It’s Friday! We have a really exciting weekend ahead, and – other than the whole missing dogs incident – we had a really nice week that is now behind us. I have lots of baking and cleaning and laundry to do, but I wanted to pop in with a few fun things we’ve been loving lately.
This sandwich. It’s been a month now, and I can’t stop eating it.
In case you can’t tell, it’s a veggie BLT. Essential components include: two hearty pieces of toast (or a brioche bun from Macrina Bakery if you really want your world to be rocked), an alarming amount of mayo, fresh butter lettuce, a ripe summer tomato, and at least five slices of delicious tempeh bacon.
Seriously, the mayonnaise thing. Why is it so good? I don’t think I’ve had mayonnaise in my fridge in like five years, and now the jar I bought a few weeks ago is half empty. I’m embracing it. And breaking into cold sweats thinking about the end of tomato season.
Also, this chocolate bar.
It is exactly what it sounds like it would be. In a word: amazing. Graham cracker and marshmallow hunks within a thick slab of milk chocolate. And it’s kind of a small-ish bar so I feel less guilty when I eat the entire thing (which is every time).
And last, fresh peaches. Peach season has arrived in Seattle, and I am gobbling them up. This particular big beautiful peach was Cullen’s free “kid’s fruit” at the grocery store this morning. Oops.
I still can’t bite directly into a peach after a particularly traumatizing incident that occurred two summers ago, involving a big ripe juicy farmers market peach and about 4,000 tiny spiders found within instead of a center pit. But sliced is just as tasty, and feels a lot less risky.
I considered labeling this “fashion” but my fingers refused to type it. I am so far removed from fashion that it is laughable these days. I mean on a good, normal day I’m still pretty bland, but maternity clothes have taken this to an extreme.
I’m 34 weeks along now, and nothing I have fits. The baby appears to have moved into my backside, as it is growing just as steadily as my belly. I broke down and used a 40% off coupon to get a few Old Navy maxi skirts to get me through to the end. I am absolutely living in them. I’m pretending like maybe I will still be able to wear these beyond pregnancy?
Every week I go to Trader Joe’s and buy at least twenty bananas. I don’t seem to be able to wrap my mind around the fact that Cullen will no longer eat them, and that they are inevitably sitting there all sad and black just as I return home with the next unnecessary green bunch.
Our freezer overfloweth, so recently I’ve turned to baking. As soon I hit publish on this post, I’m headed into the nursery to grab Cullen (who is waking up from a nap, and instructing his stuffed puppy to “take another bite” – what?), and then we are headed to the kitchen to bake banana walnut muffins together. Baking with him is a huge mess, but also ridiculous fun. Plus – muffins at the end, so an obvious win.
Okay this is not my favorite activity, but I have to talk about it. Cullen has become completely obsessed with riding the carousel at the zoo. He got hooked last weekend when we went to a concert there, and seriously hasn’t stopped neighing since. Every morning I ask him what he wants to do, and he neighs like a horse and shouts “UP DOWN!” – it is ridiculous.
This morning, I finally indulged. We had a fun walking and talking date with a friend and her little girl, highlighted by not one but two rides on the carousel. I took him on the first time as soon as we got there, specifically parking by the entrance that is right next to it. We were the only ones on the ride (not surprising, since the park had been open exactly one minute), and he had a blast. At the end, as it slowed, I explained how the horses were getting sleepy and needed to rest for a while. We would come back for another ride before we left for the day.
He seemed to accept this and I was happily buckling him into his stroller and mentally high-fiving myself for such a smooth exit, just as an ENTIRE SUMMER CAMP came running inside and climbed onto the horses. Enter Cullen having a ridiculous meltdown, shrieking at the other children for being on the sleepy horses that apparently belonged to him.
Being a toddler is complicated.
He is also in love with the Space Needle. He and Casey have ridden the bus down there a few times, and now he loves pointing it out whenever he sees it, which is actually surprisingly often.
We have a few Seattle-themed books that are his current favorites. I love that he loves something that is so Seattle specific – too cute!
Coming. This weekend.
The last time my sisters and I were all together was back in May when we celebrated Sarah’s college graduation. This weekend, Sarah is flying in from Indianapolis, and Rebecca is coming all the way from Connecticut with my nephew, Jonah! This will probably be our last big family visit for a few months, as Rebecca and I are both having babies soon!
I can’t wait to see Cullen and Jonah together. I expect a lot of drama over shared toys, and a lot of adorable photo opportunities. I have a lot of cleaning and laundry to do before everyone gets here. Oh, and just a few small house projects to finish up…
I hope everyone has a nice holiday weekend planned! Safe travels to those of you who are on the move.
I haven’t shared any of these links here on the blog in a while, so in case you are interested, here’s what I’ve been writing about over on Babble these past few weeks:
- 10 Things That Change When You Take A Toddler To The Beach
- 5 Ways To Trick Toddlers Into Eating Veggies
- Transitioning Out of the Crib: What Comes Next?
- 10 Tips For Dining Out With Your Toddler
- 8 Fun and Tasty Ways To Enjoy Trail Mix
- A Gorgeous Timi & Leslie Diaper Bag Giveaway ($180 Value!)
- Can My Toddler Tell That A New Baby Is Coming?
- 10 Ways I’m Preparing My Toddler For A New Sibling
- Look Who’s Talking: So Many New Words!
Thank you, as always, for reading!