Monday, January 12, 2009

Birthday Recon

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
Baked Burritos
Roasted Vegetable Lasagna and Fennel, Orange and Parmesan Salad



Slacker Mama said...

Yay! I can't wait to see what you came up with Panini-wise!

Yesterday, A & E played together for a good 2 hours without any incident. Sure, they had pulled out every blanket, sleeping bag and stuffed animal in sight to do so...but John and I just loved listening to them play.

So imagine our shock, when we asked A who her best friend was and she said, "Addison" (from school). And E chimed in with "Mine's Paige-y!" (also from school).

Erin said...

Awww so sweet!

whitneyingram said...

I just found this recipe and thought of you. You seem to like making repurposed recipes. Yummy, but even better for your body.

Deep in the Heart said...

We're doing paninis tonight. Proscuitto and swiss. Nothing fancy, but so yummy.

Deep in the Heart said...

Didn't mean to ignore the first part of the post. It only gets better. When Jake hit 2 they really started playing well. I can actually read the paper in the morning and sometimes they get their own cereal and play upstairs without waking us up first. They like to say that they love each other the most in the universe. Breaks your heart.

The Mrs. said...

I love that they are excited to have their party together!

JerseyBaby said...

The party place looks amazing! We're also enjoying a rather sudden burst of sibling love here. Must be something about the 2s. They can be terrible or terrific, depending on the day.

Sweet Pea Chef said...

JB--that sums it up perfectly. Well said.

Steel Magnolia said...

Can you believe our babies are going to be 2??? Happy Early Birthday R and G!! I love watching the boys really is fun! Sounds like a really neat place...

Sweet Pea Chef said...

Thanks Whitney for the edamole recipe!