Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cooking pumpkins and roasting seeds

Yesterday, I got the harebrained idea to bake our pumpkins from the porch and roast the seeds. My children had kindly let me sleep in, we'd eaten breakfast, I'd managed to clean up the mess and thought I had it in me.
Yeah, that's a four year old with a knife as long as his arm, maybe in hindsight I wasn't completely with it yesterday. Good news is, he didn't get hurt but had fun trying to cut the pumpkin.
Bethany was telling him all about how he isn't allowed to use knives when Mommy's not around... {yada, yada, yada} Joseph looked at her and calmly said, "Sissy, just stop! Just stop talking to me, you are not the boss of this house. Mommy and Daddy are the bosses, not you!" It was really funny, she just stopped and didn't even argue with him.I labored for a LONG time picking out seeds one by one. Bethany and Joseph lost interest, Jenna was put down for a nap and I was still picking out seeds.I baked the pumpkins for 1 hour at 350 degrees, with a half inch of water in the bottom of the pan.I roasted the seeds at 325 degrees for 30 minutes, in a little canola oil and salt. Stirring them halfway.
I finally finished roasting the seeds and baking the pumpkins. The house smelled like pumpkin, and the kids said the seeds tasted like popcorn. Seriously, I could have just microwaved some Redenbacher's for a few minutes, not slaved over cutting open pumpkins and digging through slime for seeds. I started and stopped a tradition all in one day. By this point I left my messy kitchen and crawled into bed.

I completely overdid things yesterday, and have hardly gotten out of the fetal position since I went to bed last night. I am hurting all over and I get sharp pains in my stomach off and on, don't know what that's about. Today has been declared a "Mommy's in the bed all day." It's basically celebrated by children playing computer games, everyone dressing up in their traditional pajamas and feasting on applesauce and cheese for lunch.
Things are manageable, so I can't complain. I'm able to retain control, mostly while laying in my bed. Don't think I'm not counting down the minutes until Joe gets home, maybe I'll get a path cleared to the door for him by the time he gets home. {Maybe}
I love having the kids home. Bethany and Joseph are being very well behaved and trying to be as helpful as possible. I went to get Jenna out of the bed this morning and it's the best part of my day! All three of them make me laugh.
Bethany had a follow up appointment to have her ear looked at, since her eardrum ruptured several weeks ago. She has complained of not being able to hear things, so when my mom took her on Monday the office did a hearing test, which she passed easily.
Yesterday Bethany tells me, "Mommy, I couldn't hear all the things that machine was telling me in those headphones. So, I just used me mind and I remembered what some of the answers were, and then I knew which ones were left so I used my mind and got 'em right cuz I'm smart. You know I've played that game before, so I remembered the answers." When Joe asked her how many she guessed at, she said, "Oh, like a few." As worried as I could be that she can't hear, I had to laugh at her logic and how proud she was of herself!

Today I'm thankful for the laughter my children bring me.
Habakkuk 3:18

yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.


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2 comments:

Jeff, Dana and Hayden said...

i laughed out loud when i saw how long that knife was and that a 4 year old had it. it's probably not funny but at least no one was injured or lost an extremity. glad your kids are helping you recover and just think that a few weeks ago no matter how much you wanted pumpkin seeds you couldn't have made them. now at least you made them and in a few more weeks you could make them and not have to retreat to the bed afterwards. you're gettting there... slowly but surely. who knew mono could take so much out of someone. makes me feel for my patients more now.

Eleana said...

Oh Miranda - I'm glad the kids enjoyed the one day tradition of pumpkin fun :o)