HOW TO ENJOY A DAY INSIDE


today we stayed in. i try to make an effort to get us out at least once a day. going out is good: it makes me get dressed and do my hair, it makes me do chloe's hair, it makes long days go by a little quicker. but today i woke up and announced to chloe that we were just going to hang out at home, and she was cool with that.... like a toddler is, right?

i fed her breakfast, paid bills and checked my e-mail while she ate. then i cleaned the kitchen while she played in the living room, taking frequent breaks to check out what she was up to. she is starting to play nicely on her own, and  you can catch her talking to her toys, which is one of the sweetest things i have ever seen or heard in my entire life. the sound of her little toddler voice, which will talk softly with definite speech patterns, but still incomprehensible words, topped with the occasional "oh-kay" or "uh-oh"... it melts me.

once i couldn't resist interrupting her anymore, i snuggled her and read her some books, and suddenly it was noon. she brought her play-area toys, usually reserved to our basement family room, up to the somewhat toy-free living room, and ran around while i made us some biscuits and heated some left-overs for lunch. she came into the kitchen to ask for "col-wor", which means some crayons and junk mail, which she prefers to her own drawing pads and coloring books. i set her up at the table and continued to make lunch. cutting biscuits with flower cookie cutters that i dug out of the high cabinets, especially for chloe.

 biscuit recipe:

1 3/4 cups of flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/4 cup of butter/margerine/shortening... whatever fat you would like to use.
1/2 teaspoon salt.
3/4 cups of milk.

combine all your dry ingredients, add your butter with a fork until combined, then add the milk and mix just until it comes together. you don't want to process it much, and you can let it sit for a little bit if you want, or just continue and dump it out onto your floured counter-top. i just dumped it onto the counter-top and kneaded it, only a few times before rolling it out and cutting my biscuits. transfer the biscuits onto a cookie sheet and bake for about 12-15 minutes at 425F, until golden on the top and puffy. 

while i was making biscuits, chloe decided to "cow-lor" on one of our favotie books "Press Here" by Herve Tullet... notice she is not in the photo, because she knew she shouldn't have colored in a book. she was hiding in shame... which i needed to pretend not to laugh at, because although it is cute, i know i should at least give the appearance of being disappointed.

when the biscuits were still warm we sat down to lunch together. i made a pot of coffee, and decided that her and i would have a little lunch date together. i took her tray off the high-chair, and pulled her right up to the table with me, and then i poured her sippy-cup of water into a mug like mine. 


you wouldn't believe how she beamed, sat so straight, behaved so well. she happily ate her lunch next to me, smiling and proudly using her cup by herself.

it just may have been the icing on the cake of our day staying inside. 

her and i love to go out, and as it gets warmer i am sure we will be spending more time out, than inside our home. but sometimes it is just so good to have a day inside, with bed-head hair, and comfy clothes, warm homemade biscuits, and time spent together. 

yes, it was perfect.





3 comments:

  1. Thats so cute, look at her drinking so carefully out of her big mug! Sounds lovely... I could go for some warm biscuits (and maybe jam) right about now!

    Jess

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  2. I love how excited she got when you told her you were having a lunch date. Too precious ;)
    xo TJ

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  3. You have a really cute daughter. Sounds like a lovely day in! x

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