My Dad celebrated his 78th birthday. (We missed it but love this picture my niece sent.) I think during this time (March) he was busy working on hauling in maple syrup for a friend's farm. Yes, at 78! The other day I went to lunch with Jeff and Janey and we had a big group of ladies next to us in their 60's I would guess. It made me think of my parents, only because I couldn't help but listen to their conversations about certain things-mostly health related complaining and the weather (and trust me I get it!) and lots of other trivial things and it was sort of depressing. And then I thought of my parents that week-my dad working every day on this farm, my mom has been in the past month in Australia, Vienna, Spain, LA, Chicago (and I'm sure I missed some other things) working as a Montessori consultant and teacher trainer. She thinks nothing of doing all that at 77, navigating these travel plans, working so hard, helping others with her expertise. I visited her for a day after Vienna and she wasn't even tired! I hope and pray that I follow their example to never stop serving and to live life to the fullest because they are able to. It is quite an inspiration.
Still swaddling all sorts of "babies". My toddlers all loved being wrapped up like a baby even if it only is for 2 minutes.
I was happy to pull out my brother Andy's serving platters and use them for...
a favorite Whole30 salad. (Omit sugar in dressing.)
I finished about 102 'whole30' days and then ate a bowl of popcorn which I might do once a week. If I eat out I'm not going to be crazy about salad dressing but just choose the vinaigrette that the restaurant provides.. Other than that I stick with the plan-those are my new whole30 rules for myself. I feel too good to stop eating this way.
Andrew had a soccer game by Isaac's college so we were able to go visit for dinner quickly one night. Isaac had just driven back from visiting Abbey and was starving. I can always tell when Isaac is staving because he turns white and looks like he is going to destroy something. Do all guys get like this? I think maybe. He had enough for leftovers the next day.
Abbey's roommate posing next to a project Abbey did for a photo class. I can't believe her freshman year is almost over and so glad she loves where she goes and loves her major. Always a big sigh of relief for the parent.
This is what she does the entire time I work out-treats the sofa as a trampoline and jumps and jumps and jumps.
We went for a llooonnnngggg walk on the most beautiful day-posing down by the river.
And then ended at the park.
This was the 9th of April and I was quite ticked off. Yes, it's pretty, but not in April.
I feel embarrassed for not knowing how delicious plain old olive oil and vegetables roasted up could be. This heaping bunch made 3 pans and we finished them all up. SO SO good.
Pre-exam week care package for someone. (A big chunk of banana bread will now be missing because Janey just showed me that she helped herself and I'm sure her sister won't mind? :)