Thursday, July 17, 2008

Welcome to the world, Chase Z - P.S.

"Babies are such a nice way to start people."
Don Herrold
Dear Chase,
Good gracious, what was I thinking? You are just a little tyke and before you can do all that lofty "chasing" you've got to learn to walk. Not to mention, sleeping through the night, eating on some kind of schedule, holding your head up, smiling and cooing.

I think all that other stuff is good information. I hope that you will be able to use it to your advantage as you grow up. But until then, here's some advice that is more age appropriate:
  • Chase butterflies and fireflies on a warm summer day.
  • Listen for the sound of garbage trucks and fire engines. Chase them to the end of the street.
  • Chase your sisters with green spotted toads.
  • Chase raindrops. Jump in puddles. Make mud pies.
  • When a spoon won't work, chase peas around your plate with your fingers.
  • Chase away the blues by looking at big puffy clouds while laying on your back in a field of soft green grass.
  • Jumping in a pile of crisp, colored leaves is a sure way to chase the chill right out of the autumn air.
  • Put on a baseball glove and chase pop flys.
  • Sometimes follow Winnie the Pooh's advice by not chasing anything, “Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.”
  • Turn an ordinary day into a magical one. Wrap yourself in a bath towel cape, jump on a broomstick steed, protect princesses Kylie and Taylor by chasing dragons from your realm.
  • Pretend you're a monkey. Hang upside down on a jungle gym. [This doesn't require chasing, but it's fun to do!"If you feel the urge, don't be afraid to go on a wild goose chase. What do you think wild geese are for anyway?" (Will Rogers)
  • Watch puppy dogs chase their tails. Spin in circles until you get dizzy.
  • Visit the sea shore. Chase fiddler crabs. Make sandcastles. Float on you back. Let the rhythm of the waves relax you.
  • Chase away boring afternoon. Read Dr. Seuss stories. "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
  • Delight in the way balloons, dandelion fluff, paper airplanes and sea gulls chase air currents and ride on the wind.
  • When all else fails remember this: "Adventure: the pursuit of life." Daniel Roy Wiarda

Hugs and blessings, little man,

Merry ME

Disclaimer: Thinking about new baby boys and how they get to be old men has taken my mind off the food theme for the month. Sorry. I have, however, been fairly good at typing up my Christmas cookie recipes. It's much easier than I thought it would be. I've even considered (that would be considered as in maybe, maybe not) doing all my recipes! me

Fruit Cake Cookies
(Janice Schleunes)

1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup butter
3 eggs, well-beaten
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. Soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 lb. white raisins
6 slices crystallized pineapple, chopped
1 box (15 oz.) chopped dates
2 cups candied cherries (halved)
7 cups chopped pecans
3 tsp. vanilla
Dark rum
½ cup flour

Soak fruit in rum then dredge in ½ cup flour. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, soda, cinnamon, vanilla and flour. Mix batter well. Pour batter over fruit and mix well b hand. Drop from spoon onto greased pan and bake in a slow 300 degree oven for 20 minutes.


Anonymous said...

you're a crack up, mom.

Anti Jen said...

What does it say about me that I've followed more of your revised advice to Chase Z than I have your original overly-wise advice? Another great work that I hope makes it to his baby book...