A Big Last

August 24,2009
Sweet Pea Chef
Jessica Efird( )

Jessica, aka the Sweet Pea Chef, is a former U.S. Senate staffer/weekend gourmet turned full-time mom/family gourmet. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two sons.

Parenthood is full of firsts...first smiles, first teeth, first steps, first, first, first. But somewhere along the way, you begin to count the "lasts" too. We've been doing a lot of lasts here in the Sweet Pea Family, but one big milestone last for G is that he is done with diapers. Yes, my sweet G decided it was time to use his last diaper, as he is officially, in his words, "not a baby, a big boy!" This is a very welcome "last" indeed. Today is a less momentous, yet still important, last: the last day of summer for R. R is headed to kindergarten tomorrow and for some reason, while I am astounded at how my baby boy has grown so quickly, I am not feeling weepy or emotional. It's the "lasts" not the "firsts" that usually have me searching for a tissue. So I share a simple summer treat on this, our family's last day of summer: frozen grapes*. I honestly forget who was the first person to suggest I try freezing grapes as a snack, but I remember thinking it a bit odd. But a few more suggestions later, I gave it a try, and I have to tell you, they're pretty delicious. No chocolate dipped frozen banana mind you, but a pretty tasty little frozen snack nonetheless. So as I prepare to pop R's supplies in his backpack for tomorrow, I pause to share a frozen treat with you: SPC *Be careful with young children and frozen grapes, as they can be a choking hazard...I have yet to give these to G (2 1/2 years old) because I just don't trust him with them yet.