Yesterday was an awesome day. H was in a great mood the whole day (pretty much. There was one tantrum because E was trying to play with us when she woke up from her nap - we'd been playing with H's train set - and he didn't want her taking his toys. But it blew over pretty quickly.) and we just had a great time together. We played with his trains, gave his little dinosaurs rides to various places on them, read Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs several times, and went to Acme for groceries.
After naps, we went to the apartment complex pool for half an hour, which was a lot of fun. H has a Puddle Jumper, which is a Coast Guard-approved flotation device, so I can carry E around in the water while I just tow him with my other hand. He splashes around, kicks his legs, jumps off the side while I catch him, and goes up and down the stairs over and over again.
Then we came home and had a delicious dinner that took about 5 minutes of actual work, based on this recipe from Iowa Girl Eats. - I simmered 3 chicken thighs in a pot with a jar of Trader Joe's satay sauce and half a can of coconut milk, then cooked some jasmati rice using the other half the can of coconut milk. It was delicious! I also made a big salad of spring greens, corn, peaches, feta, spicy-sweet pecans, and a homemade lemon garlic vinaigrette.
E had a great time crawling all around, playing with H, being carried around in the pool (she gets a little worried when I dip her in the water - she's fine until it gets up to her waist, then she starts kicking her legs and looking very concerned until I pull her back out again), and eating vegetables! I gave her steamed broccoli florets and baby carrots for the first time, and just like H, she LOVED the broccoli.
And M even got home in time for baths!