Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Taco Tuesday


I did a dumb thing today.  
I kidnapped Jacob from school, and brought his knitting in the car so he and could knit in the dr's office. 
Only we didn't get to knit together.  Because I'm a nut. But Jacob is Precious.
I've been waiting for Jacob's appointment with the GI for three months, to rule out any issues. 
I saw that I'd written ROC in my calendar, and thought that meant Riley Outpatient Center at IU North.  No idea how I made that connection, I guess because we haven't been Downtown to the original ROC in a while.  So we showed up for our appointment today only to learn our doctor was downtown, and fully booked up.  And now we get to wait until the very end of December to see her.  I cried.  

Jacob was perfectly content missing the appointment, because it meant that I got to take him back to school, and he wouldn't miss Lunch or Recess.  More importantly, apparently it's Ice Cream Tuesday. 
I miss him.  So it made me sad that a. I messed up. 2. I wasn't going to get Quality Time with him. d. No fun Lunch with my Jakers. 
I've had Appointments at Riley for almost 15 years (in 3 months!) and I've never done this. 
But he was happy I took him Back to School. 

So by the time I got home, I was in a funk. 
Eric and I both had hoped we'd get some Quality Time with just Jacob today.  
Instead we chose to do Quality Time with each other. 
Time to go out on a date. 

He chose Roscoe's Tacos.  
They used to have a shop in Avon, but it closed, and now in order to get yummy taco and nacho goodness we have to drive to Greenwood.  And we don't often get the opportunity to go that far.  
Today we lucked out!  
E had a good chunk of time with no meetings, allowing for a 2 hour lunch! 

Chili Beef Nachos, for us to Share. 
There's just something deliciously simple about their combo of fresh onion, tomato, and olives. 
The chips are nothing to write home about, yet it goes PERFECTLY. 

This is my chicken taco.  
So deliciously Fresh! 
The thing is, it's all pretty mild food, a simple menu.  My kids even liked it, the last time we went.
The secret is in the Sauce!  They make homemade sauces to add to their stuff.  The most mild is Cincinnati City Slicker, kind of barbecue like.  I'm also a fan of the Texas Brushfire.  Sounds like it is, a bit more Texas.  I'd say their cuisine is Tex Mex style, but with a decent Midwestern influence. Comfort food tex mex.  Over Quarantine, I actually drove all the way down here just for a few bottles of sauce, so that they didn't go out of business.  We've been making our own nachos at home. It's not quite the same, though,  there's magic in the fresh ingredients when combined with the sauce.  Still, it worked for us during Quarantine. We liked having the sauces on hand, so we picked up a couple more while we were down there today.  So Yummy. 

And my Date.  
I've sucked him into the world of photographing our food.  He likes to post his pics on Google. Sometimes we take the exact same picture.  One more reason we're good together. 
A serious guy, for some serious food!  
If you haven't been to Roscoe's Tacos, I highly recommend you go! 

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Mother of Emails


I've spent all day, no all weekend, clearing out my emails. Apparently, I went a little bonkers ignoring Googles warnings that my account was filling up.  I went 116% over.  And I have SO MANY EMAILS.  Like 32,000 emails to sift through.  So much clutter.  

This cup is perfectly appropriate. 
The kids have been alternating between being amazing and being awful.  
This moment, they are asleep and it's awesome.  But when I took this earlier, I could hear Eric yelling at someone to do their Kumon, while I stayed huddled in my craft room which is where the computer lives now.  It's been a long weekend.  August is hard on kids who are not used to going to school. I could not be more thankful for this cup.   Currently, it is full of water with a dropof an oily oral blend I created which is half orange vitality oil, mostly half wintergreen, and a couple drops Thieves. 1 drop of this makes my mouth and brain feel fresh, and I can keep working.  I've gotten rid of almost 5000 emails today alone.  I hope that soon, I'll get access to my email again! 

Monday, August 3, 2020

Armed and Huggable


Finally, a thing of normalcy.  My friend Jess and I met for coffee.  I met Jess through Messiah Preschool. Our sons were in the same preschool class as 4 year olds.  Once Jacob entered Kindergarten, we had to consciously make an effort to see each other since we weren't bumping into each other all the time.  She also had an older one at Brown with Sam.  We set up a coffee date, and within a week, she was scheduling to meet a few weeks later.  I love a friend who reaches out to me.   I've entered a phase of life where I have to consciously work at friendships. She makes it easy, as we are on the same pages about many things.  Plus we both have 3 boys.  We need this Quality Girl Time.  We now regularly schedule Monthly Get Togethers. We accidently skipped February, and then the world ended in March.  I'm sorry.  The world just seems to spin better when Jess and I are able to get our Coffee. 
Why I didn't take pictures while we were having Coffee, I don't know, but I didn't.  I wasn't thinking. I guess I was just too excited to see her, to have a nice drinkie with my friend, in public, I forgot my mind. 

I had grabbed a bottle of Thieves Sanitizer, just like the one I carry for her. 
And she had grabbed one of her ColorStreet nail wraps for me.  
She read my mind.  
How nice it was to have a friend read my mind.  Not that I need presents, I don't.  I just needed someone who read my mind.   I haven't had that for a while. 
I lost my mind and asked her for a hug. She didn't mind at all.  That was my favorite moment of the day, to hug someone who wasn't related to me.  I won't take that gift for granted again.  During the Quarantine, I miss seeing my friends and hugging them.  I miss hugging people who don't live in my house, be they friends or family. I miss that. 

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Blogger Changed but I didn't. Black Eyed Susans

We worked a lot around the house this weekend, so by this afternoon, I didn't have the strength to do much besides sit on the couch.  I introduced the kids to Fantasia.  I kept Eric in water.  I drank a gallon of water all by myself.  I ache.  
Then I took a walk to the mailbox. 
Our Black Eyed Susans are in bloom. 

And when I came to post about them, everything on blogger changed.  
Still have a look at these flowers, maybe they will make us all happy and we won't mind that the whole world is still wonky. 

Close up flower. 

Black eyed Susan bokeh.  
I haven't tried some straight up flower photography for a while.  I really wanted just a smidge more sunlight but on the other hand, these guys were glowing on their own. 

I just loved the angle here, so you can see how big the bush has grown. 

One flower made it into the sun. 
This Susan really glows. <3

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Ice Cream Celebration

Though we've been off of School for two weeks, it didn't really feel like we were out of school.
It feels no different from all the Rest of this Quarantine. But people around us have been branching out to make the most of summer, so we opted to mix it up a bit.

Shanghai Rummy Time. 
But I taught the kids a game.  We have been learning Shanghai Rummy.  
I love being able to share this game with my boys.  
My sister and I used to play this game all the time when we were younger, and we played with my stepMom and step Grandparents while we were on Vacation together.  
We've been having fun playing online with our friends, but it was time for the boys to learn. 
We played some Shang after the boys got their jobs done in the morning.  

Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream with Blueberry Boba. 
So Pretty.
I've been experimenting with Boba Shakes from Mandy's Ice Cream in Brownsburg.
So far my favorite was the Chocolate/coconut ice cream with Mango boba.  
But this is a close second, though another successful pairing was Zanzibar chocolate with Strawberry Boba. 

We met the Julius family at the ice cream shop in the parking lot. 
We brought our Camp Chairs and we were able to eat our ice cream together just like the traditions of last days of school past.  Usually we bowl or putt putt or something.  But we didn't do that this time.  This time, it was just Ice Cream. 

My boys were pretty stoked with their Mint Chips and Zanzibar Oreo. 
Eric was curious about these, in the end he chose Spicy Whiskey Truffle, which didn't last long.  I only got to try one bite.  It was AWESOME! 

Social Distance Ice Cream Celebration. 

Chris was cracking us up, because he managed to get ice cream on his eyebrows, all over his hands, and even a nice chocolate mustache. 

It was good to laugh this hard. 

Geranium at Sunset. 
When we got home, the temp was so nice, we opted to sit outside for a few while the kids ran their sillies out.  I noticed some of our flowers were doing Beautiful things. 

Huge Purple Iris. 
These big irises are bigger than my hand. 
I love them. 
We had ice cream for dinner, and ordered pizza for dessert. The kids watched some Star Wars while they ate stuffed pizza from Papa's. I had part of a salad. I couldn't eat any more. 
What a great way to end the evening, and to start the summer. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

First Monday of Summer

We are officially on Summer Break.  
Daddy is not.  
It's hard finding things to do that don't involve people, that make it feel different from the last three weeks.  I was puzzled about this.  So I decided to start a puzzle. 

Two boys help start a 1000 piece Thomas Kinkade Autumn in New York puzzle. 

Sam takes to doing puzzles very naturally. 
He helped me build the frame. 

After an hour, we couldn't take anymore, we were down by one last border piece. 
We surrendered in need of fresh eyes. 

There were just a few plants left to put into the garden. 
They boys were all acting like they had energy that they needed to get out. 
So I put them all to work planting. 
I did one bag's worth of weeding, and taught them how to put the snapdragons in the ground.  
Then I called it a day. 
They finished putting all the snaps in the ground in a line, and we got all the plants in the ground. 

We resumed piano lessons at Miss Laraine's yesterday. 
She's cleaning between students, but our family just rolled in and took over. 
It was so nice to have this one piece of normalcy back. 

The oldest and youngest playing footsie.  Big Geese. 

I think Mondays are going to be better this summer, with piano and no school than they've been all year. I'm glad school is out.  But we're going to start writing cursive, keep our garden gorgeous and making beautiful music.  That sounds like a good plan to me. 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

First day of Summer?

Officially, the kids are out of school. So today begins our summer break. But this is the weirdest summer vacation we've ever had.

I got the boys to weed the garden.
We were expecting rain, so before it hit, we opted to do some gardening.  Yesterday I noticed we had some strawberry blossoms in the back garden. While discussing our plans with Eric today, we opted to do as much with the yard as we could do.  That meant doing a lot of yard work, lots of weeding.  I think we may have some room for some other things in there besides strawberries. But first weeds out, and fencing in, to save the berries from the bunnies. 

Grandpa Willman's irises finally began to bloom. 
I love these.  
We've had them for a couple years, hand me downs from Eric's Uncle Dean, who got them from his Dad, Grandpa Willman.  Grandpa Willman loved to Garden.  He gardened up until the very end.  Grandpa had told us he would give us some splits before he passed away, so it didn't quite work out.  I thought I'd missed my chance.  
But then we were given some splits of Uncle Dean's, and I planted them a couple years ago.  They needed some time get comfortable.  Eric says I planted them on the very edge of the border of our property. Well, they like it there now.  This year was the first year that they bloomed. 

I loved the angle on this one. 
Traditionally they have 6 petals, and are hard to get all views, but the way one of these petals flopped makes it look like there are only 5.  5 is a lucky number for this family. <3

My lilacs are still going strong, and stinking good. 
I love a good smell.  
Speaking of not good smells, Christopher's laundry needed to be done again. 
I've been trying to instill in him, that he needs to wash his bedding weekly. 

So he and I went to Grandma's to do laundry. 
Initially it was a bit of a punishment, he was in a dark place.  He needed to get away from the screen privileges of his brothers.  So I took him to Mom's to do his own laundry. 
Have I mentioned that his temper has been growing about as much as he is?  His voice is dropping, his feet are about to outgrow my shoes, and his temper just goes right along with it.  It's a constant battle to get him to do his laundry, or do his bedding.  We've set the law that his bedding gets washed weekly.  He hasn't been ok with that.  It gets explosive.  Add in there that it's inconvenient to go to Mom's to do it, and it's just been really rough. I killed the dryer by telling Jacob it was ok to wash his winter crocs and put them in the dryer.  It didn't go well.  The combo has been awful. Honestly, I've been enjoying going to Mom and Dad's by myself to do laundry, because it guarantees me some quiet.  I just don't like to do his stinky laundry.  It's a battle.  But after a couple hours there, he was calm, quiet, happy, and cute.