Sometimes I forget how smart children are…and conniving. My husband has been away for work the better part of the last 2 weeks, which has left me a lot time spent with my daughter without a break. Don’t get me wrong, I feel very lucky to have the luxury to to stay home with her. Although, sometimes a mama just needs some adult time outside of the house.
You see, Quinn probably knows that somethings up. There are some boxes and clutter that weren’t there before, Dad has been quite busy, and Mom has been quite stressed. I can tell that she senses that there are more major changes on their way. Her way of coping with all of this has been to test me…hard. She knows the rule of keeping food at the table, but she likes to secretly walk away with it and get my attention when she is finally on the couch, leisurely eating away. This morning while my back was turned, she managed to get her smoothie down off the table and spill it all over the chair in the living room, then called my name to show me how she was splashing in it.
Yes, this is partly my fault. I was busy making breakfast, and the eyes in the back of my head were obviously resting.
Of course there are many moments when she just makes me laugh and know that she is still just a child and all she knows is how to love and have fun.
-Like when she sees a furry dog and says “ROAR” because she thinks it’s a lion.
-When she dances or cries while watching her reflection in the wine refrigerator door. (Apparently I did a lot of this when I was little, but my reflection was in the side of our metal toaster.)
-Or when I have the news on and she hears Barack Obama’s name and starts to yell out “OBAMA! OBAMA!” while shimmying her shoulders up and down.
(DISCLOSURE:I am not brainwashing my child here. She just likes the sound of his name.)
-Or when she sees any stranger that makes eye contact with her and stops in her tracks and says “Hi!” If they are lucky and stick around a few seconds, they too can see some sort of dance routine.
Yes, this is my daughter these days. Challenging, yet loving all the same. She wakes me up every morning by yelling from her crib, “Down? Down? Down?” Then when I walk in the door she immediately tells me she is ready for breakfast by saying “MMMMMMMMM!”
Breakfast is her favorite meal of the day. Mine too. I am one of those people that must have breakfast every single day.
1 whole wheat English muffin, toasted
1 slice Halloumi cheese*
1 large slice of tomato
1 fresh egg at room temp.
Bring a small pot of water to a simmer. In a pan, heat cooking spray over high heat. Place cheese and tomato in the pan. When tomato and cheese are nicely browned, flip over and cook until opposite side is browned as well.
Stir the pot of water quickly so there is a small tornado, or a vortex, in the middle. Quickly crack the egg and pour it into the middle of the vortex. Cook for 4 minutes. Remove egg with a slotted spoon and place on English muffin. Assemble sandwhich as desired.
*Halloumi Cheese is a fantastic Greek cheese that can be grilled or fried without totally melting. It becomes hot and soft, but stays intact making it perfect for sandwiches.