In an effort to distract myself for a bit, I took your suggestions and made plans for the day. I had been meaning to take E. to the Hands-On Children's Museum, so it was a perfect start. We enjoyed the boat and water table, the lentil table, the mini-kitchen, and the garden, where E. harvested carrots and cucumbers:
Then off to Walmart to pick up grass seed to spot-repair the lawn and (per Nik) start E.'s own little grass garden. We got creative with the watering
can sippy cup:
Charlotte's suggestion of pancakes sounded good, so I fixed breakfast for dinner. Which leads me to a couple of suggestions and a quick recipe for you:
Pancakes: I always use Bisquick; it's just easier. I halved the box recipe, added vanilla extract, and made them entirely no-mess by layering all the ingredients in a single large measuring cup and mixing well - 1 c. Bisquick, then add 1 c. milk, and an egg. They were easy to pour this way, too.
My mom's potatoes and eggs: cut a medium-sized red potato into cubes (you can use any potato, but this has good flavor and browns well) and brown in a skillet with olive oil over medium high heat. Once brown, add 4-6 eggs and scramble.
Serve with tortillas. This is how I grew up eating eggs (just like my Grandpa Hernandez): If you have a gas oven, heat your tortillas directly over a medium flame for a few seconds (toss the tortilla over the burner slightly off-center so you can pick it up and flip it easily). Tortillas taste so much better heated up this way, but you can nuke them for 15 seconds instead. Use pieces of your tortilla to pick up your eggs (crude, but yummy). E. demonstrates:
After dinner, we all cleaned up together (J. always helps with dishes and E. is learning to dry and put away silverware). Then we rested on the couch with an episode of Little House on the Prairie. It was a good day. I hope to have more of them as we go through this process. I hope you'll have patience with me if I get melancholy at times. All change is difficult, but this is especially hard for me.