This week we acquired an old railroad water tender car thing a ma do. This is a shot of the kids on top of it. I just love these kids, and this candid picture Ryan took just cracks me up. Their personalities show through this shot. Jessie is trying to find her place in the family. She can finally read (she has been waiting forever), and she alternates between feeling like she's big and grown up, and wanting to be my baby girl. In Home Depot we made a trip to the bathroom together, and we held hands as we walked down the aisles. As we got closer to the bathroom, she said, "This is like the good old days when it was just me and you. The kids would go to school, and we would hang out and make cookies and stuff. We should do something together, just me and you."
We need to make cookies, and SOON. My baby girl needs some mom time!
Can I just say it was smoking hot the day we got it? Ryan worked out in the heat all day, and then the next day while we were putting in the just the right spot, we all got a little sun in just an hour! For some reason the boys want to climb into it and clean it out so badly. I keep talking to them about "priorities," and how their priorities involve cleaning their bedroom, and the family goal of getting some refrigeration for our food.
I have been without a fridge since April 30. This has happened before. Two years ago it happened, and I can honestly say I'm not as patient as I was before. Buying ice is expensive. Using two liter bottles of ice I can freeze in the big freezer is "okay" but doesn't really work that well. Finding leftovers all soaked in water stinks. Gratefully, we went to the Home Depot and got some supplies for our cold room. The door is installed already, but it leads to the outside porch right now.
I want refrigeration.
In other news...I planted some more baby trees that didn't look so good in their pots and within the week I can see new growth. Those babies just needed some room to grow! I think I will plant some more tomorrow.
I exercised yesterday. Nobody panic! The world is not coming to an end, nor did Hell freeze. I have made a great discovery, and it is this: if I do not get some physical exercise in my day, I do not sleep well. This can lead to a vicious cycle of no sleep- no exercise.
Oh- and I make the BEST smoothie protein shake in the world according to my tastes. I look forward to getting my PB2 so it cuts back on the calories. For now I mix some milk, ice, a Carnation Instant Breakfast packet (vanilla), 2 TBSP whey protein powder, and a scoop of peanut butter in the blender. I also add some Fiber One cereal and ice. Tasty. I went for a dessert shake today and added Nutella and PB chips.
Happiness is sucking up a piece of PB chip through your straw.