Over the summer, as Molly got more mobile and interested in things other than her own feet and hands, I resisted buying any new toys, knowing that her birthday was coming up (and knowing that we had no where to actually PUT the toys). I had gotten her one new thing in the spring – that she was obsessed with at a friend’s house and then was utterly unimpressed by when it appeared at our house – and we made do with plastic food storage containers, her trusty Leapfrog table, and lots of books. (For the record, books aren’t toys, so I buy many new books every week.) Two weeks before her birthday, Jim and I went on a toy-shopping date (not as fun as it was supposed to be since I was developing dry sockets from my wisdom tooth extraction) and picked out the perfect gifts for our Peach. She loves the play camera we got her, thinks the puzzles taste delicious, and finds it hilarious when she holds up a farm animal and I moo like a cow or baa like a sheep.
However, we could have saved a lot of money. Because guess what we should have given her instead?
Dog bowls. Especially one full of water.
She thinks those dog bowls are awesome. And she’s starting to come around to the baby dolls that I keep forcing on her. I have been trying to teach her how hug the dolls, so I hug the doll and then give the doll to her and say, “Give her some love.” Molly usually just tosses the doll aside and heads straight for the dog bowls. I finally decided to pick the bowls up from the floor when Allie’s not eating (Genius idea, you say? Thanks. It only took me two weeks to figure that one out!) so now Molly has to play with her toys or sit alone in the kitchen. The other day, I pointed at one of her dolls and told her to give the doll some love. Molly looked at me and then handed me the doll, as if to say, “YOU give her some love; I don’t want to.”
My dear husband pointed out to me on Wednesday that I have already shared the Mexican Casserole with you. So you can take that two ways: 1) we really, really like it OR 2) I don’t have a lot of recipes in my cooking arsenal.
Sorry for the repeat – I’ll try to come up with something NEW next time!