What are we up to this month?
David has started preschool and seems to be happy with it. In true boy fashion, he won't tell me much about it other than, "I played trains. Miss Carrie sang with us. I ate my snack." Okay. He is obsessed with Angry Birds, and as I wrote on instagram earlier this week, I came up with a real-life sidewalk chalk version so we could all play. I still don't really get the "rules" David came up with, but we have fun anyway. Other current obsessions for David are Honey Kix cereal and the Wild Kratts show on PBS.
Norah is turning into a real, tiny, human person these days. She says a ton of words, has her own set of very clear likes and dislikes. David was always a picker eater but Norah is our little piggie. I hear the word "more!" a lot out of this girl. She loves to explore and play with kitchen utensils and push the little shopping cart up and down the sidewalk. Her most favorite thing ever is the play kitchen in David's preschool room, which unfortunately means I have to carry her screaming out of the room after I drop him off in the mornings.
David and Norah have been playing together so well lately. They love jumping on the bed and knocking down block towers and chasing each other around the house. Classic sibling stuff! So much of what they do together brings back hazy early childhood memories of me and my older brother when we were young. It's fun to watch them and brings such a relief to me after months of never being able to leave them alone in the same room together.
Mike is just Mike, doing Mike stuff, being a hard worker and good husband. Last weekend he and David flew to Minneapolis to watch a Twins game with my brother and family, and they had such a fantastic time. Good boy's weekend.
And me. I haven't been drawing/collaging as much lately, but it comes and goes. Last week I got a huge box of vegetables from a family friend in Iowa so I've been cooking my way through it. I made a few batches of this Chocolate Zucchini Bread, so amazing. We've had squash gratin and pasta with squash and my modified version of this vegetable pizza. And I bought my first butternut squash of the season, so it's officially Fall in my kitchen.
I've been reading more, too. I finally picked up The Pale King and am loving falling back into the rhythms of David Foster Wallace's writing. I borrowed a book from my mom called Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey, which makes me feel extreme gratitude for everything in my life, like the fact I didn't have to give birth to a baby on a covered wagon and then climb a mountain 2 days later, while half the people around me are dying of dysentery.
So that's us. How are you?