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This week’s quotes of the week (QOTW):
“I love you, too.”
Luke says this before I can say ‘I love you’ at naptime. He beats me to the punch every day. It’s possible I let him because it’s so darn cute.
“I’m saving my kisses for the baby.”
Luke, on why he couldn’t give me anymore.
Sorry for being so light on the quotes. The baby scare this week got me sidetracked.
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Even though this week had way more drama than necessary, I’m grateful that I had the foresight to make it a wee bit less stressful. On Tuesday I went in for a regular weekly OB check expecting to be boring, but then it got interesting. Wednesday, I floated to the doctor and got a glowing report. It’s funny how life works out. Scott had originally planned to take Wednesday off so we could enjoy a date day. We did that earlier in the fall and it was divine. The two of us enjoyed a massage, manicures, a great lunch and a stop at the greenhouse before picking up Luke from school. I think God knew I would need a distraction from my looming ultrasound. It ended up being the absolute perfect morning. Proof that there’s nothing a good massage and a trip to the greenhouse can’t solve.
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Food tastes better when you grow it yourself. My husband is a regular green thumb, he learned all he knows from his mom and dad. It doesn’t hurt that his dad used to own a chain of grocery stores in North Texas and had a real eye for quality produce. Just ask Scott about all the summers he spent hauling watermelons around the state! I love these photos of him teaching the kids the finer points. So far, we’ve got cantaloupe, basil, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, squash, strawberries and watermelon. Par-tay at our house this summer!
Looking for a fun and inexpensive way to brighten your front door this spring? My grand plans of sharing the tutorial on this beauty got moved to next week. But, pretty is in store. I call it my St. Patrick’s/Lent/Easter/Spring wreath. You call it what you want.
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Go ahead and save me a seat at the fields. Baseball season is here. And so is soccer. John Paul and Anna-Laura have really been a blast to watch this spring. John Paul has spent a bit of time on the pitcher’s mound (hello, nervous Mom) and had some good hits to the outfield. Mostly, he just likes to chew gum at the games and work on not getting hit by the opposing pitcher. So far, not great luck. Anna-Laura is a scoring machine. She’s a pretty great little mid-fielder and somehow musters plenty of energy for games, but yet none for emptying the dishwasher. Weird.
The iron chefs reunite. Also known as the people that are charged with cooking my dinner. My two boys and a fellow 4-Her joined forces to be the Cooking Clovers for the District 4-H Food Challenge competition. Originally, the competition was scheduled for December, but we had that “ice storm” (imagine me using air quotes with a healthy dose of sarcasm) and had to reschedule. The team was put into the nutritious snacks category and given five ingredients: canned sweet potatoes, cinnamon, graham crackers, yogurt and vanilla extract. They had 40 minutes to prepare the dish, calculate the cost per serving and determine the main nutrients. Then, they presented the final dish and their knowledge to a panel of judges. While they didn’t get top honors, they did do a fantastic job. I’m quite proud and eternally grateful to my parents who shuttled the boys down there and back since I was on strict orders from my OB not to leave Austin! And, hat tip to their project leader, Maria, who did a fine job preparing them.
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Oh to be young and in love. Last Friday evening, Scott and I gave a talk on communication and marriage to a group of 23 engaged couples. They were so cute. Babies at the marriage gig and when Scott and I mentioned our first cell phones – the ones in zipper bags that we got in COLLEGE – that’s when I knew we were out of our league. I’ve never seen a room full of more blank stares. Truthfully, though, they were a great bunch. They graciously laughed at our jokes, allowed us to share some difficult moments in our marriage and even let me in the room wearing my Aggie shirt (this was a crowd of t-sips aka Texas Longhorns). The bonus was Scott and I enjoyed a dinner date beforehand and then a Redbox movie on the couch afterward. To all those who shared your wise advice via my Facebook plea, thank you. And, to the Krafts for extending the invitation, we were honored.
More takers with Jen. Enjoy!