Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christian Romance?

I was playing Yahtzee with Amber tonight when I found a scribbled little note on the back of a score card from when Eric and I were on vacation this past summer. I had meant to blog about it because I thought it was so funny...

We were shopping in Avalon at Catalina in the only bookstore on the island and I wanted to see if they had the newest book from one of my favorite authors of Christian romance-type novels. After scanning the store, I approached the very young clerk.

"Do you have a Christian fiction section?" I asked.

"Have you heard of The Shack? We have that." she answered.

"No," I said. "I mean Christian romance."

She looked at me, cocked her head to one side and said, in valley-girl style, "I've never heard of Christian romance. You mean, like, they meet in church?"

I chocked back my laughter and went to find Eric.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Once a year

Once a year, my neighbor down the street makes homemade Chex mix. Next to my moms, it is the best Chex mix I will ever eat! So two days ago when she told me that she may not get around to making it this year, I said, "Oh that's okay" when in actuality I was thinking, "Oh, I hope she makes it!" You can imagine my delight this morning when she brought by a generous serving of my favorite savory holiday treat. We ate some of it at 10:30 in the morning!

Once a year my dad makes incredible fudge, the only fudge of it's kind--I have never had it's equal or even a close second. It's my favorite Christmas sweet. We eat some now and freeze some for later--although it never makes it until "later" as we eat it right out of the freezer whenever we remember it's in there (which is every day)!

Once a year my mom makes cranberry bread--I don't even know of anyone else who makes cranberry bread. She also makes almond-sour cream bread--another one-of-a-kind creation that only my mom makes. This tasty bread with just the right mix of almond and sour cream is mine and Eric's favorite quick bread. It's a secret family recipe that I have now, but I refuse to make the bread while my mom is still able to do her culinary magic. With her new found energy and waking up at 4 a.m. not able to go back to sleep, my mom has been able to be the kitchen fairy again. She has made all of these treats and her famous caramel rolls which I have tried--and failed--to duplicate. While my sister was visiting, they also made what they called "the world's ugliest sugar cookies."

When my mom called and told me she was sending a box of all the goodies, I said that she didn't have to. And I meant it. Still, they sent it and it arrived today--just now. So, of course, my girls ate some of "the world's ugliest sugar cookies" right before lunch--and loved every bite. Eric and I delved into the fudge, too.

After all, it only happens once a year!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Healthy Lions

One evening we were eating a venison roast that Eric traded fish for, when we got to discussing predators and their prey. Eric told Amber that a mountain lion has to eat roughly one deer a week to survive. Amber said, "Cool! They probably eat very healthy."

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Down Time

Being a mom who teacher her children at home, I don't get a lot of chances to be in the house alone without the girls. So it was a treat to get some surprise "down time" yesterday. I took the girls down the street to a Gingerbread House-decorating party. I had no idea it was a "drop off" party. My friend said, "Come back in 3 hours. Go have fun!" I walked back home and didn't know what to do with myself--for about a minute! I knew I wasn't going to do any housework. I decided to work on a project I had been wanting to do for months. I framed several of Amber's drawings and hung them on the wall in the hallway. Last night when I walked out of the bathroom into the hallway, seeing those beautiful sketches in pretty frames cheered me up. Today I am watching my friend's two girls so she can be alone in her house and wrap Christmas presents. She'll need some down time after hosting that party yesterday.