This time our beautiful hostess, Beth, taught us a fabulous salad recipe...well, SORT of. She actually doesn't cook with recipes, so it will be hard to share it with you, but I'll give you a quick run down because it was SO DELISH! You chop some red and yellow bell peppers, red onion, cucumber, tomato, and feta cheese into large chunks. You take a french loaf and cut in into large cubes. Fry the bread cubes in a bit of olive oil over medium heat- just until browned. Toss together with the veggies and feta. The dressing she just made - no recipe - but I know it included some extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, sugar, dijon mustard, oregano, and a couple of other spices I can't remember. I'm GOING to ask her for a recipe one way or another. lol! You then mix the dressing ingredients well and toss with the veggies and croutons. SO yummy. I loved it. We each brought an appetizer as well - I brought some Dove Chocolates (so creamy and delicious) and we had a strawberry ice drink, some hummus, and some of those Dibbs (chocolate covered ice cream balls). We talked and laughed until past 1am, but it was such a blast! I got to know 4 gals I didn't know very well a LOT better (though being new means any time spent means getting to know them better:) and I had a much needed change of scenery.
Saturday we went out for lunch with the kids, and I took some photos of my hubby for his work website. While the sheet was up, he suggested having our daughter take some shots of the both of us. What a great idea! We sat down and after a few tries, my daughter snapped this one:
I don't like very many photos of me, but I love this one of the two of us. I'm so glad I agreed to it - I was SO tired by this point (thanks to my crazy girls night) but now I've got a photo to treasure. Way to work the camera, T! Wow- is my man ever gawgeous! YES! I really won the lottery with this guy.... Such an amazing hunka hunka burnin' love. And all mine! (hands off, ladies)
Today I surprised the girls with new Spring dresses. I figure if I buy them a dress in Spring and at Christmas time, they'll be set for the whole year! I bought these at Costco for $17 each. Can't beat that! I wanted to buy them each a different dress, but once the sizes got up to the older girl's sizes, the dresses were all sleeveless! *sigh* I won't dress my girls in sleeveless clothing - even when they are babies. When do you start telling them "no"? I figured if I made the decision from day one - there wouldn't as much as a fight later on. Anyway, I digress... I was able to get 3 different styles with sleeves, and 2 of the girls got the same style, but since they are far apart in age, it shouldn't matter much. They all loved them. If you notice closely, I did a couple of Jenn's hair-dos again, as well as a couple of my own. I AGAIN had so many compliments. I had one of those out of body experiences where I looked at them, and couldn't comprehend that they were MINE. Have you ever had those? I looked at these angels and had no idea of how we got to this point - and with ME as their mother. LOL! I love 'em to peices, each one in all their goofy, brilliant, stubborn, beautiful glory! They really are gorgeous girls - if I do say so myself (ahem).
By the way - the photo above is exactly how I feel now that Spring is showing it's lovely face around here. JOY AND RAPTURE! YES!
Oh, and before I go - do any of you have any great ideas for organized activities to do with your kids during the Spring break? I'd love your input! Take care!