A fresh dusting of snow outside, the clinking sound of dishes being washed and smoke filling the living room…
It’s been a busy couple of weeks…who am I kidding, it’s ALWAYS busy around here! Lately however has been especially so. School, tapping season, trips to Concord to support the Driver’s Ed Bill, teaching Jeremiah to drive, an upcoming birthday, and a renewed resolve to keep Randy on a low-carb diet all add up to a very busy house, and a very tired Mama.
The past couple of weeks, I’ve had a bout of tennis elbow again, accompanied by some shoulder pain. Although I’m not sure what brought it on, I suspect too much knitting. After laying aside the knitting for over a week, I’m still in quite a bit of pain; so I finally took something for it last night figuring I would at least get a good night’s sleep out of the deal. And sleep I did!
Any day that starts with breakfast in bed is bound to be a good day.
I awoke to the busy sounds of breakfast, the truck being moved to make room for the sap fire, and the general hubbub that goes with a family this size. Jillian & Jeremiah brought me breakfast in bed as I cleared the cobwebs from my brain.
Next Jillian set about finishing the cake she started last night.
While in the hospital with appendicitis, Jillian discovered “Cake Boss”. Totally inspired, she has appointed herself the official birthday cake baker. Jenny’s birthday is tomorrow and she has requested a doggie cake…a blue doggie cake. Not because of a well-known cartoon (she’s never seen "Blue’s Clues"), but because she loves dogs and the color blue…so naturally she wants them all wrapped up together for her 3rd birthday.
Meanwhile the boys have been busy getting the sap fire ready.
We’ve got a full tote of sap, our first of the season, so today is our first boil. James & Jordan head out into the woods to forage for low dead branches, Jeremiah & Jonathan line up the cinder blocks and round up the pans. The boys have gotten the fire going...or smoking at least. Have you ever tried to start a fire in a mud puddle with melting snow all around providing fresh water for more mud?
Jillian is done with the cake and heads out to the woods to help collect wood & sap.
The table and every kitchen counter is covered with dishes, sigh…
I start the air purifier to help clear the smoke that insist on blowing straight into the house and go in search of my tennis elbow brace. When I come back to the kitchen I see the most delightful sight. Jessie had assessed the situation and decided SHE would do the dishes “with no help from nobody!” She pulled up a chair for her and one for Jenny, and started running the water and squirting the soap. Confidently she announced, “I’m teaching Jenny how to do the dishes!”
By the time they’re done, there will be water & soap everywhere, I have papers to grade, meals to make, syrup to finish off and more messes than I can count right now. But when I look into their little faces and see those shining big blue eyes, what’s a mama to do?