Dinner Update: Last night, we had leftovers of this (hi? YUM! We used half as much chicken and twice as much brown rice, because we're us, and it was still fantastic.).
Budget Update: Then I sorted through what I had saved for baby girl clothes. Which was... not enough. E was born in April, and this one is due in October, so E's very adorable and tiny summer clothes aren't really going to work this time around. I'll be allocating some of the baby savings, as well as the clothing budget over the next few months to buy some baby girl clothes. But I can't really think of a more enjoyable thing for which to shop. :)
Summer Reading Update: I got a good start on Little House on the Prairie last night. Just a couple of thoughts:
- If my husband said to me, "I've decided to go see the West. I've had an offer for this place, and we can sell it now for as much as we're ever likely to get, enough to give us a start in a new country." I would have said, "Uh, or how about not?" But I admire the adventuresome spirit of the whole thing.
- I was also amazed that they left behind the beds and tables because Pa could just make more. Oh. Was there anything he couldn't do??? I'd like to hear a story about pioneers more like me, who didn't really know how to do anything, but they probably died before they got around to writing a book about it. ;)
- Laura describes a meal cooked on the trail: coffee (for the grown-ups, though the children helped grind the beans), cornmeal cakes, and ham. Interesting.
- This site has a great map of the trip described in this book. That's a long way, even in a car, y'all. http://www.lauraingallswilderhome.com/images/travelmap.jpg