A few things to remember:
Right now Jack is very into building. He builds these elaborate train layouts all by himself, and he does it with real vision. When I asked if he would be putting a bumper at the end of one of these loops, he told me that there was going to be a switch there. And indeed, he made a switch there, having apparently planned it all out in advance. Awesome.
In the kitchen last week he yelled out, "Exquisite." I don't know why, and it doesn't really matter, because he is 3, and his vocabulary includes exquisite.
A month ago he found a record album in the playroom and asked me what it was. I dug out the record player and set him up with some old children's albums. He fell in love with the scratchy old school Jungle Book, and I often will hear him singing The Bear Necessities to himself as he plays. (Now if only I could find one of those yellow thingys that makes the 45 records fit on the record player, so he could listen to the story book records we have. Grrrr.)
We saw Horton at the movies on Wednesday. For the first time ever, Jack was actually clapping at the climax of the movie, unprompted by me and with no clapping from other children. He really understood the story and appreciated the triumph of Horton. Then he immediately asked to go to the library to check out Horton again.
The pumpkins are back and full of blossoms. I see actual bees on them this year, but no pumpkins yet. I have high hopes that I am going to grow an actual pumpkin this year.
We are having chamber of commerce weather. In August. In St Louis. Unheard of and it has been going on for more than a week. I haven't been able to be outside because of the allergy problem for very long, but man, it is amazing.
David said to me a few days ago, "You know what I love about you Dear? You don't have fat clothes and skinny clothes and some day clothes, you have clothes for right now, that fit, and that you wear." Amen.
I invited my grandpa over for Sunday dinner yesterday. He asked what we would be eating. I said probably BBQ. Man did he perk right up with, "Oh yea? Can we have those hamburgers again? Those are the best hamburgers." I love how much he loves David's hamburgers and Grandma P's cucumber salad.
I made this zucchini quiche when Jessica posted the recipe. This thing is delicious. If I had an abundance of garden zucchini I would make a metric ton of it and freeze it for winter. I eat a piece every morning for breakfast and it is so good. Yummmy. (I used feta cheese and no crust.) Really, go make it.
And, what you all came here for: Jack used his brain to pick a number between 1 and 36, and he choose 29, which is beadgirl. Please email me your address so we can send you the charm pack!
(And how much do I love that he can now randomly choose an integer in a given set? No more cutting out a million pieces of tiny paper!)