I just returned home from the gym after one heck of a week. You will see a lot of the details below, but I am more than ready for Friday.
- We saw the Oscar Meyer Weenie Mobile at the grocery store and they gave us whistles. Yay.
- The girls and I visited my grandma. While there was piano pounding, candy eating, and statue breaking involved, it is always good to see her.
- The beautiful weather we have been having. I love getting chances to take everyone outside.
- Cora loving on Mira. Honestly, I was pretty worried about how Cora would be with Mira, but right now things are going pretty well. Lately she has even asked to hold her, carry her, and always notices when she isn't in the room with us. She calls her, "My Mira Belle" and isn't all that happy when someone she doesn't know is holding her.
- My last day with Mira by ourselves. It was a good maternity leave, but I am ready to go back to work.
- My entire family's love for Star Wars. I love having something we can all enjoy together.
- Granny came over to help before the party started. Sometimes "helping" means baby snuggles.
- We are blessed with a family that helps us celebrate our new five year old, who entertained her desire to dance and paint their faces.
- After Ina's party, we wiped off the face paint, changed out of the icing covered clothes, and headed to a 50th wedding anniversary party. Dan's family was so welcoming and covered the girls with love. We just felt so blessed.
- Waking up early enough to clean up most of the party craziness. Unfortunately, the elves I hired didn't show up.
- Mira went to the nursery at church and loved it. She was spoiled by getting rocked for the entire hour service.
- We had an afternoon with absolutely nothing to do, so I took that opportunity to prepare for my work week. I laid out the girls' clothes for the week, prepped my breakfasts and lunches, assembled my pump bag, made sure everything necessary for the office was in my work bag, and removed all the goldfish crackers, tiny shoes, and random art projects from my car.
- Dan's mom and grandma watched the girls on my first day back to work. Ina was sick (fever, croup, and vomiting) and Mira all of a sudden wouldn't take a bottle and cried all day, so they had their work cut out for them. Although I was excited to go back to work, the guilt of leaving my work as a mom for someone else to do was pretty strong.
- I still have a job after a significant layoff from my company today. (Weird first day back, huh?) I almost feel selfish for saying that, because those who lost their jobs cannot. However, I am also thankful that they received good severance packages and I am praying they will find good opportunities somewhere else.
- After coming home and feeding Mira, I still felt off from the day. Dan turned the evening around my pouring me a glass of wine, cooking dinner (ah-mazing smoked chicken thighs, cheesy broccoli and cauliflower, and an arugula/spinach salad), and turning on Star Wars. He knows the way to my heart.
- While Ina still has a fever, her cough at night was so, so much better. I am hoping she can go to school tomorrow. (Editor's note: nope, she missed school all week.)
- A successful and professional exchange of projects at work.
- Our parents are teachers teacher was nice enough to reschedule when I couldn't leave work in time to meet with her.
- This post about seasonal affective disorder made me not feel guilty about going to bed at 8 PM during the winter. Instead I am going to own it. Now, the fact that I go to bed at 9 PM during the summer is a different story...
- Granny is being a trooper taking care of the girls while I am at work. Ina is sick. Mira won't take a bottle, like she is going 9 hours without eating. I think most people would run out of the house screaming as soon as I walked in the door, but she peeled and chopped potatoes to help me with dinner.
- Nebulizers, humidifiers, steam showers, and ibuprofen. Thank God for modern medicine.
Recipes I have made this week - not very much. Dinners have pretty much been on the fly and I fully anticipated a few to-go meals, but thankfully we have cooked every night this week. While not gourmet, the meals included a protein and a vegetable and prevented us from starving, so I will call it a win.
- My favorite breakfast casserole. To note, Cora also loves this, which is surprising because she generally despises eggs unless in casserole form. She has started to wake up, walk to the fridge, and ask for it. As it is loaded with spinach and sweet potatoes, I will continue to make it as long as she eats it.
- Paleo gingerbread: I am enjoying this as a sweet treat after dinner
- Prepped Greek bowls for lunch of brown rice, chicken breast, feta cheese, pickled onions (my new obsession), cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, and a dallop of hummus. This is the perfect lunch and keeps me full until I get to my container of mixed nuts on the drive home. I really hope I continue to take the time to prep breakfasts and lunches on Sundays. Being able to grab a few bowls from the fridge and walk out the door makes a huge difference.
I am hoping to have more of a "plan" for quick dinners next week.
Have a great end to your week and weekend! <3