My husband's hives seem like they are finally starting to get better. They are primarily located on his legs and feet now and we are hopeful that they will soon be gone.
Today was our parish's patronal feastday. I spent a little time before Liturgy this morning making a Peach Summer Cake. It was so good. We had it with our breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, and toast and were full until dinner. The children requested tortellini and meatballs. My secret weapon is to grate some fresh Parmesan to mix into the meatballs and then for sprinkling on top. The difference in taste between pre-grated Parmesan and a fresh wedge from the deli case is amazing. I don't think that I can ever go back!
The two older children have been clearing the table (with a little help from the four-year-old!) for months now and today marked a change: Sugar Plum is now rinsing the dishes and handing them to Little Man to put into the dishwasher. I will probably have to oversee the process for quite awhile, but I think that this small change in our daily life will be significant. Ideally, I would like our family to work together to clean the house room by room (see Anna's Scrubbing the Kitchen post) in the coming years. I can imagine that there could be lots of grumpiness if I try to implement a plan like that without preparing them as little ones. These are just some things that I'm thinking about and planning for!