*UPDATED with recipes*
Well, it's been a good week but I haven't had much to say. Tuesday I got my hair highlighted. I had Becky add some lowlights for fall and I think it was a good choice. I also found out she is retiring on January 1! So before long I'll have a new person. This is sad because Becky was the first person to ever put color on my hair and I was thrilled to return to her when we moved home. But she has worked her tail off for years and I'm really happy for her. I already have my next two appointments planned out to give me the best timing before baby comes. Basically, I need to walk in there as close to labor as possible so I won't have to go in when I'm nursing a baby 24/7. It's so hard right at first! It's weird to already be planning stuff out like that. After my hair appointment I ran over to my favorite maternity store, Pickles and Ice Cream, and got a new dress and a new shirt. That was a treat from my mom. That night we had Bible study. I have enjoyed getting to be there so much. I attend Curt's class and I think he's doing a great job.
On Wednesday we met up with Courtney and Moriah and Lauren and Noah at Rice University. (Lauren and her hubs are Rice Owls.) We strolled around the campus for a while and it was a nice change of scenery. You might remember me mentioning that reading Baby Noah's blog gave me serious baby fever last winter. They live in Boston and I'd not yet had the pleasure of meeting that cute little man. He is as sweet as can be! And that Moriah has some seriously good hair. She is blessed indeed.
Yesterday Jackson's MDO had a pumpkin patch thing for fall. I had forgotten to dress my child in the t-shirt he was supposed to wear for it, so I had to run back up there and bring it for his class picture. I got to stay and do the pumpkin patch with him, which was fun. We painted a leaf, made a wreath, picked out a pumpkin, raked leaves, watered gourds with a spray bottle, did a beanbag toss (Jackson really got into this), and played with playdoh. Fun times. Afterward I met up with the LPM crew for lunch and then made a mad dash to HEB before picking up Jackson. I was almost late and I'm sure my blood pressure was crazy. Last night I made a chicken pot pie (not a frozen one!) and my co-worker Susan's "addictive salad" for dinner.
Today we are missing a playdate with my MOPS group, but mall playdates seriously stress me out. I am going to our church's women's retreat tonight and I'd just like to have a calm day at home until then.
A little update on Jackson: He is doing great with his tee-tee potty training, even when we're out and about. He does not like to go in his pull ups or diapers or whatever he's wearing when we're not at home. We are making very little progress in the other department, but have had 2-3 victories at home. I decided to relax about the whole thing because, really, what can I do? He will do it when he's ready. So for now we are not as consumed with potty training as we were.
I guess we replaced that with discipline training! The Strong-Willed Child has really been helping me out. I can see where I was making some big mistakes, but thankfully Jackson is still very young and there is grace to make changes. I feel like I'm in control again and there is peace and joy between us. Dobson talks a lot about walking the line between love and control.
Jackson's current obsessions include his trains (which have edged out the monster trucks for now), a toy Air Force One plane from Auntie Michelle, and talking about dinosaurs and monsters. He is very preoccupied with monsters and it is tough to persuade him that there are no monsters when it's the month of October. Also, did I forget to mention that Jackson went through a couple days when he kept telling us his name was Thomas the Train? We're back to Tachi again.
I have a very busy few days ahead, so I'll see y'all when it's over! Have a great weekend!
For those of you who asked...
Susan’s Addictive Salad
½ lemon (Amanda's note: I wasn't sure where this was supposed to go so I squeezed it into the dressing.)
½ cup light olive oil
3-5 minced garlic cloves
½ cup crumbled blue cheese
½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh ground pepper (to taste)
1 bag of romaine lettuce cut in small pieces
Place minced garlic in olive oil and set aside while preparing the rest of the salad. (You can strain the garlic before dressing the salad, but I leave it in.)
Add crumbled blue cheese and ½ of the Parmesan to the olive oil mixture.
Pour over lettuce, add freshly ground black pepper to taste, remaining Parmesan, toss and enjoy!
P.S. I think it needs a little salt.
The chicken pot pie recipe is here. It was good but I don't know if I'll try it again. I think I have an aversion to the taste of frozen vegetables. Does anyone have a recipe for this that totally rocks their world?