This morning I got up early and finished my daily word count so I wouldn't have to ignore my kids all day to complete it. I wanted to get the kids out of the house to avoid anymore ketchup or yogurt messes, but the morning sky looked grey. So I invited my friend Becca over for a playdate instead. William and Aedan have literally known each other since they were infants and they were very excited to get this opportunity to play. After a nice chat, lunch, and cuddling of baby Amelia, Becca and family had to be on their way.
Once they had gone, I realized that the grey sky had turned a beautiful blue. So I got William and Jadzia outside on their bikes. At first William didn't want to go downhill because he was afraid to go too fast (he is my son, after all), but he soon conquered his fear. He raced down the steepest portion of sidewalk again and again, a proud grin glued on his face.
When the hill became tiresome we biked to the park. By this time my youngest was getting tired (partly from the excitement and partly because she insists on lifting and dragging her trike instead of using the pedals). After a short time both whined at my inadequate swing pushing, so I bribed them home with the promise of chocolate chip cookies.
As always, the kids helped me get all the ingredients together and mix them. For those who are interested, I always use this recipe but modify it based on my mood and what I have in my cupboards. Today I made the following modifications: omitted the cocoa, put half brown sugar and half white, added a cup of oatmeal, a cup of chocolate chips, and some coconut. I cooked them for 11 minutes, left them in a turned off oven for 5 minutes, and let them cool on the cookie sheets for 5 more minutes. Holy Q, they were perfect; melty chocolate chips, soft chewy consistency, subtle coconut taste.
Of course none of this avoided food mess. I left the cookies on the stove too long and my daughter helped herself. I was finding half-eaten cookies all over the house for hours afterwards. Of course I saved them. Cookies this delicious should not be wasted.