Friday I took R and G on a little birthday reconnaissance mission: to check out the indoor play area where we are having their birthday party in 2 weeks. Their favorite thing was what they dubbed the "swinging bath tub":
Recreations Outlet is a huge indoor showroom with nearly a dozen huge indoor wooden playsets, trampolines, basketball courts and ride-on toys. There are also two party rooms, so we're having a race car birthday party coming up soon.
They're both genuinely excited about having their party together, which warms this mom's heart more than you can imagine. They're also playing more together, doing joint bedtime together and this weekend they set up shop on the kitchen floor for an impromptu snack together:
I am trying to hold on these moments as best I can, because there are plenty of "mine," "no mine!" moments too. A mentor mom once told me to secretly indoctrinate the boys to be best friends as much as possible. Who knows if this will work, but every chance I can get I tell them, "isn't it so cool that your best friend lives in your house?" or "you two are best brother friends."
An aside: I am trying to add more photos and comments to my recipes. If you have a charitable moment, think of it, and are so inclined, I would love for you to add your two cents to the comment section to any recipe you try or may have already tried. I am also sloooowly adding to my photos of recipes, something sorely lacking in SP&P's early days. Just added: (finally) a picture of my chicken taco soup.
Our meals for the week:
Shrimp and Tofu Stirfry with Bok Choy (never got to it last week!)
Less Mess Sloppy Joes, Roasted Brussel Sprout and Fresh Pineapple and Kiwi Fruit Salad
Paninis (Yes, for you Slacker Mama!), recipe to be posted later this week and Tuscan White Bean Soup
Roasted Vegetable Lasagna and Fennel, Orange and Parmesan Salad