This school year, I have Monday mornings alone with the LB while his sister is at preschool. I haven't had much time alone with him since his sister was born. I'm very much enjoying the opportunity. This week, we decided to bake peanut butter cookies together, which was a lot of fun. He loves to cook and bake, and he is eager to help me with every step. He loves to measure the ingredients. Our cookies were really good!
The GB is back to ballet class, as of this past week. She has moved up a level, from the youngest class to the next one up in age. She loves dancing so much and was practically bursting with excitement over going back. She has many friends in her class and it's adorable to see them together. Each has her own dance style and none seems to have any inhibition at all, which is wonderful. It makes me want to be four or five years old again myself.
I made basil pesto from scratch, using leaves from our backyard basil plant, which hasn't been very healthy this summer. I think the early-summer heat and dryness - the parched, oven-like atmosphere of June - set the stage for bad growth. I didn't have enough basil, so the pesto isn't quite as green as it should be. But it was very tasty and the whole family loved it with spaghetti.
Surprisingly, our honeysuckle has begun to bloom again. It bloomed nicely in May and June and then seemed to go dormant. I think the rains during the monsoon perked it up again. I absolutely love honeysuckle. We have a large growth of it along the side of the house, climbing the fence between us and the neighbor next door. It's close to the sliding doors off our breakfast nook. When the door is open, the whole room smells like honeysuckle.
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