And, in a parallel universe...here's a photo Autumn found of Kimmy and Cajun, from July of 1995, sitting at a small spring at the Lehigh Valley Parkway, back in Pennsylvania...
Can you see what is at Kimmy's side? A loaf of bread...for the ducks!
The funny thing is, he didn't know that I saw him, or photographed him...so when I asked him if his Puma's were wet and he told me 'No', he was a little surprised when I showed him this picture..."No" turned to "well, just a little" pretty quickly.
This morning, we all got up early (well, 8:40ish) to meet Brian and Tom to go for a bike ride at Fantasy Island (they were surprised I was able to get up at all, after a full scale fiesta broke out in my driveway the night before...). I was ready...and, just making sure I really had lost it, I was taking the bambini back to Fantasy Island! Brian, Tom and Cody took off on their own so I could keep pace with Tonio and Autumn (and I knew there was no way I could have kept up with them this morning!). The big boys did about 12 miles worth of hard, desert riding today and were impressed Cody could keep up on his BMX bike!
The sun was warm, but there was a cool breeze coming from the west, with just enough humidity in it, that if you closed your eyes, you would swear you were in San Diego...I could almost hear the waves. And the air smelled impossibly fresh today, too. It was a great day to be out there!
We managed about 4 miles today - that last mile, Tonio kept yelling things like "Cramp!", "My thighs are burning!" and, "We're all still here!" I think he was getting delirious. But they did great again today. No one ran into any cactus, or crashed too badly. As we approached the 'Sand Pit', I began calling out instructions "Hold onto your handle bars tight!" "Keep your wheel straight!" "As soon as you hit the sand, pedal hard!"...to which the kids asked "Huh?", "What?" and plowed into the sand, immediately tumbling off of their bikes!
Afterwards, we went bike shopping for Cody. Brian and Tom said the riders they passed were amazed that Cody could keep the pace on a speedless bike. We had been planning on getting him a mountain bike for his birthday next month, and decided to find one today...he chose a nice Trek bike and we'll go out there Monday or Tuesday morning to test it out...
Tonight, we were having Lexy over, so I decided to make Kimmy's chicken tortilla soup. Autumn says it is her fourth favorite dish that Mama made, behind her pasta, wedding soup (coming soon!) and london broil (maybe soon!)...
We stopped on our way home from bike shopping to get all of the ingredients - well, first we stopped at Pier 1, Kimmy's best store - they loved her there so much, they talked her into working there - she actually worked two nights, until 2 a.m., helping set the store with their Christmas merchandise...it was our first time stopping in since we lost Kimmy. We had run into one of the nice ladies who has worked there since it opened and has known Kim for many years, Jackie and her husband at Viro's a few days ago. I told her we'd be in, because there was something Autumn wanted there, but I couldn't remember what...Autumn reminded me today - every year, Kimmy would find a new rabbit for Easter...and Autumn wanted to keep up that tradition and go pick one out. Jackie was just getting ready to leave as we went in, but dropped everything to walk Autumn around and show her all of the rabbits they had and helped her make a wonderful selection.
Dice or shred a cooked chicken (we do cheat and buy one of the rotisserie chickens at Fry's).
Boil 10 cups of water, adding 10 boullion cubes.
Sautee 1/2 chopped onion and 3 cloves of garlic and add to water.
Put in 1 tbls of cumin and add 1 14oz can of diced tomatoes, plus juice.
Add chicken and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover.
Meanwhile, chop up a bunch of stuff to put on your soup after you serve it:
Cilantro, green onion, shredded monerrey jack cheese, avacado, limes, etc.
Then, cut 8 tortillas into strips and bake them until crisp at 350 degree, to use on top of your soup.
And it all worked out - the kids all ate it up - Lexy says it was better than Macayo's, but not as good as Sandy's (Angie's niece)! I'll take that.
Oh, and Autumn lost a tooth today!! "Mama always took a picture of where the tooth was...and then one of just the tooth".
Nothing left to do but wait for the toothfairy...I better set an alarm, just in case!
"I know that God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that he didn't trust me so much."
- Mother Teresa