Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My Mother's Day

This was supposed to post in May 2011, but blogger went through some issues and this post was removed. I thought I would go ahead and post it now, even though it is almost as seasonally inappropriate as possible.


My family and I slept in on Mother's Day. I woke up with Monkey Georgia snuggled up to me. She crawled into our bed sometime in the night, which she does some nights.

I wanted to get up, but I enjoyed being in bed too, so I waited. And then I heard a little voice say, "Get up, Daddy! It's Mother's Day!"

(She has been obsessed with Mother's Day all week, asking when it is and expressing disappointment at how long she had to wait. And saying she was just so excited about it.)

He said, "Why don't you tell Mommy it's Mother's Day?" and so she did.

While I was getting ready (make-up even!), she came in almost jumping up and down.

"I'm just SO ehcited! (excited)" she exclaimed. She and her daddy had been keeping a secret from me for almost a week, and I think she was about to burst.

For lunch, they took me to Jasmine Chinese Cuisine, a newish Chinese restaurant relatively near us. (In the English Station/Lake Forest area, for locals.) We had a Groupon for the meal, which we decided to buy after seeing so many unfamiliar dishes on the menu. I chose ginger chicken, which I had never seen on a Chinese menu before (Thai or Vietnamese, yes, but not Chinese). It was served on a bed or broccoli, and a side of steamed rice. I thought it was wonderful.
I also got hot tea, which made me feel connected to my Mama and my Grandma (and PawPaw) who used to get hot tea when we went out for Chinese food.

The restaurant was elegant and the staff friendly and helpful. We would definitely consider going back. (Besides, I didn't get to try the glazed pineapple dessert.)

We made a quick stop after lunch for me to buy a newspaper. When I got back in the car, Monkey Georgia said, "But how far is the gelato place?" She held out for a long time, but she let the cat out of the bag. I did not mind though. The first time we had gelato at Gilberto Gelato was last year on Mother's Day. I would be happy for gelato to become a yearly Mother's Day tradition!

Monkey Georgia had strawberry sorbetto and raspberry chocolate chip. The chocolate chips were bitter dark chocolate and she was not happy. We've made a note not to let her have chocolate chip gelatoes anymore.

Uhn Gi chose vanilla gelato and strawberry sorbetto. The vanilla was fragrant and floral. It was made with Madagascar vanilla beans.

I chose coconut gelato, pineapple sorbetto, and fruitti di Bosco. If I had to do it over, I would have just gotten the fruitti di Bosco. It was strawberry, blueberry and blackberry sorbetto, and was thick and chunky and filled with fruit. The flavor was so intense. Unfortunately, the flavor is only rarely made because of the seasonality of the ingredients. I could eat it all the time.

After gelato, we went to Costco which is a few miles away. Every time we go, Monkey Georgia asks if they can buy me flowers and Uhn Gi always say no (our cat eats flowers). So for Mother's Day, Monkey Georgia got to pick out flowers for me. It was difficult to decide which bouquet she wanted to get. She wanted to get the "rainbow" flowers, but when she saw the "Mother's Day" bouquet, her resolve wavered. (The Mother's Day bouquet included lilies and was in decorated cellophane.) She finally decided to get the rainbow flowers like she had originally planned.

They also bought me a rose bush since my husband wanted to get me roses but prefers not to buy flowers that just wilt a few days later.

Later in the day, we flew kites and worked in the garden. It was a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Review: Who Peed on My Yoga Mat?


I just finished Lela Davidson's new book Who Peed on My Yoga Mat? It's a collection of humorous essays about marriage, parenting, and dealing with the other kids' parents. I found myself laughing out loud at several points.

Her perspective on some things is quite different than mine, but our children are different ages. I may have a different perspective on how much time kids spend with their parents when my daughter is nearly a teenager too!

My favorite essays in the book are about marriage. She has been married for 17 years, which I consider quite an accomplishment. She writes about trying to schedule romantic weekends away, and even romantic evenings at home. Her Google calendar trick is worth trying, even if it did not work for her.

Her essay about women's undergarments helped change my mind about a shopping trip I had a few weeks ago. Since I have young relatives who read my blog, that's all I'm going to say about that.

The book is due to be released on December 4. (I received an advanced reader copy, but the opinions expressed here are my own.) If you are a mom, especially with kids between 9 and 14, definitely check out this book.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Happy Spring!

What a strange winter. I usually complain bitterly about winter in Kentucky because it seems to last until early April and then summer starts the 2nd week of May. The difference in Georgia is that spring starts in February and summer starts in May. (I am sort of kidding.) This winter only saw one big snow at our house, and we've had record breaking 80+ degree weather this week. I'm not going to complain about the heat or the pollen. Spring is too glorious to complain about!

Last week, Monkey Georgia and I spent an afternoon outside painting rocks. It had been a long time since we had done that. We mostly painted them solid colors to test the colorfastness of the acrylic paint in the rain. Now that we know the paint is going to stay, we can paint designs on them too. I saw some great ideas for labels and signs painted on rocks on Pinterest, and I can't wait to try them out in our yard.

How are you spending your spring days?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Cookies & Cocktails

I'm watching a special on the Cooking Channel called Cookies and Cocktails, and I just had to share this. The bacon chocolate chip cookies and the compost cookies (with pretzels and potato chips!) both sound like must tries. It is scheduled to be on several more times. Check it out.



Monday, December 5, 2011

Cookie Recipes

I originally wrote this post in December 2009, but got so busy that I forgot to publish it! Good cookie recipes are good anytime, so I thought I'd go ahead and share it this year.


I've been spending a lot of time lately going through my cookbooks and favorite recipe sites looking for cookie recipes to bake with my daughter. Then I started going through my blog reader and realized that everyone seems to be posting cookie recipes!

  • Chewy Sugar Cookie @ Scrap Big - Lisa Damrosch is hosted the blog at Big Picture Scrapbooking in December 2009, and shared this recipe. I love my sugar cookies chewy, so I can't wait to try this recipe.
  • lots of yummy cookies @ Simple Mom - This is a long list of edible gifts, but I thought the cookies deserved an extra mention!
  • Cardamom Snaps @ My World by Cate - I first tasted cardamom in a Christmas cookie an old boyfriend's mom made years ago. Cardamom is a sweet spice to me for this reason.
  • Irish Cream Delights @ My World by Cate - I think my hubby will love these. They look like Snickerdoodles only flavored with Baileys. (I liked them better than he did. Wow. Yummy.)
  • Holiday Baking and Gift Ideas @Everyone Likes Sandwiches - This is another long list of edible gift links.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

winter reading -other people's picks

I enjoy making lists of books we've read, and since I've become a mama (and a blogger), I've started paying attention more to the seasons that we're reading. I think I may have even been introduced to this idea by Soulemama, so I thought I would share a link to her list of winter favorites.


Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Picture Books

Books we enjoyed during Christmas 2010:

  • The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers - Beautiful illustrations, and it tells the story in a simple way so that a 4 year old can follow along. It is not so long that it can't be read at bedtime. Monkey Georgia loved it.
  • Shall I Knit You a Hat? A Christmas Yarn by Kate Klise - Little Rabbit enjoys his new hat that Mother Rabbit made so much that he insists they knit hats for all their friends. The illustrations are vibrant and the message is that it is better to give than receive.
  • Merry UnChristmas by Mike Reiss - We actually forgot to read this one even though we had it checked out for a while. It looks cute though and I want to check it out again next year.
We would like to enjoy these again this season.


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