Please forgive my lack of posting this week. It is finally not gray and cold outside and we spent the majority of our free time during the last week frolicking in the out-of-doors. It’s been a looooong winter and it’s been a blast watching M re-discover what awaits her outside. She has already de-flowered all of the crocus in the yard, which is really my fault since I picked one to show it to her up close. We found a small, child-sized rake in the garage of the new house and she busies herself “helping” clean out the flower beds. And the girl loves to dig in the dirt. She makes a bee-line for a patch of garden bed next to the garage as soon as she’s outside and settles down to dig, dig, dig.
As for walking, we have been taking daily family walks in the neighborhood. We usually do this sans-stroller as M prefers to run free for the mile or so we walk. The upside is that she gets totally worn out and sleeps like a champ for 12+ hours every night and her naps are up to 1 ½ – 3 hours. The down side is that it can take forever and we end up carrying her a small part of the way. Either way it means I have to do a little less time on the treadmill in the dark, boring basement. Now that the weather has broken I hope to get outside for some post-bedtime walks just to break things up a little.
Finally, this weekend I had an uncontrollable urge to be a 1950s housewife, apparently. I really wanted to bake some bread so I whipped up a nice loaf of cinnamon-swirl bread along with some standard white bread. Both were made with ½ white flour and ½ whole wheat flour since I ran out of the white – oops! The house smelled heavenly and the bread is fantastic. Then, I had planned to do a lemon-garlic roast chicken but the nice weather (70 degrees!) was calling so I went to the park with the fam instead. Oh well, I will roast the chicken later this week – I guess my quest to be the perfect homemaker fell a little short. The fine patina of dog hair that covers everything in the house will also attest to this failure.