Tuesday, June 24, 2008

some kind of wonderful

First, let me say how wonderful it is to start the day with an English muffin slathered with cream cheese and homemade strawberry jam! The jam was a gift from Kari&kids, and it is seriously the most freshest jam (yes, it deserves TWO superlatives) I've ever eaten. It's like you put it in your mouth and your tastebuds say "Well, hello there...where have you been all my life????"

We had a great time for M's 17-month birthday! We don't usually celebrate the months but I figured, "Why not?" In fact, why don't we all celebrate the months? It's a wonderful idea! So...my next month-birthday will be next week...lavish gifts can be sent to....

The day started with a b-day candle in his banana...a gig we had to repeat at least a thousand times:

The big blow:
We trekked to the mailbox for some key&lock free-for-all, which means M got to spend all the time he wanted putting our mail key in every lock he could reach. Pure bliss! Later we stopped by the store for some new kicks since he has already outgrown his summer shoes!!! Finally, we ducked into the hardware store for the big treat: a bolt w/ washers and nut...and paint samples!

Don't worry, the hardware is too big for swallowing...but fun for his little fingers! And the paint samples....well, he LOVES them. M will take paint cards and one by one hold them up on the wall while all the time jabbering away. I like them because it's a fun way to talk about colors.

SPAGHETTI SAUCE UPDATE: ok...we tried the sockarooni and, while the taste was good, it was a little (OK, a LOT) too chunkalicious for us. I pretty much cut the jar in half when I strained out all of the chunky whatnot. But next time we are trying the recommended Paul Newman's Marinara!!!


Mark, Rebecca and Sophia said...

That is so funny. I just bought jars to make strawberry jam. Are we living parallel lives?!

Mark, Rebecca and Sophia said...

I hit send before finishing...

Happy 17 month b-day to M!

I love the simple fun of a trip to the hardware store.

Tami said...

Oh my gosh, you crack me up! Especially in the description of the jam:-).

Happy 17 month b'day to Matthew;-)...time sure flies, doesn't it?

kari said...

if i ever want to start a jam making business, i'll be sure to call you for the advertising.

thanks my friend!

Tiffany and Gabriel said...

Sounds like Matthew will be the next host of Extreme Home Makeover. So cute to think of him contrasting paint samples.

Sherry said...

This week paint chips, next week actual painting! LOL! I think baby M needs to learn how to paint sometime... hehehe! (Help his mama out:)

Happy 17 months! (Your to funny!) I think he will be a pro at blowing out the candle by his 2nd birthday with all that practice:)

Rebecca said...

You will love the marinara. :) It isn't chunky. Cute b-day celebration!!! Love the banana candle! And the jam looks positively delicious. Yummy!