We love having my mom in town. Extra attention for Marlowe, an extra hand for me, and extra company for both of us. Alex made three loaves of bread yesterday morning, so we decided to put it to good use and have a steamed artichoke, sun dried tomato hummus, and olive brunchday. While Marlowe isn't a fan of olives (I hated them up until a year ago), she loves, loves, loves her artichoke. She picks off a leaf, dips it in the dressing (yesterday was a garlic basil lemon dressing) and tears off all the meat. Is 'meat' the right term? It's gotta be, right? Either way, our lady date meal was fun and delicious. Marlowe told us stories of how she was going to take us to the zoo for french fries and ketch-up (she made sure to tell us she would pay) and how she was going to bring 'baby Trudy' to show her all the animals--- this girl, she's a talker and entertainer. Thinking about yesterday (and staring at a whole loaf still sitting on the counter) is making me hungry.... soooooo... I think I might go for some more olives and bread... right... now.