Monday, May 17, 2010

Can I Have S'more?

After Joel came back from Iraq last year he experienced a craving for s'mores. We enjoyed roasting marshmallows on the grill several times last year before the weather got too cold. Jocelyn, because elephants (and four year-olds) never forget, had been begging to do that again since, oh, about December. Joel decided on Sunday to indulge her, so we grilled hotdogs and ate outside.
I have to say, it was one of the best days. So perfect in its simplicity. We just enjoyed leisurely grilling, everyone in the backyard together, gorgeous mountains setting the scene. There was no pressure to impress anyone, no hurry to go anywhere. The kids set up their little camp chairs and the menu: hotdogs, chips, s'mores and not a veggie in sight. The weather was perfect-it is hard to find a day in May in Colorado with no wind. We enjoyed our 'dogs and then proceeded to the real main course: S'mores! Joel is always the grill master, expertly perfecting each marshmallow to a golden brown. He did let each of the kids handle a roasting fork, which they thought was great. The s'mores were delightful, each one a perfect square of overwhelming sugar. Because the roasting was conveniently taking place in our backyard we even had access to ice-cold milk. I personally believe all sweets are improved by the presence of that particular dairy product!
Anyway, it was just one of those "moments". Everyone having fun, just truly enjoying the togetherness. Then it started to rain. You would think that would have immediately ended everything. Instead, we just enjoyed the light drizzle, laughing that Josie had predicted it would rain. It didn't change a thing, if anything it just made it a little more special. And then I realized that is how life is. The more appreciative I am of each thing that I have, of each moment that is taking place, the less likely I am to let it be spoiled by a little rain. When you are focused on the joy, on the positives, then even something that could have potential to be frustrating, (or at the least disconcerting) doesn't even merit notice. Or it may even heighten the experience! There are things that can ruin even the best of moments, those unavoidable torrential downpours. However, usually it only takes a little sprinkle to ruin my parade. I need to be more satisfied with my Savior, more joyful in my salvation, and then I will be able to dance in the rain-or least make my s'mores...


  1. I love s'mores! I was really excited because the other day I was at Fred Meyer's and I found HUGE marshmallows. This things are seriously the size of 2 1\2 or 3 regular size marshmallows. They said they are perfect for roasting. We are going to try them out on our Memorial Day weekend campout. I have never seen such cute kids!

  2. Forget about the s'mores and gobble up the adorable kids! Everyone looked like they were having great fun. Thanks for sharing.

    BTW, next time could you please define light rain vs. torrential downpour. Just kidding ya, MOM

  3. SHE WANTS HUGE MARSHPILLOWS!!! Please stockpile and send some with mom-I need them!:)

  4. It does look like you all had a great time. The kids are soooo sweet. Miss them a ton.

    I hate s'mores, but I LOVE the chocolate bars you use for the :)

  5. them. Forgot the 'm' on the last word there. Ooops :)

  6. You couldn't pay me to eat a smores! However your talk of roasted hot dogs left me longing to go camping:(
    And I would glad "hork" down all the little bags of cheetos! Of course I would share with Carseat, well because he's Carson!:)

  7. Yeah I actually used a "standard" test and then had a hard time believing it so I whipped out the digital back-up haha I'm glad I had it just to be able to read the words!

  8. This looks like SO much fun!! Can't wait to do things like this with Noah someday when he can appreciate it..... ;)

    ~ Jen

  9. For Father's Day we got my dad a backyard wood burning chimney stove...he was out of town though. So, Chuck, Mom, & I enjoyed s'mores using his present - after we put it together first! It was fun :0)...memories.



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