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Dedicated to the one I love 
Jan. 25, 2010 6:59 am 
Updated: Jul. 19, 2011 6:34 pm
This morning when I opened my laptop when I arrived at work (we have state issued laptops since we do so much in the field investigative work) there lay a folded Crayola Color Wonder piece of paper (these things are wonderful and only allow my kiddo to color ON the paper). Scribbled in my boyfriend Darrel's handwriting was the sentence "You two are my world. Love, D (addy)". He is a very quiet and refined man so this meant a great deal. I was completely blown away. I have an incredibly chaotic life and he always quietly and calmly floats through the tornado that is my life with a 16 month old.

Yesterday, I had high hopes of taking Oliver to the Children's Museum for the free hour every Sunday and I wanted to go to the park. Both of those plans fell by the wayside. After church I made a bacon cheddar strata (OOOh SOOO GOOOD) from a recipe book I recieved a couple Christmas's ago. While I chased around Oliver who at that time I believe was tormenting the cat with a potato he foudn in the pantry, Darrel sat peacefully unaware as he devoured two big pieces of strata.

The day rolled on, laundry, lunches for Oliver for the week, bump on the head and then some needed cuddle time, make up the diaper bag, weed through clothes that don't fit him, start mulching the front yard, watch 5 minutes of the Colts game, give him a pretzel- nope he wants a cookie, watch him throw his new ball intended for the park at the lamp, pick up the lamp, say "NO" seven million times as he turns on and off the TV, finds the hidden remotes, and puts his finger in every possible outlet. Darrel swoops in when I'm about to lose it. He got the needed suppplies so we can begin laying hardwood next weekend, he tilled my herb bed and then removed all of the massive amounts of Texas clay, and bought a new coffee table (craigslist mind you).

Dinner time is rolling around. He could care less about the Colts so he forced me to sit, handed me a Lonestar, took Oliver and the infamous ball outside, and started up the grill. With perfect timing the Colts won the game and are headed to the Superbowl as Darrel announced that the coals were ready. I had google up and AR open. I stuck some butter underneath the skin of a whole chicken, sprinkled on some paprika, garlic, and  s&p, and lowered that sucker onto a can of Lonestar. I had been marinating some portabellos and soaking some corn on the cob so those eventually went on the grill too. Oliver ran around like a fool while Darrel and I enjoyed one of the best, most romantic (and delish) dinners ever. Our serande may have been "Buzz Lightyear to the rescue" and "Are you ready for adventure in uncharted space" but we couldn't have been happier.

Darrel is right.  Those two are my whole world.

P.S. If you've never tried beer can chicken YOU MUST. It was so moist and it literally fell off the bone. It had a nice smoky taste and crisp, crunchy skin.
Jan. 25, 2010 7:21 am
What a sweet story! Will definitely try the beer can chicken!
Jan. 25, 2010 8:33 am
Your beer can chicken sounds really good! I was wondering how is your friend doing? Are you still cooking meals to her family sometimes? I really hope everything is ok.
Jan. 25, 2010 1:10 pm
I actually talked about Terri in my last blog. She got the call from Dallas two days after Christmas and now has a new liver. She's eating and feeling much better. Her color looks good and there is no rejection. She has to live in Dallas and have 24 hr supervision until March though. We just sent her a movie/book/snacks care package. Thank you so much for remembering.
Jan. 25, 2010 2:40 pm
This is the first blog that I have read and it was definitely a sweet story! I have twin toddlers myself (boy and girl) and am 7 months pregnant with another girl! Trust me, I completely understand those "romantic" moments that come when you need it the most and expect it the least! I will be reading your blog again!
Jan. 25, 2010 4:39 pm
That's great! So glad to hear Terri has a new liver, I remember you said she was on a waiting list for a while.
Jan. 26, 2010 11:22 am
Lol, the poor cat. :D Beer can chicken is SO good! Love it.
Feb. 27, 2010 4:22 pm
Hi k- I am the one who sent you the christmas gift for the AR exchange. I think many did not hear anything back,lol. But was wondering if you got it. I barely remember what i sent. A very entertaining blog, too! Maureen (from New York)
Jul. 19, 2011 6:34 pm
MAureen, I SO did get your gift and the biggest hit was the ligonberry! I made it in pancakes, added it to muffins, and topped it on waffles. my son LOVED it as did I! I even made a sauce for pork chops. delish. thank you! I am sorry that the thank you card never made it to you. We live in the country and that kinda happens a lot.
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