Monday, August 3, 2009

monday monday

it was a busy monday around here today. a good busy. know what I mean?

tomorrow spencer is leeeaaving on jet plane to florida for a week with grandma and grandpa robb. he'll be there over his birthday, when he'll go to the Magic Kingdom for free with their Year of a Million Dreams promotion. this idea of him flying solo was good with me back when we made the reservations two months ago, now I'm getting a bit nervous. I know he'll be taken care of...both by his heavenly father and the flight staff...just a little nervous. (and since he's still awake after an hour and a half in bed, I'd say he's a bit anxious as well.) so in preparation for his trip, we ran a few errands before we zipped up the suitcase and backpack.

Target was on our list for a supply of sweet treats for the plane (just in case they don't serve anything spencer likes). while there, we HAD to drive through the school supply section. not for the boys, but for ME! I'll admit it, I get so excited when the seasonal section is cleared of summer furniture and the yellow bins are put in place for the Crayola to arrive. I get more excited about new crayons, markers, and notebooks than the boys.
I vividly remember coming home after the first day of school with the classroom supply list (when I went to school, the list wasn't shared with parents ahead of the start) and mom trucking my sister and I up to KMart to get every last eraser, crayon, and box of kleenex on the list. being a lover of all things organizational and handwritten, school supplies bring back fond schooltime memories for me.

then this afternoon, connor and I made banana bread together. yesterday I purchased 7 lbs. of bananas for $1.49 at the market! I always watch for the sale bags of cast off bananas. you know the kind... perfect for banana bread making as soon as you get waiting necessary. my favorite recipe is from
lisa. I hope you can read the ingredient list. the only other directions- mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl. in a separate bowl, mix all wet ingredients together. combine the two and bake. I use my stoneware mini-loaf pan, which yields 8 mini loaves per batch. I cook at 325 for 40 minutes, but if you're using a traditional loaf pan, the recipe calls for a bake time of one hour. another eight loaves tomorrow and my freezer will be full of blessing loaves for the school year. blessing loaves? for just the perfect moment to bless someone in an unexpected way- the bus driver, the teacher, the friend, the neighbor. I love being prepared for that! thanks for always being willing to share your wonderful recipes, lisa.

and after my oldest is gone and in the air, I'll be starting a new christmas cross stitch project and book to keep me busy. not that I'll need something to keep my attention. connor is already planning our week for us- putt putt, special meals, pool time, and the list goes on...
I hope you're enjoying the special moments of summer!


melissa said...

Hi Kristyn - glad to find your blog!
Busy and productive day for you! I need to get on the ball here, so much to do this week, Griff starts school a week from Wed.
The grandparents must live close to me - I am about a half hour north of DW!
Your son will be just fine, but I know how hard it is the first time putting them on a plane alone. My prayers are with you both.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Wow...very productive day. I hope your son has a wonderful trip! I wish my grocery story did the overripe sale for their bananas, we love banana (blessing-love it) bread here.

stitching under oaks said...

You did have a good day. How could you not, buying new school supplies? I love a brand new box of crayons and a new notebook! We'll be praying for Spencer to have a safe and wonderful time in Florida! He's growing up so fast! And I love the idea of having extra loaves in the freezer as blessing loaves! PERFECT!

Heather said...

I loved the start of school, with all of the supplies. I was actually in Target yesterday, and a family of five had gotten everything that they needed, and it brought back all of those memories.

That pumpkin/banana bread looks so yummy, and how great to have so much left to freeze.

a friend to knit with said...

i thought about you a lot yesterday!
hope things went well.. i am sure they did and he is so happy to be there!
enjoy your sweet time with connor......
always nice to have the one on one time with our precious people! xxoo

and oh! yay school supplies!!!!
i too am like a kid in a candy shop!

Larissa said...

oh I love busy and productive days - you got so much done. your big guy is flying solo! i'll be thinking of him and wishing him a fun and safe week - the magic kingdom for free sounds great. i know you'll be busy this week entertaining your little guy - he'll surely miss big brother. thanks for sharing the banana bread recipe - and those tiny loaves make them look like such special treats!