I still can’t believe we’re a party of four. Our family has grown so much since Ryan and I said, “I do” over five years ago. We now have two littles that call us mom and dad. Sometimes I pinch myself because I don’t believe how we got so lucky. God blessed us, that’s for […]
If I’m even half of the mother that my mom is, then I have succeed. Happy Mother’s Day, mom! Without you, there would be no ‘us’. We love you. Oh, and happy 35 year anniversary to you and Dad! Wowza. (one of my favorite pictures of my mom. how did they get their hair to […]
These two love each other so much. Sooner than later they’ll be fighting over toys and access to the bathroom, but right now, it’s peaceful in our house. Best friends, these two. Kelsey has called Colton, “gee gee” since the day that he was born. Random, but really cute to hear.
As a parent, there are moments that simply take your breath away. Moments that cause you to pause. It’s the moment when your child enters the world. It’s the moment when you hear them say, “I love you” for the first time.
It’s the feeling you get when you have to box up their clothes and graduate to the next size. It’s the moment when your life flashes before your eyes and you can envision your child leaving the nest (man, that moment really hurts my heart). It’s in these moments that you sit back and watch in awe as a miracle moves about.
Ryan and I had this moment last night. We were sitting in the backyard with Kelsey when she suddenly grabbed her big umbrella and prepared “for lots of rain!” It was clear skies, but we played along with her game anyway.
She struggled to grab the oversized umbrella, but with such persistence, she set it on the table, the way she had seen us do so many times before. She instructed us (as three-year-olds do) to get under the umbrella and “get out of the rain before you get wet!”. She would then run out from under the umbrella screaming and laughing, “I’m getting wet! I’m getting rain on me!” then she would dive back under cover into our arms.
Man, this game was fun. It was fun watching her imagination soar! Even though there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, to her, it was pouring rain and she was getting soaked. She laughed. We laughed. She ran – Ryan got up and ran. It was seriously one of those moments that made me pause.
This girl is going to grow up one day. Will she have memories of us playing in the backyard? Will she remember her mom and dad on their knees playing make-believe with her? I hope so. Ryan says that even if she doesn’t really remember this moment, like we do, that she will at least “have a feeling” about it. About the backyard. About this house. About us.
I’m not sure if she’ll remember this moment. In fact, I’m not sure what her earliest memory will be. But, I pray (I pray a lot) that she’ll always stay in my arms. No matter how old she gets. I hope she never grows out of playing with me. I hope she never loses her sense to dream and make-believe. I hope she always stays persistent and never lets anything – like a big bulky umbrella – stand in her way.
I wonder if this is how my mom felt about me. Gosh, as a parent, lots of questions go through your head – don’t they? I’m not sure what I’m really writing for. I think I just needed to get what I’m feeling out on paper. And who knows, maybe Kelsey will read this one day. And maybe – just maybe – she’ll remember this moment.
There will come a day when Kelsey thinks her mom is a nerd. A loser. Someone who couldn’t possibly know what she is going through. But until that day comes, she’s all mine. We’re two peas in a pod, I tell you.
Two girls who love all of the same things. She challenges me to be a better person. She makes me laugh more than anyone in this world. And she is such a blessing to be around. She’s my girl, and I am so lucky to be her mother.
This morning, I’m made ”Baked Croissant French Toast with Orange Syrup”. Every good hostess knows you always test and try a recipe first before debuting it at any event – but, we’re all family. Luckily for me, this recipe was fool-proof.
This is a great recipe for any brunch party. It only serves 4, so double up if you’re having more guests. Also, I would add warm syrup on the side so people have options between traditional syrup and orange marmalade. It’s an easy recipe that didn’t take much time to prepare.
Baked Croissant French Toast with Orange Syrup
Recipe via: Food Network Magazine
Time: 1 hour 25 min | Serves 4 | Calories: Who cares
- 3 large eggs
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 cup whole milk
- Grated zest of 1 orange
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 4 croissants
- 1/2 cup orange marmalade (jelly)
What to do
1. Whisk the eggs, 1/4 cup sugar, the milk, orange zest, orange juice and vanilla in a large bowl. Pour the croissants in an 8-inch-square baking dish, squeezing them to fit into a single layer. Pour the egg mixture over the croissants, then put a plate on top and press down to keep them submerged. Let soak in the refrigerator, at least 30 minutes up to 1 hour.
2. Preheat the over to 350. Remove the plate from the croissants, cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake until set, about 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn on the broiler. Uncover the baking dish, sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and broil until the sugar is bubbling in spots, about 2 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, mix the marmalade with 1/4 cup water in a small microwave-safe bowl; microwave until warm, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve on the side. Enjoy!
These are the moments that make the world go round, and the special moments when you think all is right in this world. Wouldn’t you agree?
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