Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Family Horse...

Mr. man came to me today and said that he and the monkey had decided: They were saving up for a pony. A horse really, he explained. A family horse.  One that we could all take turns riding and taking for long walks together in the country. The monkey, he added, could even wear her pink cowboy boots - as if this was the clincher in an already flawless argument.

And then he brought me two handfuls of pocket change. Pennies and nickels and dimes spilling out between the mangled sieve our four hands made, two little sets of fingers, two big sets. They'd already started saving, you see. They were nearly there, really.

And I didn't have the heart to do anything but find a mason jar to tuck all the change into and ask him what name they would give their pony.

"Horse, mama. Not a pony, a horse. A family horse."

"Oh. of course. How silly of me. and this horse...he will have a name?"

"Yes, but we don't know it yet," He counters with an eye roll, acting as if i am the child and must be spoken to slowly and carefully so i will understand. "We wont know what to call him until we meet him." he says. enunciating precisely.

when did i suddenly become the adult in these scenarios? i missed the transition somewhere along the way...

Friday, March 23, 2012


Remember this little number?
For a little gray's Little Things to Sew-Along last October?
Well, it was a huge it... especially with The Monkey. She's been wearing her sister's cape around non-stop the past week or two. It's caused no end of spits and spats around the house (like they need another reason to argue amongst themselves?)

Well, I was cleaning out my stash last night, in preparation for another project, and found almost two yards of the most beautiful moss-green, small wale corduroy that I  didn't even remember buying! It's like finding money in your pocket. I might have done a small little happy dance.

And so, this weekend, The Monkey will have her own cape to run around the house in. Which means I may forgo the Explorer Vest this month, in favor of a second cape. Or at least push the explorer vest back a week.

I'd forgotten how well a deadline motivates me.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

Dateline: Spring

I know... I know... I disappeared. I fell into a funk with a bit of a broken heart and couldn't quite crawl my way out for a while. I simply forgot how hard it was to pull yourself up out of those...I was spoiled. I hadn't had to do it in a while.

Regardless...Here's what we've been up to lately!
I got a new coffee maker. It was a gift...and I may have very nearly OD'ed on caffeine over the weekend testing out K-cups. Oh, are a loverly and dangerous new friend.

The Monkey's class attended the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade...and I tagged along for entertainment value. Hearing your daughter start a 20-kid chant of "Lep-RE-chaun! Lep-RE-chaun!" is pretty darn priceless. Weirdos...

Saturday we made our way to The Circle for more St. Patrick's Day hijinx... all appropriately attired in our green. Well, except for me somehow. Regardless...really good hot dogs...

Oh, and we made Birds Nest Cookies! Which I'm rapidly coming to understand as something no one else made when they were a kid?? We made them but they were called haystacks. Sometimes they were butterscotch chips, sometimes they were chocolate. But they're this salty-sweet crunchy sort of cookie-esque treat. You just melt a bag of butterscotch chips in the microwave (because double boilers are tedious things)

Then you mix in a bag of chow mein noodles (sans the half a cup you surreptiously keep out to nibble on while making the cookies). Stir well. Very well. Those suckers don't really want to be coated... Then scoop out spoonfuls of the mixture onto a a tray or cookie sheet covered in wax paper. Give each kid a bowl of Cadbury mini eggs and let them each poke the eggs into the "nests".  Let everything set up for a couple of minutes and you're good to go! These didn't even last a full 24 hours around la casa. And we made a giant batch... Oops.

The Monkey realllly liked poking those eggs into the nests...

Oh! AND The Biz finally finished her first project on her sewing machine. She made herself a purse. She was practically vibrating she was so excited. Did the entire thing herself start-to-finish. The only things I had to do were thread the needle and then change the needle when she broke it. Hah. Takes after her momma, that one.

Speaking of finished projects...
I haven't any. Finished that is.
I've stalled out.
I've got a couple things for the kids in the works, and am still finishing up my cross stitching...
I've got some things for the kids' upcoming birthday's stashed away I'll post up later. But right now? Just putting pen to paper (or rather print to blog) is enough for today.

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