Panko-crusted Fish Sticks with Herb Dipping Sauce
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Penne with Asparagus, Spinach, and Bacon
Spicy Chicken Quesadillas
(Black Bean Quesadillas for my Mom)
**I also think the end of the week may call for my favorite Strawberry-Almond Cream Tart. (Especially if I'm still waiting for baby!) Yummmmmmmmm...
As I've mentioned before, being pregnant is a little different the second time around. For example, I've been notoriously bad about taking pictures of myself. Well, here you go - I managed to get K to take a couple of me yesterday, so you can all see what I look like at 9 months.
I am head over heels in love with this little boy. Here are some highlights from just yesterday:
- When I got him up in the morning, he said, "Let's go have pancakes, Mommy!" Everything is just so exciting these days!! "Oooooh, Mommy.....bacon!"
- "Mom, Daddy's at work. And you have to go to work. I'M going to school today. To play with my friends. I'm going to bring a couple books. Kay?"
- Me: "A, we have to get dressed now to get ready for school." A: "No." Me: "Come on, Sweetie. Time to get dressed." A: "No." (I had to include one of these exchanges in order to keep the message authentic. He eventually did come - he just has his own timetable and does not like to be rushed.) Me: "Honey, we have to get ready for school. You can bring your truck upstairs if you want." A: "Okay, Mom. I'm coming."
- Car rides are really just an excuse to look at trucks. The boy is ridiculous about trucks. He knows them all and gets SO excited when he sees one, especially particular favorites. "OOOH, Mommy, LOOK! A cherry-picker! That's Daddy's favorite! And a car transport! That's your favorite! LOOK! Do you see it?!"
- When I arrived at day care, he sprinted across the playground and jumped into my arms, wrapping his arms around my neck. "I love you, Mommy." (You just can't beat that!)
- "Mom, can I watch some Elmo please?" (A perfectly polite question without the typical initial whining and my prompting him to ask nicely.)
- After watching a Sesame Street video ("Fiesta"), he spent dinner singing, "Amigo, Amigo, lalalalalala...." "Sing, Mommy!"
- "Mmmmm.....yummy pasta and chicken, Mom." (He's still not a big eater, but at least he tries everything. Grilled chicken and pesto pasta, a small bowl of grape tomatoes, and half a pear for dessert. Not bad.)
- A: "What are you doing, Mom?" Me: "Cleaning the dishes, Sweetie." A: "Wait! Let me help you!"
- "Come and play, Mommy. Come!" Sometimes chores must wait. I can't resist an invitation to play. We spent the time after dinner singing, dancing, making snowmen out of play-doh, throwing balls, and rolling trucks back and forth to each other.
- "Daddy! Hi! Come read stories! Hurry!" K came home from work in time to read bedtime stories. "We're going to read 3 stories....that's the deal." We've been falling into the "just one more book" trap lately, so we're trying to be more consistent. A is picking it up very quickly.
All of these exchanges or comments were from just one day! And that was a day when I had to work and therefore only got to hang out with him in the morning and evening. He amazes me, and I swear I love him more every single day.
Okay, so I know I'm getting ready to have a baby, and I probably won't have a lot of time to read this summer. At the same time, I will be at home for a while, and new babies do sleep at times, so perhaps I will actually be able to pick up a book every now and then. I also remember some long night feeding sessions, especially in the early days, when I was able to balance a book in one hand. So we'll see.
I just finished reading People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks. I enjoyed it very much, but it was not an easy read. I also enjoyed her other books, including March and Year of Wonders, so if you haven't read this author, I'd recommend her. (Start with March - it's great.)
But now I'm thinking I need something a little lighter, easier to pop in and out of as I have time. This article in the NY Times contains some book recommendations that I plan to check out. I thought I'd share in case you might be looking for something new for your nightstand as well. Enjoy!
My husband, who is the ultimate recycler, collects the sad, misshapen and rejected umbrellas that are often found lying in the trash bins around our West Village neighborhood.
Knowing of my aversion to collections of clutter, he hustles them past me to his study and spends quite a bit of time repairing them.
The next time it rains, he carries several repaired umbrellas into our neighborhood and approaches anyone who appears to be bedraggled, drenched or just plain miserable. He says, “You look as if you could use an umbrella.”
After their initial expressions of shock, their faces change to smiles of gratitude as he hands the refurbished umbrellas to them. “Have a great day,” he says, thoroughly enjoying himself.
Another Etsy shop that offers really cute items that would be perfect for a baby gift. Adorable handmade onesies, tees, and other cute things. It is so easy to get bored with all the usual baby designs and colors, especially for boys - it is refreshing to see cool and fun prints. I also love that they are handmade and not too expensive. The wooden boxes they are packaged in makes a lovely touch. Check them out!
I love the Dave Matthews Band. I first saw them at a college frat party in Virginia when I was in high school. I liked them then. I continued to enjoy them through college, when they hit the big time. And I still love them now. They are still making great music. Part of the reason why I love them is that they are a fabulous live band. They obviously love making music together and playing in front of crowds.
In case you don't know, they have a new album out. Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. It's getting good reviews, although obviously those don't mean much. The songs I've heard so far are very good, though, and I'm looking forward to spending some quality time with the album. (Oooh, I feel a music splurge coming on soon!) In the meantime, enjoy this video from their appearance on The Today Show last week.
However, we have managed to watch a few lately. I thought I'd share some opinions. We watched Doubt, which was good and well-acted, but not amazing, at least to me - perhaps it was the subject matter. We watched Taken, which was entertaining, but that's the highest praise I could give it.
We watched Valkyrie, which was actually a lot better than I expected it to be. The fact that it was based on a true story made it interesting, although it just seemed very wrong for it not to be made in German.
Last week, being home alone, I decided to rent Milk. It was very good, and I'd definitely recommend it. Inspiring and very well-acted.
With baby #2 coming very soon, I may not get to watch many movies again for a while, but if you happen to rent something you really enjoyed, let me know.
This is a fun video. Tons of great movie lines from tons of great movies.
I think we should come up with a list of the worst movie lines, too, though. K and I were talking about this the other day. My pick for worst ever: "Is it raining? I hadn't noticed." From Four Weddings and a Funeral.