Hung out with the Scholar family last night.
ScholarWomanPhD makes a baked rice and chicken dish that includes oranges, olives, red bell peppers and onions that is very tasty.
They are in their 5th abode since arriving in the US in December 2008. Oh, and that same time period includes finishing both of their doctoral programs and having a second child. ScholarMan of course had friends from his childhood, but ScholarWoman knew no-one (except the family) here, so she had to build a whole social life, too. I'm exhausted just thinking about it.
ScholarWoman is still recuperating from the gastrointestinal condition that landed her in the hospital for observation and IV rehydration--she's still underpowered. The grownups lounged on the lawn and observed ScholarBoy1 and ScholarBoy2 playing in the dirt, running around the lawn, and throwing small toys into the trees in order to get the adults to do things.
ScholarBoy2, at 16 months, has an obsession with wearing his older brother's shoes. When wearing them, he walks like a stove-up cowboy after a few beers. Nonetheless, he filled a small pail with dirt, carried it all the way across the lawn to the play area, and squatted happily for minutes, transferring the dirt to the play area with a spoon. He's not a baby any more, but a competent toddler.
ScholarBoy1 is, as always, busy busy busy. His task for the summer is to master self-care in the bathroom, as he's starting a preschool program in the fall that has that requirement. He's got part of it down....now there's just the all-essential into the toilet feature.
ScholarBoy1 most resembles his uncle DrummerMan, especially when he smiles. Now I'm thinking that ScholarBoy2 really looks a lot like his ScholarWoman grandmother. It's fascinating to see how the features blend and reassort.