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Did somebody say bath?
Did somebody say bath?

My hubs is a big supporter of my writing, and I’m so thankful. He has totally taken over “tubby” time (or “show”- rhymes with “ow”) at night so that I get a break and he helped me institute a rule that I post every other week on Mondays a day that is very close to Monday.  This seems to work well for me, I guess maybe I need a little external accountability to keep me writing? I now get to write AND enjoy the sounds coming from the tub.  The recently dialogue was basically this:

FVB: P!

Hubs: Yes, that’s your penis.

FVB: P!P!

Hubs:  Yup, you have a penis.

FVB:  P!

Hubs: Penis.

And on and on.  Now that FVB is talking like CRAZY, we just say words over and over and over again back and forth to each other. Some words he doesn’t like (diaper), some words he thinks are funny (toot), and some words he loves so much that he CANNOT STOP SAYING THEM (shower).  In addition to talking, he is also becoming quite engaged in helping with various activities.  Since I spend tons of time in the kitchen, he has been working a lot on stirring, scooping, spooning, etc.  Sometimes he helps with the actual cooking task, other times I give him dry beans or rice and act like it’s totally part of the meal we are preparing and that I desperately need his help stirring them up and/or spooning them from one container to the other.  Brings back memories of my teaching days…. even the 4 and 5 year olds loved working with spoons, cups, and various materials in the sensory tub.

Yes, these dried white beans are an integral part of our dinner plans. Keep stirring!
Yes, these dried white beans are an integral part of our dinner plans. Keep stirring!

In food news, we have been loving having daddy/hubs working in the kitchen.  He likes to cook a bit on the weekends, always doing pancakes or waffles on weekend mornings and sometimes doing a fun crockpot meal like spaghetti and “meat” balls or chili.  I hope that FVB will grow up loving to cook with both mommy AND daddy.  Sometimes we enjoy more elaborate, test kitchen type meals, and other nights (OK, most nights) we stick to easy favorites.  One of our standby meals for a quick week night is Potato Quinoa Puffs.  I’m SURE that I’ve shared these with you here before but seriously, they are so good.  And so easy!  I also love that you can customize them.  Once you get the basic recipe down, you can change up the spices or even try sweet potatoes.  I also love that they incorporate both quinoa AND kale, two nutrient packed foods that aren’t always a favorite on their own.

Oh, yum.
Oh, yum.

I have this habit every night after FVB has gone to sleep of eating something sweet and/or chocolate-y.  I like to have cookies or something on hand, but that doesn’t always happen.  Also, I have basically zero self control when it comes to chocolate things…. I just keep eating them (4 at a time) until they are gone, and thinking about them obsessively until they are.  So since I rarely have things like that around, most nights I resort to melting chocolate in the microwave and mixing it with peanut butter, then eating it with a spoon.  Wanting to cut down on all of that time and effort– the melting!  The stirring!  The waiting!  I recently made this amazing vegan Nutella. Now I can eat it straight out of the jar, no microwave required.  With all of the time that I save, I can probably eat double.  Perfect.

Those curls!
Those curls!

See you in 2 weeks (ish)!

 

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