Our 12th anniversary
The June solstice
Strangely Orange Snack Appreciation Day
More on SOSAD later, just in case you're wondering about that one.
Xander and I were up at the crack of dawn and started making a banner for Dan while we waited for his big brothers to wake up.
Can you tell that it says "Happy Father's Day!" behind all the scribbles? Reese did give a yellow scrawl off to the right of the exclamation point, but the rest are all Xander's work. He LOVES doodling.
Once Dan started to stir and all three boys went to pile on him in the big bed, I got some coffee started (big deal, we put away the pot because I gave up coffee cold turkey - will occasionally order a decaf out, but we no longer brew it in the house, so this was a FD treat) and then made eggs and sausage and pancakes while we figured out day out. There was some to-do on the porch at this point because it would appear that our beloved Ball of Death is, erm, dead. I'm intent on patching with duct tape. Stay tuned. Anyway, Dan had wanted to take the boys out for the morning (ooh, twist my arm, you want to leave me alone at home? Oh, if you insist...) so he did that and I toodled around here.
In the afternoon, we all weeded and trimmed the front yard, which now looks SO much better. There is nothing like family yard work, we all get a productive glow...and we all like using sharp objects to hack shrubs. Double score.
THEN, it was time for the moment the boys had hotly anticipated all weekend. Strangely Orange Snack Appreciation Day. What? Never heard of it? That's because this was only the second annual observance of SOSAD anywhere in the world. Terry Border is a quirky guy who makes quirky characters out of stuff like spoons and food and wire. Go look at his blog, please. Really, go! Anyway, last year he got the idea to make up his own holiday celebrating vibrantly colored food - specifically, orange food. I loved the idea but totally forgot to do anything last June 21. This year I was ready. During a hectic family grocery trip yesterday we all searched for orange foods. I'm sure we could have done more (hmm, carrots? peppers? pumpkin?) but we were pretty happy with our haul of snack foods. We don't eat things like Cheetos very often, which makes this holiday truly special, exciting, and celebratory. I arranged everything and brought little glasses for an orange soda toast, and we said a few words in honor of the brilliant foods, clinked our cups, and enjoyed a holiday picnic on the front lawn between our pruned and weeded flower beds.
For more pics of the festivities, including the unicycle that rode by (no kidding!), visit the SOSAD flickr set.
Lessee...so we had a yummy lamb dinner, one of Dan's favorites, which included a mint sauce made from mint I clipped right before dinner from our garden. The other major garden contribution: chives, parsley, and rosemary, in which I rolled goat cheese. We spread it on hot toasted French bread, and it was AMAZING. We also have a lovely crop of peas and beans coming in, hooray!
Dan and Griff had a post-little-kid-bedtime ice cream date. I'm off to watch some TV with Dan in the last remaining minutes of our anniversary. Ahhh, what a full day!