Tonight, my darling daughter--whose tender loving care of her babies I've previously taken as a compliment--sold her most precious dolly to her brother for the next 24 hours...for three jelly beans. (She wanted his jelly beans; he wanted to play let's make a deal. I am assured that "Daisy" will come to no harm, lest you were about to lose sleep over it.)
In other notable happenings in my wee kingdom....
It's swim lesson season! This is our third summer with the same teacher, and ohmygolly I wish I could show Meryl of two years ago this picture. (If you will recall, the Kid bawled for over half of the first summer.) It's pretty amazing, the difference.
(Also, I'm so glad we started Little Miss last year--age 1--instead of pissing around until we had a 4-year-old. Second kid wisdom!)
(Also, also--goggles! Goggles were a magical, transformative key.)
Remembering that first summer of lessons is actually helping me to stay the course for a similar parenting battle--the Crusade to Curb Little Miss's Endless Bedtime Routine.
She told her teacher today at school, "Sometimes I cry at home." It gave me a heart pang, until I realized that by "sometimes" I'm pretty sure she means, "when my parents don't sit with me in bed at night for two hours until I finally deign to fall asleep".
Of course, it almost makes me cry to hear her cry. But we really had let things get excessive, and the swim lessons lesson is reminding me what glorious growth awaits if we stay the course.
In food news, we made this panzanella this weekend, and it was so good. Just the perfect thing to hold me over until real-deal tomato season.
We've also been making these no-tortilla tacos a ton lately, with various fillings. (Finish them with a minute or two under the broiler to get the cheese good and bubbly.)
And the kids and grown-ups alike loved this noodle bowl. (I actually subbed rice for the noodles, and peas and extra peppers for the squash, and then topped the whole thing with a fried egg, so I don't think I can claim to have really followed the recipe at all. But the sauce is what makes the thing!)
But, back to non-food--our public library is killing it with summer programs this year. We've taken advantage of a few, but our favorite has been this "Game of Gnomes" scavenger hunt. The gnomes are spread through ten different parks, so it's really encouraging us to venture beyond our usual same-old, same-old places. Three down, seven to go!
A little under half way in, Sweet Husband and I are ready to swear off all other ice cream in favor of Chocolate Sorbetto, while the Kid has declared Raspberry Cheesecake "the best ice cream in the whole world!" Little Miss hasn't indicated a favorite yet, but she keeps harping at me to find "her" Strawberry. I haven't been able to locate it so far, but I think I have a line on some at a Whole Foods in Kansas City, so the hunt (and all the fun that comes with it) continues!