Tuesday, May 24, 2011
When Matteas saw Jack juicing a lemon, he was desperate to juice something as well so Jack suggested I let him make orange juice. Normally I get really OCD about messy kid experiments right before dinner, but I think all the sunshine today made me a little more laid back than usual so I said yes and gave Matteas a bowl. He did his best, and I helped him squeeze the last drops of juice out of his mangled orange. Then Jack juiced another orange and I had Matteas help me strain the pulp. Next, we added the juice from the fruit salad I'd made the boys for lunch and topped it off with a little blood orange soda for added fizz. The boys were so pleased with their efforts and were chatting away the whole time, Matteas' voice shaking with excitement as he hatched a brilliant plan: "Jack, you can make a salad while I make the juice, and then we can share the food and have a party!" This was a particularly amusing plan to me because neither of the boys like salad, but I encouraged them in their communal sentiments.
Because we were feeling fancy, we poured the juice into champagne flutes and lit candles, which I had the boys pick out at the store earlier this week. We had a family toast, and the boys pronounced the evening the Best Dinner Ever. I need to come up with more ways to authentically involve them in meal preparation, not just give them mushrooms and butter knives whenever they want to 'help.'
We also planted a whole bunch of seeds before dinner, and we're going to make charts to keep track of how long it takes before they sprout. Because everything is more official when you make a chart.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
I blame the flowers. I bought some beautiful baby blue hydrangeas yesterday and congratulated myself for getting the flowers a day ahead of time, but it was warm and by the time I got them home the poor hydrangeas had wilted. So I got up early this morning, had coffee with Aaron and then went to not one but two stores in search of suitable gilding. Hydrangeas aren't really in season, so I got roses and gerbera daisies with some pale green (scarce)hydrangeas for accent.
|Because it's important to see these things from all angles.|
|Look! Cute dots!|
|I love the brown centers of these daisies.|
|From the top.|
|And now I want to make myself a wedding cake.|
Also, I finished this cake a full five hours before delivery time. I'm getting almost professional.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Fahrenheit 451, but for the pages of "armor" I chose my own texts and kept a running list of authors as I worked on it. I started this when I was 17. Eleven years ago. When I pulled out my tablet this morning, I found an expired moth among the pages. A place I used to go on a regular basis has become such a ghost town that living things go there to die.