Friday, July 27, 2012

a pleasant surprise

Natalie is a pretty lucky baby toddler. She has a ton of aunts and uncles and especially cousins (43!) that love to play with her. It has been so fun for her to practically live with 10 of those cousins. She has several teenage girl cousins who are super good with her, but what has been pleasantly surprising to me is how good the teenage boy cousins are with her. There are around four or five 13-14 year old boys (including one of my brothers) that she sees a lot and have  been so good to her, playing with her, taking her to see the kitty, taking care of her, etc etc etc. Seriously I have been impressed. I would have thought that 13-14 year old boys would be totally into...I dunno... nerf guns and computer games (okay they are into those things), but they are also totally into playing with the 16 month old little girl. It's sweet.

Although, how could you not love this cutie pie??

Saturday, July 21, 2012

seven things

1. We have a garden. I am in love. Okay its not just our garden, we do it with Matthew's siblings, but oh my goodness. Have I mentioned my love affair with fresh garden green beans? Steamed or boiled with some butter and salt, they rock my socks off every single day. I am also beyond excited for the tomatoes to turn red, especially the cherry ones. And remember my goal to get Natalie to like zucchini? A few days ago I sauteed some with Parmesan cheese, and she totally ate like 5 bites. I win. Parmesan cheese makes everything better.

2. Peaches! Nectarines! ONE TRACK MIND! I LOVE SUMMERRRRRRRR!!!!!

3. Natalie has started unloading and destroying everything in sight, all day, every day. I'm trying to not let it drive me crazy.

4. I start my internship in two weeks. I think everyday I alternate several times between being excited, nervous, and dreading it. The dreading it is more for 'how will Natalie function without me???" But my first rotation is at the hospital, so that should be fun.

5. Lest you think I've completely given up my sweet tooth for summer produce, we made these yesterday and let's just say, yum.

6. I feel like I've been waiting forever for Hunger Games to come to Redbox. I just checked, it is coming August 18th. That was a fantastic movie. I can't wait to watch it again.

7. We are about to start an epic 8 person tournament of Epic Duels. It is going to be legendary.