So, the posting has been a little scarce, but it's not because I've run off with John Stamos. We've just been a little busy. The process of getting ready for visitors, then having visitors, then trying to get back to your normal life takes some adjusting. Plus, it's spring. That should be enough of a reason, right? Actually, I really have been enjoying sitting outside reading or writing or whatever while the kids play.
I told my sister-in-law that I would send her a picture of Kyle's new haircut that he got the day she left, but why not just post it for all of the internet to see?
He looks good. I haven't really mastered the gel thing, so this is the salon look. You also get to see the typical fake goofy smile.
This is what he looked like before the cut (with my cute niece) and instead of a fake smile, a sandwich shoved into his mouth:
If you were to ride in my car, or come to my house, you would likely hear the Wicked soundtrack. I am hooked. I have most of the songs memorized, and because it's Broadway, I have to do a little face/eyebrow/ voice acting, too, right? I am reading the book right now, and I am going to do a post comparing the two (and maybe even including the Wizard of Oz book as well). And if you're lucky, "I'll teach you the proper poise, when you talk to boys, little ways to flirt and flounce--oooh!" (from the great song "Popular," that everyone should download whether they have seen the show or not).
My mom gave Amanda the Kid's Cookbook when we were back home in April. The reviews on amazon are fabulous, and I agree. It's meant for older kids (it says 9 and up), so it's real recipes, and they are good. I am very proud to say that my 8 1/2 year old daughter made this whole dinner on Saturday pretty much by herself (with me just lurking around).
We had green salad with vinaigrette (page 68), crunchy coated chicken breasts (page 81), smashed potatoes (page 89), and for dessert, frozen fruit and yogurt pops (page 42). For the record--had I tried to serve her mashed potatoes with skin in them, she would not have eaten them. It's one of the perks of her selecting the menu and cooking it herself. She ate them up.
In the background, you will also see my broken dishwasher. This is a really serious problem for me. I do not wash dishes. As my husband said, I can barely keep up with them when the dishwasher is doing the work for me! The repairman is coming tomorrow. I've had it for about 13 months, so it's out of warranty. What's up with that?