For some reason it didn't feel quite kosher (especially for a Presbyterian) to use the Sabbath to continue posting about the Big Birthday Bash yesterday - - - - that, and the fact that I haven't gotten all the pictures downloaded yet. So, I'm just going to have an un-ostentatious entry today. A peaceful, feel-good post. Imagine classical music playing in the background. Imagine a soft wind blowing through your hair. Imagine you sitting on a cushy couch sipping your favorite beverage out of a beautiful goblet. (Does anyone else think some drinks taste better in a certain glass?)
OK, Are you nice and placid, serene, and tranquil? Are you even still awake?!!
Today was good. Jacqueline and Nathan were at church with us....their dogs safely kenneled in our basement. I love having my big kids back on my pew(s).
The sermon was excellent. The snacks were great. I knew the tunes to all the hard hymns us Presbyterians like to sing.
And I still can't get over the fact that I live Two Minutes from my church. After 11 years of rushing to get ready, driving 40 minutes, rushing home to rest, rushing back for the p.m. service, I think it will be awhile before I take a relaxed Sunday morning for granted.
And if that wasn't enough to "call Sunday a delight", Jacqueline and Hunter made a belated birthday lunch for their Dad (my HOH :) They made Marlboro Man's Favorite Sandwich from http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/06/marlboro_mans_f/ -and I promise you, they taste as good as this picture looks!
And actually, in my totally and completely unbiased motherly opinion, ours looked even better than the Pioneer Woman's. This would be the same Pioneer Woman who gets over 10,000 ....yes, you read that right - my keyboard is not stuck on the 0 key -Ten Thousand comments some days. (I promised my daughter I would not solicit comments anymore, so this is not a solicitation. I'm just stating a fact. The woman gets 10,000 comments and I can't even break into double digits by begging, having my own children comment, and commenting myself!)
It might be because she gives away things. Big, expensive things.
And she does offer cooking advice and recipes with clear, detailed pictures.
And she somehow makes cooking sidesplittingly funny.
I just might start looking around here for something to give away.
And here's some cooking advice for you: Teach your kids to cook. The lunch my "kids" made today was to die for. And if we ate those Marlboro Man sandwiches very often we surely would die an early death.
Especially if we ate them with this http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/02/apple_dumplings/(which we DID!, even down to the vanilla ice cream melting beside the buttery apple dumplets.)
Like I said, it was a good day.
After lunch we waddled off to a piano recital for three of our children. It was supposed to be five of them, but two of them figured out how to injure themselves enough that they had legitimate reasons not to perform. Justin's arm is still in a cast and Mary-Faith jammed her left thumb playing soccer so she couldn't play any of the chords. I told our teacher we needed to hurry up and get this recital over with before I had a house full of impaired kids.
The recital was pleasant. There were 17 students that played, but it went amazingly fast since many of them were newbies (the kind that play the 15 second Indian-sounding songs.)
I want to end with a quote from my Pastor from today's sermon. He preached on 3rd John, which is a letter contrasting two men. The Pastor was trying to emphasize the importance of believing only the truth about God.
"If you believe wrong things, your feet will follow soon enough."
Good, huh? (And I doubt very seriously if you'll get that kind of deep thinking from The Pioneer Woman. And my blog is calorie-free. I'm just saying...)