Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Chapters, Endings, Beginnings and Love

I promised.

The day ended up gorgeous.
For 2 weeks we had rain and wind.
This day was just beautiful sun.

Gorgeous aren't they?
From the moment I got up in the morning
It was not lost on me the significance of this day.
The fact that this would be the last time they
Would all enter this building as students of this school.

A little bonus.
I hate to have my picture taken.
I wish this was a little closer...
Gratefully He and I were having the same issues this day.

Greer and Gabe were Jr. Attendants.
Yeah it was a pretty rough day...

I don't know how to explain the amount of pride.
She's turned into so much.
This is the most beautiful photo.
All the promise of the future in that smile...

Then this happened.
It was signed.
Apparently that means I HAVE to let her move on.

Don't even ask.
I went with 2 boxes of Kleenex
And came home with 1/2 a box.
This is where 18 years of life flashed.

It was a pretty emotional day.
I cried. Jeff cried. My sister and my mom and my dad cried.
However, this was the worst. Rubi cried...

And then it was over.
Just like that.
18 years.

Seriously that is how it felt.
Like I went to bed and she was a baby.
Like I woke up THIS morning and she was graduating.
WTH happened?

This girl is phenomenal.
This girl is beautiful.
This girl is kind.
Somehow God allowed this girl to be mine.

I can't accurately convey my feelings.
I cry every time I make the attempt.
I can't quite get there when I write it.

I'm leaving you with family photos.

My sister Mickie and my Mom

Mom & Dad

Mickie and Chris

This is love.
There is no other way to say it.
The day was beautiful.
She was beautiful.

Through all of this I learned,
I've raised good kids.
They have a tremendous dad.
And they are completely and solidly loved.

On to next year.
X's 3...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Not Quite Ready and 4 Berry Crumble

I'm sure that you are waiting for a post about graduation.
I can't do it just yet.
Too many feelings still.
The day and the daughter were gorgeous
And that is as far as I can go right now...

Rubi graduated from Kindergarten
4 days later
Much less emotional
And far more hysterical. :)

This is Mrs. Sudbeck.
She was my teacher.
She taught all my kids.
She deserves a break. :)

Over the weekend I decided
My baking hiatus and exhaustion
From graduation readying needed
To be over.

I had berries in the fridge,
Rachael Ray's Mini Bubble and Browns,
And weather much too cool for
This time of year!

I love my Mini Bakers.
I wish I had Ray Ray's whole line
Of Bubble and Browns.

This is your typical topping.
Adapted over MANY
Evenings of apple crisp.

1cup flour
1cup quick oats
1cup granulated sugar
1/2cup brown sugar
12 Tblsp COLD butter

Mix the first 4.
Add nutmeg or cinnamon
If you wish.
Then whisk together.
Cut in butter til crumbly.

4 Berry Crumble
Strawberries cored and halved.
Blueberries washed and drained.
Blackberries rinsed.
Raspberries rinsed.

Whisk together granulated sugar
And cornstarch and dump on berries.
Stir and set aside.

Line heavy duty sheet pan
with parchment.
Spray each mini baker
With cooking spray.

Fill each Mini Baker
With berries.
Mine were a little more than
1/2 full.

Add topping and bake
In a preheated 350 degree oven.
Bake for close to an hour or more.
Berries should bubble and top should
Look crispy.

My kids FIGHT over the "crumble".
Jeff ate 3 in an hour.
1 with Cool Whip and 2

Next week graduation.
I promise.