Monday, September 22, 2008

Monday night Musings

Our front yard has a bit of a slope to it, and, with the recent removal of a few shrubs, it now runs into our neighbors yard. The kids just discovered today that they can roll down this hill. Abby didn't quite get it, but Grace and her neighbor buddies were loving it.

We just LOVE these neighbors! And they happen to have the most AMAZING garden in the world! They've given us enough zucchini to make these brownies 4 times in the past few weeks, plus some amazing tomatoes (since ours didn't fare too well in our sun-less garden), cucumbers, peppers, jalapeno peppers--how lucky are we?!?!?

You've really gotta try these--i half the oil, substitute applesauce, decrease the sugar by 1/4 cup, do half white/half whole wheat and they get scarfed down every time i make them!!

For family night tonight we invited some of our favorite people over. Reid taught the lesson--it was about Daniel in the lion's den. The kids were SOOOO into the story--it was really cute! Reid does such a good job with things like this. He made a lion puppet and let the kids take turns holding the puppet, being the angel, the king and Daniel--which means he told the story 5 times...and i'm pretty sure the kids would have done it 5 more times. Then the kids each got to make their own puppets. Thanks, babe, for being on top of the lesson tonight!

I love having people over. I love the company. I love visiting, and letting the kids run wild in the backyard. I love any excuse to make something yummy. And I love that having company is the ONLY thing that motivates me to clean my house. i don't have any after pictures, but here's what my house looked like before everyone came over. i should really be embarrassed to post these pictures. But, you know what, if i were to die tomorrow, there's a chance that my girls might not ever know how absolutely terrible their mom was at keeping the house clean, and that would be a shame. So, for posterity's sake, here it is.

And yes, that's the back of a Reese's Puffs cereal box on the couch. Who knew that you could find whole grain candy for breakfast?!??! It makes the soy milk i have to put on it almost bearable :)


Jessica Mason said...

So fun! I am definitely trying those brownie. I am sorry if the whole cheerleading thing disturbed you at all. I know that there is an inner spirit girl inside you that is just dying to come out. I love you tons and can't wait to see you again. When are you guys coming out next?

wilfordfamily2003 said...

Okay, so those brownies look great. And I just realized that we stole your colors for our living room. We are moving into our new place on Saturday. Well, glad to see that things are well for you guys. Jonathan

Snyder Family said...

Looks like fun. I love having guests over too. It is a good excuse to clean up. Those brownies look really really good. We will have to try them out.

Denita said...

Don't you know that toys being out when your kids are under the age of, oh 12, doesn't count against you for housekeeping points? And laundry out shouldn't count either because half the time it's toys for the kids! :-) We did FHE at the hospital!

Elise said...

Oh, I get you, Emily! My house gets clean for company. And always, right after I clean and right before somebody shows up and the house feels so good, I think to myself, "I should really do this more often. Maybe even just for us!"