Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Rain or Shine

After my last ugh post I'm happy to report that we had a pretty splendid little holiday weekend even though there were a few hiccups along the way. First, it rained a lot, namely, an all day washout on Saturday. And then I got sick. The icky scratchy throat and sinus headache kind of sick. I'm pretty sure it's a result of allergies because we all had a lot of drainage going on. Thankfully it was nothing that rendered any of us to bed.

BUT, none of that ruined some great family moments.

Even with the small window of beautiful weather, we barely touched the television. All of the sudden William and Lucy are best pals and are really playing well together. There was lots of dramatic play and Brian and I found ourselves constantly giggling to each other as we would overhear them in the other room. On Monday a neighbor friend came to pick up William to spend an hour at the playground together and Lucy cried herself a little puddle. "I miss William!" she screamed. And she really did.

Isn't it funny how things can turn a corner so suddenly? I'm not saying everything is going to be coming up roses between the two of them from here on out. But at least I know there's some potential there. What do you think it is? Perhaps Lucy is developing from parallel to cooperative play? Doesn't that happen right around three years? Or maybe it's William finally understanding exactly how to play with Lucy without stepping on any of her trigger buttons. Whatever it is, I hope it lasts all summer long.

As the rain poured down I busied myself in the kitchen. I made the most incredible Blueberry Crumb Cake that I found on Pinterest. I had giant, perfect blueberries from Trader Joe's and when I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it. It's so simple. I had every single ingredient already on hand. Don't you love it when that happens? You absolutely must try it. Let me know if you do!

I also made a pretty good hot corn dip but I'm not going to post the link because it's not perfect yet. I'm going to tweak it and play with it and when I get it right, I'll let you know.

Beyond all the yummy goodness, Sunday was by far the highlight of the weekend. Temperatures reached well over 90 and it was time to debut our favorite summer hangout at Minnehaha Falls. First we hit up the splash pad for the kiddies and then we head over to this amazing little seafood joint right next to the falls. On average, we do this little routine a couple times a month when the weather allows. They have, hands down, the best seafood tacos I have ever had. I never even look at the menu anymore. I get the sea scallop tacos every. single. time.

But before all that our little Katherine threw a hitch in our plan. She fell asleep at the tail-end of mass and not wanting to disturb her rest, we had to wait, what seemed like an eternity to the kids, to leave the house. So while we waited Brian set up the sprinkler for them in the backyard and thus commences my first summer photos of the year.

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