Eli was lying on the floor of my bedroom, reading the letters at the bottom of this poster. When he was done, I told him what it said.
He replied, “that’s momma’s picture! She hanged it on the wall!”
I said, yes, what do you think is going on in that picture?
“It’s two people! They like each other.”
What do you think they are doing? (It’s a self portrait of the artist and his wife. Presumably, he is sketching while they cuddle together)
“They are eating. Two people who like each other are eating. They are snacking!”
And there you have it. Wades give and receive love through food. From the mouths of babes.
I start my new job next week, and I’ve been trying to take advantage of my time off while I have it. In addition to spending lots of quality time with my son, I’ve been able to see friends and family the last few weeks.
Three weeks ago: On Monday, Marcus, Elijah, and I went to see my mother in Springfield and took the kiddo to see lots of taxidermy-ed goodness at Bass Pro Shops. Also: live fish and turtles. Big hit with the little man. That night, I drove to St. Louis and stayed with my friend Kristen, who’s just started nurse anesthesia school. Spent some good catch up time with her.
Then on Tuesday, I arrived at my friend Meghan’s house to help her and he husband James get a little extra rest. They had, at that time, a three week old bundle of joy. Their beautiful little boy was really perking up (did you know they perk up in the third week of life? That’s when it really gets difficult) and not letting his mommy get much rest. So I helped out a little. It was so wonderful to spend some time with them during such a special time in their lives, get to know adorable Hunter a bit, and gift some dear friends with some dear sleep. Bonus: I got a refresher course in newborn skills to psych me up for Baby Girl’s arrival later this year. I left on Friday morning, drove to Columbia, had lunch with my sister, and then drove home to Nevada, MO to hug and kiss my boys. I missed them so! That Saturday, ELi and I went to Kansas City for my good friend Alana’s baby shower, which was seriously one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen and I wish I had taken pictures. I was too busy trying to make sure my kid wasn’t wreaking havoc on all the sweet baby girl gifts. We had a great time, but when we got home, Marcus was sick. He never gets sick. We thought it was food poisoning. So I proceeded to disinfect everything in an effort to keep us from getting sick.
Two weeks ago: Monday night, I came down with whatever it was that was obviously not food poisoning. I’m just thankful E never got it. Believe me, it would not have been pretty. Tuesday, we went to pick up a Uhaul truck (after I paused briefly to vomit in our driveway). Marcus supervised loading the truck while I continued to nurse myself. You really don’t recover as quickly from illness when you are pregnant. Bummer. Wednesday we drove the Uhaul to Columbia for our partial move. My mother in law was kind enough to keep E for us for 2 nights. We unloaded the truck and took care of errands. We also went to see my new OB (seriously the best doctor’s appointment of my life). We tried to relish the flexibility of being child free. I guess it was really only the second time we had both been away from our little guy at night. The first was in February when we went to a B&B in Fort Scott for our anniversary. We returned to Nevada, MO on Friday. We spent the weekend just enjoying the last few days of our former routine and lifestyle.
Last week: Elijah and I drove up to Columbia on Monday at naptime and tried to get settled in our new home.
My sister came over to watch him while I unloaded the car. She also helped me put together my better than a boxspring and make my bed so I would have somewhere to sleep 🙂 E and I just kind of hung out, got settled, ran errands, and explored our new neighborhood, which I really like a lot. On Wednesday, we had our first day with our nanny. I thought it would be best to have a week and a half with her while I’m still at home so that everyone could get used to the routine.
To be honest, it’s been wonderful. I’m so glad we have this time. It’s kind of like orienting a new nurse to my unit 🙂 She has been just great and everyone is getting along swimmingly. I feel very confident that all will go well when I leave for my first day of work on Tuesday. In the meantime, I’ve been able to take advantage of the extra help to do things like go to the dentist, the eye doctor, etc. sans toddler. On two days (of course when I wasn’t on the trip!), they have had to good fortune to encounter a turtle and a frog on the walk to the park. E was excited about both and told me what they saw when they came back. I wish I could have seen it in person, but I did receive photos of the event, and he was equally excited when he saw the pictures of himself with the animals. It’s so amazing to see him change and develop. A couple of months ago, he just kind of looked at a turtle like, “So?” and now it’s this big exciting thing that he can come home and remember with excitement.
Since we’ve been here, I’ve been doing a lot of food prep work and freezing in the evenings, which I plan to write about soon. It’s important to me to be able to leave homemade meals with fresh ingredients for E when I’m away at work, and it’s also so nice to have an easy option for family dinner that doesn’t come from a box, bag, or fast-food window. That said: I don’t have a ton of free time, so I’m working out ways to make this work for me, while still having plenty of time to spend with my son and my husband when he is home.
Meanwhile, I’m enjoying having leisurely hot breakfasts with E, discussions such as tea being “HOT!”, and lots of extra cuddles and storytime. I’m excited about getting back to work, but I’m relishing this time with him. We’re in for some big changes in the fourth quarter!
Backstory: So, I have my friend Jenny to thank for introducing me to this Aussie/British treat way back in 2004. She was studying in Australia for the semester and sent me a package. In Australia, they are called Tim Tams, but they are the same thing. This is the UK type packaging and they can be procured at World Market or British specialty stores. They are amazing.
Fast forward to 2008. I hadn’t had a Tim Tam since 2004 because I didn’t know you could buy them here. For some reason, I felt compelled to tell my husband, who was then Some Guy I Had Just Met, about these things. A week later, I opened his pantry door to find boxes and boxes of them. Because he’s awesome like that. Apparently, there’s this thing called the internet (I think Al Gore invented it?!?), where you can order virtually anything to be delivered to your home. So that big-brained man of mine used this “internet” to do just that, purely for my amusement. Because he is a white knight. Subsequently, we found them at World Market and used to buy them on the regular. We have not lived near a World Market for quite some time. In preparing to move recently, I found a forgotten bag with 2(!) packages in it. Sweet Heaven, it was a pregnant girl’s dream. I cared not in the least that they had to have been sitting in our garage for 6 months. Don’t judge.
The package Jenny sent me in 2004 included written instructions for eating the Tim Tams, which I did not see until I had already eaten one. To this day, I consider that a grievous error on my part because I know I could have enjoyed that biscuit that much more if I had eaten it properly. Don’t be like me. Read the instructions.
That’s why I’m here. To help you get your biscuit on in a proper British fashion.
First, bite opposing corners off the biscuit, like so.
Then, pour yourself a beverage. If you’re in the mood for something hot, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are all great. I’ve also found that I love them with cold milk. For this next part, you will have to use your imagination because I can’t/won’t take a photo of myself doing it: Place one of your little broken corners in the beverage, and placed your lips around the other broken corner. Use the biscuit like a straw to suck the liquid into the biscuit. Then, eat it!
They are just so yummy! They’re somewhat wafery in the middle, and coated with chocolate. When they become saturated, the wafery-ness gets soft, but they are still held together somewhat by the chocolate. When you bite into it, you get to enjoy the dipped cookie effect but it’s just different and more wonderful than a normal cookie.
I’ve made a lot of people try these at my house, and no one has ever been disappointed in the slightest. I give them my highest unhealthy snack recommendation!
Thanks Jenny for showing me the Magic of Tim Tams!
As a small child of the 1980s, living in the sticks with no cable, PBS was my connection to the outside world. I loved Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, 3-2-1 Contact, and Mathnet. But The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross held a special place in my heart.
I would sit on the living room floor, enraptured with his creations that seemed to appear as if by magic. I would follow along with my paper and pencil, crafting my own little works of art. I still remember the thrill I got after successfully applying a lesson he gave in one point perspective to create an accurate rendering of my teddy bear.
He was so wonderfully happy and pleasant, and just seemed like the kind of guy you’d like to hang out with. In the context of 2012, he might seem a little creepy, but to a small child living in the afterglow of the 1970s big hair for men, he was awesome.
If you liked Bob Ross, you may like this autotuned video montage. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Hey There! My name is Austyn, and this is my first foray into the blog-o-sphere. I really just intend for this to be a place that I can record events in my family and perhaps as a means of connecting with others on a mish-mash of topics.
I’ve never been very good about keeping up with a journal and that sort of thing, and I’m just now reaching a point where I feel like I can spend a little time on a project like this.
My interests include work/life balance, spiritual improvement, healthy living, cooking, crafts and decor, travel, and parenting (a newish and lifelong endeavor for me). My son is currently 18 months, and my husband and I are expecting a daughter due December 25, 2012.