If I hear one more person tell me how full my hands are…
Usually this happens while I’m in an elevator with my boys. I smile to whatever stranger is assessing my situation and I tell them how much I agree with them. My hands have never been so full. (But really, I don’t know how many more times I can take this comment).
Ok, time for a little pep talk…to myself and to anyone who feels a little in over their head.
It is just a phase. Life will find a new normal. Crazy is ok for a little while.
Time for us to take a deep breath and tell ourselves that it really will be ok.
What tough stage are you approaching? Maybe you’re in the thick of it right now. You just had a baby and are not getting ANY sleep. You have more than you feel you can handle with all your responsibilities. You just went from 0-1 kid, or 1-2 kids, or 2-3 kids, etc. You just moved and don’t know a soul. Your job or your husband’s job situation just changed. Your kids are going through a rough time. It could be anything. You just feel in over your head. (more…)
Oh my crazy life. If ever there was “survival mode” week, this is that week. Due to a lot of details working out just right in a REALLY short amount of time, we found out last Thursday that we will be moving…this Wednesday. Less than one week. To pack an entire house, with two toddler boys running around, while 8 months pregnant, 2 weeks before Christmas.
The good thing is that instead of moving in April like we originally planned (by then the baby would be around 3 or 4 months old), we can hopefully get all settled in our new place before her arrival.
But two weeks before Christmas? My head is spinning. (more…)
I’m always looking for ways to switch things up for Pizza and Movie Night. I mean really, you can only have so many Fridays in a row of homemade pizza and CARS (yes, we watch the same movie every.single.Friday.) A few other recipe alternatives I like to throw in the rotation are pizza quesadillas and French bread pizza. Then earlier this week I had an epiphany—homemade bagel bites! Perfect.
My husband’s family has a tradition of eating bagel bites every Christmas Eve, along with a few other staple items (coke from the old fashioned bottles, cheese ball, and little smokies). Our first Christmas Eve together was my first time ever eating bagel bites, but I have to admit—they were pretty yummy.
So the other day as I was walking by the bread aisle in Target, it hit me. Why not do a homemade version and add it to our pizza rotation? That’s where this recipe came from. I use homemade sauce and buy mini plain bagels. The kids LOVED them. They were simple to make and would probably be super easy to freeze and thaw. (I’ll update on that later). (more…)
If you’ve visited my “About Me” page, you might have read that one of the unique things about me is that my twin sister (Shawna) and I got our DNA tested for our 30th birthday and did the “reveal” similar to how lots of parents find out if they’re having a girl or a boy. That “fact” really deserves a story, so in honor of our 31st birthday (tomorrow), I thought I’d share that story with you.
We grew up hearing the question “Are you identical or fraternal?” millions and millions and millions of times. Even into adulthood, things didn’t change much. It was pretty much the first question asked by every new person we ever met in our entire life. The conversation went like this almost always:
“Oh you have a twin! Are you identical or fraternal?”
“We actually don’t know.”
“You don’t know? How do you not know?”
“The doctor never told my mom.”
“Well do you look alike?”
“Sort of. We looked a lot alike when we were little. Some people think we’re identical, but some think fraternal.” (…followed by an awkward accounting of the features and characteristics of why we might be either identical or fraternal).
Whew! What a week that was. And now it’s December–I really can’t believe that. How was your Thanksgiving? Did you do lots of cooking?
We had a great time with family–lots of prepping, eating, celebrating a couple special occasions, and we were even able to sneak in a date night and a trip to the zoo. We’re exhausted and refreshed all at the same time.
I have to say, being surrounded by family AND being 7 1/2 months pregnant means I pretty much didn’t lift a finger for the past several days. It was fabulous! I’m so thankful for extra hands and extra bodies to chase after my boys.
As for our weekly menu, I’m still primarily using freezer meals from September’s big freezer cooking session. My original plan was to make them last through Christmas, and then I’d do another big cooking session in early January right before baby girl is due. I’m hopeful that this plan will still work, although I am getting a little nervous as I see my deep freezer getting less and less full. (more…)