|Watching the solar eclipse at his preschool|
|Admiring aero engines|
- reads every sign we walk past. We are trying to persuade him that "Caution" is not pronounced "Cuttin".
|My booky boys!|
- achieved some toilet goals he's been resisting for ages with the help of a star chart. If I'd known it would only take five stickers and a piece of chocolate, I would have done it months ago!
Graham: "What are you thinking about?"
Toby: "I'm thinking dot dot dot. That's when you're not really thinking about anything."
He fell over and was howling: "Oh! Oh! Mummy!" Then he paused: "Why aren't any tears coming out of my eyes?" Because that's complete fake crying, little one!
Toby: "I'm sitting here like a lemon."
Me: "Why are you like a lemon?"
Toby: "Because I'm all shivery."
Well, they do live in the fridge, I suppose.
|Fenced in at Elvaston Castle|
- is a complete toilet fanatic. He makes a beeline for the bathroom every time you put him down upstairs! The lid is staying closed rather a lot, now.
- has unfortunately now realised that he doesn't have to lie still when you put him on his changing mat, but can flip over and make a break for it. To be fair, it did take him a long time, so I'm not complaining (much)!
- got spots, although not any of the usual diseases involving spots. The doctor took one look and said, "Antibiotics" - and sure enough, they worked.
- occasionally stands up without holding onto anything, but usually when he's concentrating on something else, so we're not quite sure he realises he can do it!
|With a goal in mind.|
- a brief visit from my brother, whom I don't get to see very often.
|With Uncle John|
- getting to go to a very interesting and informative conference about refugees and asylum seekers.
- a Bollywood film night with friends. My first Bollywood experience, so I was glad I was watching with people who could fill in some of the references!
- a fun and successful Easter party at the playgroup I help at. I had recklessly agreed to make chocolate nests, which, amazingly, didn't result in chocolate over a five-metre radius.
Recipe of the Month - Parsnip, Apple and Coconut Soup
I'm sitting here writing this in a sleeveless top, with the patio door wide open to let the sweet springtime air in. However, most of March was still definitely soup weather. The coconut milk adds a nice flavour and a velvety creaminess.
1 lb parsnips
1 large apple
1/2 can (about 200 ml) coconut milk
Desiccated coconut, to serve
Peel and chop the parsnips. Peel, core and chop the apple. Put in a large pan and add just enough stock to cover. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the parsnips are soft.
Puree in a blender, adding the coconut milk and seasoning. Sprinkle a little desiccated coconut over each bowl of soup.