Thursday, August 26, 2010

alanna is...

...officially an 8th grader! school started on wednesday, but i missed getting a first day of school photo. so here is her on the second day of school instead.

so far she is loving it. she got some great electives, she has lots of friends in most of her classes, and she likes (almost all of) her teachers. i think she should do really well this year. she is such a good student, she loves to read, and she always gets good grades. last year she struggled a bit at the beginning of the year, but by the end, she was doing great. i think with the transfer to a new middle school (two new schools in 2 years), not knowing anyone, and all of the days she missed (because of our trips to asheville and disneyland. oops!), she had a lot going on, and her grades slipped a bit. but this year will be different, and we are all looking forward to it. plus she got an awesome new desk at ikea last month, so she has a nice homework area in her room.

i made a nice dinner on tuesday to end the summer on a tasty note. i do not cook. like ever. i am pretty good at preparing easy meals, and i love to bake, but i very, very rarely make a dinner from scratch. i just don't really know what i am doing in the kitchen, and it all overwhelms and scares me a bit. plus i hate spending a lot of time, and money on getting new ingredients for a new recipe, only to have it taste like garbage. but i found a recipe for a vegan baked ziti with chickpeas, zucchini, and kalamata olives, and it looked simple enough for me to tackle.

we had our friend compton over for dinner as well. everyone said the meal was good. malcolm surprisingly ate it without any complaints, and danny was in shock that i had actually made some "real food", haha.

alanna had thirds. for real. that girl can eat!

i guess they must have loved it, because they ate a lot of it. pretty fantastic :)


  1. She is so beautiful, just like her mama! She could be a model with those long legs! <3

  2. i want to have that for dinner..sooooo yummy

  3. I never would have thought that you can't cook! That looks delicious!


  4. Yum, that looks delicious! I am so jealous that Malcolm will eat things like that. Demetri might be the pickiest boy I know. He won't even eat an apple!

    Congrats to Alanna! It is scary how fast time goes.