So, what else are the Roofs up to? Well, Paul and I are in the midst of planning our annual anniversary trip (9 years this year). We are off to Iceland and Norway for two weeks! We are pretty excited about this big adventure. What brings us to such interesting places, you ask? Why facial hair, of course! Isn't this what decides most people's vacations? Or am I losing perspective here? Hairy dudes or not, I am looking forward to two kid-free weeks in foreign lands! Let me take an opportunity to sum up the previous 8 years of trips (this will be a good test of my memory:
- Year 1: Savannah, GA
- Year 2: Las Vegas, NV
- Year 3: Flagstaff/ Sedona, AZ
- Year 4: Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC
- Year 5: Jackson Hole, WY
- Year 6: Athens, GA
- Year 7: Anchorage, AK
- Year 8: New York, NY
- Year 9: Iceland/ Norway!!!
Matthew is 3 now but continues to hang on to babyhood with every ounce of his being. Some of it is adorable, like the way he sucks his thumb and rubs his ear (or these days, preferably my ear) or crawls in to bed with me in the mornings to snuggle. Some of it is a bit frustrating, like his complete and total disinterest in potty-training. But, whether I want to hug him to bits or pull my hair out, I know that all this shall pass and someday and I'll feel sentimental about the whole kit and kaboodle. So, for now, we are trying to discourage the tantrums, encourage the use of words and remind him whenever we can that he is such a big boy. One day it will all fall in to place and he'll want to use the potty, won't pop out of bed every 5 minutes, will eat his veggies, and will ask for what he wants instead of whining. And then he will probably leave for college!
Katharine is several months in to being 5 and is truly becoming a girl now, not much little left. She is very independent about what she wants to wear and how she wants her hair done (or, more often, not done) and, occasionally, likes to test limits. But, 90% of the time, she is an absolute angel. She helps with Matt, loves to read, and loves to be with us. Lately, she tells us that we are the best mom and the best dad in the world. I immediately tell her that she is right and she is very lucky to have ended up here but inside I am thrilled that she thinks we are so great; it has to be a sign we are doing something right.
I was recently given a copy of "Deceptively Delicious" by my very health-conscious mother who knows my kids aren't the biggest fan of vegetables (and for Matt, fruit). It is a cookbook that has come up with some very creative ways to hide fruits and veggies in recipes by using purees. I have tried two recipes so far with rave reviews (mac and cheese with cauliflower puree and french toast with sweet potatoe puree). I can't wait to try some more - it takes away a big dose of parental guilt to sneak a bit of healthy goodness in to my babies! (And Paul and I for that matter!).