patted dry with paper towels
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped chives
Melt butter and saute onion and garlic until soft, add potatoes, cream, broth and spices, simmer 10 minutes. Put in casserole and bake for 20 minutes and 450. Meanwhile melt a little more butter in the skillet and start to brown the hashbrowns. Take off heat and add cheese and chives. Take potatoes out of oven and spread hashbrown mixture evenly over the top and bake another 20 minutes. Take out and add more parmesan and chives. MMMMMMMM!!!I also need to give a nod to the cormeal biscuits that I decided to make rather last minute because I had tons of cornmeal and leftover buttermilk with no plan for them in sight. These are far and away the best biscuits I've ever had. Not very corn-bready, just delicious, puffy and crisp and soft all at once.
After dinner we enjoyed banana cream pie, wine, and the company of good friends. My only regret is that I didn't get any photos of my first holiday feast.
Friday, April 22, 2011
She wears her stickey outey tongue smiley faced helmet with pride and "wanna rida bike mama, mama HELP PLEASE!" We're practicing, she's getting it. It's great.
In other astounding news our little Louise is standing (with support) and loving every minute. I've heard of those babies who just kind of skip crawling and wait to walk. I'm not putting money on it yet, but she is definitely in the running. She loves to pull herself to stand while holding our hands and can play forever at her little activity center that Grammy and Pop gave her for Christmas. She beams with pride from her new vantage point and I beam too. She also grunts and coos and laughs and FREAKS OUT whenever she sees her food or bottle (or me during nursing time for that matter). She could eat ALL DAY LONG. I love it. My little baby is getting so big (and old too :o).
In lieu of buying yet one more stuffed animals for my girls for Easter I am knitting some AND I found a new Etsy shop with ADORABLE hair thingys for babies and girls. The shop is Bloomz and I couldn't be happier with the stuff I got. I of course caved and had to try out Louise's new headband immediately. As a rule I am against baby headbands. I personally don't like the look of a huge fake flower on a cute baby head, but felt and buttons and small and adorable I can TOTALLY handle.
This year we tried dying a few brown eggs too. We liked some, not so much others. The set up took way longer than the actual dying. Toddler attention spans get me every time. We still had fun though and at the end of it all Ainsley was quite happy to help me consolidate the dyes "just happy dumpin' mama".
So the week has really been good. I'm just in a slump right now, this minute, while I look at our mess of a house and wait eagerly for the arrival of my best friend tonight. I forced myself to motivate enough to get some laundry going, bread in the bread machine and chicken dumpling soup on the stove. The house smells warm and comforting, the rain continues to fall, but the birds are chirping anyways. Perhaps I'll have to take a page out of their books. It is the season of hope and rebirth afterall.
Monday, April 18, 2011
The rain was a welcome respite from our busy week. We stayed indoors, more snuggly and slow than usual. After her nap Ainsley was desperate to go out in the pitter patter. "Find some puddles mama, so Ainsley may go JUMP! inna puddles!"
We walked around the block and through the park. On the home stretch I started to lose Ainsley. She so desperatley wanted "more jumping splashing mama" and I wanted to get out of the pouring windy freezing yuck. So I bribed her. "Ainsley, let's go inside and share some tea!" "Oooh, mama, TEA!" Then she closed the gap between us, motioned for me to bend down, cupped her little toddler mouth and whipsered "Mama, Ainsley hava seecret. I have a tiny little cup!"
Then the rain and gloom kept on through the weekend. It brightened on Sunday both in weather and spirits when we shared brunch with good friends. The day meandered and Ainsley's cold turned into a full out bug. She's been sleeping tons and snuggling lots and I'm hoping we're nearing the end. I hate when my girls are sick.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
We've begun living outside. I haven't turned the TV on in days. I have sore feet from walking everywhere and throbbing triceps and quads from double stroller jogging (the most full body workout EVER). Our faces are pink from the sun and the girls are napping like they need it for once. Glorious glorious spring.