so, last night during the commercials for "jon & kate plus 8" i was flipping back to the food network channel which was showing various sorts of favorite appetizers from around the country. it showed them making something called "empanadas" which, though i've lived near mexico for 4 1/2 years now, i've never actually tried one. they looked sort of like dumplings or pot stickers, though i hadn't changed the channel in time to see what sort of filling they contained. once they were baked to golden brown perfection, they reminded me of samosas. and my poor little pregnant brain attached itself to the idea of samosas and it will not let go. i'm STILL craving samosas 18 hours later and my stomach refuses to agree to the thought of any other food entering it. the rather large problem i have is that there are no restaurants nearby that carry samosas. we have a little "rice king" that sells over-fried egg rolls, but i have a feeling my picky tummy will be able to tell the difference. i suppose i'll have to turn the tv on again and see what else there is to crave.
uncle james left this morning for colorado. he is hoping to see the grand canyon on the way. we had a lovely time with him...i don't think i've ever seen my son warm up to someone (especially a male someone) so quickly. i know that when tristan wakes up from his nap, he'll be asking for "jee" (jee evolved from chee which evolved from tsee) and i'll have to explain to him all over again that jee went bye bye, but we'll see him again at christmas time. and tristan's lower lip will quiver just a bit until i suggest some juice while watching thomas and then he'll snuggle in close and i'm sure his little brain will be wondering exactly what christmastime is and hoping that it will happen real soon.
i have lately just been completely awestruck by the changes in tristan, how he is growing up and understanding so much more. his ways of communication are adorable, since his actual vocabulary is quite small. he likes to "tell stories" with gestures and sound effects, explaining to daddy exactly how and where he fell on the stairs, or showing me how daddy meant to kiss him on the mouth, but got his eye instead. he listens to EVERYTHING we say, even when we don't realize he is listening. whenever i use the word "scream" in a sentence while talking to someone, tristan will give a little scream of his own to let me know he's listening, followed by a "Shhhh", telling himself to quiet down. he's also started really interacting with his toys, making noises for the cars and trucks, crashing them into each other (how did he know that boys are supposed to do that?) and sharing his snacks with all of them, especially his little woody doll character from "toy story" that he found in the 15c bin at the thrift store. in the bathtub, he likes to make his foam dinosaurs fight and "roar" and then kiss each other.
i especially enjoy watching him around other kids his age. i accidentally came upon a mom's group at the park a week ago and have decided to join them since tristan is close in age to many of the boys there. compared to the other boys, tristan is much more observant. he holds back and watches for quite awhile, then when he's ready to join in, he holds out his hand and says "mommy" wanting me to go with him. once i've gone on the slides and swings with him for awhile, he usually begins to try it out on his own. the other boys are much more loud and boisterous than he is, but he doesn't seem to get intimidated too easily. he just does his own thing, sometimes copying what they are doing, sometimes watching and laughing at them. i love seeing his little personality emerge and i pray that his observant nature will lead to an empathetic and compassionate heart.
samosas still on the brain.....i have GOT to do something about this!