Gabriel and Ethan have an amazing bond. Gabriel honestly thinks that Ethan can do no wrong, and it goes both ways. Ethan will do things for Gabriel that he will not do for anyone else. If we cannot get Ethan to wake up, Gabriel will volunteer to help. In minutes…maybe even seconds…we will hear laughter drifting out of Ethan’s room. Amazing.
This year, they get to be reading buddies at school. Their teachers taught 4th grade together last year, and then they moved grades – one to 3rd and one to 1st. It worked out perfectly for us. When we ran into Gabriel’s teacher a few days before school started, she mentioned that she was going to see if their classes could be reading buddies this year. That made us all smile. Since Ethan has developmental delays, he is not at the academic level of his classmates. So, it will be great to know that his brother is the one reading to him when they have reading buddy day. What a huge blessing! Gabriel was so excited about it that he asked on the first day of school if they would be having reading buddies this week. Now we just have to hope that Ethan’s excitement about it does not interfere with him actually listening to the books that Gabriel reads. 🙂
Ethan does typically listen to Gabriel, though, even when it comes to food. He has always been a good eater, but with all of his supplements, medicines, and diet changes that he has had over the past year or so, his taste buds have changed. That, and, Ethan is definitely developing a mind of his own, so he knows what he wants, and he knows what he does not want. And, that is a good thing. A very good thing.
When I made hummus and pita chips last night, though, I did not have to convince anyone to try it. I was actually trying to keep everyone away from it because I was making it for school lunches at the same time that I was preparing dinner. Of course, they wanted the hummus and pita chips.
The pita chips are not quite where I want them to be just yet. Some are good and some are a little tough. They are definitely much better made out of flour tortillas. But, I am going to keep trying. I think that I can eventually make some that are crunchy and yummy. When that happens, I will post the recipe. Until then, this hummus goes well with carrots, corn tortilla chips, or even in a wrap or sandwich.
I did not use tahini because I did not have any in my pantry. I used canned chickpeas this time because it was a last minute decision to make it for the boys’ lunches, so I did not have time to cook the garbanzo beans. I have made it all different ways, and, honestly, I think that it always turns out great. Just keep tasting it until it is where you want it to be. Or, if you have hungry littles around, let them try it and give you their opinion on what else should be added.
Tomorrow is Friday. I can hardly contain my excitement!!