Here it is Friday — the Little Lady is at school and the boys are napping. I *should* be a very good June Cleaver and use this time to clean the destruction that is my home.
(kids = daily destruction … in case you didn’t know)
But, I’m soooooo not in the mood to clean. I’m in the mood to procrastinate.
And you’re going to help me … or, at least, I’m pretending that you are. I mean, OBVIOUSLY, you all are just sitting all in a tizzy, wondering what has been going on in life lately. And I just can NOT have you in a state of tizzyness. That would be cruel.
So, nice blogger that I am, I’m putting aside the act of cleaning for the act of writing … and the act of sharing life through my camera phone.
Camping with Dinosaurs
Ok, folks. Regardless of whether or not you live in Texas, YOU NEED TO VISIT DINOSAUR VALLEY STATE PARK. It is a fascinating site where you can touch real dinosaur footprint fossils right in the river bank. Your little ones can follow those dinosaur steps (when the river is shallow) and be mesmerized by the near surreal experience.
Next door to the state park is Dinosaur World, a (on the expensive side) museum/walk-through park that has life size models of over 100 dinosaurs. Our kids and nephew loved this place — they adored the dinosaurs, enjoyed digging for fossils (where they came away with real shark teeth, amber pieces, and other fossilized animals), and the other attractions within the park.
Pretty much everyone cried when it was time to go. T’was very dramatic.
[exceptional-citing quoted=”featured-bento” template=”bubble-gray” date=”” ]Curry Chicken Salad, Tomatoes and Peas, Gluten-Free Pretzels, Blueberries. Stored in a Lunchbots Quad Box. The Bunny Fork and Bunny Picks from Bento USA.[/exceptional-citing]
I’ve been lazy with my bento lunches lately — forgoing the “cute factor” on most days. I WISH I could make them adorable and cute but most of my creative mojo has been in hibernation mode since we eliminated bread (wheat) from our diets. I didn’t realize how much of my themed lunches relied on cutting sandwiches into specific shapes until now.
I need to learn new bento tricks, I guess!
Finger Nail Experiments
Yes, I’m still on a nail-art craze. The Husband, tentatively, asked “So, what’s up with all the nail polish?”… my answer is simple: it relaxes me. I enjoy creative projects and I love doing new things. So, because there are thousands of possibilities when it comes to a manicure, doing my nails will always be creative and fresh. And, because I get to hone in and focus on something that is both very detailed, I tend to forget all the negative aspects of my day … the tantrums from kids, the tantrum from Mommy (hanging my head in shame), the stress, the worry … I come away with a pretty set of fingers and a relaxed state of mind.
The Husband’s response? “Keep at it.”
I’m always on Pinterest — during Downton Abby (SOB…. the season is now over), while waiting in the Car Pick-Up Lane, and any other time I have a few moments.
Here’s what caught my eye this week:
Salads — I pinned so. many. salad. recipes. this week. I don’t know why but salads just looked amazing … each and every one I found. The weird thing? I am most definitely NOT a salad person.
Follow Rachel Lacy (Following In My Shoes)’s board Salads on Pinterest.
Banana and Bacon Frittatas — the recipe creator swears these tastes *just like* French Toast. I think I’ll be adding them to our menu plan next week!
Lemon Feta Dip — I adore all things feta and a dip made out of it? Come to MAMA!
Hello Kitty Easter Eggs — my daughter would flip OUT if we made these. And, the best part, they are so stinkin’ easy!
10 Simple Ways To Slow Down and Make Your Child’s Day — I am the first to raise my hand in guilt over the fact I am always in a hurry and always pushing my children to follow suit. I loved this post as a reminder that stopping to enjoy time with my kids CAN fit into my day and it can happen in simple, fun ways.