Saturday, October 20, 2012


Lucy's school had a Harvest Day a few weeks ago, a few days before Halloween.  I went to help.  It was pretty cute.  They don't celebrate Halloween which was sad for me because that's just fewer people who get to see the costumes I worked on. Because that's what it's all about, right? 

The kids played harvest bingo, candy corn measuring, a pumpkin walk, and made cute little scarecrows out of paper bags and coffee filters.  They dressed up as farmers.  I sent Lucy in a shirt with apples and pears on it, she has nothing plaid or overalls.  Fruit is harvesty, right?

The other week when we were at Grammi and Grandpa's, Lu and Grammi harvested some sweet potatoes.  I didn't have any boots for her so we improvised.  I'm very good at improvising.

Friday, October 12, 2012

While we wait...

Noah and I have some time in the car while we wait for the girls to get out of school.  Some days he's happy and some days he's grumpy...just like his Mama.  The other day he was giving me some sweet smiles and I just happened to have my camera in the car.

I hope you're having a happy Friday.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

I remember stuff, but am I memorable?

My cousins used to tease me when we were little because I could remember little details about things that had happened way in the past.  I don't have a good short term memory.  For example, this morning I remembered that it's book club tonight.  Our first meeting in a long time.  I organized it.  I remembered that.  I forgot to tell my husband.  He scheduled Home Teaching.  Home Teaching trumps book club.  Maybe I can go late.  I remember really vividly a lot of experiences from my childhood.  Some good and some bad.  I remember people.  I remember the kids who were new at school or were only at our school for a few years or the kids who started with us and then didn't graduate with us.

In college there was a guy in my ward who had a crush on my friend.  We had some mutual friends.  He hung out at my apartment, a lot.  I went with him and some other people when he test drove cars.  We were friends for probably a year and a half-two years.  I remember a lot about him.  His mother and sisters and nieces and nephews, all of whom I met.  Fast forward a few years, college, marriage, a kid, yadda yadda yadda, and I'm at the adult session of Stake Conference and our Stake President calls up a bunch of people to come bear their testimonies.  He's one of them.  He's in my Stake, he's married now, life goes on, bra.  I was sort of shocked to see him.  I decided to go up to him afterward and say hi.  He didn't remember me.  Seriously?  I remember you doing Yoga in my living room with your friend and how your lip sweats whenever you talk.

I recently found someone on FB that I think about from time to time.  I remember going to her house to play, she just lived a few blocks away.  Her mom was a physical therapist and I don't remember much about her step-dad.  I remember going to a Halloween party at her house and playing with bakeable clay.  I remember having a fashion show with her and her sister.  I remember going with her to Maumee Bay State Park where she had a dance show and she forgot to bring her "dance pants" and so her mom had to run all the way back to our side of town to get them.  She sent me a message and said, "Do I know you?"

Am I really so forgettable?  I think about people and experiences in my past all the time.  Every day.  I think I over think.  I go over conversations I had 20 years ago, over and over and over.  Maybe I remember too much.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Sweet Potato Hash Browns with Maple Mayo

Oh dear.  These are good.

I've been making a lot of hash browns lately and thought I'd try them with sweet potatoes.  
Yum, yum, yum.

3 medium sweet potatoes
1/4 C canola oil
Salt to taste

3 T Mayonnaise
3 t real maple syrup
1/4 t cinnamon
1.5 t brown sugar

1.) Peel the sweet potatoes and pierce with a knife.
2.) Place in a glass or ceramic dish and cook in the microwave until fork tender.
3.) Add oil to cast-iron skillet or heavy bottomed frying pan and heat over medium until shimmering.
4.) Cut potatoes into chunks and add to oil. Cook until edges are golden brown. Turn frequently.
5.) Whisk together all sauce ingredients.
6.) Remove potatoes from the pan using a slotted spatula or spoon, let drain over cooking rack, season with salt to taste. 


Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Has it really been almost a month!?

I was surprised to see it has been so long since my last post.
I thought I'd tell you all about what we've been up to for the last few days.

Friday, I had Lunch Mom, it's the highlight of my week.

We had some time in between volunteering and when we needed to be back at the school to pick up the girls, so Noah and I went to the baby room at the library to hangout for a bit.  

That evening we drove to Grandpa and Grammi's, on the way Lucy had a talking cheeseburger.

We got up early on Saturday to meet some new friends and cheer Grammi on at her race.

Went to one of my favorite stores where I found this...I was tempted to try it.

Then we went to the zoo, saw the animals and rode the carousel.

Fun times, good food, nice time with the fam.
Monday we were back to business as usual.