then when we were done cleaning, we made (boxed mix) red velvet cake. I took this photo for instagram just to be funny, but I think I really like this picture! if I had more kitchen wall space, I might've framed and hung it.
I knew I wanted to do a glaze since I was making the cake in a tube pan and I didn't have enough shortening onhand for homemade frosting. I stumbled upon "Puttin' on the GRITS" recipe for cherry vanilla pound cake (which I fully intend to make sometime), and I ended up using her cherry glaze recipe for the red velvet cake.
it's so pink and pretty and tasty! if you love cherry flavor, you need to try this! it's so easy, too.
when we played outside, stu had his big dump trucks out in the sand. I pulled weeds and he helped me some. we filled up his dump trucks with them.
we dug up a grub worm in the process of pulling weeds, which is normal for us. this one was fascinating, though--it was in the process of metamorphosing into a june bug! its head had turned brown and shell-y, and it had developed legs. I know it's gross, but I had to try to get a macro shot of it. he was pretty wiggly and I missed all the good shots.
I apologize if you're squeamish!
it's a terrible segue, but here's our finished cake. the glaze didn't turn out very pretty since I used a tube pan and not a Bundt, but it was so good. stu said it looked like a giant donut. he always picks the pink frosted ones. :0)
stu had such a hard time waiting for mama landa's arrival, but she came after having lunch with the girls. I was happy we had some time to play outside. the weather was so beautiful! she took him to dairy queen for lunch at his request, and I took a quick shower and headed to a doctor appointment.
it was time for my annual appointment, and this time I had bloodwork so the doctor could check my thyroid levels. I won't get the results back for a couple of days. I was just thrilled that the nurse was able to get all of my blood sample very quickly, and I didn't feel it at all. beginning with my three C-sections I've had the worst time getting blood samples or donating blood because my flow was so low. so I was so very happy to hear that I have "beautiful veins" that didn't even require a tourniquet for her! if all of my results come back clear, I'm so excited to go try to donate blood again. it's so easy and simple, and one donation can save so many lives.
after mama landa left, the girls ate their pieces of cake. they wanted candles lit. any excuse for a party! :0)
the girls wanted to do homework outside, and I couldn't refuse. it was gorgeous out! and warm, finally! M and I went back and forth about a report she was working on for next week, so once again I felt run through the wringer even before dinner time. y'all, parenting is hard stuff.
J got home a bit earlier than normal, and I was grateful. I got to enjoy my tree blowing in the high wind. it's all greened out now, and I love it! I'm so thankful that my favorite rustling leaves sound is back whenever a breeze blows through.
we had another hodge podge dinner, and seeing J and M work on her report so well together made me feel both better and frustrated that I couldn't for some reason work so peacefully with her. but the way things calmed down after J got home was a blessing to me. and M wanting to work more on a report due next week impressed me! her work ethic isn't usually like that.
I love the redemptive quality of evening time. we all gathered in the living room at bedtime, and the sunset twilight was so pretty through our windows. there were so many interactions between J and the kids that I had framed up in my head as pretty photographs, but I didn't have my camera to capture them.
It's a good lesson for me that not every moment is picture-perfect, and even the picture-perfect ones sometimes belong solely to the heart rather than the camera.