This was the scene outside bright and early this morning.
The boys do not really like early mornings anymore than I do. But, they are young and full of energy, so they wake up, truly wake up, much quicker than I do. Watching this scene unfold helped me really open my eyes this morning, to appreciate the beauty that was unfolding in front of me.
Boys who were happy to ride scooters in the cool of the morning air.
A big brother who is always happy to help his younger brother.
Two brothers who always light up at the sight of each other.
Summer, on the other hand, well, she just likes to cuddle in bed for at least 30 minutes. And, since it is her last year at home until Kindergarten, I will just soak up the lazy mornings with her, knowing that this year will pass in the blink of an eye.
As I have mentioned before, I try to stick to theme menu days – pasta on Mondays, tacos on Tuesdays, etc. I do not make the exact pasta or tacos each week. I just give myself a jumping off point by knowing what type of recipe I want to make for that day. It makes it easier when I am planning our weekly menu, and it still gives flexibility to try new things.
Monday is pasta day. We often do spaghetti, pasta with cream sauce, or plain noodles with olive oil and vegetables. I experimented with this pasta last week. I had vegetables, pasta, and the makings of a cream sauce. So, I decided to put it all together and see how it turned out.
The result. It was fantastic. Everyone enjoyed it…well, Summer ate plain noodles. But, as I have said before, she has not developed as much of an appreciation for food as the rest of us. She will get there in her own time.