Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Month Ago...


We celebrated Dan’s birthday, but I never posted any pictures.

We had some family over and I made a special sandwich, at Dan’s request.  I wish I had made the bread too, but I didn’t.  I just couldn’t do the bread and the cake and the dinner.  That picture is from the previous time we made the sandwiches, with my bread.  Anyway, it is a decadent roast beef sandwich made with roasted filet of beef, truffle butter, parmesan and arugula.  We served it with roasted winter vegetable soup, vinaigrette potato salad and something else, I have apparently forgotten.  Seriously yummy.

This was the first time I made a decorated cake just for Dan.  He usually get an Apple Dapple cake.  The boys helped bake and decorate the cake, which took the pressure off me. :)  It looked great.  They picked a tip for the pastry bag and put the borders on, the polka dots, and wrote “Happy 39th.”  That’s all there was room for.  It was pretty yummy too.  It was a chocolate cake with raspberry mouse filling and chocolate buttercream frosting.  Not bad.

The kids passed around the chocolate on top and took turns eating bites from it. 

It was a fun night and I enjoyed hosting and celebrating Dan’s birthday.  We had just got some new dining room chairs and I was able to seat all the adults at the table.  It was the first time in over 8 years in the house that I got out all my china and glassware and served everyone at the table.  The kids had their own table in the kitchen and were excited about that too.  I wish I had a table that would seat 12-14 people.  Maybe someday.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The snowplows were out

Well, it was really just this little one. 

We had a one real weekend of winter here in Atlanta and it was lovely. 

Lots of fresh bread, fires in the fireplace, kids with rosy cheeks and runny noses, cocoa for everyone, and soggy mittens and shoes.

It is still cold, but the snow has receded a bit.

*the bread picture is of the yummy cheese rolls I made this weekend.  The dough has beer and buttermilk in it.  They have lots of flavor, plus the cheddar cheese on top. We will definitely be making that recipe again!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Things I should know by now...

about life with a newborn:

Caffeine and sweets will only get me so far
I need some exercise, even if it is only for a few minutes at a time
Go outside and play
I physically can’t do everything, no need to feel guilty about it
I can’t always take care of everyone’s needs the very moment they need me, don’t feel too bad about it
Go to bed before midnight.  I’ll have time for myself someday, I should get some sleep now
Hire a cleaning service for a few months
Taking care of a new baby get easier with each birth, but everything else gets harder

Things I know for sure:
Co-sleeping and nursing on demand work beautifully for our family
Dan is an incredible dad and husband 
PBS and iTunes are not that bad for my kids
Cooking and sewing lift my spirits
It took 3 kids and a puppy to make me a coffee drinker
Baby-wearing is good for both of us, but rough on my back
Cloth diapers are a lot less trouble than I expected
A crying baby trumps a crying toddler or preschooler.  Everything feels a little easier when the baby is happy.
It is not as clean as I’d like, but it will do
If the house has been vacuumed and the dishes are done, the rest of the mess is a lot more tolerable
Snuggling with a baby is the best, enjoy the snuggles while they are available
A beer every once in a while is a good thing
VBACs happen
My kids are amazing in every way
I feel lucky and grateful everyday

What did I forget?  Please feel free to share your thoughts on this one!