i first wrote about our saturday morning breakfasts here.
k made his famous french toast and some of us topped it with homemade lemon curd, fresh berries, and whipped cream. one of us bucked the pressure from the crowd and stuck to his usual--boysenberry syrup, cold from the refrigerator. and still another ate mostly just bacon.
and, ahem, for the record. lest you think we eat like this all the time...
saturday breakfast (aside from sunday dinner maybe? which, by the way, k also cooks) is probably the most elaborate meal of the week. or at least it has been lately. i've barely cooked all summer. for various reasons, not the least of which have been our late summer hours + the insane heat. i did manage some compliments on my brown rice yesterday, though, when we had friends over. if i get really ambitious, i will write up a post on how i do it. (i know--brown rice. can you handle it? it isn't sexy, but it can be tricky to get right, don't you think?)
anyway. tell me about meals at your house. who does most of the cooking? does it vary? is there any one meal that's more special than the others during the week?
the night before scout's birthday, we decorated her bed while she was asleep. never mind the fact that she didn't wake up in it and almost never does--it's tradition! that morning, we opened presents first thing, then got ourselves together for a bike ride + breakfast picnic. unfortunately, we left later than we should have. the day was hot, and the donuts melted faster than we could eat them. then three for three children had to use the restroom, so we went home to air conditioning and porcelain toilets. later that afternoon, we did some sightseeing around town. lost scout's doll. grabbed dinner. ate cake (thumbs up--whipped cream; thumbs down--fire/candles). we ended the day with an indoor drive-in movie in the living room in our pajamas.
it wasn't perfect. just like any other day, it had its ups and downs. but there were perfect moments. i try to freeze them, if not in my mind then at least in photos.
happy birthday, scoutie-boots. we're so grateful you're part of our family.
i hope you had a great easter weekend.
we sort of stumbled upon what i hope will be a new tradition--sandals in the children's easter baskets. we had intended to buy them anyway, but presenting them as a gift at easter gave us the opportunity to talk about Jesus Christ and walking in his (sandaled) footsteps. k read a scripture and a short poem, and it was really very sweet and meaningful.
we also enjoyed k's annual easter egg hunt on saturday, making resurrection bread, and church on sunday.
do you celebrate easter? if so, what are your traditions?
rule #1: you can't be too picky about stuff like people smiling or looking at the camera or keeping their tongues inside their mouths.
rule #2: there is no other rule.
so once a year, we move the furniture around, set the camera timer, and take about 20 of these. inevitably, by the third or fourth photo, there are tears, and, without fail, the first photo turns out to be the best of the bunch anyway, but still we continue the exercise.
and then we eat more donuts.
hullo, dahlings! are you up for a few vacation photos? today i want to tell you about a little non-traditional family tradition.
it dawned on us a couple years ago--thanksgiving just isn't the same without the large family gatherings we're used to and traveling "home" for the holiday simply isn't feasible--so why not do something completely different?
enter the thanksgiving mini-getaway.
we make reservations for a traditional turkey dinner at a restaurant and book a hotel room close by for the night. on thanksgiving day, with no cooking to do, we relax in the morning (this year, we even took the kids to a movie!), have dinner in the afternoon, and then swim all evening in the hotel pool.
it's a blast on a budget. dinner's a splurge, but we save money by staying close to home and using priceline to get a great rate on a nice hotel (typically around 40% off published rates). if you're new to priceline, don't be scared! try reading one of the discussion boards out there to learn the secrets of bidding. you'll be a pro in no time.
yes, we still miss the big family feasts that carry on without us, and hope to someday be a part of them again. but in the meantime, this little tradition isn't a bad way to spend the holiday.
p.s. it's hard to choose a favorite photo, but the group shot in the mirror (do you spy the fabulous mullens with us? click to zoom) with asher at the forefront cracks me up.
p.p.s. the pool was advertised as "all-season". i didn't know this was code for OUTDOOR. warm-ish water, freezing air, crazy fun.
i like to capture the moment just before the chaos starts. anticipation! twinkle lights! children's voices! and everything in its place.
it was grayer this year than last. or earlier? maybe both. fun to play "spot the difference" and notice how some things change and some things don't.
anyway. i hope there was a bit of magic for you too this holiday, dear friends. thanks for reading and supporting me in this space. see you in 2011!
it's our tradition to put surprises out for the children to wake up to in the morning on their birthdays.
he loves balloons. (doh. what 4-year-old doesn't?) i used a photo i took of him last month to make the silhouette. (people think making silhouettes has to be complicated. it doesn't. print a photo, place it on whatever color paper you like, and cut around the subject's profile. simple as that.)
olivia made a card, and k made his customary sign. i love that both of them also incorporated balloons. it wasn't something we planned, just a happy birthday accident.
do you see the kite string in the last photo? we attached it to 4 real balloons filled with helium and let them drift out the window next to his bed. i have about a dozen blurry photos of him reeling them in. there could have been gold at the end and he wouldn't have been as excited.