Spring is just flying by. I can't believe the countdown until kindergarten is over for Big is 3 days and 2 half days. Her open house, Little Ladies Graduation, Kindergarten promotion, last chapel, and assorted other events are happening between now and then as well - add to that the 120 essays that I collect tomorrow and it's going to make for a very busy weekend!
Here's a little glimpse into our life these days . . . the girls are growing and changing so much. I've felt really overwhelmed with the thought lately of how blessed I am to be their mom - the person who gets to hear their jokes, fears, and fights, the person who feeds them, tucks them in at night, and comforts them when they cry, the person who gets a front row seat to this amazing part of life where they change constantly as their little personalities are developing. It's pretty crazy.
|An autopia ride (Jacarandas blooming in the background!)|
|A new, funny scrunchy nose grin|
|Tennis buddies - playing with the ball machine in the desert|
|Lounging (posing?) poolside|
|They love each other . . . despite the frequent arguments and hurt feelings|
|Getting coffee before music class - an activity the little girls and I have been immensely enjoying.|
I realize that soup weather is just about behind us for awhile, but we've had some cooler days in between our 90 degree days and you know how I love making soup! I've made different variations on tortellini soup but this was probably my favorite. It reminded me a little of chicken noodle with a twist and since I got sick about a week ago, it was good comfort food.
Tortellini Soup with Sausage (4 servings)
1 T olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 T prepared pesto
4 c. chicken broth
2 cups water
9 oz package fresh cheese-filled tortellini
3-4 links precooked Spicy Italian sausage (sliced)
2 T chopped fresh parsley
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Cook garlic, celery, carrot and onion about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the pesto and sauté for a minute or two. Stir in broth and water, heat to boiling. Reduce heat, stir in tortellini and sausage, simmer about 10 minutes. Top each serving with parsley and freshly grated parmesan cheese.