Firsts

” I suppose the sensations, stirred by those first sounds, first sights, are felt but once;

treasure them, Memory; seal them in urns, and keep them in safe niches!”

-Charlotte Bronte “The Professor”

I have enjoyed a list of many firsts this summer. First house, first bed, first kitchen, first pot, first time making scones, first time. . .

There is something so crucial in cataloging those primal sensations and retaining them for times many years down the road when everything seems redundant. Perhaps part of being childlike is learning to find the joy of ones “first” – everytime!

Cooking in my Kitchen

I finished painting our kitchen this morning. The fresh white backdrop is so much cleaner and brighter than the previous yellow and brown and green floral print. I nailed up my little hand-painted plate, and I just love it! I feel a great affection for the kitchen. I never realized how much I would enjoy these summer weeks of domesticity. Tom is bewildered by the whole thing, calling me a “Service Machine!” I have just enjoyed creating meals out of my healthy grocery finds. Okay, so less healthy perhaps, but I made the most incredible lemon bars the other day. I found the recipe in the Lion House Classics recipe book that Mary gave us as an Engagement gift. I don’t know if it was because I had had the lemons for several weeks so they were fully ripe, or because the recipe was just that good either way. I have always loved Lemon bars but these were especially good- very lemony. I was proud of myself because I altered the recipe to make a smaller batch. Usually when I try altering recipes they don’t turn out so hot, but this was a great success. The crust was actually much better with less butter. Yeah, I was excited. I still am!

Alooooha!

We are back to the mainland after a lovely stay in Paradise! We recommend it to everyone. Our favorite memories where: kayaking to an abandoned beach and cracking open coconuts, body boarding with turtles, watching and participating in Adrienne and Jeremy’s gorgeous wedding, watching the spectacular Review at the Polynesian Cultural Center with Tom’s Fam, having our chocolates stolen, eatting lots of fried food and lots of fruit, loosing to Doug in the largest Maze on the planet (at the Dole plantation), flying for days- okay I guess that wasn’t a favorite, earning $800 in flight vouchers, seeing a complete double rainbow, relishing in the scenery, and being scorched by the sun. It was incredible! Thank you so much Mom and Dad Foutz!

What?!- Hawaii!!

It’s crazy to think that we are heading off for yet another fabulous vacation in two days. Tuesday morning early we leave for Hawaii. Due to Adrienne and Jeremy’s wedding, we are going, and we decided to elongate the trip a bit to include a little second honeymoon. We are looking forward to seeing the volcanos, kayaking, snorkeling, and enjoying the stunning surroundings. I am also glad I will have a change to meet a few more of Tom’s relatives, as well as spend more quality time with his immediate family. Aloha!