Friday, February 8, 2013

What A Crock!

I've almost forgotten it's possible to make a main dish in any other way other than the Crockpot.  Liam wrestled one away from a co-worker when he spotted it while having lunch at the mall.  These things are hard to come by.  There are rice cookers out the wazoo, but no crockpots.  Technically it isn't even a Crockpot, it's a Kenwood brand, but same dif.  We've cooked every meal in this thing and it's amazing.  This was our newest creation. One of my big issues was I could never time everything to be finished at the same time.  Now I can just turn the Crockpot off, steam or boil some veggies and we're good to go.  It's soooo nice to not have to cook a full meal when we get home from the park, beach, store or where ever.

We're having our first kid focused semi-conflict.  Z loves to play in the park with this other boy Gary.  His mom and I are friends, we have known each other since both our 2nds were born.  Gary is 5 and Z is only 2, but they played nicely together in play places and at the park.  Z's very adventerous, so there were few things Gary would do that she wouldn't.  They would run together, swing together, etc.  Then my friend Emily bought Gary a Razor scooter and that's what he wants to do at the parks.  I can't blame him for that, but Z wants to play with him, not watch him scooter around.  Also Emily has kind of set up our outings as a weekly thing, but if Gary isn't going to play with Z then we don't see much point in schlepping all of our stuff and both kids across town to play.  We could take her to a much closer park for her to play at on her own.  I'd say I'm one of Emily's closest friends here, her husband is doing contractor work out of the country for another month, after almost a year away, so these park trips are one of the few times outside of work where she has grown up talk time with me and Liam.

I feel bad about wanting to cancel and we may hold off until her husband comes back, but it's really kind of sad to hear Z so excited to play with Gary all weekend, then we get there and he doesn't even give her a second glance.  Then in the car on the way home, she's saying that she still wants to play with him.  I think we're going to have to make sure we stress not running after boys that don't want anything to do with you for the sake of our future sanity when she's older!

1 comment:

  1. Bummer! That sucks. Having a 4 year old I wonder if it's just that Gary is at the point where the age difference matters. Maybe the scooter excitement will wear off but when kids get older and get a better sense of their "peers" they tend to shift their interests. It definitely sucks. I hope you can find some kids Z's age. Poor Z, it must be heart breaking to hear her talk about Gary.