Thursday, March 18, 2010

Little Girls


Man I wonder what it would be like to have little girls when cars, trucks, blocks, toy guns, and "dino" are all covering my kitchen floor. Pictured: Jenny, Annie, and I in Hong Kong sometime in 1986 or 1987.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

It Feels Good

Devotion, constancy, loyalty, allegiance, fidelity all imply a sense of duty or of devoted attachment to something or someone. Loyalty connotes sentiment and the feeling of devotion. Allegiance applies particularly to one's duty. Fidelity implies unwavering devotion and allegiance to a person, principle, etc.



I hope you all have someone you feel this way about. My Geoffrey makes me want to sing about my love for him. He wakes up each morning and gets Milo and I can hear him on the baby monitor talking sweetly to our son and I can't help but think to myself, do some men come to Earth knowing how to make little children feel like they are completely adored and safe- do some men come here already having mastered the art of woman and children. If so, he must have. He does diapers, dishes, mops floors, cracks my back, rocks Mason, kisses my neck softly when we watch television, helps a friend move their couch, changes the oil, does more diapers, smiles at an elderly lady at the shops, tiles a bathroom, makes his mates laugh online, helps Milo blow bubbles in the bath water, and still has time to make me feel beautiful. Being in a marriage where we have and only ever will share each other intimately is one of the greatest blessings in my life. I take EVERYDAY to make Geoff feel loved and cherished because he does this for me.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Oldies but Goodies


In this digital age I rarely go back and look at old photos. When I use to scrapbook I would spend hours making pages and then would go back and look at them. I love that we can store our images so easily and that I can take a million pictures and not worry about the printing costs, as well as delete as many as I want to later. But there is a part of me that thinks perhaps because there are so many photos saved in my computer, I do not stop to appreciate them. I often associate music with moments in my life, this is a quirky thing that I do but I would love it if my life had a "sound track". Music and images are the most moving things to me and the two of them together = perfection. I really want to take snapshots from my life and moving pictures and put them to music. I have some software to do this, but I just don't have the time. Perhaps my day will come when I can but for now I have to hear the music in my head as I tickle my toddler while his mouth is full of cereal, or hold my sleeping baby's cheek up to mine while I cradle him, or even sneak into bed next to my "waiting" husband and slowly pull his strong masculine arm over my waistline. My life is full of the most lovely moments, a symphony of beauty and grace.

Hey Baby Mason


Hey Baby Mason, we're glad that you're here


Even though you're little, we love you so dear


We love how you giggle and smile ear to ear


Hey baby Mason, oh won't you stay near


-little song Milo and Mommy made up for Mason one day

Brothers



These cute brothers love each other so much. As parents it is so nice to see them adore one another. Milo loves to cuddle Mason and he always says, "Masey... sit" and pats the bed or couch next to him to get me to place Mason next to him. They like to watch Wonder Pets and Little Einsteins together. Notice that they both like to suck on their fingers. Wish I could get them to stop that one, hands in the mouth are no good during flu season. I think that I commonly romanticize the mundane. I feel like many days are the best days ever! I think my boys are the reason for feeling this way. Aren't these boys adorable? I sure think so.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

AMAZING DINNER

Peanut-Ginger Chicken Recipe
Thanks Jenny for making our hearts sing with this recipe! We ate it tonight and LOVED it. I never post about cooking. I love to cook and love to eat even more. So this is pretty special for me to have taken this time. Enjoy!

Peanut-Ginger Chicken w/Mango Salsa & Coconut Rice








Ingredients:

(Marinade)

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/2 cup boiling water

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/4 cup bottled chili sauce

3 T. soy sauce

2 T. olive oil

2 T. vinegar

1 T. grated fresh ginger or 1 t. ground ginger


(Salsa)

1 cup chopped fresh mango

1 cup chopped, seeded & peeled cucumber

3 1/2 T. sugar

1 T. olive oil

1 T. vinegar

1 T. lime juice

Chopped Cilantro


Directions -

1. If desired, remove skin from chicken. Place the chicken in a plastic bag set in a shallow bowl.

2. For marinade, in a medium mixing bowl gradually stir water into peanut butter. (The mixture will stiffen at first.) Stir in chili sauce, soy sauce, olive oil, vinegar, and ginger. Pour over chicken. Seal bag; turn to coat chicken with marinade. Chill in refrigerator for at least 12 hours or up to 24 hours.

3. For salsa, in a medium mixing bowl combine chopped fruit, cilantro, cucumber, sugar, the olive oil, vinegar, and lime juice. Cover and chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 2 hours.

4. Grill chicken. Serve with the salsa over chicken and with hot coconut rice. Makes 6 servings.


(Coconut Rice)

2 c. Coconut milk

1 ½ c. white rice

1 c. water

3 1/2 T. sugar

½ t. salt

Combine the coconut milk, rice, water, sugar, and salt for the rice in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stir once, then cover and cook for 18-20 minutes, or until rice is tender. Fluff with a fork, cover, and keep warm.

Sweet One


Monday, March 1, 2010

Masey




Milo calls Mason- "Masey" and loves him more than I ever thought possible. He remembers him in his prayers every night and every meal. He says good night and kisses Mase a million times before we put him into bed. "Bye Masey, See ya, Nigh Night!" He sweetly repeats as he is being carried to his room. Mason is the most mellow person I have ever known. I think he is a gift sent to me. A week or so ago we went to Canada and left Milo with Nanna Jill. Mason got all of our attention for the weekend. It was a treat to focus all of our attention on him. He got really upset for about 5 mins. in the car one night (major gas pain or something) and it made me so upset I nearly started crying. Looking back on the moment I feel silly for over-reacting but it was just that this little man never makes a sound so his pain distressed me beyond what I was ready for. I can't explain how much I love my boys... all three of them... but any mother and wife knows exactly what I mean when I say they make my world all that it is. I love you baby Mason, and your lovely chubby face.