Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Today Around the House...

I'm down 2 kids....and it feels weird. Really, Hannah is the only one that's gone. Stephen is gone all day at drivers Ed and then baseball at night. So we barely see him. And with Steve gone too..the house is just strangely quiet.

Will spent all day drawing....he's been devouring the Big Nate books lately. Today he drew a caption from the book. He was so proud!

Great job Will!

We baked...banana muffins from our new Family Meals cookbook.

So good with a cup of tea. Yes...I'm drinking tea in the middle of summer. It's a million degrees out but my house is freezing. 

I'm reading...these. I liked The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. I had planned to read Anne of Green Gables aloud to the kids..but Hannah is gone and doesn't want to miss out. So I started reading it myself and I can't put it down. 

I Made...Kale chips. Finally. I know they're all the rage lately. I don't know what's taken me so long to try them. I used Gwyneth's recipe..although, they're pretty much all the same I think. Kale, olive oil and kosher salt. I LOVE them. I ate them all right off the baking sheet. Not only do they taste REALLY good...(after the initial crunch..they just melt in your mouth)...but they are GOOD for you!  I hope my kids like them...cuz they're going in the lunch box next fall. 

That was my day.
Stephen just got home from baseball...he hit the winning RBI. My dad was there to watch. Thanks for going Dad.
Hannah is having the time of her life on the Vineyard with my mom and her cousin Sophie and my sister Jen. Thanks Mom and Jen for taking great care of her!
Steve is halfway across the world.

Looking forward to my little family being together again. 


  1. I love Kale chips and my little guy (2 1/2) does, too! Yup, just EVOO and kosher salt for us:) I do have to tell you, though...I don't care for them hours later, so you may want to try that one before sending in lunches:) Yay for healthy stuff that tastes great!

  2. is so hard when the house is off kilter like that! Wonderful drawing and great baseball news too! How fun for Hannah to be spending time with her cousin too!

  3. I love framing kids artwork! I used to do it all the time..... now, not so much. *Sigh* I had the house to myself last week during the day and it was soooo odd.... but I got a ton done! Have a great day!

  4. I'm going to have to try those chips now.
    And summer is just weird some days, isn't it? Hope Steve is safe and home soon.

  5. Your pix are perfect for this post. Both boys look quiet and a bit sad without the rest of the clan too.

    kale chips. hmmm...I'll have to try them.

  6. I can tell you are going to be one of those mom's that does not deal with empty nest well at all!!! :)
    xoxo Dianne

  7. i've tried to make kale chips before and it didn't work out quite as well as yours did - i'll have to try again a la gwynnie - what cookbook is that you have open - does she have one?! btw, the big nate drawing? amazing!! hope you find your balance soon, friend - i get serious empty nest symptoms too, so i feel for you!