Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The kitchen that stayed up late on a Tuesday night filled with family and smells of bread.


Late afternoon nap = up late in the evening drawing on the chalkboard.
Farkle at the kitchen table in pajamas.
Coloring with pencils at the dining room table.

Sour dough bread baking in the oven because timing is everything and
my timing was a bit off today.

I {heart} my new Dutch Oven.

Late night basketball practice...reheat the potato soup from dinner for the player and his dad.
Reading Gladys Aylward again to the girls. One of our favorites..if you've never read it...you MUST!

Drinking reheated coffee left over in the pot from this morning...it wasn't that bad...I think?
Hmm...











One more round of dishes and then off to bed....
XxOo

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Wrapping up the week.....on the Sunday evening of the following week.



Now that it's Sunday evening, and I'm sitting here being lazy after a crazy
Friday and Saturday and Sunday... I'll try and be consistent and put up a Friday post.
Does that even work? Not really...but it's okay.

This season of life is so busy and I'm trying to embrace the new normal that I thought would ease up
but I now have realized won't for quite some time...and that's okay! Embrace the season you are in.
....even if you're tired!


My sister posted this song on FB...then I shared...I'll share it here too.
It's the sweetest.

Don't forget to use your gymbucks !!!

You know how you find new people on instagram and they become
your new favorite for a while? At the moment.... she is mine.
Her pictures are so peaceful.

SUCH a good soup.  We're having it for dinner on Tuesday.
Not good for your body, but good for your tastebuds and winter soul.

Have a fabulous weekend...all 5 hours that are left of it! wink, wink.
XxOo

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The UN-proud story of how herbal tea humbled the whiny, ungrateful wife with high expectations she really shouldn't have had in the first place.

Today is National Hot Tea Day...so I thought I would share a tea story with you.
A tale of a wife...not me of course, a different person....I don't even know her. I just heard this story.

Once upon a time there was a wife who had an amazing husband.
They went out shopping together one Friday...Black Friday to be exact.
They brought their daughters and young son along.
The wife had to make a purchase at the mall...so while she made the purchase in one store,
the husband took their girls and young boy shopping. The husband bought his wife a Christmas gift.
It was from him and his daughters.

The wife had no idea at the time..not until they got home and the husband said he had packages
hidden in the back of their Suburban!

He told her that she was going to absolutely LOVE her gifts.
He said he decided to splurge this year and spend more than he usually does.
He said she has never gotten anything like it.
He said it was something she never owned before.
He even thought about giving it to her early because she would love to
have it during the holiday season.

The wife was quite excited and wondered and wondered and wondered what it could be!
She started building the gift up in her head...
when one has almost a month to think things over...thoughts can get kind of big!

She had been majorly hinting for this since 2004! Perhaps it was that?
Noooo....that store isn't at the mall.

She had been telling her husband she wanted new gold hoop earrings...maybe?
Hmmm...but what could be used during the holidays?
Perfume?
A sweater?
Jewelry?
What could it BE?!?!?!

...she would have to wait.
Finally it was Christmas morning.

The wife was handed a large and somewhat heavy box.
She unwrapped the gift the children had carefully and sweetly wrapped for her.

It was..... a box filled with all sorts of loose leaf tea and a tea infuser and
small canisters to hold the tea.

Now the wife used to be an avid tea drinker...but it's been a while.
Like one cup a year for the past six years while.
She drinks a lot of iced tea...but not really hot tea anymore.

She said Thank you very much to the kids and husband.

Later the wife found out the price of all the tea and
had a very ungrateful attitude about it.

She even went as far as letting her husband know he spent too much on...Tea!
Ouch.

She used very ungrateful words like...
"Why would you spend that amount of money on TEA???"
"Do you know how many things you could have bought with the money you spent on tea?"








After the wife had said these things...guilt immediately began to set in.
The wife is known to have a big mouth and much to often speaks before she thinks!

The wife continued to ponder how horrible she had acted.
It was a gift!!!
The husband chose it with his wife in mind!
He was excited to give it to her.
It was Christ's birthday and the wife was not happy with the money spent on a
gift given to her out of love?

Nice...real nice!
What kind of person acts like that?!?

A selfish person!
An UN, UN, UNgrateful person!

....the guilt was consuming the wife.
She apologized a little over 2,000 times.
She couldn't even sleep that night because she felt so terrible!

Seriously...I heard she kept on waking up with a sick twisty feeling in her stomach
because she felt so bad. True story!

The husband didn't care as much as the wife thought though..he actually didn't care at all.
....in fact, he was getting upset at the amount of times his wife apologized.




However, two weeks went by and the wife still hadn't used her tea set.
She ensured the husband she was going to....she just hadn't made the time yet.
...he suggested how fun tea parties would be with their girls. Yes!

Two weeks later it was also the wife's birthday.
Guess what she received...a second tea set.

What?!?

While the wife sat at the table thinking about receiving yet another tea set....
...the husband opened it up and made her a cup of tea.

It tasted really good! REALLY GOOD!!!
So good in fact, the wife has had many, many cups of tea in the past week.




She loves both of her little infusers and has made delicious iced tea in them at least twice a day!
The husband said she better pace herself because this tea will not
become a part of her weekly budget.

...and there you have it.
A story of a self-centered-over-expectant wife who in the end loved her gift.


Isn't it funny when we behave badly how badly we feel?
God has a way of convicting us and the Holy Spirit presses hard upon
our spirits when we are in the wrong.

Guilt is an awful feeling...and making others feel bad is an awful feeling.
I am so glad I am not the wife in this story!

...and I am so thankful I have a husband who forgives me if I am rude!
Not that I'm ever rude...but if I were to be rude I know he'd forgive me. ;)



HaPpY National Hot Tea Day to you.
XxOo

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The afternoon went something like this.







Homemade Granola in a bowl I bought from Moveable Feast.
Chicken soup simmering on the stove in my Dutch Oven. Sam stirred.
A nap on the couch that will most likely effect bedtime. {rolls eyes and then sighs}
A small green plant...because it's January.

XxOo

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

It rained, it poured, they snored and she made a big pot of chili.

The wind is whipping...like Wuthering Heights during the snowstorm whipping.
The sky is grey, the ground is brown. It rained. almost all day.

Everyone slept in really late. So morning was rushed  relaxed once I said forget it...
...because really, what are we hurrying for?  It was nice. Slow is nice. Especially in winter.

I've had a pot of chili simmering on the stove all afternoon.
The wood stove is keeping the house warm.

We spent about 7 minutes outside...we wanted to see what the wind felt like.
It was damp and cold...even though today is warm for January.












XxOo

Monday, January 9, 2017

It's a great day when... {the run-on sentence edition}

....you start back at school after a nice three week long break and there are
pretty birthday flowers from your husband on the table to look at while
you go over lesson plans with children.

....cousins come over for a little while and you get to play Mario Cart
because it's winter and all of your "stuff" is done.


.....you can warm up by the wood stove with your big brother on a chilly and snowy day.

 ...you "help"  mom make bread and flour is everywhere and
while she is cleaning the counter full of flour and the dishes
right next to you and she doesn't notice all the paper towels are {now} gone and
you get to play with the "doot-da-doot".



....you and your brother can leave together to go to the gym and
you don't need a ride from your parents anymore.
{sniff, sniff ...we hear from the mom taking pictures of her boys out the window}


....your dad and mom spend the afternoon in the kitchen together and
then the family sits down on a Sunday evening for a big Italian dinner of
homemade meatballs and spaghetti.

Happy Monday
XxOo

Friday, January 6, 2017

Wrapping up the week...

Cuties are his favorite.
He eats them two..or three...or 7 at a time! #citrusoverload

He still has a fever. He's in the same jammies as yesterday....but he's eating cuties.
Eating is always a good sign in my book.







This morning I woke up to 40 gifts piled on my table!
The kids have the kitchen timer set and every 30 minutes I get to open one up.
I feel very spoiled by my husband, kids and mom who helped put all of this together.

Do you have big weekend plans?
I believe our weekend includes the couch and lots of napping.
Which is fine...it's January. and freezing outside. and the time of year to do nothing.

The girls are making chocolate cupcakes with sprinkles.
I can't wait to eat one.

The kids told me that I have no chores today...
...they are doing everything that needs to be done around the house.
It's so sweet that they are all being so sweet.

My friend Amber posted  this  on FB yesterday.
It's so good and modeled after one of my all time favorite books.

Anthropologie is having a really good sale. Don't forget to use code TAGTIME.
I just ordered this hat last night. It can't get here fast enough!
{thanks mother in law for the gift card}

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
XxOo