Idea swiped from Patch. :-D
Life recently has been rather fraught with pressure, but not necessarily the bad kind. Pressure to finish the basement bedrooms/ bathroom, birthdays, taxes, and laundry (which Mrs. Fine is kindly allowing me to do at her house until we can install our washer and dryer downstairs) just to name a few. Sometimes merely cooking food is pressuring, but only because I want it every 2 hours right now Or Else.
There is much to be grateful for, and there are many things that make me happy in our new situation. Here a some of the ones I have pictures of.
1) A functioning, working shower.
We’ve been without one for a while. And you see that mat on the floor? Yes, that heats the tiles. We have a heated floor. This makes me extra happy. Some of the grout and caulk need a little touch up still, but The Dearliest did a good job, methinks. I love the built in shelves! :-D
2) Birthdays, Part 1.
Pokado turned 5 and informed me some time before her birthday that she wanted two cakes–a horse cake and a barn cake. I had to break it to her that between moving and morning sickness, I wasn’t going to be up to the task, so how about strawberry shortcake? She agreed, and it was yummy.
3) Morning tea and lazy afternoons.
Sometimes, it really is the simple things that matter most.
4) Chopped and Inspiration.
For a couple months, the kids slept in the living room because the bedrooms were still under construction. This was a challenge for everyone, I think, because the living room is probably the biggest traffic area of the house and with 13 people…well, let’s just say the kids had a bed time of 9 or later for a while. To help keep them settled and at least “resting” at the end of it (and to give me an opportunity to sit down), we started watching Chopped, which is a cooking competition show a la Iron Chef and the like. Little Ken found it inspiring, and his creative side took off in the kitchen for a while.
5) Birthdays, Part 2.
TW had a special birthday, which in my mind warrants a special dessert. She requested Tiramisu, which is probably my favorite non-chocolate thing to make ever (I don’t really count the chocolate dusting on top).
Such is the update I have for now. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before I can get back into regular blogging. I miss it.