It doesn't get much better than breakfast in bed! That's how our special day started. Malia and her co-conspirator (Grandma) presented us with a recipe from her cookbook. "Breakfast in a Cup" was layers of grits, sausage and scrambled eggs. Phoebe could hardly control herself because she's used to plopping herself right in between mommy and daddy. So we put the girls to work bringing in our presents while we ate. Crisis averted - Phoebe's so easy to sidetrack!
On to PRESENTS! With the exception of my present to Joel (Wool Dress Overcoat), ALL our presents were eco-friendly/used.
Malia couldn't be happier with her American Girl doll (craigslist) and doll clothes (ebay). I tried somewhat unsuccessfully to replace Phoebe's yellow hardcover "My Book of Bible Stories" with a new softcover one. She did however, really like her new "Diego" counting game and magnetic paper dolls.
My present from Joel was the best! He managed to fix a cassette tape that I have kept for over 20 years! It's titled "Crack Ups with Justine and Jessica". Some of it was REALLY boring. Jessica and I are about 8 and 11 years old - READING from the magazine "Highlights from Children". The real highlight was on the other side of the tape. Neil is about 5 and frankly, I've never heard him talk so much! Besides chatting up a storm, he managed to record the following: Juli singing (cute), Justine and Jessica playing the piano (yikes), "Mother Troup" refusing to be interviewed, Dad saying "there's no reason to hit". I can't wait to edit the tape and send out some clips to everyone!
Last but not least was dinner, "Italian Pan-Seared Tuna" - A real hit. Super easy, lots of flavor and healthy! I highly recommend this one!