Actually, my little Tory Bean has been an angel since we returned from vacation on Thursday, so there's that little blessing. The other day, it was all too quiet so I went to investigate. I opened Tory's bedroom door and found her snuggled in bed, reading a book. Um, excuse me? I think we might have left our rambunctious toddler in Mexico and brought back this little girl by mistake!
Sunday afternoon, Janie invited us over to her mom's house (Grandma Marion) for a St. Patrick's Day corned beef dinner. Tory and I decided to bake a Poke N' Pour cake to bring along for dessert. We ran to Target in the morning to pick up a cake mix and a few other ingredients. Tory asked if she could walk alongside the cart and it was against my better judgement as I don't usually bring her to Target because she's such a handful. I decided to give her a chance and asked her to stay close to me. "I promise!" she said. And, she did. Tory stayed by my side the entire shopping trip and I was so proud (and shocked!) of my little girl. She is growing up so fast.
We came back home and baked our cake. Tory licked the beater and proclaimed her love for "white cake." As I was about to pour the lime green Jell-O on top for the "pour" portion of our recipe, Tory shouted, "I not like green cake! I like white cake!" Fortunately, she forgot and enjoyed a piece of cake after dinnertime.
We enjoyed ourselves at Grandma Marion's house. Tory played with her cousin, Connor, and Aden happily bounced from lap to lap amongst family. Best of all, I enjoyed a little break from solo parenting and didn't have to come up with something for dinner. Win-win.
|Aden and Auntie Lindsay|
|Janie's corned beef feast|
|Our traditional St. Patrick's Day dinner|
Corned beef, cabbage, boiled potatoes, carrots and Irish soda bread
|Next year, Aden. Next year ...|
|Grandma Janie and her (non) Irish cuties|
|Decked out in the only "green" we own.|
Happy St. Patrick's Day!