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I’m Baaack!

Wow!  This is the longest I have been away from the blog since I began writing it.  Sniff…sniff…I really missed it.  As I earlier posted, my husband was away for a week leaving me to pine away for him and take care of almost three year old Jack. 

It truly was an  exhausting week for me and it made me realize that I am a bit pampered and very lucky.  When my husband is home and not traveling, which he doesn’t normally do without me, he arrives home between five and six o’clock.  He comes in, washes his hands, kisses me hello, sits down for all of ten minutes, then takes Jack to the playground for one to two hours.  I use this time to be a bum and catch up on a bunch of shows that I have DVRed.  Every once in a while I will wash the dishes or even, if I am feeling sassy, cook dinner.

So, after a long four days away, I have decided to reflect on all the awesome things that my husband does that I often take for granted.

  1. He takes out the garbage every day without me ever asking.  This is a big deal.  We live in a walk-up and the garbage cans are located in the back of the building, down an iron staircase, in front of a wall that is lined by giant pigeons stalking the cans.  He is so brave.
  2. He enjoys going grocery shopping.  I know that secretly he wishes that he could go alone, but sometimes I like to just wander the aisles.  Not only does he like to grocery shop, but he takes real pleasure in organizing and cleaning the refrigerator before he puts the food away.  Who does that?
  3. He does the laundry.  I’m not joking when I say that I don’t even remember the last time I did the laundry.  I really don’t. It’s been years.  He also folds the laundry.  Most times I help, but he likes to fold it, so I let him.
  4. He is really on top of our car maintenance.  We are never late getting our oil changed or getting a tune-up. That may not seem that impressive, but I think it is.
  5. Most nights he cooks dinner.  Seeing that he is a chef and spends all day in a busy kitchen it truly shocks me that he is willing to come home and cook for us.  This could also mean however, that my cooking sucks so badly that even though he is tired and sick of handling food he would rather spend another half hour cooking that eat something that I prepared. Hmmmmmm.
  6. He does all the heavy lifting.  Seriously, he never lets me pick up something too heavy.  I am pretty strong.  I think I could lift him if I tried, but he won’t let me so we’ll never know.
  7. At the end of the day, he makes sure our son brushes his teeth, puts on our son’s pajamas, reads him stories and puts him to bed.

Yep, my husband rocks.  I am really glad that he is home and should remind him of this every day.  I should also remind myself every day how lucky I am.  If I had to do half the things listed above I would be even more exhausted than I normally am, plus we would be eating really crappy food and wearing dirty clothes.

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"One thing a mother must always save for a rainy day is patience."

It’s been raining since yesterday here in NYC and my sweet little Jack has been up since 6am. Therefore, I have been up since 6am. It’s going to be a long morning indoors.
Here are my rainy day plans for a two and a half year old.
1. Read books right away in the “Big Bed” in your room. This can last up to an hour if you also play “hide under the covers”.
2. Make dinosaur pancakes. Let your child help mix the ingredients and then cut out the shapes with cookie cutters. Oh…and you can add some green food coloring to the mix to make the dinosaurs more realistic. Plus preschoolers love eating food that has been dyed different colors. I also dyed Jack’s milk green this morning too. Why not?
3. Pretend you are a dog. Not only will this game give you a great core workout it will beat the crap out of your knees. Try tying some of your husbands socks around your knees for kneepads or pull out your old rollerblading pads if you have some. You can also turn into a cat at any time and freak your child out a little.
4. Fill a big bowl with warm water and put those animals that grow in there. You know the ones. You put them in water and then in a couple of days they are much bigger. This idea has no instant gratification, but pays off in a couple of days.
5. Paint with water on the blackboard side of your easel. This can go on for a while. Draw something with chalk and have your child paint over it with water. The water dries pretty quickly and makes great drips. This is a household favorite here.
6. Make sugar cookies. I try to have some sugar cookie dough in my freezer at all times. Today I didn’t so it added even more fun. Let your child pour the ingredients into the big bowl and even let them “poke” the egg. When you are done making the dough wrap up most of it and put it in the freezer for another rainy day. Give your child the remaining piece and let them roll it out with a rolling pin. Then hand over the cookie cutters and step back. I like to make an egg wash with egg yolks and dye it with food coloring. Once the cookies are cut out let your child paint the cookies and add sprinkles. Put them in the oven and in 12 minutes you have snack.

I sometimes give my son a small bowl of flour to play with as well. He loves pouring it on the table and drawing with it using his fingers.

7. Bath time!!! After making sugar cookies your child should be sufficiently covered in flour. What better time for a bath. Try to put as many toys in there as possible so that bath time lasts more than ten minutes. Today I added those little capsules that have animals, aliens, monsters in them that dissolve in water. It was a big hit.

8. Curious George time! Ahhhh. Thank goodness for Curious George. He is my personal hero. He has allowed me to write this post right now. When his show is over, 10 minutes from now, it will be nap time.
What on earth am I going to do for the rest of the afternoon.? Any ideas???

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