For my birthday, we spent a week at the beach in a house that belonged to a friend of OJ's. Bill, Elyse and I were there for half of the time, then Bill left and the girls came. The home had a bedroom downstairs and the loft upstairs had three more queen beds. It was perfect!
Here is what happened that Wednesday of my birthday - such a good day.
6:00 a.m. Happy Birthday text message from my Dad. Bill is already up and downstairs. Elyse is still sleeping in bed around the corner. I roll over and go back to sleep.
7:30 a.m. Feels good to sleep in. Get up when hear the girl.
8:06 a.m. Cuddling with Libs and Elyse and a cup of coffee. And yes, I brought a Keurig!
8:24 a.m. Time to eat. Yummy breakfast.
8:59 a.m. Coffee #2 and sit down to eat with my favorite girl. Love that our girl loves fried eggs over easy.
9:12 a.m. Time for a puzzle. Do you not love the "old-school"ness of this house? Everything was Great Grandma old, but sparkling clean. I was impressed by how well this house and everything inside has been cared for! Brings back memories of growing up!
10:00 a.m. Bath/shower time and slow get ready time!
11:15 a.m. Failed family pic. Keeping it real - don't you love these faces? The camera was propped on Bill's shoe on a chair outside. Bill was coming over to be in the pic just as the camera toppled over. And yes, it was my big camera. Dumb. (all was okay fortunately)
And a little better one before the camera fell. Just sad no Bill. Will remedy later with cell phone!
11:34 a.m. Head into town to the carousel and ladybug ride! Elyse got to ride these each day of the trip! PS: Does the carousel worker not look like Axl's roommate on The Middle?!
11:50 a.m. Elyse's first time on a big horse! I cannot tell you how awesome this was for me! The best $10 spent of the trip. Her name was Bea and she was awesome!
12:49 p.m. Time for lunch. Can you say - teeny tiny place with an amazing chef and tasty menu? That is - Great Day Cafe! I took the girls back a couple days later - it was that good!
2:00 p.m. Head into town to Scoopers - yummiest ice cream in town. Elyse picked the grossest flavor with some name like Bears in a Barrel - green apple with blueberry swirl and gummi
bears. Disgusting, but she loved it. Do you like my SINGLE scoop of chocolate peanut butter. It was gigantic and yes, I did eat it all.
2:35 p.m. Our daily stop at the grocery store. This time for more eggs and bottled water and a package of bacon for when the girls arrive.
2:51 p.m. Back to house to drop off groceries and load up truck.
3:10 p.m. Left the house to head to the beach. Saw a dragonfly! Thank you for the visit, Mom!
3:15 p.m. Beach time. It was beautiful weather in the 70s and it was only supposed to barely hit 60. Happy birthday to me! We got all of our kites in the air.
3:20 p.m. Some goofballs were driving a huge truck, pulling a utility trailer driving very slowly in the soft sand. Bill and another fellow helped get them un-stuck. It was actually all quite entertaining!
3:30 p.m. We spent another couple hours at the beach.
Serious kite flyer.
Man and his dog.
5:30 p.m. After leaving the beach, we weren't real hungry, but we headed to town to pick up a sandwich for later. We didn't want to get cake, but wanted something birthday-like at least for Elyse's sake. She picked out her own cupcake and I got coconut/chocolate chip bar.
6:10 p.m. Back to the house and bath time for the little girl!
Last week I turned 40. Normally, I don't care a whole lot about what I do for my birthday. But, this was a milestone - I wanted to do something special. I knew exactly what I wanted. I wanted to find a house near the beach - have some time with just my husband and daughter and also time with just the girls. I got it all.
I got this.
My heart is full. It was an amazing week. I love all of these people. I am good with being 40. I have so much to be thankful for. These people I love helped affirm that.
I have so many more pictures and stories to share with you. But, I've been gone for a week and it's good to be home.
We are so fortunate that a farmer just across the street offers up fresh corn each summer. It is 5/$1 on the honor system. It is so good - one of my favorites of summertime. This salad is good whether corn is in season or not. What I love about it is that it still amazing even when using frozen corn. I started making these salads last summer and have now made it enough times using different recipes, I've settled on this as our favorite so it is ready to share with you here! Hope you like it too! Don't be afraid to double it up - I usually do! mexican corn salad
¼ cup mayonnaise (or more to taste)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
8 ears of fresh corn, shucked and silks removed or frozen (1 ear = 1 cup)
1 cup or 4 oz crumbled cojita* cheese
Salt to taste
Green onion, chopped (optional)
Cilantro, chopped (optional)
(Other optional additions: poblano, tomato, avocado....)
In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, juice of one lime, the chili powder and the ground cumin. Blend well and set aside.
Fresh is always best, but here's the best part... If you don't have access to fresh corn, you can use frozen. Just thaw - no need to even cook! If you do have fresh... Cook the corn on the cob. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, drop in the cobs and bring the water back to a boil. Remove from heat, cover, and let the cobs cook for five minutes. If you’ve got the grill going, you can then place the cobs on the grill to get a nice char on the kernels, but it's fine if you don’t grill. When cool enough to handle, cut the kernels from the cobs using a sharp knife.
Place the corn in a large bowl and squeeze the juice of one lime over the corn. Toss the kernels around to absorb the lime juice.
Add the cotija cheese and toss to combine. Stir in the mayonnaise dressing to coat all the corn kernels. Add salt to taste and mix well.
Serves 6 – 8, can be doubled or tripled.
*Cotija cheese is a salty Mexican cheese you’ll find in with other Hispanic cheeses - if you don’t find cotija, queso fresco is a good substitute. I've used both and they are excellent. Don't forget to try your own add-ins!
It is officially summer! What better way to celebrate and start the week, but with berry picking! Elyse was so excited Lucien would join us!
Lucien, "No, Elyse. That one's not ready yet. It needs to be RED".
The no-eating-strawberries rule was not heavily enforced.
LOVE this picture. Funny thing is I was looking through the lens and couldn't even tell you what was going on here.
Elyse would NOT look at me.
"Put your arms around each other" - resulted in this. Cuties.
Two minutes after Elyse asked me to get the sawdust out of her shoes.
We went and had lunch afterward and Geoff and Nate joined us. Deanna and Lucien went back home and Nate came back to play for a while before naptime.
It was sunny and Elyse was quickly in her "baby soup". This was, of course, unplanned so Nate had no suit. I was actually impressed I had these shorts. They seemed more boyish until he put them on. We had a little giggle over that one. But, he was happy!