But one day at a time - and today was a pretty good one! I got the kiddos off to school and then headed back here for a little bit to whip up a batch of All American Peanut Butter Cookies (from the Virginia Peanut Council!) with A and Tess. Was super proud of A for her roll-out and criss-cross skills. (BTW, in case you want to know WHY peanut butter cookies have a criss-cross pattern, check this out) It was then off to read in Noah's class for a bit, grab Kayla at school (where I got stuck in a "Lockdown and Hide Drill" which I really don't want to talk about. I understand the why behind this, but it makes me so sad.) and then we headed off to Colleen's for some lunch, playtime with R, D and E (well, mostly just R!) and a little piano playing. (Colleen and I were totally rocking a Heart and Soul duet. I totally don't believe she's never played before!) I came home for work, we grabbed Noah from the bus and then the kids settled in to work on the "We've Been There" state. Grant and I are pretty sure we can both claim Virginia, but don't think that the kids can. This seems odd to me given the location - I'm sure we've driven through at least a piece of it! - but I guess not.
We had to eat a little early tonight since Noah and Grant had to be at a Pack meeting (my adorable Cub Scout was dressed to the nines and ready for his uniform inspection!) So a relatively easy dinner of Virginia Brunswick Stew. I mentioned yesterday that the dish has debatable origins (Virginia or Georgia - you decide!) but I prepped it up yesterday and then threw it in my crock pot when we got home this afternoon to finish cooking. I also tired my hand at Virginia Box Bread because I was intrigued by the baking of biscuits this way. No complaints from the gang (other than the Bean who is still not feeling very well. As of 7:15 the tired, reusing to eat, sobbing little girl had worn me (and herself out) and went to bed. It's currently 7:34 and she's out cold) who was to feast on the peanut butter cookies when they finished.
MOPS tomorrow morning, PTA tomorrow night, the kiddos state maps, another seafood recipe for my Bean - tomorrow's another busy one! So until then...
Virginia Fun Fact of the Day: Virginia is the home base for the United States Navy's Atlantic Fleet.
Working on assembling Virginia
Ready for the wall
But first a shot with two cute kids
Virginia Box Bread
Virginia Brunswick Stew
Noah ate 6 cookies - I'm not joking. He said they are the best peanut butter cookies he's ever had.
I love a man in uniform!
Ready for inspection