Well guys, I’m glad you like my whining and complaining… I’ll try to keep it up!
This morning Lauren and Caroline came over. Jack LOVES his LaLa and operates under the general assumption that she comes over only to play with him. As soon as she walks in he starts freaking out and asking her to do 5 million things. And then he gets all bossy:
“My airplane is sad because the tower you built isn’t tall enough.”
“Um, that pear I just told you to draw should be bigger.”
“Let’s leave those colors alone now.”
So, yeah. My child has no manners. Thanks for putting up with him, Lauren!
I’d heard great things about the indoor playground at the new Watermark church, and this afternoon was rainy so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to check it out (FYI, click here for a great list of indoor play areas around Dallas). The play area is open to the public most days from 9am-6pm (scroll down for schedule here). The setup is not like a traditional indoor playground… it’s called the “tree fort” and it’s 2 stories, wood, with mostly just stairs and bridges to climb on, though there is a small play area with a slide for toddlers.
Not a great picture, but you get the idea…
Jack loved it and wore himself out climbing up and down all the flights of stairs and jumping on the bridges.
Isla just hung out on the floor and observed. One wall is solid windows so she did enjoy checking out the rain. Look at this happy face.
Oh, and they both took monster naps afterward. We’ll be heading back there soon.
My parents went to the lake last weekend and brought us back some produce from a farm stand: vidalia onions, purple hull peas, cucumbers and sweet potatoes. I finally managed to cook the peas while the kids napped today.
Ingredients: Onion, celery, bell pepper, peas, ham shanks, chicken broth.
I just heated some olive oil in our Dutch oven and sauteed the diced onion, pepper and celery:
Then threw in some minced garlic, 2 bay leaves, the peas, 6 cups of chicken broth and the ham shanks.
Brought to a boil, then turned it down to low, covered and simmered for about an hour. After that I removed the shanks and butchered them to remove the ham, then added the diced ham back to the peas. Seasoned with salt and pepper.
Love me some Southern peas!! Though seriously, ham shanks are not cute. I guess you could use bacon or diced ham steak if you didn’t have the stomach to deal with those bad boys, but I think simmering the beans with the full shank/bone gives the broth a richness. Just my 2 cents.
So our tornado sirens were just going off, but now they’ve stopped so I’m going to bed. Texas spring storms are the best!