Tonawanda News


November 29, 2012

Sharks, little boys and other bottomless pits

Tonawanda News — When I tell people I have two little boys, there’s about a 50/50 chance I’ll get one of two reactions.

One: “Oh, they’re so much easier than girls! I’ll take boys any day.”

(My mom, who raised one of each, agrees with this. I’ll leave that one alone.)

Two: “Oh, your grocery bills will be going up!”

I can’t argue with that, although I can’t actually speak to the comparative eating power of little girls. The boys are 8 and 4, and the weekly grocery budget already has become a figure to watch with trepidation. In part, that’s because it’s simply getting more and more pricey to put together a meal that actually includes things from all four food groups — as I’m sure you’ve noticed — and when you add in the need for haste due to a tricky family schedule, it gets even more complicated.

And part of it’s just because they can eat. A lot. Amazing amounts, really, for two little boys who are on the low to normal side of the weight charts ... though when I see the amount of energy they can exert in bouncing around the house, it’s less surprising.

Jim, at 8, has been known to put away more food than his father. I watched in awe as he consumed three (OK, smallish) bowls of chicken with vegetables and pasta the other days. Meat, bread, dairy products, even vegetables ... he’ll plow through it all and then look around for dessert. I put Brussels sprouts in front of him a few weeks ago and he ate those. Oatmeal (sometimes two bowls) is the requested breakfast. Fish is a newfound favorite. Chicken chili is a treat. Dessert is not usually a big deal, but milkshakes are the best thing ever.

Text Only
  • SUN LIFE Volunteers honored 1 040614.jpg Women Who Move the City (and beyond)

    April 7, 2014 2 Photos

  • SUN LIFE POUND 1040614j jpg.jpg Rock n' roll fitness

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - crib notes RGB Enough of this winter -- it's time for spring

    Midway through separating the bits of dog food from the shredded paper towel pieces on the saturated bed sheet that had been strewn across the dining-room table, I finally realized I’d had enough.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - critter companions RGB Dear readers, it's me, Kenny

    I have bad knees. I have been told to blame my grandmother. I have also been told to blame her for my love of animals. Today, we celebrate the 100th Critter Companions column.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE mummies 1 033014.jpg 'Mummies of the World' exhibit arrives in Buffalo

    As visitors arrived for the recent NCAA basketball tournament games in Buffalo, a much older group of visitors arrived via motorcade at the Buffalo Museum of Science — but these newcomers to the Queen City wouldn’t be seeking out a place to have a beer between games or where to find the region’s best chicken wings.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - double trouble RGB Years later, still spending sunny days on Sesame Street

    I always knew we’d hit “the Elmo years.”

    Going into parenthood, it seemed like a given. Both my husband and I  were “Sesame Street” fans from childhood ourselves, and we were happy enough to pass it on to a new generation. And we knew, having friends with children of the applicable age, that in this day and age “Sesame Street” equalled Elmo, the squeaky-voiced “furry red menace” (thus dubbed by Oscar the Grouch) of parents everywhere.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE Local Restaurant Week 2 033014.jpg Back for another bite

    As spring finally starts to unfold in Western New York, residents are likely eager to get out of their houses — and organizers of Local Restaurant Week hope they’ll consider eating out as they do that.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wineries invite visitors to take a Taste of the Trail

    If one weekend of food and wine pairings is a good thing, two weekends of food and wine pairings must be even better.

    For the first time, the Taste of the Trail event, which takes place Friday through April 6 and April 11 to 13 on the Niagara Wine Trail, will be split into two weekends, with half the trail’s wineries taking part the first weekend and half the second, said Elizabeth Maute, wine trail coordinator.

    March 31, 2014

  • sig - critter companions RGB CRITTER COMPANIONS: Rewards for playing nice

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE signs of spring 1 032314.jpg Region's favorite signs of spring gear up for season

    Ah, the signs of spring: The birdsong, the flowers, the green grass, the flowing waters of the Erie Canal or Niagara River ... and the words “Opening soon” on the marquee of your favorite seasonal business.

    March 24, 2014 1 Photo