Thursday, May 1, 2014


One Sunday afternoon, I must have had a stroke.  I say this because, on a whim, I decided to make fried chicken.  I've never made fried chicken before.  The recipe looked easy - only 4 steps - how hard could it be??  Hard, it was very hard.  I have very little experience cooking with oil in this way.  I think I will stick with baked, roasted, and grilled chicken and leave the fried birds in the hands of The Colonel and Paula Deen.

My children don't fall asleep in random places.  They are bed sleepers only.  I can't remember what prompted this but Lee snapped this photo when Chelsea fell asleep in her highchair after lunch.  I love how her hand is dangling there.  A rare sight indeed.

Our garden is growing!   I will share pictures of it further into the summer.  We were so excited to get some peas on the vine.  Chelsea and I have eaten them.  Sadly, the peas have become the first casualty of the garden.  I think this early heat has been too rough on them.  I'd like to plant some more soon.


Nate called to me from the living room one afternoon and said he had a surprise for me.  I went to the door and nearly jumped out of my skin to see a rather deflated Darth Vader costume laying on the floor.  Ha!  I love his attention to detail with the light saber right on the glove.  It's Star Wars meets Flat Stanley.

Somebody is completely enamored by her stuffed snake and wears it like a feather boa around her neck.  I should also document that Miss Chelsea's vocabulary has quadrupled this month.  Her favorite phrases to say right now are "look at this, Mom" "hold that" "I win!" "thank you, gardener"


We had a nice Easter lunch on the Saturday before EasterI made the Pioneer Woman's grilled chicken salad and a yummy brownie recipe I found on Pinterest.  Easy table runner idea -- I used a roll of discounted wrapping paper.  I think it was just over 1 dollar for the roll.  It added some nice color and was easy to clean up (no washing afterwards!)

Ahh, that crazy Uncle Eric. 

Is it possible to have too many Easter eggs? 
Hey, is that money on the grass???

Tulips!  One of my favorite Spring flowers.

I don't think I can remember any other year when we dyed Easter eggs and it was 90 degrees outside.  Kinda took the joy out of it.

Woo hoo!  Grandma and I surprised Nate with a mid-week trip to Disneyland, thanks to a very generous friend.  Chelsea and Daddy stayed home.  Don't worry, she'll get to go maybe 3 years.

Nate's favorite part of the entire Disneyland Resort?  The Lego Store, of course.

"My big brother goes to Disneyland and all I get is this lousy hat."

Have a happy May!