“Cold” Day?!

I had just got it into my head to post about how hard it is to balance a full-time job while pursuing my creative dreams on this blog.   I have so many ideas and projects in my head and yet that little thing called “real” work tends to get in the way of pursuing my ideas.  Frustrating, and yet . . .
The universe must have heard my struggle because –  SLAM! – school was cancelled today. (Actually, a “cold” day if you can believe it! Really?  minus 2, cold?  These people don’t hail from Minnesota as I do.)  
Talk about trying to balance!  Apparently, I needed to be reminded of my true priorities.   When I first heard the announcement, all I could do was to think about how will I do this??  How will I get all my work done and do the post that I wanted to do and make the valentines hearts I had designed (hopefully coming soon) and take care of the kids.  I have, on occasion, tried to do all these things at once by distracting them with movies, audio books, new books, coloring pages, etc. and it just ain’t that successful.  I end up getting annoyed, frustrated and angry – yes, mama-yelling ensues. 
Hmmm – I don’t like mama-yelling.  Nothing replaces a totally focused, present mama.  I decided to embrace it – why fight it?  Work will still be there tomorrow.  What could we do together?  What about some family baking?  There is no cold day that a tin of fresh-baked muffins can’t warm up. 
Allie thinks all good things come from the mixer . . . I might just agree.

Lemon poppy seed muffins were on tap. I love the muffin recipe from Cook’s Illustrated The New Best Recipe (the recipe isn’t available online – phooey, but the cookbook really is amazing)  I think the secret ingredient is the added 1 1/2 cups of plain yogurt – so moist!.  Even with a series of botched recipe mistakes: 1 T of baking soda, instead of 1 t; sugar into the flour; dropping the eggs before creaming the butter and sugar! Seriously, maybe I wasn’t as present as I thought.  BUT – they turned out great – and I had a super helper, too.  Yes, that is a hand knit Debbie Bliss sweater from when she was 3! and a homemade tie dye t-shirt which are a blast to make with the kiddos!  I adore that she still loves that sweater. It doesn’t look THAT small! – well at least that is what I tell myself.

There goes the tablespoon of baking soda – oops!

Patiently waiting kiddos  . . .

 And, enjoy!

 We spent the rest of the day just hanging out, reading a Harry Potter novel, shoveling (see – not too cold!),


finger knitting (we’ve graduated to two colors!), embroidering socks (why not? – so much fun to experiment), 
taking self-portraits with mama’s camera,
and lots of floor hockey (yes, tasting the muffin batter while playing hockey! – a very talented boy). 
 I even got some knitting done!  (Yes, that is me in my pjs!) Thanks to my kiddos and the weather for such a great day!

  1. Lovely photographs Anne! This looks like a marvelous day, good for you for spending quality time with your children. They are very lucky to have a mum like you. I think that your daughters jumper looks very cute by the way, she can still pull it off :-)

  2. I love:
    your happy kid-photos
    your paper snowflakes
    your daughter’s appreciation of the kitchenAid mixer
    your honesty
    your attitude
    your blog
    :)

  3. omg Anne ~ do you live near Wonderland Hill by any chance? I lived there for 3 years, 1999 – 2002. I just got so nostalgic for time in Boulder {and snow!} seeing your lovely photos ;)

  4. anne

    Marisa – YES!! I do live near Wonderland hill/Lake. We lived right off of Wonderland Lake on Poplar street from 2000 to 2003! Then we moved a bit farther north to Dakota Ridge, which is where we are now. Did you live right near the lake, shop at Lucky’s, drink coffee at what is now Logan’s, eat and North Boulder Cafe etc. etc? Love it here!

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