James and I went out this morning and got a few things for the Stamp Out Hunger drive this year. It is so easy to just put out food by the mailbox so we do this every year. We spent roughly $25 for all of this food. I tried to get a few things we have never donated before like spices. I’m sure tons of people donate rice, beans, veggies and other staples but maybe they don’t get very many spices donated to make those staples extra tasty. So we got several jars of spices.
We also got two containers of shelf-stable whole milk. I had wanted to try and add some formula or baby food or something for toddlers because I can’t imagine what it feels like to not know how you’re going to feed your child but after looking online it seems like the main Stamp Out Hunger website specifically says not to donate those items (although many of the individual local websites DO say you can, so I’m still unclear whether it is allowed or not!) so to play it safe I skipped them and figured I could at least add a couple of the whole milk containers in and they can go to somebody who needs it whether it’s an adult or a family with a toddler or little kid who needs the milk.
This year I kind of tried to skip most of the processed foods too because I’m sure those are also pretty common donations. It’s definitely hard to decide whether to donate more and purchase the cheaper packaged foods, or to donate less and buy more of the canned meats and milk and things like that so we did a mix. I’m not sure what the preference is… I guess if I needed assistance I would take whatever I could get so in that respect any donation is better than none. The packaged foods are also quick to prepare and need few extra ingredients and are easy for anyone who doesn’t know how to cook. It doesn’t make a difference if a person gets a pound of dry beans if they don’t know how to cook them or turn them into something tasty to eat! On the other hand people who need assistance still deserve to eat good quality, less processed, fresh foods too and the ones who do like to cook or know how to cook might prefer to get the base ingredients and go from there on their own. So who knows! I guess it’s good that we picked both kinds of food maybe… either way we did something, which is more than nothing.
James specifically picked out green beans and dried potatoes even though he has never had them before… he must have decided they looked tasty from the box! Saturday morning we’ll go out and he can help put the food at our mailbox too even though he won’t totally understand what is going on this year. Hopefully the mail man picks it up!
Apparently I got side tracked today and managed to take only a sad photo of our supper. I made chicken and dumplings from a recipe I found online. It worked alright, although next time I need to use a bigger pot because the dumplings almost went over board!
James was in a pretty decent mood most of the day today… his very best moments are right when he wakes up… he is usually beaming and happy, quirky and curious and excited about life. Sometimes he is like a jack-in-the-box sleeping one moment and all of a sudden his lights turn on and he is beaming awake and ready to face the world! It makes waking up a lot more fun for us! Well, usually, sometimes it makes waking up a lot more dramatic since James has learned how to turn the lights on! … and off, and on, and off, and on again!
Chicken soup with giant dumplings. I didn’t get a photo of it but James got upset when he couldn’t shove his entire dumpling into his mouth
Here is a James after nap photo from a few days ago. It was pretty dark but I sort of fixed it so you can see him! He usually wakes up ready to go and happy with the world!
The first day of our holiday weekend is coming to a close tonight and it was a good, but busy, day! James woke up promptly at 6:30 this morning, but slept well again last night! I had wanted to get up to see that meteor shower but James woke me up at 1:30 and then my alarm that was set for like 2:40 didn’t go off… not sure if I turned it off in my sleep or didn’t turn it on to begin with. James woke me up again at 4 though so we missed the window of 2-4 to see it. Oh well!
Super tasty Curry from last night that Joe made us with random ingredients we had on hand. Mmm.
James took an early first nap this morning (7:15 he was back asleep) so I got to go back and sleep in a bit with Joe and then the three of us had some breakfast and late morning James took his second nap while Joe and I got ready for the day. We braved Wal-Mart to get a few groceries and I wanted Joe to look at convertible car seats with me (we still haven’t decided on one but James has basically outgrown his infant seat). After that we picked up our milk share and got some lunch to bring home with us.
James and Cora looking out the front door together.
This afternoon was full of lots of playing, Joe worked on his faceting machine for awhile, all of us took a nap and then James and I played outside quick and in the kitchen for awhile before it was bath/bed time. James ate his first piece of grass and some dirt today. I stopped him before he could eat last years leaves left in the grass. Our kitchen activity was fun but I forgot to take a photo of it. For those who are friends on Facebook I did upload a movie of him playing! I put some corn starch on his high chair tray and then a few drops of food colouring and gave him a pitcher of water to dump onto it. He mixed it and mixed it then and splashed all over. My goal was to entertain him while I cleaned the kitchen, but I had to do way more cleaning after. He was covered, the walls and cabinet and floor was covered. He even splashed on me, Cora and two of the three cats! Good thing it was easy to clean up!
James was so exhausted he totally passed out by 6:30 tonight. He had a good day.
After James went to bed Joe made us some tasty chicken fried rice with leftover chicken from the other night and now we are watching some pre-Formula 1 race T.V. for the evening!