Thursday, May 21, 2015

Last Day of School Interview - Baby Boy

Last Day of School Interview - Baby Boy

Baby Boy finished his school year today.  I asked him the same questions that I asked him in August (http://janiceljlj.blogspot.com/2014/08/first-day-of-school-interview-baby-boy.html) before he started school....you may notice that he has developed a bit of an obsession.....

Baby Boy - Just finished Mother's Day Out for the year


1.  I am about 34 inches tall and I weigh approximately 27 pounds.

2.  My favourite thing to play is:  Batman

3.  My favourite colour is:  Batman colours

4.  My favourite book is:  A Batman book

5.  My favourite TV show is:  Lego Batman

6.  My favourite food is:  Fruit

7.  My favourite activity is:  Swimming

8.  I really like:  Batman

9.  I really don't like:  Lex Luthor

10.  My favourite thing about myself is:  I'm cute

11.  At school I enjoyed:  Colouring

12.  When I grow up, I want to:  Be a doctor

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Food

 Over the last week or so we have done some interesting cooking.  I thought I'd share a few pictures:

I made chicken and dumplings in the crock pot last week.
It was a hit with the whole family, but I didn't like it.

This is a serving.

On Sunday night we had a lovely rib supper.



On Saturday night we had a goulash supper with friends.  I brought some desserts.
Big Boy made chocolate cupcakes and I made coconut macaroons and a coffee cake.



I baked pumpkin loaves for the teacher gifts.  I got these cool pans from Ikea.


The kids also painted coasters for their teachers.
Can you guess who painted which ones?

Here are the completed gifts!

After all of our tasty, naughty food....we went for a healthier dessert!


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I Love VertsKebap!

Today we went out for lunch to VertsKebap, a new-ish kebab chain here in Houston.  We went to the location at Yale and I-10 by the Walmart and Sprouts.   Here is the website for the chain:  www.vertskebap.com

I've wanted to go to VertsKabap for a while, ever since this location opened.  I love Middle Eastern food and I really miss it here in the U.S.A.  Even in the U.K., most towns had a passable doner shop with shawarma on offer, but here it's a speciality food and you have to go to a speciality deli or more expensive restaurant.  What a shame, people are really missing out!

Anyways, back to VertsKebap.  It is set up kind of like a Subway, with a few protein and bread/salad choices followed by sauces and vegetables in an assembly line.  We each ordered beef and lamb on a flatbread bun with piles of veggies.  I had "original" sauce, which is yogurt and dill because I was sharing with Baby Boy, while my husband had original sauce and also hot sauce.  We also shared a small side order each of french fries and falafel.

The food was so delicious!  I thought my sandwich was perfect....full of flavour and just the right size.  The meat is nicely prepared and the vegetables were fresh and clean.  The sauce brought all of the flavours together.  My husband loved his too.  Our toddler ate a bunch of mine both as a part of the sandwich and deconstructed.  We all loved the fries and my husband thought the falafel were very good.  I'm not always keen on falafel and I thought these were fine but I probably wouldn't order them on their own...unless they were in a sandwich (I love falafel in a sandwich with sauces and vegetables).

The restaurant itself was extremely clean and the food is all very fresh.  The decor was modern and simple - stainless steel tables and bright open spaces.  There is also an eating bar for singles or smaller parties.  The price was reasonable at about $25 for all of us.  You can completely customize your order, so I can't imagine anyone having a meal that they didn't enjoy here.

I can't wait to go back....this is definitely going to be a new favourite spot here in Houston!

Yum!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Little Boy's School

Last week there were two events at Little Boy's school.  On Tuesday night he had an end of the year concert and on Friday morning it was his Field Day.

Baby Boy and I missed Little Boy's concert because Baby Boy was poorly but the rest of the family went.  I heard it was a very long wait for the show (the kids had to be an hour early).  The music was canned and the kids couldn't be heard above.  They were supposed to do a dance, and Little Boy participated a bit but didn't do everything....

Field Day was an exciting day for Little Boy.  There was a threat of rain the whole morning but it didn't actually rain until just as we were leaving.  Little Boy and Baby Boy had a blast but I found the day a bit disorganized (we all know how I like organization....).  It was also very humid and steaming hot.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Waiting

Today was terrible.  We had to file a form at an office with the kids along.  All three kids needed to be there.

We went to the office building at about 8:00 a.m. (the office we needed opens at 8:30 a.m.).  We immediately passed through security and we were directed to a particular floor.  Once we got to the floor, we were informed that we needed a number from security.  So we traipsed back to security, got our number and waited where security said to wait.  We were then informed that we couldn't wait where we were waiting and we should have found the waiting place....a random hallway without a sign.  When my husband asked about a sign, he was told they couldn't have signs.

Our line was sorted by the numbers we received at security and the only important outcome was that we were last in that particular line.  Our line was then moved upstairs to wait in order in another hallway.  At 8:30 a.m., the whole line moved to another area and we were all given new waiting numbers.

Then we waited.  The kids played with all of their toys, they read all of their books, and they played their games.  They didn't have a snack because food and drink were not allowed.

At 10:00 a.m. I snuck the kids outside for a quick snack.  We rushed back in case it was our turn.  Ha.

A bit after noon I inquired about how much longer the wait would be.  I was informed that the only person who could help us was on lunch.  Perfect.

We waited and waited and waited.  We snuck out for snacks and drinks but generally stayed in depressing vinyl chairs in the busy waiting area.  There were so many rules:  no phones, no food, no drink, no children playing in the waiting area. The rules were enforced regularly by security.

Finally around 1:00 p.m. we were called up and then we had to go back and wait some more while our paperwork was reviewed.  We finished up at 1:30 p.m.

It was excruciating.  Basically 5.5 hours of mind numbing waiting.  I am proud of the kids because 2 ladies complimented me on their behaviour.  (Or, was it my ability to distract them?).

Then we went for lunch and gorged on Chinese food.  Seemed appropriate.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Baby Boy is Talking

Baby Boy is talking more these days.  People outside our immediately family are starting to understand what he is saying and he can very clearly express a few abstract concepts.  Last week he told our friend "Happy Birthday" and even managed to clearly pronounce her first name.  She understood what he was saying!

Today he told me a clear message....loudly and in public.  He said "Mama I need go potty.  I fart.  Need poo poo.  But wait till home potty."

I am ridiculously proud.  He is not even 2.5 years old and he is completely potty trained and he can express how long of a wait he can handle.  But did he need to announce it to a whole crowd of people?

Saturday, May 9, 2015

What a Week

This week we had lots of "administrative" things go wrong.  I won't bore you with the details, but it seemed like every day we had a small crisis to deal with and we generally lacked the tools, skills, or authority to deal with each problem.  Slowly we are working our way through things.

I also had a week full of fun events.  I posted earlier about the lemonade party at Chick-fil-A.  I also took Baby Boy on a tour of Trader Joe's.  The tour was great.

At Trader Joe's they spent about 15 minutes showing the kids around the store and in every department they gave each child a yummy sample.  They disseminated some important information to us mothers as well - great sales tactic. 

Then we went into the back of the store.  Baby Boy got to raise an lower a fork lift, he put boxes into the crusher, he toured the refrigerator, and he picked an ice cream out in the deep freeze.  The employees then put 3 of the cash registers into "training mode" and let the kids check out some groceries.  It was a thrill!

After all that excitement, we were treated to a feast in the back of the shop.  There was a banquet sized table laid out with so many goodies!  Baby Boy ate and ate and ate!  Then he picked out some sushi to take home for lunch.  He gobbled that up too!

On Friday morning we had a spontaneous birthday breakfast for a friend and that was good fun.  Big Boy had an economics fair at his school on Friday where he sold a comic book that he made.  He sold out, even at the ludicrous price of $10 per book!  (It was play money, but most items were around $1).  I am so proud of him and the effort he put into his project.