Sunday, August 14, 2011
It has been so much fun to watch Matteas develop his personality. There is never a dull moment with this boy; he is always sharing his boundless knowledge with anyone who will listen, following the neighbors around as they water the grass and get the mail, making sure they get their daily dose of Matteas Wisdom. I love this about him. He had such a sweet personality as a baby and is still very sweet most days, but somewhere in his third year he turned a corner and became really challenging. One of my least favorite parts of parenting is how unpredictable it is, because I'm the sort of person who likes to have a plan. If I have a plan, I know what to do. I don't like not knowing what to do, but my kids are really good at teaching me over and over again to let go of my expectations, to roll with the punches. Lately, Matteas has been the more challenging child to parent. I never thought I would say that, but there it is. He is so, so stubborn and will NOT admit when he's wrong(I have no idea where he gets this). I've been feeling kind of weepy about him getting older, I think because I enjoyed him so much as a baby. With Jack, I couldn't wait for his infancy to be over; he was so angry about being an infant, and the older he got the happier he got. Plus he was so tiny when he was born and wouldn't nurse, and pumping two bottles a night really taxed my sanity.
But Matteas was different. Quiet and sweet from birth, he took long naps during the day and nursed with ease. He slept better than Jack did, and seemed quite content to be whatever age he happened to be at the time. He loved to chat, and would sometimes smile so hard during a "conversation" that his big brown eyes would turn into little half-moon slits that almost disappeared into his enormous grin. He was, and still is, a boy who loves life and relationship. Until him, I didn't know that a baby could be so satisfying. So I'm kind of bummed that we seem to be getting to the hard part of our relationship.
Speaking of unpredictable, we haven't had a party for Matteas yet because Jack has had a fever since Thursday. Today was his first day of not running a temperature and trying to get warm through fits of chills, so we had a quiet dinner at home and then took the boys out for ice cream cones. We ended up eating them in the parking lot because the ice cream place was so stinkin' hot inside. For presents, we got him a scooter(which he's had his eye on for a while) and: a popcorn popper. Yes, he actually asked for one. I have a feeling he's going to feel so empowered that we will be eating popcorn for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
So I started again.
Flowers by Maureen Arpin
I'm not sure what I'll do if I'm asked to make another red velvet cake. I understand the appeal of a jewel-red cake visually, but the flavor trade off still troubles me on a deeply spiritual level. Pleasure should be about pleasure, and when all is said and done I'd rather eat an ugly tasty cake than a beautiful flavorless one. That's what troubles me about this wedding cake; it failed to maximize the opportunity for pleasure, something I feel confident my previous wedding cakes accomplished.
Still, it was an interesting experience to add to my cake baking evolution. I look back at some of the cakes I've made and cringe with embarrassment that I served them in public, but I realize that I had to make those first, lumpy cakes to get to the smooth, sleek ones. Because I'm all about growth.
Monday, August 8, 2011
But it's weird, because I've worn glasses for such a long time and now my face looks so naked, and my eyes look so small and my lips are enormous so I thought I'd level the playing field a bit and cut some bangs. And now I have no idea what I look like: bangs, no bangs, glasses, no glasses? What does anyone look like, anyway, and what does it matter? Cue existential crisis. But during all this we went to Whidbey Island, and it was magical.