Even more importantly, Annie (6) DID NOT CRY ONE TEAR.
Allie and Neal (12) had to be at school at the crack of dawn (6:45 a.m.!) - he to allow for getting into all the football gear (everyone makes the team in 7th grade), and she because we weren't about to make two trips (she needed to be there at 7:00 - and there were a few tears over that one!).
It was cute to see all 80 seventh grade football players, outside in long rows, some as big as grown men, and others no bigger than our fourth grader, Libby. Funny how that whole puberty thing appears so random at this age. Neal's almost as tall as I am and weighs as much as I do. It won't be long.
After all the big kids got to school, I took Ruthie (3) to a product testing place. We'd signed her up this summer, and they called to invite her to test a cigarette lighter. She and another little boy sat for five minutes and made cars out of their lighters (no fluid in them), airplanes, exchanged grins and stories of their siblings ("My big thithter Annie'th in thchool right now." She feels the need to explain her lack of company, I think). They did just about everything except make the lighter "click," which is a good thing for all of us, and they still paid $20 to "test." Here's to product safety!
The rest of the afternoon I worked on details for our church's Revolve Tour group. Allie and I had such a good time last year, we are taking a whole group this year. We've just about sold all our tickets, so we are extremely pumped!
And just to let you know, my pot of beans turned out so good I thought I'd share my "recipe":
Katherine's Really Good, Really Big Pot of Beans
2 lbs. dry beans (Black or pinto. I made pinto last night)
Water to cover by 2" or so
2 onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2-4 T. chicken bouillon (or to taste)
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 fresh serrano or jalapeno peppers, seeded, and minced (don't touch your eyes!)
Salt to taste
2-4 T. fresh cilantro, chopped
Fresh lime juice, to taste
Soak beans overnight (or if you're like me, do the quick soak on bean package). Put in 1T baking soda to reduce gas (so they say...). Pour off soak water, rinse beans, and add water to cover by 2". Add all ingredients except cilantro and lime, and bring to boil. Boil on low heat for 3-4 hours until beans are tender. Add cilantro and lime juice (just a squeeze) during last 30 min. to one hour.
Enjoy with rice and cornbread (okay, and tortilla chips, a bit of sour cream, some salsa, and heaps of grated cheese), then freeze the rest, because unless you are having company, there's no way you can eat this much. You can also put the beans in the blender or food processor for Really Good Refried Beans, too.
Have a great weekend!