summer 2011

summer 2011

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Thursday, October 29, 2015

the bleakness of autumn....

When the leaves are all rained on, too soggy to rake up and jump in...and yes, I know some people rake the leaves to actually make their yard look nice, but I like leaves.

This tree filled our whole living room with the light reflected from it's brilliant yellow it's half naked.

And my pear tree...with the lonely chair sitting there getting rained on...

Today is a perfect day for baking. What should we make for the Halloween party tonight? Cut-out cookies? Pear/apple pie? Pumpkin cheesecake? Pumpkin cupcakes with white chocolate cream cheese frosting? Chocolate pumpkin cake? There are too too many options, and I can't decide. I want to make everything, then that small part of my mind that is actually rational, reminds me that cut-out cookies take a LONG TIME to make. Pears are hard to peel, and take forever. Then I start thinking that I don't even eat these things anymore, so maybe I'll make healthy muffins with flax's hard to make sugar laden junk, even if it looks pretty and tastes good, to give to kids who are already getting candy...oh ignorance is bliss and I wish sometimes I didn't know anything about healthy eating.

Yesterday I did indeed pick Miss Evelyn up from school, near the end of the day. I brought Camille with me too, and we went to the thrift store. I found Adidas soccer cleats for Jonathan, for three bucks, a cozy robe for Cam, some costume stuff (a huge furry coat and a hat for Camille, she's going to be a hunter on Halloween, it's going to be cold out), and a few books.

We also went to the dollar store, where bags of Indiana popcorn were 2/$1.00. Cheddar cheese, Jalapeno, kettle corn...that'll keep the kids busy for a while. We also bought granola bars and cereal...all the stuff I don't eat. :)

We were home in record time...and made pizzas for dinner. I also made a pan of roasted broccoli and cauliflower, to which I added mozzarella and pepperoni, and roasted some more. Okay, it's not as good as pizza, but it satisfied me. I also had some leftover corned beef...then a few squares of 90% dark, yet so good.

Okay, I've said it before, but I'll say it again: Mr. Davian lights up our lives. I have always loved him of course, but he is so absolutely darling, we all love him so much. He loves playing with the kids, he never gets bored, he likes playdough and drawing and coloring and reading...we have this box of cards with facts about countries of the world, and this little boy, all of three years old, likes reading them and guessing the countries. He adores popsicles and bananas, and will eat his lunch nicely if I just give it to him, but if I ask him, he's not really hungry. Because he's too busy doing other things. He is the most brilliant kid I have ever met, yet he's also a sweet child, with a huge imagination. He had a bunny named Fred...Fred died, he told me. His whole face turned red and his eyes started brimming, so I told him, "Fred is in bunny heaven with our dog, Rosie!" He got all happy so fast, and agreed that there was indeed a Bunny Heaven, a Doggy Heaven, and a Kitty Heaven. I love this child so much, seeing him cry can break my heart.

And that's it for now. The day stretches before me, and I have decisions to make!


Cheryl Stryker said...

Awwwww. I have watery eyes!! (Will). I love how you love Davian so much!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for Sharing the fall leaves pictures... we don't get to see those in Florida ...that's what I miss most about up north, Blessings

Anonymous said...

I live in Florida, too, but grew up in the Northeast. I miss fall - - especially the beautiful colors of the leaves and then jumping in piles of just-raked crunchy leaves after they fell from the trees.