i am crazy about mornings like these

Author: angiem, 08 24th, 2009

Our little family has a ritual on Saturday mornings.  Waking up early, the kids crawl in our bed and proceed to wake us with kisses and tickles.  We linger in bed, all of us beneath the sheets, laughing and hugging and talking about what dreams we dreamt.  Without fail, our daughter’s dreams are about Hello Kitty.  Our son’s about some sort of invention, or if not an invention, an alien. My husband’s dreams are about things he can’t remember but little snippets of, and mine about all sorts of crazy and unrealistic things - such as gorging on croissants and losing weight instead of gaining.

After much analyzing of what they could mean, and a few more kisses and hugs, we get up and get ourselves ready to head out to a hearty breakfast.  We need fortification for the morning calls for walking and more walking.  We are lucky to be able to live within walking distance to some of the best restaurants and shops in the city.  And so we walk, whenever the weather and little legs permit.  In the Pacific Northwest, sunny summer mornings are the most glorious of all.

I always end up having either an omelette with sauteed wild mushrooms in butter, or a fantastic oversized waffle with fresh berries and cream. Deciding between the two is the most difficult decision of the day. Sometimes I order both and - and as much as I hate to do it - split the waffle with my husband. Because it’s Saturday and ice cream is allowed with breakfast, the kids order chocolate chip pancakes with vanilla ice cream on the side.

And then, because we have to work off all those calories - and really, who wants to spend such a splendid day in the gym? - we head to the Farmers’ Market in the University blocks. What a sight!  Baskets of vibrant dahlias in every color.  Fragrant lavender tied with ribbon.  Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries… berries, berries and more berries. Cucumbers, radishes, green onions. Earthy, aromatic wild mushrooms that smell of pines and oaks and damp forest grounds.  All of them tucked between stalls of breads, cakes, cookies, and pastries, and those of cheeses, sausages, and wines.

Despite still digesting our breakfast, the pervasive smell of fresh herbs and root vegetables stir at our appetites, and our stomachs begin to rumble in anticipation of the next meal. And being the gluttons we are, we find a shady place to spread our blanket, and give in.

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9 Responses to “i am crazy about mornings like these”

  1. elena w Says:

    oh yes, the little things…! :)

  2. Jena Says:

    I am salavating as I read this. It sounds perfectly delicious and decadent.

  3. Ligia Says:

    love your Saturday Mornings!!! I really do, from beginning to end… love them all, having your love ones close, sharing dreams, food (yammy! comfort food!!!), walking, neighbors, dogs, smelling flower, other fragances, walking, the market… and then coffee again… I could not imagine a better way to spend a Saturday… hope you have many ahead of you!!!

  4. Priscilla Says:

    Awww sounds perfect!! I could get used to those kinds of mornings!!

  5. Ruth Says:

    I love your Saturday mornings, if we come over there, are you will to share one with us? We’re thinking a trip in November if possible…

  6. Ruth Says:

    I just realized this…I meant “willing” in place of “will”

  7. angiem Says:

    Elena… Isn’t it so?
    Jena and Priscilla: we try to live in the moment.
    Ligia, thank you for your wishes of many more such Saturdays. They are the highlight of our week.
    Definitely Ruth! You just come on over. We’ll show you the best Portland has to offer.

  8. Kirie Says:

    Wonderful routine you have started! And what great things to reminisce about with your kids, thinking back to how you used to start the weekends of their childhood. It sounds like you have made a lovely spot in the world to raise your family.

  9. Brittany Says:

    I love Saturdays such as these. I truly enjoy your writing for you so clearly paint a visual as you write. I too wish you many more wonderful Saturdays with your cute family:).

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