…dawns gray and drizzly. It’s damp and chilly but not at all wintry. This weekend has it’s own special warmth though because it started with friends and prayer. Our family rosary was here and there were two other families this week to share pizza and prayer. I had spent a good portion of Thursday baking because Friday is so busy with getting out of the house for homeschool ice skating. Packing lunches, skates, hats, gloves, extra socks and a variety of toys to amuse the toddlers takes a great deal of time and planning. I also broke down this year and brought the wagon to the rink. I trek in with the twins in the double stroller , the wagon piled with a large skate bag, a lunch cooler, two diaper bags (I gave up on fitting it all into one and have two LL Bean totes a blue one monogrammed for Sean and a pink monogrammed for Bridget, gifts of a dear cousin) a tea set, two dollies and a bag full of cars. That should be enough stuff for an hour and a half skating session.
What I need is a Sherpa.
But I digress..
So I baked for the weekend on Thursday, chocolate ricotta muffins and vanilla ricotta muffins from Mollie Katzen’s wonderful book Sunlight Cafe. I love that cookbook. I bought it upon the recommendation of a dear friend . I also made some cinnamon bread and lemon poppy bread. And of course, chocolate chip cookies. We had a wonderful prayer group this week and now the three day weekend begins. Drizzly though it may be.
I have a pretty extensive to-do list this weekend. I wonder how much will get done.
1. Plan out third quarter for Ryan, Katie, Erin and Kelli.
2. Write second quarter reports which are due to the school district in ten days.
3. Shopping. I desperately need some new baking pans. Mine are shot and I need to buy some bigger ones – I have a big family now and the smaller size pans I received at my bridal shower don’t do the job anymore.
4. I need to catch up on the ironing. (HA! – I should just have that one tattooed on my forehead. Catching up with the ironing is always on the list).
5. Ryan, Katie and Erin are visiting St. Joseph’s Friary tomorrow with some friends. They will be delivering food for the friars for the month as part of a family apostolate we belong to called Friar Suppliers. There was a request for me to make the world’s best pumpkin bread so I will be baking that for the friars. I sent some last month with some homemade strawberry jam (Dave’s dad made the most wonderful jams and jellies from the fruit he grew himself – goodness we are going to miss that). Our friend Joan will bring them dinner and I will provide the bread. Katie is baking her fabulous Chocoholic Cake. We should have a bunch of chubby friars by Monday.
6. I need to spend some time with my IPod. I want to download some books and things to use in the homeschool. I need to make better use of this resource, which quite frankly, intimidates me.
7. I want to clean out our files from 2006 and get set up for the 2007 stuff. Start getting the tax stuff ready (what we have) and generally organize our finances and paperwork. Dave is an accountant and he appreciates when I can immediately put my hands on something he needs.
That is some list. I better get moving….