Here is what I was thankful for this week:
- Instagram stories and the entertainment/adult social interaction they provide.
- Ina's school valet line - not getting out of the car really helps this momma out.
- Some of Dan's family came over for a visit and treated us to Chinese food. I loved having them over at our house, sitting in our living room, just chatting away and holding babies. The best.
- A really good workout. The amazing people at my gym put a lot of time and energy into planning our workouts and I am so lucky to be able to roll right in without having to put much thought into it.
- I was able to get a good chunk of the storage area in our basement cleaned out while the big girls were at Danielle's and Mira decided she was having a "nap day." I made my third trip to donate stuff this week, which also felt so good.
- Early bedtimes. Seriously, by Friday night I am exhausted at about 6 PM now that I have a 4:30 alarm for the gym.
- A sparkling clean refrigerator.
- A little bit of park time with the older girls while Dan was working at his mom's house and Granny was watching Mira. Ina rode her bike there wile Cora and I walked behind and I noticed she skidded to a stop a few feet from the playground. As I got closer, I saw two 9(ish) year old boys playing while Ina stood frozen, staring at them. She then loudly whispered, "Mom, there are teenagers here!" and dramatically turned her bike around to leave. Once I convinced her that they were not teenagers and even if they were, the park is meant to be shared, she stayed but steered clear of them the rest of the time. Cora, however, followed them around like a puppy and kept on asking, "What are we doing guys?" and would count aloud with them while they were playing hide and seek, often skipping numbers, all while they completely ignored her. I love how different my two girls are and I can't wait to see how Mira plays into our family dynamic.
- I ended the day in a good mood. I hate to say this, but more often than not I don't maintain a good mood all day, particularly when the after dinner hustle and bedtime routine are happening. But, it was a good day, for no particular reason, and I tried to imprint in my brain the memory of us all sitting on our bed, Dan changing Cora's diaper, me changing Mira's diaper, and Ina running around trying to make us laugh.
- My nephew Bauer turned two! We celebrated at my sister's house with family, soup, and cake.
- Miss Emily couldn't watch the kids at small group so her parents came instead, brought cookies and games, and played OUTSIDE in the cold with the children. We are beyond blessed with the best village.
- Danielle brought over baked potato soup for dinner after small group. Yum!
- Mira's 2 month appointment went great. She is in the 99 percentile for length (24.5 inches) and 90% percentile for weight (13 pounds 4 oz.). She is looking great in every way and had her two month vaccines. I had the older girls in tow and they were able to get their flu vaccines, which they weren't too happy about. However, Ina did inform me she showed her whole preschool class her bandaid (which was on her upper thigh). Oh my.
- All the fall colors. Just beautiful.
- Mira's coos. They get cuter and more heart melting by the hour.
- What a 30 minute walk can do to change the mood of everyone in the house.
- Dan brought home pre-cut and marinated chicken and steak from a Mexican grocery store. Oh my heavens, it was amazing. We just seared it up in a pan and served it on tortillas with limes and cilantro. This will be on our weekly dinner rotation.
- The girls went all day without any TV or screen time. I have been letting them watch way too much TV, honestly because it is a lot easier than trying to entertain them while also caring for a newborn. But, this isn't how I want them to spend their time or how I want to spend my maternity leave, so we are doing a little TV detox and will sparingly add it back in.
- Mira slept 7 hours straight! However, Ina was awake a good chunk of the night so I didn't sleep for 7 hours straight, but sleep is in sight. I can smell it.
- The Fly-Swatter sight word game. Ina loved it and I also made letters for Cora. I can't believe how many she already knows.
- Throat Coat tea - it always helps.
Fajitas - no recipe to link, but they were still really good, so I thought I would document them. I marinated chicken breast (pounded out and cut into 1 inch chunks) in olive oil, garlic, salt, and lime juice all day. I started the searing process and added black pepper, cumin, and chili powder. Then Dan took over while I was feeding Mira and cooked the bell peppers and onions that I had also pre-chopped in the morning. We ate them with salsa, sour cream, cheese, and avocado. Oh, and a Corona with lime. Yum.
Overnight oats - a base of equal parts oats, greek yogurt (I use plain full fat), and almond milk (or milk of choice). Mix together and let sit for at least an hour or up to a few days. Top with anything you like. I love almond butter and jelly or sliced banana and walnuts.
Banana pancakes - one of my favorite pancake recipes.
Blender bean muffins: the girls will always eat one or two of these for breakfast if they are available.
Butternut Squash Breakfast Casserole with spinach added has been my breakfast this week. Cora loved it more than I did.
Pizza Beans: (made with great northern beans and turkey Italian sausage added in) I loved these! Both Dan and I had seconds. However, the girls, who normally love white beans of any kind, weren't all that interested, which was pretty disappointing. Ina actually asked, "Mom, please don't even make pizza beans again..." even though she finished her plate. Maybe it was the kale...
Sullivan Street Bread: Although I love this recipe, it isn't really conducive to baking while small group is going on. Dan took it out of the oven on the first alarm...about 20 minutes too soon. So, we had to slice it and broil it again. Ha!
Chicken curry with brown rice, naan, and steamed garlicy green beans. This dinner was delicious - Dan and I loved it. The girls must be having an off week, because they didn't each much.
Have a great end to your week! <3