Just a little update on things gone adrift in the House of Graham:
- I was released from calling (LDS/Mormon term for job in the church), thus, fulfilling my threat to train for a 5K.
- Made multiple bridesmaids' dresses for upcoming wedding.
- Had a totally fabulous play date that was zero stress and so much fun (rare occurrence)
- Went to IKEA, baby!
- Bought a butt-load (I can say that now, I've been released from the calling that required me to be a good example...) of buttons for Miss April to apply her magic to
- Had the greatest neighbors in the whole wide world over TWICE to play awesome board games
- One whole day spent in pajamas
- Scored some serious cash substituting at a daycare
- Almost boxed a child's ears at daycare
- Bought new shoes!!!
- Went to the temple
As you can tell, I had a fabulous week. Apart from the one day spent in pj's, the week was more full than a normal, school attending week. I guess I just tried to cram it all in to store up the fun moments in my cheeks in preparation for summer vacay...
Thank you, Jimmy.
I typed out several ways to express my love and appreciation for you, only to delete them all. Because there is nothing adequate enough to express my feelings- just know that they are there.
Below: Bacon and cheddar stuffed potato bitesAbove: Phyllo pillows with mushroom caramelized onion ragu and goat cheese
Below: Blue cheese stuffed grapes with candied walnutsAbove: Caramelized onion tarts with goat cheese and fresh thyme
Below: Thai spring rolls with peanut sauceAbove: Freshly baked Bishop's bread and bruschetta
Below: Spot prawns with lemon basil aioli on risotto cakesAbove: Scallion udon noodle cakes with asian slaw, candied almonds and toasted black sesame seeds
Below: Chocolate truffle brownies with ganache and peanut butter frostingAbove: Strawberry cream wonton skins
Below: Chocolate mint browniesAbove: Cream puffs with bittersweet chocolate
Below: Lemon squaresAbove: Ashley's birthday cake. Handmade by the birthday girl!
Below: Melissa and her childhood friend, Brittney
I have been having so much fun!!! Like I said, Yay for parties!
However, last week everything was a little overwhelming. Things were fine until I was cornered at the end of a very hectic day and criticized for my method of doing things for a particular event. I am not one to get easily offended, but this attack hit me to the core. My life was so full of tasks to accomplish and I was doing my best at each individual task. Not really the best time to point out what you think I'm doing wrong...
So, I decided to take a much deserved break. Calls were made to everyone that could help. Delegations were set in place for the rest of the week. (thank you everyone that helped me!!!) Off to the beach house. I was planning on taking off all by myself, but had a strong feeling to bring Kaitlin with me. Yeah, that didn't work out as planned. She was so sick that it was hard to concentrate on taking care of myself while wiping her nose and holding her. The frustration was starting to take over. Plus, on top of it all, I was getting sick! ARGH!
I was forced to cancel the one event I was REALLY looking forward to! In the midst of all my self pity, I stopped to realize this: even though I complained the whole trip and afterward, I really did have a good time. It was so nice to spend time doing something spontaneous. I love my family. I love being busy. I am done complaining to my friends and on this blog (for the time being).
This time, lemonade was not the result of my life's hastily thrown lemons. Instead, I made lemon chiffon pie. The difference? Well, lemonade is easy enough- with a sweet, yet simple result. When making lemon chiffon pie, one must work hard, wait for oven time and clean up the mess (gosh, I hate baking)... may be more of a hassle than the lemonade, but the result is so much more worth the effort.
Here are the results of my recent baking:
Here we are at Natural Bridges park. We walked down the planks to the monarch butterfly migration stop. On warm days, they flutter like magic. My childhood field trips were spent watching the butterflies at this park. I loved that we were able to go see the little house I grew up in and my elementary school. Kaitlin did not believe that I used to actually go to school.
This pose was by no prompting of my own. Kaitlin insisted I take this shot... What a ham!!!
Just a couple of pictures of the butterflies. It was warm, so they kept fluttering away. I love when three or four butterflies dance around your head for a moment and disappear in the next. The inability to take a picture because of such erratic flight underlines the sacredness of being in a butterfly's presence. Childhood seems to seep back in the smell of eucalyptus, the creaking of wooden planks and the sweet flutter of monarch wings.
I am going far away this week! I am a tad bit overwhelmed (4 funerals, dozens of meetings, parties and other things... all within the past month!) I am taking Kaitlin, who is very, very sick, to the beach house to recharge for the end of my week. So, no posting until Thursday. I will be relaxing with my girl and getting ready for more hecticness (if that's even a word) to come. I LOVE being busy and I want to do it all, but sometimes I get tired.... gosh darn sleep- I wish I could get by without it!
1) Be one of the first three comments
2) Post a "Pay It Forward" on your blog
3) Receive a homemade pretty little something from me in six month's time.
So, good luck to everyone, you'll most likely get food from me...
I saw the greatest piece of flair on FaceBook today. (Here is an explanation of 'flair' for FaceBook virgins: silly little buttons with sayings or pictures to post that represent your feeling on a certain issue or, in my case, a completely valid excuse for having piles of laundry in the laundry room. You see, you can only get flair if flair is sent to a friend. So, I am sorry if I have sent multiple pieces of flair your way to enhance my flair board...)
Now that I have sufficiently confused you as to why this post is about the Bachelor- I saw a piece of flair that had a picture of good ol' Jason... with the word 'putz' over his forehead. Now, that is some good dirty laundry.
"Molly, you’re next. I give it a few months before he just has to follow his heart again (a.k.a. dump you)." – goddessrin
"Jason had every right to change his mind, but breaking it off in front of the cameras is a new low. Molly, congrats, honey. You 'won.' I think it'll become really clear really soon just what a 'prize' he isn't." – Mamabisi
"And total ewwwwwww when they started making out at the end. Yeah, Melissa's body wasn't even cold yet and they were pawing each other." – weezer95
"I honestly could not believe my eyes, watching that circus. I mean...do people have NO shame? To have these kinds of personal things televised? What have we come to? On the one hand, great drama to watch...on the other, I feel dirty for even participating." – PetuniaP
"I hope Jason's ex-wife is out hiring a lawyer to try to get full custody of Ty." – Whataconcept
Jimmy and I share an alarm clock that has two alarms on it. Jimmy's= buzzer, mine= radio. I like this little arrangement excluding times Jimmy presses snooze thirty times before six am. Completely by accident, my station got changed from the local alternative rock station to the local country station. I don't know how it happened, hence- Jimmy did it. I have realized over the past month how fabulous GOOD country music is. Something that is really impressive is this: there's no fear mentioning God in a song. In fact, the more mention, the more popular. Also, how can you not cry at the songs that are a progressive life story? You know- the ones about baby to to girl to woman. I am especially touched by those because I'm a daddy's girl and so is my daughter. I have actually gone so far as to set one of my buttons in the car to the country station! Now, folks, that's commitment. Please don't go overboard by thinking I am a totally reformed, knock down, drag out country fan... I still cannot handle the overly twangy honky tonk type... well, unless it's Garth Brooks.