Archive for April, 2012

My Cooking Buddy

Monday, April 30th, 2012
1 Cooking

Adding raisins to our Pomegranate Beef recipe

2 Cooking

Oops, we lost some!

3 Cooking

Good chefs need to concentrate!

4 Cooking

┬áHe’s a pro! Adding them so fast, his hand is a blur!

Maddox is Not My Best Friend

Friday, April 20th, 2012

This might be surprising to read after the last post, but, apparently Maddox is not my best friend.

This is evidenced by the fact that 90% of our interactions in the past week or so involve him telling me bye, to leave the room, and that he is most certainly not my best friend.

So what ruined our friendship? Well, he did have a dream where he woke up crying, claiming that I had stolen his cracker. It might also be that he’s experiencing friendships and learning about social interactions at pre-school, and we were warned that people telling other people they are not their friends is quite common at this age.

Or maybe this is just karma for me being such a momma’s boy growing up (I should note that Mads has rarely if ever said this to his mom!)

Sunday Morning Out

Monday, April 16th, 2012

The weather was awesome in Newburyport this weekend, so I headed out early Sunday morning with Mads. We parked downtown and walked to Starbucks, where I got a tall Americano and he got two shortbread cookies. I noticed a new bakery had opened up across the street so we went there next, planning on getting some fresh bread, but instead a chocolate cupcake covered with about a half inch of cocoa buttercream frosting caught my eye, and we bought that for Leanne as a treat instead.

The owner offered Maddox a free miniature version of that cupcake, so we walked around the corner to Waterfront Park and sat on a bench to enjoy our respective treats.

We continued along the promenade, and spotted what I think was a loon diving for fish along the river. Maddox thought it was completely ridiculous that a bird should decide to swim, so that entertained us for a few minutes.

We worked our way towards Oldies Marketplace, a fantastic antique warehouse type place at the end of the promenade. I hadn’t been there with Maddox since last year and he found the place fascinating. He was also really great about not touching anything — a good trait to have as a three year old around hundreds of antique glassware (picture below is from Flickr!)

In one of the corners of the store we found a child-sized table full of about 50 hot wheels cars, which Mads played with for 15 minutes straight. I was checking out some other toys nearby when I discovered this truck, which was one of my absolute favorite things growing up. Nice little bit of nostalgia!

I finally got Mads to move along by letting him choose one car to buy (which alone took a few minutes). We then walked back towards downtown and stopped at the Inn Street Playground, where he played for a half hour. Some other kids there happened to have some Hot Wheels as well, and he had a blast playing with them.

It was almost nap time, so we walked over to Upper Crust for a slice of pizza and then headed home.

The Little Things

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

I knew that, as a parent, the first time you kids crawls, or walks, or talks, were going to be huge moments. And there’s no question that those were amazing.

But as your kid gets older you get less of those singular, watershed moments and instead a whole bunch of smaller but equally wonderful ones. Like when Mads helped me bring out the trash for the first time

or his recent fascination with singing, and making everything into a “song”

or when he started performing tricks, which we think is just him swallowing air but is hilarious because he just kind of stands there

Not to mention how much fun every new experience is with him, even something as plain as him seeing me run on a treadmill for the first time and being completely flabbergasted.

Having a kid is kind of like living life all over again.

Under the Weather

Monday, April 9th, 2012

How do you know your toddler isn’t feeling well? When they lie down on the couch and star off at nothingness for 20 minutes.