Although it is still rather cold (highs in the 50s) in our part of the PNW, it seems Spring is in the air. The Canadian geese are having their semi-annual convention in our greenbelt, buds are popping out on the trees, and I feel more and more of a pull to be outdoors. Tulips are not yet blooming, but I picked up some at the market to celebrate the beginning of the season change.
I am not ready to be a grandmother yet by any means, but if the way I feel about "being Aunt Tammy" is any indication, I think I'll really love grandmothering. I got such a sweet thank-you note from my sweet Jakey (he signed it that way!) thanking me for showing Flat Jake around Seattle. He told me I did a great job and he can't wait to see me in real life. LOVE that kid and love being an aunt. It's hard being geographically distant from all my nieces and nephews, but I'm grateful for phone calls, texting, Facebook, Instagram, Skype and all the means of communication that we have now. So amazing!
And speaking of our Jakey, our Em and Kyle spent the weekend with them! It is such a blessing that my kids have such a wonderful relationship with their aunt and uncle that they would choose to use "bonus airline tickets" to go see them. I think I missed out on all the fun this weekend!!
We were planning for dinner guests on Saturday evening and since Aly was busy all day Saturday with the track team, and Ken was working, I pretty much had the house to myself. In a way, it makes me lonely and in another way, I love puttering around the house, cleaning, cooking, and enjoying the results before they get messed up again. I'm sure, if you are the cleaner/cook in your house that you know what I mean! My house is clean, laundry is done, bathrooms are spic and span, and I played in the kitchen, too. I made Raspberry Creme Brulee for dessert and roasted tomatoes for our Pomodori al Forno appetizer.
For our entree, I made the version of the French Steak-Frites that my family adores ... marinated flank steak and roasted potatoes. We also had a lovely green salad with homemade croutons and vinaigrette. Our guests are from Peru and they introduced us to what I would call Peru's version of a margarita, which in my opinion is a much improved version. It was wonderfully fresh and is called a Pisco Sour. You can be sure that Peru is calling my name.
While we were cleaning house, working overtime, and running track, Ben was playing baseball out of town. He is doing very well and I look forward to seeing him play again in a couple of weeks!
We are blessed. Our lives are full. We have a family that warms our hearts, supports our endeavors, and encourages us to good works.
Here's to a new week of taking new steps, enjoying new things, and expecting full blessings. Have a great one!