Wednesday, August 08, 2007

The Boy Never Ceases to amaze me.... :-)

Ok, so yesterday morning we are eating breakfast. The nephew "faux fried" himself some eggs. (faux fried: No grease involved) He put a little grated cheese on it, and chowed down. I happened to glance over at him in time to see him "pick up his "rolled egg" and begin to bite. He looks at me and, referring to the egg, says "egg roll." Then proceeds to eat. He did this with a straight face ya'll. I was rolling!! :-)

It reminded of the time when he was about 4 or 5 and he laid on the blanket we had spread on the living room floor. He grabbed one end of the blanket in his hand and began rolling himself into it. He then announced, "look everyone one, I'm a pig in a blanket." Again, we were on the floor laughing. :-)

He has really been showing a new "side" of himself with his sense of humor lately. He is truly his "Uncle's nephew". Also, just with his attitude. He is 11 going on 50. One minute you want to pinch his head off because he is being so obnoxious, and then the next he does something so sweet you just want to hug him and never let him go.

It also amazes me about the things he "loves to eat" now. BTD (before the diet) he wouldn't touch anything "whole wheat". Now, he LOVES whole wheat bread and whole wheat tortillas. Tonight, I really wanted Mexican Food. So, I went to the store and bought EXTRA LEAN stew meat, a package of fajita seasoning, some low fat cheese, and a variety of bell peppers. I came home and asked him to help prepare dinner. I should have known the first question from him would be "what's for dinner?" He didn't disappoint. I then declared "We are having fajitas." His question, "On whole wheat tortillas?" And upon hearing the "yes" he screams "YAY, I love those." Amazing. I looked at him and thought, "Who are you and what have you done with my nephew?" He still wouldn't have anything to do with the peppers, but he did think they looked pretty in the pan. That's progress I guess.

He also will now eat gingersnaps. I guess when you are desperate for something sweet to eat you will try anything. So, I am now forced to share my gingersnaps. :-) But, it's okay. I don't mind. :-)

Also, he is actually doing his school work, on his own, with no supervision. I am still in shock. Yesterday he actually read the assignment, and did the work. He came to me and said, "I made an 80, please rework it for me". (The rule here is if you make less than an 88 you have to do it over. Thankfully we us Switched on Schoolhouse, and all I have to do is hit a few keys to rework the ones he missed.) Used to, he would take all day to sit staring at the monitor, then he would try to answer the questions WITHOUT reading the material, and make like a 30. Then he would want me to rework it. Maybe he is growing up?! :-) Let's hope so. :-)

On another note, tonight my brother "saved" our vacation by announcing that we can go to Houston for 2 nights in October. The nephew wants to go to Johnson Space Center, again. So we have that scheduled. We have the whole thing planned. One day at San Jacinto Monument/Battleship Texas and then "sightseeing". The next day at JSCH, and then the last day we will go to the Houston Zoo before heading home. It is a FULL schedule, but we are excited. :-) It's not the cabin in Wimberly we originally wanted, but I am just happy to get away for a few days. :-)

Tomorrow we have our 4th weigh in. :-) I am not sure how it is going to come out. I haven't cheated, and I have been exercising, but I feel "bloated". Is that normal? I don't think I've gained weight, but I don't know what the scales will show. My clothes are still fitting a little more lose.... well, we'll see. I'll update you tomorrow.

I hadn't planned on buying the nephew any clothes this time around, but on Sunday he let us know in no uncertain terms that his jeans are too big. We went to the fall back answer of put on a belt. Not only was he already wearing his belt, but he already had it on the last hole. He then felt the need to emphasise his point by pulling his belt as tight as it would go. SO, needless to say we will be taking advantage of "tax free weekend". :-)

OH, and totally unrelated to anything above, but I tried something new yesterday. I sliced a tomato, layed it on a glass dish and seasoned it with pepper and Italian seasoning. Then I put it in the oven on broil for about 10 minutes. I pulled it out and put a little grated cheese on it, and then put it back in the oven. It was SO GOOD. It reminded of me of pizza, but without... you know... the crust, sauce, pepperoni, veggies, extra cheese.... ok, so maybe it isn't like pizza, but it was still GOOD. And it looked healthy... :-)

Wendy Darling


Julie said...

When was the last time you were in Houston? I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the zoo. It is really nice and the baby elephant is sooooo cute.

WendyDarling said...

Hi, Julie :-)

The best I can remember it has probably been 4 or 5 years since I was last in Houston. It has been between 25-30 years since I was at the zoo. Thank you for the tip! We are really looking forward to going. :-)

Princess LadyBug said...

Okay, I'm going to need dates for this Houston trip. You guys are going to be by my house AND my work with the list you mentioned. :P

Looked healthy?! Is that the same as IS healthy? :P

WendyDarling said...

LOL... I am pretty sure it was healthy, Ladybug. You know, tomatoes have antioxidents and all that. :-) And the cheese was low-fat. LOL... :-)