Please excuse the construction mess. I’m in the midst of trying to change themes. Oh, and banging my head against the wall because it is just NOT my day to work with changing themes…but what can you do?
Gotta show ’em some love! There is nothing quite like walking into the Maine Cottage showroom. We visit every chance we get. It’s gigantic…and the walls and floors are primarily white. The furniture? Not so much. Everything just bursts with color, and although I had a hard time trying to get Polyvore to accept my furniture pictures, the pillows turned out just fine. So I just had to share!
My parents picked up a salad at O’Hare on Sunday, which was so delicious that I snagged more than a few forkfuls. I can’t wait to make it myself! Although I can’t remember every ingredient that was used, it went a little something like this:
- Fresh Greens
- Granny smith apples
- Dried Cranberries
- Candied Pecans
- Feta Cheese, and (drum roll please…)
- Pomegranate Lime Dressing.
I googled the dressing and found this recipe at the Fat Resistance Diet website…looks to be more recipies out there, but this one sounded pretty easy!
Pomegranate Lime Dressing Pomegranate juice is an outstanding source of flavonoids which help to reduce inflammation.
1 Teaspoon Pomegranate Concentrate
1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
Juice of 1 Lime
In a jar shake together olive oil, lime juice, and pomegranate concentrate.
Nutrition per Serving
0.17 g Protein
7 g Carbohydrates
5 g Fat
I’m thinking I have a new favorite meal!
We are home! And the trip on Sunday was excellent, by the way. We weren’t too sure at first how things would turn out; between the forecast and the fact that when we stepped out of the van in Lubbock to a TREMENDOUS wind…so strong that it actually scared the boys…we figured we might be stuck in West Texas all day. However, the wind died down, and minus bumpy plane rides, all went well.
I was incredibly impressed with the kids, to and from NM. I expected wily, crazy boys in the air, but they were delighted with the whole flying thing, and never once gave us trouble. In due part to a Travel Aqua Doodle, an Etch-a-Sketch, and a portable DVD player, but so much of the time they were content to stare out the window to see the world below. And a good portion of the time they charmed the socks off the other passengers. Completely different from what I envisioned!
The only hitch? (There always has to be a hitch). Mom and dad had a missing bag in Lubbock, AND in New Hampshire. We haven’t yet received the latest bag but have high hopes to get it today. The Murrays and the Schumperts never fail to have missing luggage once arrived at our final destination, but so far it has always been returned. Hopefully that return trend will continue. 🙂
On driving into Maine from New Hampshire, Erick actually admitted that after spending a week in NM, he was ready to spend time at the ocean. (YAY!) Not that he doesn’t usually enjoy the ocean, but growing up around something you tend to lose appreciation for it. Meanwhile, I could spend the remainder of my life on the coast and be happy as a clam. I’m holding him to it! As soon as we have a free weekend, I’m ready for a day trip! Now it’s just deciding between Belfast, Camden, Portland, Bath, etc and etc. Too many choices. 🙂
Part of the reason for the need to see Big Water? Saturday evening in Clovis we experienced a nasty sandstorm. Dirt was sky high, blocking out half the blue. Birdies were clinging to the telephone wires-I actually watched one slide right down the wire, and no help for it. They would duck into our backyard for cover. I’m so glad that for the most part, dirt in Maine stays moist and rooted to the ground under trees and grass.
Even though we are thrilled to be home, it was hard to leave. It’s difficult to live so far from family. The week was filled with wonderful little moments, and I’m going to list them just to have them firm in my memory:
- Hours of play in the backyard for the boys. Throwing rocks, digging in the very dirt that I grew up digging in. So strange to see your own children playing in the same spot that you did!
- Seeing Aunt Susan and Uncle David. It’s been wayyyy to long and they are so wonderful. Same goes for Uncle Glenn, who is probably one of the most unselfish and generous people I have ever met.
- Having time to sit and chat with both of my grandma’s. The telephone is great, but not as good as face to face!
- Watching the boys interact with their Great-grandpa. They were instantly at ease with all of the family that they either hadn’t seen in 2 years or (in Jack’s case, never met!)
- First time flying a kite for Ry and Jack. THANK YOU Aunt Susan for such a a wonderful idea!
- First visit to the zoo! We have a small zoo in Clovis, but I was incredibly surprised that it had expanded and was in great shape. They even had a giraffe! Our absolute favorites, though, were the funny spider monkeys and the twin-baby lemurs that never stopped wrestling and rollicking and having a generally wonderful time playing. My grandpa deemed them Ryan and Jack. 🙂
- Having Ryan exclaim “It’s Taco Box time!” whenever we pulled in for a bite. Good ol’ Taco Box is always our first stop when we come into town. Cool that my son now loves it, too.
- Spending more time with Joy than I have in, literally, 10 years. Sitting at the Java Hut until 10pm, having wonderful conversation over hot chocolate and cookies. Meeting her amazing husband Jason, and drooling over her precious 3 week old, Jackson. The boys were also fascinated with the baby. Especially Jack!
Well, I could go on and on. Here are just a few pictures of the good ol’ southwest…then Happy Tuesday to You! I have a plethora of laundry to do!
Picnic at Hillcrest
Traditional meal at Pizza Hut in Portales
We bought both boys Cowboy hats. Now we just need good pictures. 🙂
Don’t let me fly away, Uncle David!
I’m doing it by myself!
Fun at the playground
Well…today is the last day in good ol’ Clovis. It’s been a wonderful week! Hopefully it ends with another spectacular traveling day akin to last Saturday; rain is in the forecast, but prayerfully it won’t be all that bad. We have to get up in the morning at *2:30 am* in order to be on the road by 3 to drive to Lubbock. Not looking forward to that very much. At all. The boys (thus myself) had a hard time sleeping last night, so we have high hopes that when 9 pm rolls around we are all konked and stay that way until the early morning alarm clock goes off!
I have a plethora of pictures to share once we get back to Maine. Good memories to hold onto. While I have had some great conversations with my girlfriend Joy, we have spent the majority of time with my grandparents, and I’m thankful for it.
Ack! Just checked the weather, and West Texas will be experiencing severe weather throughout the night. Meaning that we could be driving through it. Keep us in mind if you read this today! I had SO hoped to miss the nasty weather this go-round!
Well, Uncle Glenn and Grandpa just came back with Sonic hamburgers. Time for lunch, and I’ll see ya back in the Northeast!
It is the strangest thing to go back to where you were raised. Anyone else ever feel that? It’s as if you have lived multiple lives, and although you are “you” it feels as if that you isn’t really this you at all. But being here in New Mexico, it feels that Maine is another world away, even though Maine truly is my life right now. Hmmm. ‘Scuse me while I sort my thoughts!
Anyway, the flights to the land of my birth were…amazing. Not a hitch, not a delay, and the boys were absolutely, positively fantastic; until we were driving from Lubbock to Clovis and they decided to just let loose. Their poor Uncle Glenn, driving home amidst a cacophony of squalling toddlers. A christening of sorts.
It’s Wednesday morning, and so far I’m incredibly glad we came. There is always a sense of trepidation in coming home, especially with kiddos…but seeing family has been wonderful! No one from this side of the country had met Jack, so everyone is delighting is spending time with the great-grandkids. The boys have also experienced a wealth of new things; I can’t wait to post some pictures! First time discovering dirt (seriously…they know all about beach sand and mud, but not so much about dusty dirt), first time flying a kite.
Well, it’s coffee time. And then we are headed to the zoo (another first). I can’t wait to report about that one! Have a good week, friends. 🙂
I have absolutely no sense of urgency to get packing. We leave tomorrow! Driving to NH then flying to NM on Saturday morning. And other than doing some laundry, I don’t have anything else accomplished. Anyway…this might be my last post for a little bit-tomorrow I’ll probably be running hither and yon like a wild woman, berating myself for not being more prepared for a cross-country vacation.
I thought I’d give you a few sneak peeks at what I’ve been working on lately…a tweak here and there after the trip and they should be ready to put on etsy. I’ve also finished some canvas paintings, but they are rather orange and the colors absolutely jarred my senses when I posted them with these particular pics.
And take a look at this lovely fabric that I just can’t wait to dive into when I return…
I’ll miss you! I’ll try to post while we’re away, but if I can’t, have a super weekend and beyond!
Seriously…I am so tempted to say this to my sweet Jack, on a DAILY basis:
- Why of COURSE you can grab the steak knives from the dishwasher and run willy nilly all over the kitchen. What a fun thing to do!
- Dancing on the table? Great exercise!
- Well, since it’s not bathtime yet, I’d be delighted if you’d entertain yourself by splashing in the toilet.
- Licking daddy’s deodorant again? Super breath freshener, isn’t it?!
- You can absolutely open the woodstove door and stoke the fireplace by yourself. That is SUCH a help to mommy.
- Dashing into the street? Playing chicken with cars is fun!
Ack! He is determined to get into trouble!
Speaking of highly active children, anyone have ideas for entertaining a 1 and 3 year old on an airplane? I’d welcome suggestions!
We had the house inspection last night, and the inspector pointed out that deer had been nibbling at the bushes. Ack! I would love to have a vegetable and flower garden…anyone out there know the tricks of the trade to keep critters out? Good, healthy, organic ways?
Other than that, it all looks pretty good. A few changes here and there that don’t seem to be too costly. Oh, but for the sake of ugliness (and my sanity), the dry wall will actually need to be replaced, and the carpets have GOT to go. Money is already a-slippin’ through our fingers. But that’s what it usually does, right? We are determined to keep enough back for our emergency fund, even if it will sacrifice the better appliances for the lesser ones. (Yeah, it needs all new appliances, too. They even took the shower head!) In the end, though, our realtor and inspector are sure that we’ll have automatic equity since we are getting the house for such a good price.
Gosh, I’m excited. I really am! It’s getting closer!
Oh, and it reached 70 degrees today! Absolutely had to mention that. Praise Jesus. And Goodnight!