"Mama....is it time to go to the beach house yet?" Nina asked me at 6am!!!! I laughed as she rolled in towards me, lips puckered, and gave me the juiciest kiss, hoping I would be convinced it was time to leave by her grand gesture of affection :) I explained it was too early to wake up and reminded her that we would be leaving after we picked up Teddy from school around lunch time. "Ooh!" she whispered. Ooh had become her favorite response, and she said it in a very particular way, slightly winded and very young sounding! It had become one of my favorite new things about this Nina!
Two hours later, she rolled back toward me and once again tried her charms on me, "Mama....is it morning yet?" I just shook my head. The girl was strong-willed there was no doubt about that, but damn was she ever tenacious. I smiled and this time I poured the sugar on her; I kissed her chubby, beautiful cheeks repeatedly until she laughed and announced that she was ready to go to the beach house. Tenacious little monkey!!! I sat up and pulled her in for a tight hug. I explained once again the plan for the day: we needed to finish packing, cook the cookies and chicken, pick up Teddy, eat lunch, and wait for Dada to arrive home from work. Once Dada was home then we would be ready to leave. She pulled away from my embrace and said, "Ooh...let's go cook." So we did!
We spent the morning cooking a sundry of treats...peanut butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and cupcakes. We covered every one's favorite baked goods since we weren't going to have a working oven and it was now or never :) Our family is very spoiled....when we go on vacation, Brandi and I spend the entire time cooking and baking. It is a blast (although I normally end up feeling like I need a vacation to recover from the vacation :)) and everyone delights in the home-cooked goodness. Given the current cooking situation, Brandi and I had decided that we would prepare meals ahead of time and bring our crock-pots so that we would still have great meals but without the fuss :)
|Sticky hands from making peanut butter dough.|
|Mama's little helper|
We finished our last tray of chocolate chip cookies and put them in the oven around 10:45am. Nina went outside to visit the twins next door while I brought all of our bags into the kitchen. After I had gathered all of possessions, I joined Nina in our neighbor's patio. There I found her helping feed Charlotte and Etienne. Nina loves the babies and they love her! It is precious and we are so thankful to have such amazing neighbors like the Turlindens!