Back to School and Solid Food

We are getting busier and busier these days as most families do this time of year. School is starting which means everything starts up again.

A local mom's group started up again after summer break and Zoe and I were invited to attend by another mom, Amanda Brown. We had a great time meeting new people, eating breakfast and doing crafts. It is so nice to be able to talk to other moms and get out of the house. 

One of the things that I love about staying at home, among many, is watching "Live with Kelly and Michael". It is one of my favorite shows. One morning, Michael and Kelly were interviewing the actor, Jonah Hill. Jonah told a story about how he was attacked buy a bird once and now doesn't like birds. I have also been attacked by a bird and therefore really dislike birds.You can read about my bird attack in this blog post from 2010: Sometimes Michael and Kelly will read viewer tweets on their show, so I decided that I would tweet to them about my bird attack. I GOT RETWEETED BY KELLY AND MICHAEL. Now, I know that it wasn't actually Michael and Kelly who retweeted my tweet, but it is still pretty cool. You can see the screenshot below.

We have reintroduced solid foods into Zoe's diet this week. We tried rice cereal a few weeks ago and clogged her plumbing. I decided to let her tummy mature and rest and then we would try more food. Now, I love to research everything to death before I go ahead with a purchase or a decision. This may mean spending hours on the computer picking out the best colander. I know this sounds crazy but I love a good deal and I want to make sure that I know everything before I invest time or money. I think Nate would agree that the worst was my search for the best stroller. I made him watch promotional videos and I read Amazon reviews out loud. He's a good man. Anyway, a good deal of research told me that it is okay to skip the cereals and go straight to veggies and fruits. We started with avocado this week. She seems to really like it and it doesn't seem to clog her pipes. 

I have been making her baby food because it is cheaper and I like to cook. It is a good excuse to break out all of my kitchen gadgets that were neglected when I was teaching and pregnant, not having enough time to cook for fun. My Ninja is finally getting good use. Avocado was so easy to make. I just plopped that in the Ninja with some water and blended it. Tonight, I made squash. The squash was a little more labor intensive, but not bad at all. I make far more complicated dinners. The squash I cooked in the oven and then scraped out of the skin and blended. I made a fantastic mess. 

The Aftermath

Ready for freezing.

This Wednesday was the first day of school at St. Paul. Zoe and I attended the opening chapel to participate while Nate lead chapel and see the kids. The kids always love to see Zoe. I miss the kids but I love staying at home with Zoe more than anything in the world. 

After chapel, Zoe and I took a trip to our favorite store, Sam's. On the way to Sam's we passed this truck that said "HEB baby" and "Little Texans Tour". HEB is a grocery store chain in Texas. I thought to myself, "That truck screams free stuff." I pulled over and Googled, "Little Texans Tour." Sure enough, they were going to have a little baby fair at HEB that afternoon. ZoZo and I went that afternoon and got a bunch of great coupons and samples. I was wearing her in the baby carrier, so one of the people working the fair took our picture holding one of the samples. It was such a nice thing to have for new moms. I'm so glad that I could attend.

Many of you are aware of "Throwback Thursdays" on Facebook. People post old pictures on Thursdays of themselves and others. Well, I was thinking that Zoe is going to need to see a lot of great movies from the past, so I have started Throwback Thursday: Movie Edition. Right now, this is just for me because she isn't really watching, but when she is older there is going to be a whole lot of movies Disney movies that I watched on VHS tapes hitting the Wollenberg household. 

Our first Throwback Thursday movie was Grease. Now, the more I watch Grease in my adult life, the more I realize how naive I was. Holy cow is this movie raunchy! I am so glad that I was so innocent because it is such a great movie and it was fun to watch when I was younger and let go way over my head. Everyone has to love a musical. One of the things that Nate and I have been doing if by chance we have a night to relax together is watch The West Wing on Netflix. The West Wing was a show that aired in the late nineties and into the early two-thousands. Stockard Channing plays the role of the first lady. We also know that in Grease she plays the Rizzo. I found myself sitting there thinking, "Wow, it's nice that the once misguided Rizzo grew up to be a talented doctor and loving wife to President Josiah Bartlet." I also always love seeing John Travolta and pre-"Let's Get Physical" Olivia Newton John fly off into the sky at the end of the movie in the car built by teenagers. Classic.

Left: Rizzo Right: Mrs. Abby Bartlet

The second Throwback Thursday selection we made was the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie released in 1990. Now, I LOVED TMNT and the original TMNT movie series. My sister and I could quote them by heart. The fact that they remade these movies makes me so sad. Anyway, I am so glad that we popped this one in. Just seeing all of the old product logos in this movie make it worth watching. It is also set in the grungy pre-Rudy Giuliani New York City. New York clearly needed the Turtles to help out the NYPD. While watching this movie I was reminded of the sad, sad fashion of the late eighties and nineties. Why were shoulder pads ever a thing? I definitely want my shoulders to look like those of general in his dress uniform when when I go out to a nice dinner. The villlian, Shredder, has the best shoulder pads of all because he looks like he could open several cans of soup all at once with the blades. Skateboards were totally cool in this movie as well as boom boxes and high-top tennis shoes. We all are touched by the love and wisdom of a giant mutant rat named, Splinter. If I met any other rat, normal or mutant I don't think I would be pleased, but this rat, he is special to every nineties kid out there. I have a feeling you will be hearing about the next two movies from the series in the future.

Look at those shoulders.

Pure wisdom.

Now, to end with some cuteness. Zoe discovered her toes quite some time ago, but has taken a special interest in them this week. She has been playing with them all the time and now has even figured out that she can get them in her mouth. Now, I will say, "We don't need to eat our toes." She will then look back at me with the, "Why can't I eat my toes, when you nibble on them all the time, Mommy?" Well played, Zobug. Well played.

Well, that's all for now. God is good!

1 comment

  1. We also skipped the baby cereal! I think lots of babies don't like it and it upsets their system. However, on pinterest I did see a way to make pancakes from the cereal. Maybe when she is older you can try that to use up some of what you bought. :) -- Keep sharing pictures, we cannot get enough of your sweet Zoe!!