Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mardi Gras Crepes and Lenten Thoughts

Does it seem like all we do is eat sweet treats lately?

Today the girls finally went back to school after a snow break that crossed six days off the school calendar. It was time. I was running out of steam and hadn't had a moment alone in many many days.

And yet as soon as I left Sabrina at school and then CC at preschool I wondered what my rush had been to drop them off. I felt that nothing I did with that free time would be as wonderful as what would come after it, when I had both my children back home again.

So I spent a good chunk of my free time selecting jams and making crepe batter so in the afternoon we could treat ourselves to a true Mardi Gras treat. It is true that all of this preparing took on a meditative quality since I was able to do it alone and uninterrupted and in silence. I love being with my children, but there's much to be said for the behind the scenes part of parenting.

Crepes are my favorite food to make and eat, and I've been perfecting "my crepes" ever since I was 7 years old and my grandma taught me how to make them. "You should always know how to make your favorite food," she said, and that advice made such good sense. It does even more now that her words have taken on a more profound meaning for me about knowing and doing what makes you happy, not depending on anyone else to hand you what gives you joy. Crepes are the one thing I can make without measuring, the one recipe I know how to adjust just by hearing the way the batter pours. After childhood, I've only had crepes I enjoyed more than mine once, when Patrick made me a deliciously buttery pile of them for Mother's day. Making crepes for the crepe queen takes guts and love, and I still dream about that breakfast.

The girls and I sampled each jam and compared tastes. My favorite jam for crepes for as long as I can remember has been apricot. Sabrina's is now strawberry, but only with lots of whipped cream. CC's, blueberry, no whipped cream ever.

After this huge afternoon treat we talked a little about Lent and what this time of the year means. Sabrina had just learned in school that on Mardi Gras people used to use up all their fat so they wouldn't be tempted by it during Lent. I explained the idea of giving something up, or maybe adding a new, positive change to your life.

Sabrina decided her "Yes" would be more quiet time to think, read and play. Her "No," not playing outside since "it's pretty dangerous with all that snow." She suggested my "Yes" be more knitting. I have not yet decided what to give up, but as of late I have become more attached to my laptop than I like to be. So I may give up something related to it... maybe googling, maybe facebooking, maybe I'll just use my online time more mindfully. I will know by morning what it will be.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

We celebrated with chocolate chip waffles and lots of memories--I put together albums for each of the girls with pictures of themselves since birth. Just dozens and dozens of cute, funny, silly, gorgeous photos for them to look at and ask about over and over. I think it's one of the best gifts I've ever given them.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cookies and Superheroes

Our snowflake sugar cookies spread out in the oven and turned into flowers. This didn't bother anyone one bit. We've probably had quite enough snowflakes lately anyway, with snow and more snow for days on end.

After reading some comic books Sabrina has taken to being a very chic superhero. The cape is a generic one I got years ago for a superhero party... I need to secure one for CC too, since even naked she claims to be a Tiny Titan.

Snowman Collages

We did the same project last year!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Lollipop Valentines

This year Sabrina wanted to include a goodie in her Valentine cards, so we came up with a card that doubled as a holder for a cute heart-shaped lollipop. We used precut stockcard for the cards themselves and pasted on construction paper hearts I cut out. Then we punched holes through which we slipped some cute ribbon and finally tied the lollipops to the card. I wrote the names for CC's friends and Sabrina put her great writing skills to use by writing almost 30 cards all my herself! She even added special messages for special friends. School has been canceled because of the historic snowfall, but I'm sure these cards will still be a hit after President's Day.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Sunday, February 7, 2010


The girls got to sled for the first time this winter. What a thrill to use our perfectly sloped street in this wonderful new way! Sabrina could have stayed out all day and was really good and brave! CC enjoyed it until she fell out of the sled and then decided it was more fun to be pulled around.