I am thinking: That the sounds of kids' laughter and happy voices playing outside is music to my ears.
I am thankful for: Lily's 6th birthday this past Tuesday. I can't believe that she is growing up so fast. She had a lovely day. We started it off with swimming at the YMCA with our friends and then a fab supper with the menu hand-picked by the birthday girl herself. As always, she picked homemade split pea and ham soup, homemade rosemary buns, and Japanese cheesecake with berries and whip cream for dessert.
Dinner plans: Just bought some Cajun seasoning...was planning on Cajun chicken alfredo, but now that I see the weather shaping up so nicely, I may be persuaded to do some brats on the grill with a side of veggies and watermelon. I'm guessing there's not too many days left to stay in denial that summer is over and pretend that winter isn't coming.
Future plans I'm looking forward to: Jason and I are going to a marriage enrichment seminar at church next month. I'm so excited...I haven't gone to anything like that since...hmmmm...well....before children. So I guess that makes 10 years.
Something you didn't know: I told the kids they couldn't eat the last carmel roll because we were going to save it for Daddy. Unbeknownst to them, I brewed myself a delicious cup of tea and enjoyed the whole thing myself while they were sleeping. Sorry honey.
In the kitchen: In the spirit of being honest...it looks like a bomb hit it. I didn't feel that great yesterday and spent some extra time just sitting and resting on the couch. Whew...you let even one meal slide and you have a complete disaster in the kitchen that takes days to get ahold of. My poor dishwasher will be going no-stop today.
Reading: We are off to the library today. New books!! One of my favorite days because it will keep the kids quiet and entertained for hours. The big kids and I are reading The One and Only Ivan right now. We picked it up at the library for .25 cents a few weeks back on the "for sale" shelf. Seems cute so far.
Watching: Downton Abbey. Thank goodness for amazon prime. We don't have to sit through commercials and we can zip through a season in record time. The drama takes place in the early 1900's. I love this! Many people don't know that I'm sort of an "old soul" at heart.
Snacking on: Hmmm...I would love to say peanut m&m's or carmel rolls or chips ahoy cookies or chocolate cupcakes or 7 layer bars or brownies or chocolate zucchini cake... or anything with sugar in it really. Yes, I realize this is a problem...which is why I am trying to turn a new leaf. Today's snack is flax crackers and hummus.
Rest-of-the-day-plans: Enjoy the weather, which means it's time for me to get off the computer and get myself outside. And yes, I understand this may impede my ability to get my kitchen back in working order by day's end. Hattie has also been working on molars and her demeanor is a little less then stellar at the moment. Hoping the fresh air cheers my baby up a bit. Sometimes a distraction is needed.