Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mother's Day 2013


It is becoming a habit to begin blog posts by stating, "The day did not go as planned, but was a great day in any event..." and that would sum up this day. 

However, since I do possess the gift of gab, I'll share a few more details.  I went to bed Saturday night chuckling at the challenge the eldest two Gherkins had tossed out for the remaining seven. 

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Arielle and Stacia brought me a wonderful breakfast in bed...it's been QUITE a long time since that has happened....I would say never but my memory IS failing a bit these days and I imagine sometime in the past 28 years of motherhood this has happened before. ::snort::  I had yummy oatmeal with blueberries, raspberries, 1/2 a banana, flax seed and almond milk....AND a cup of Vanilla Chai tea....

The kids had made this card.....if you look closely it's on a canvas type background and has their hand prints and messages.

We attended the 1100 service on base - always an enjoyable time when the body gathers.

I had put a lasagna in the oven so we rushed home to eat - but it wasn't done.....I had plenty of time to saute a huge wok full of veggies, cut up some fruit and make a salad for the two of us who don't do "food with faces."

We had thought we'd take advantage of the beautiful weather and head out to either a Tulip festival or a flower garden...but with the late lunch....and a GREAT skype with all three elder Gherkin males....it was too late to make that happen.  There are no screen shots as I can't seem to find them after we take them in Windows 8....so we didn't bother. Michael is really having a lot of pain and I think it was best to stay home anyway.

We tried out a new recipe I found online for Cashew Banana ice cream. I used peanut butter instead of  cashew butter...and we added a bit of chocolate....Arielle made some vegan hard shell.... Everyone loved it. I suspect I could make the yonana this way....but it was nice to have the whole batch done before "ice cream time".  We worked together, while the kids played outside, and made two batches...one with Andes mint chips in it. I can't fathom that taste combination but Michael and Nolan seemed to like it....I must remember to post the recipe on the blog in case something happens to the link.

It WAS yummy...and can be made ahead of time and frozen. Makes Sunday night much easier....though this is almost healthy enough to be a treat more than once a week. ::wink::

The rest of the night was filled with For Get It.  Arielle won the first game....









I won the second game.... It is fast paced enough to be an enjoyable. 












Not EVERYONE seemed to enjoy the game....and this is not a staged photo.  She actually did quite well but really, really doesn't like losing her points.

All in all it was a great day....and Jared will be here on Wednesday a.m. (Tuesday night in Tokyo). Prayers appreciated as he begins his first solo international flight in a few hours.

Choosing Joy!
©2013 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

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