The kids have been out of school for two days and we’ve already slipped into vacation mode. I didn’t get out of my pajamas until noon yesterday and I don’t think Tommy did at all but that’s how we roll on the first couple of days of break and the change of pace has been nice.
Though judging by Craig’s face and wrinkled nose when he walked in the door last night from his trip to Charlotte, it was high time we all showered.
I took the boys to the Lego store on Monday afternoon to let them wander and play in the build area for a while. Their birthday is in a couple of months and the wish list, it is a-growing. Then we wandered to the Disney store where Travis did his usual perusal of the giant plush toy pile and much to the chagrin of his brothers, played with the pink Minnie doll.
Keeps ’em humble.
And me in stitches.
As a fun treat after window shopping all afternoon, we went to Kanki for dinner. The boys had never been and I thought it would be a fun way to kick off the start of vacation.
My favorite part of the evening was watching their reaction when fire shot out of the onion volcano and learning that they will, in fact, eat salad and zucchini when someone else fixes it.
They may live to regret the day I found that out.
I’m glad I had positive and happy feelings carry over to the next morning because I was awakened by shrieks of alarm when the boys had gone into the garage to get waffles out of the big freezer for breakfast only to discover that they had forgotten to close the door from getting ice cream the night before.
I had four gallons of ice cream in the big freezer, one of which had been on its side and spilled over everything.
And mingled with the Dairy Queen ice cream cake stored on the top shelf that melted all over the contents of the three shelves below.
Not exactly how I wanted to start my day, but I decided that it wasn’t worth getting wrapped around the axle about it and maybe this was God’s way of teaching me patience and telling me it was time to lay off the Blue Bell for a bit.
So we cleaned up the freezer and the garage floor and pulled out all the meat that needed cooking and I spent most of yesterday in the kitchen using up what I could.
The first task at hand was to figure out what to do with 4 quarts of thawed peaches so I made up a peach cobbler recipe and it was perfect and beautiful right up until the point I decided the topping needed to be a little crispier so I popped it under the broiler for a second and remembered it five minutes later.
So close, and yet so far.
I redeemed the day a little by going to All Recipes and entering ground pork in the search engine. I found a Chinese dumpling recipe that looked easy and I had all the ingredients except for the wonton wrappers and some fresh ginger so I went to Kroger for those items and in about 40 minutes had homemade dumplings that were super delicious but ugly since they came out of the pot in one giant glued mess because I didn’t have them properly separated during the cooking process.
Live and learn.
And get the bamboo steamer.
So that has been my week thus far – a bit of fun, a little trial, a lot of error, and my sweet boys to share it all with me.
Hope your week is equally fabulous.
Have a nice day.