Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Beautiful Weather

Here in Houston, we're finally enjoying some nice weather! One day it was 93 degrees, the next day it was 50 degrees. And we're starting the second week of this beautiful weather. It's so nice!

We spent our weekend going to my company picnic on Saturday and attending a couple of birthday parties on Sunday. It was such beautiful weather that we decided to ride our bikes to the birthday parties. You would have thought we were the craziest people in the world - the looks we got from some people!

The first birthday party was held at a park that is fairly close to our house - about a mile away. The second party was about 4 miles further away from our house. That's really not very far on a bike, but in Houston, it's hard to imagine being able to ride that far through residential neighborhoods in central Houston in order to get to someone's house. But, it was actually very easy and a very nice change from having to drive.

I went on a recruiting trip to my alma mater a week ago and I did my best to try to convince the people I was interviewing that Houston is not really all that bad. Granted - my husband and I both hate the weather here, but we live in a neighborhood that we love and we really try to take advantage of all the outdoor activities that we can. Like biking from our house all over the city of Houston!

Anyway, mark this down, I'm not totally bad-mouthing Houston for once. This is a date to remember! :)

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Taste Buds

Ok, I know, once again, it's been about 4 weeks since I've posted, but I've been busy! Work's been crazy and the girl turned 3 this past week. She's so big!

But, that's not why I'm writing finally. I'm writing to tell a story...

This morning, as we were sitting eating breakfast with the kids, I realized what complete opposites the kids are as far as taste buds go. I mean, the boy was sitting nicely, eating his dry toast while the girl was happily pealing the rind off her lemon slice and eating it whole - no sour face, no reaction whatsoever!!! How could these two kids be from the same parents?

This is how pretty much every meal is eaten. The boy has some "special food" (which we try sometimes to make similar to what every one else is eating) while everyone else eats "normal food".

So, the boy's diet consists mainly of cottage cheese, bread, hot dog buns, fruit, and... did I mention cottage cheese? We try to make him try at least one bite of whatever food we're eating so that he can "develop" a taste for something - anything - different, but almost every time, it ends in the boy genuinely gagging and almost throwing up.

I had heard about some people being "super tasters" and some being "non-tasters" and this could not be more true about our two kids. This article describes it to a tee:
It's not easy eating green