Week of October 2, 2023

When telling a friend that we wish our house had more space, they helpfully pointed out that the nice thing about small houses is that families spend more time together rather than each person going to a separate space most of the time. That is a good way to think about it. Yes, alone time is important, but so is spending time together as a family, and the constraint of limited space is a benefit in that respect.

Charlie is getting more adventurous, independent, and capable of advocating for himself. He expresses his wishes and needs more, tries new things, ventures further and further from us when out on walks, and spends longer periods of time in solo imaginative play.

This week a kid ran into him at the playground and Charlie turned around and loudly said, “Scuu Me!”

This phase does come with some challenges, especially when his wants conflict with what is possible, safe, reasonable, etc. Such is life.

One morning the trash truck came a little early and we slept in a little later than usual. Charlie heard it, got up, and shouted, “Momma! Trash truck! Wake UP!”

Trash trucks are serious business in this house.

Our new thing at the grocery store is having Charlie scan our groceries at the self checkout. He loves it.

It is interesting how our checkout habits have changed in the past two years. We went from only self-checkout pre-Charlie, to cashier checkout while Charlie was younger, and now back to self-checkout with Charlie scanning.

Some random play moments: Making a vacuum truck out of blocks, learning how to replace batteries with a screw driver, and vacuuming together.

I made some roasted red jalapeno pepper sauce this week with our garden jalapenos. It smells like roasted red peppers, but has a kick.

I made some Chile Verde Pork on Friday, and to my surprise Charlie seemed to like it. It is quick and easy to make, especially if we have salsa verde on-hand from our garden tomatillos. We like to serve it over rice with some sour cream and avocado.

We finally went to the Tuscana pasta factory in Peekskill and got some fresh ravioli, pasta, and sauce. We are very pleased. Why didn’t we go here sooner?! It is 5 minutes from our house.

We wanted to do some fall farm activities this weekend, and even though it rained we decided to make the best of it. We’re glad we did because we all had fun.

We had fun in the woods throwing leaves in the creek, exploring the textures of different kinds of bark, finding hickory nuts and acorns, and picking up sticks. 🍂

More fall stuff.

Reminder to myself to take the air conditioners out of the windows this week. Even though we had 85F weather this week, it now sufficiently cools down at night so we don’t need them.

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  1. Chuck Grimmett Avatar

    We finished out the day by doing yardwork: Distributing seeds from the annuals in our yard that generally come back from seed, mowing, putting away stuff in the backyard for the winter, and putting out mums and pumpkins on the front porch.

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