This past week we did a lot of cooking and entertaining. On Monday I made turkey chili and cornbread; on Tuesday, Eric made chicken enchiladas; on Wednesday, my parents were over and we had salmon; on Thursday our neighbors joined us for dinner and Eric made turkey burgers, and I made oven fries; on Friday a family friend came for Shabbat and brought spaghetti and meatballs, but I made challah and an apple crisp; Saturday another set of neighbors joined us and I made brisket and a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. And if that wasn't enough, today I baked whole wheat-blueberry scones! Our counter is full of baked goods, and our refrigerator is full of leftovers.
(a picture of Asher asleep after nursing one morning this week)
My parents left Thursday evening for Israel; my cousin Noa got married today in Jerusalem. I have seen a few pictures already, and she was a beautiful bride, and I am very sad that we could not go. When we first heard about the wedding, we checked out airfares, and at $1500 a person, it just didn't make sense for us. One day, I would really love to take Eric to Israel. I've been twice and it truly is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. After Israel, my parents are off to a week in Italy, which is wonderful for them. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that back in January, my mom took a trip to France and Asia while my dad stayed home to work, so this is a long overdue vacation for the two of them. Of course, I miss my mom's company already.
As for the babies, they are both working on crawling. Asher is really moving now, and is getting all over the place. Asher particularly likes to crawl towards Eric's laptop when he turns on the camera. So we now have a gate at the top of our basement stairs, and have taken the coffee table out of our living room so that the boys have a large play space.
(our "new" living room)
On Thursday, a package arrived at our door, and Eric and I got all excited that perhaps it was the rubber tiles we had ordered for the boys... but instead it was our semi-annual wine shipment. Eric remarked that it was surely a sign that times have changed-- pre-baby, that wine shipment would have made our day!
Both boys have also taken an interest in the cats. Only Trouble is brave enough to come around them much, but they just love to see him. Asher will crawl over to him, and Trouble will stay in one place until just before Asher gets to him, and then will back away. At one point, Trouble did approach me while I held Asher, and Asher loved it. Asher giggled while I took his hand and helped him pet Trouble. But Asher loves the cats, and every time they look at him he gives them a huge, goofy grin.
Benjamin has started blowing raspberries, which he thinks is hysterical, and Asher has remembered how to screech. We went for a walk yesterday and met another baby, and when Asher practiced his screeching, the other baby started to cry! That baby must be used to quiet, which we don't know much about around here.
This weekend we are in for a treat: Eric's parents are coming for a visit! I would really like for us to all go to an apple orchard. Although I know Benjamin and Asher won't care and won't remember, it is a tradition I had with my family as a child and one I'd like to have with my own children.
As anniversaries of milestones in my pregnancy occur (one year ago this weekend, I was 12 weeks and had my NT scan which showed 2 perfect and healthy babies, and we announced the pregnancy on Facebook), I am reminded of just how much our lives have changed. I am so in love with my babies, and I just adore them. I find myself wanting to freeze time, to preserve these moments, and I just hope that the future is as wonderful as today.