Sunday, July 27, 2014

Life: It Goes On - July 27

Goodness, remember the other day when I posted about how I had a lot of time to read during the High Summer Readathon? I was afraid you would. Have you ever had one of those weeks where things just keep coming up that change your plans?

We had a friend in need this week so hospital visits and dinner for the family were on the agenda. She is doing much better but this mama might just feel the need to take care of that mama a little more before this week is out. My kids may be gone but my need to mother people isn't!

We got to have dinner Saturday night with two of The Big Guy's siblings and their spouses and today celebrated Mini-him's birthday with family and friends. Twenty-six years! Sometimes it seems like those years have just flown by but I can hardly remember a time any more when I wasn't a mom.

This Week I'm:

Listening To: I'll be listening to The Swan Thieves for a couple more weeks yet. I'm hoping something is going to happen in it soon - I'm over half way through it and nothing is happening. Maybe because I've long ago figured out the big twist and it's just a matter of getting to it.

Watching: The Orange Is The New Black marathon continued into Monday for Miss H and I. Otherwise, we haven't watched much of anything except Longmire. Do you watch that one?

Reading: This is how little reading I got done during the readathon - I'm still reading Lucky Us. I'll finish it tonight, finally. I'm abandoning the plan to finish A Moveable Feast next, though. Four books came in the mail Friday and I've been lured away by shiny new toys. Although which of them will call to me next is still unknown.

Making: Asian chicken salad, Scotcheroo Rice Krispie treats, chocolate cupcakes, smashed potatoes, cinnamon toast pancakes, flatbread pizzas. Yum - we've had a good week in the kitchen.

Planning: Vacation, vacation, vacation - can you tell I'm excited? We haven't had a family vacation in a couple of years and this may be the last one we ever get just the five of us.

Grateful for: I feel that I say this almost every other week but, serious, we are so blessed to have such wonderful families.

Enjoying: The wonderful weather we've been having - we've gotten to spend a lot of dinners on the patio. Sometimes it's been all we could do to come back in the house.

Feeling: Silly. Those Rice Krispie treats? So busy talking and thinking about all of the other things to be done and I accidentally doubled the cereal in the recipe. Didn't realize I'd done it until hours after we ate them and all wondered why they were so dry and crumbly. I hate failures in the kitchen; I know I'll be making another batch this week just to assure myself I can do it!

Looking forward to: Seeing my brother and his family this week! Did I mention how much I love my family?


  1. I never use a recipe for my rice krispie treats so they always come out too gooey. I like a lot of marshmallows but it's difficult to cut neatly when I make them that way.

  2. Family is the best! You are blessed to have so many members so close to you. And this summer weather! We have had a few days past 100 but overall it has barely been anything to complain about. I'm looking forward to some lows in the 60s this week. Hope you have a wonderful family vacation!! I can't remember the last trip that we took with just the siblings without any spouses. Of course adding in the spouses has increased the fun and crazy!

  3. Oh I hate those kinds of failures! I do them periodically - normally when I'm distracted. Rice Krispy Treats are amazing though. I may have to get the ingredients for them when I'm at the grocery store next! It's always the weeks that you think will be calm that end up being chaotic. Sounds like you were really helpful. Your meal sounds amazing even without the treats. Have a great week and have fun on vacations!

  4. Love your updates. Here's to more rice crispie treats! You can never have too many. :) Have fun on your vacation. I think our big hurrah last summer was our last vacation as just our original family. Now, on to the fun extended family things!

  5. These things happen...and it happens to me ALL the time. Hope your friend is doing better.

    I haven't read The Swan Thieves yet, but The Historian by Kostova is one of my favorites.

    I LOVE Longmire. One of my faves.

    Sorry I haven't stopped by in awhile. Life was overwhelming for a bit there. Have a great rest of the week!

  6. I probably have more weeks like that than I wish. It is such a treat when things do go according to plan! I have Lucky Us to read - hope you liked it!