This morning, Jordan woke up and informed us he wanted to go to Brooklyn and visit Grandma.
We said, "Ok."
Less than an hour of driving and we were in Brooklyn. This was one of the most blissful daylight hours I can recall - not counting nap time. Monkey Sr. figured out how to set up the wireless headphones in the minivan. Not only were the kiddos wildly entertained and silently enthralled by the dimwitted puppets on tv...but here's the best part:
We didn't have to listen to it! (cue Hallelujah chorus..)
The Baby Einstein DVD was silently directed through the headphones to its intended audience. While they happily listened to "Baby on the Go," Monkey Sr. and I amused ourselves with Fox News talk radio on Sirius. Monkey listened seriously. I guffawed through most of it. But political differences aside...it was radio! Real radio that didn't involve puppets or animals or baby nonsense.
I don't know how amused our dog was, judging from the picture...but oh well. Can't please everyone all of the time.
Once we arrived, the monkeys entertained themselves with all manner of new toys.
Of course we ate... not just bananas..
Thanks Helene and Michael for such an awesome time! Sorry for the short notice!
Switching gears a bit - I was tagged by my friend, Diane, over at Motherhood is Painless to blog on an "Open Book Meme."
These are the instructions:
1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open it at page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence/ phrase.
4. Blog the next four sentences/ phrases together with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig your shelves for that very special or intellectual book.
6. Pass it forward to six friends
So, here goes:
"Swirl the remaining 1 teaspoon of oil into the skillet, then add the onion. Cook until softened, 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic, chili powder, and cumin; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, water, thyme, oregano, bay leaf and jalepeno pepper; bring to a boil."
The meme instructions said pick up the nearest book and select a random passage to document. I'm slightly embarrassed that the book closest to me at the moment was a cookbook - Weightwatchers Simply Delicious Winning Points Cookbook to be exact.
What can I say? I was preparing the meal plan for the upcoming week. I'm just pleased it wasn't one of the kids' books...they're usually scattered all over the place
If anyone's actually interested, the recipe is for lamb and white bean chili; and for those counting, it is 5 points per serving.
I don't know six people personally, who blog, let alone six who respond to meme's but I'll do my best. Come on people, it's a chance to show off your literary tastes!