Tuesday, June 4, 2013

First Day Vacay

Today was our first "real" day of summer vacation. The stakes are high on the first day, man. There's a delicate balance between having a little fun and setting the bar too high, because the last thing I need is a houseful of kid who expect Mama Day Camp for ten straight weeks.

Just to keep us all grounded in reality, our first official outing was taking Calvin to his math tutor.

The drive over was...somber. For some reason math tutoring just didn't top his summer vacation list. But...his tutor saved the day. I knew she would. They studied out on her glorious deck and he was all smiles 30 minutes later.

I rewarded him and everyone by taking them grocery shopping!

Again - not excited. Not even a tinge.

But there was produce to be bought. Which brings me to this: In a span of 7 hours this household has consumed: 2 heads of broccoli, 1 mango, 1 bag of cherries, 1 box of "gourmet" tomatoes, and half a bag of baby carrots.

We're going to have to start eating out more or we'll go broke.

We packed a lunch and rode bikes to the park across the way. In a cruel twist of fate, I was wearing my bell bottom jeans and they kept getting twisted in the chain, so I did what any savvy biker mom would do and hiked the bells up past my knobby knees. My kids are so lucky I'm theirs!

The Smalls were all raves over their turkey and cheese sandwiches. Amazed, even. We stayed for almost two hours and they played and behaved like a trio of cherubim, minus the extra eyes. And then they all went mad. Silas wielded a rogue plastic hanging basket hook, eerily resembling a cat of 3 tails. Calvin and Ruby fought to the pain over "the spinning thing", etc...

We packed it up and headed home for the dreaded QT, after which we all bounced back a little.

This was dinner, and it's my favorite thing in the entire universe, next to ataulfo mangoes. And salsa.

I like to call it JFlo's Magical Tomatoes because the recipe came from her.
Here's the recipe, copied exactly the way she sent it.

3 lrg tomatoes sliced thick
1/3 c olive oil
1/4 c red wine vinegar (I use balsamic)
1 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1/2 clove garlic minced (seriously?  throw the whole thing in)
2 T. chopped onion (I like red, because it's pretty)
1 T. chopped fresh parsley
1 T chopped fresh basil

Arrange tomatoes in bowl. Combine remaining ingredients in a jar and shake well.  Pour over tomato and refrigerate several hours.

I add fresh mozz, as you know, but it's not in this orig. recipe.

Tomorrow I'm banking on more of the same, all the way around.
It's good to be Summering.

PS - Cory's first day was stellar! Thanks for the prayers.

Ever yours,