Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thankful 1.11.18

  1. A successful first fellowship interview.
  2. Ina staying the night at Granny's. Although she was missed, I was sick and one less kid to care for did help this night.
  3. Watching Ina and Cora successfully play together without fighting. It sounds and looks so nice. 

  1. My cousin came in town to see the Chiefs playoff game. Ina had all but threatened her life to convince her to stay at our house if the Chiefs made it to the playoffs. Since then we have been "voting for" the Chiefs to win so BubBub can come for a sleepover. I don't think Ina let go of her the first five minutes she saw her. 
  2. I finally started to feel a little better - no aches and chills at night, but my throat is raw and I lose my voice at times. I find it is much easier to whisper than actually try to talk. Dan thinks it is funny to ask me to repeat everything. I never realized how much I raise my voice to talk to someone in another room...until I couldn't. 
  3. Wal-Mart grocery pick up. This might be on my list every week. 
  1. Selling a large item on FB MarketPlace. I am less excited about the extra cash than I am the extra room. Ha!
  2. Throat Coat tea. It makes being sick a little more bearable. 
  3. Even though the Chiefs lost in the playoffs, the game was close, which gave us hope until the end. I like having hope. 
  1. Our friends Brand and Chessa made us a delicious and comforting lunch of black bean soup. The kids played, the adults talked. It was great. 
  2. Small group started again after the holiday break. We are doing The Daniel Plan study, which I have done several times, just never with my own small group. I am excited, but I think it will be challenging. 
  3. Watching Cora eat a zoodle (zucchini noodles). This made my heart sing. She would hold the zoodle up as high as she could, tip her head back and lower it in. This worked until she found a zoodle twice the length of her arm, which despite much effort, landed on her face. 

  1. Driving home from Granny's house the mini-van was full of noises. I had a headache and was trying to block it out, but then realized I shouldn't. Ina was explaining to me her algorithm for when to say the day after tomorrow is one day away and when to say it is two days away (apparently I was incorrect when I informed her that her dance lessons on Wednesday were two days away), Cora was screaming "Watch out for that car!" whenever we passed a car parked or otherwise, and Mira was singing her own song, determined not to be left out. One day I will miss that. 
  2. Everyone ate their dinner (see avgolemeno below). Everyone. This almost never happens, even when we have pizza. 
  3. After dinner clean up and baths are usually the craziest part of my day and everything is done a little haphazardly. For some reason, today's went so smoothly. Cora and Ina colored at the table while I did the dishes and cleaned up. Mira sat in her bouncer, happy to be next to me in the kitchen, and time just seemed to slow down. 

  1. Even on days when Granny takes the girls to her house, she drives over to our house in the morning to pick them up and help me get them ready. Yes, I know, I won the mother-in-law lottery.
  2. Our Parents as Teachers teacher...the more I get to know her the more I love her. She is such a jewel in our community. Somehow while teaching Cora how to count and satisfying Ina's desire to complete every activity under the sun, she simultaneously explained to Dan and me how she volunteers to help the teen moms in the school district. Would it be weird to meet her without my children? Maybe for coffee? 
  3. Kale. It might be the placebo effect, but I seriously feel better (more energy, stronger, like I have super powers...) after I eat it. 

  1. After a horrible, fussy, sleepless night, the thought finally occurred to my sleep-deprived self that I should give Mira some Tylenol. It worked and she finally calmed down. Poor baby is sick for the first time. Even though this is my third baby, it isn't any easier than seeing Ina sick for the first time. 
  2. Ina had her first dance lessons. She said she loved it and asked if she could go again tomorrow. 
  3. Cora and baby time. I stayed home with them while Dan and Ina were at dance and it was nice to have some time with just us. Cora loves singing songs to and cuddling with Mira. 
Lots of good recipes from the week:

Burger salad - seared up some pre-formed pattys and served on top of baby spinach mixed with onions, pickles, tomatoes, and lots of mustard. This was much better than I expected. 

Slow cooker pernil with cilantro lime rice and cabbage slaw. An old favorite.

Thai Crunch salad: we took this to the Nyberg's house to go with the soup. It was great. Will make again.

Asian turkey meatballs with a sesame lime sauce with zoodles, roasted broccoli, and brown rice. The Champs shared this meal with us and even with a doubled recipe, there were zero leftovers.

Avgolemeno (aka Greek chicken soup) with salad greens. Everyone LOVED that soup. I made it with rice instead of orzo and our homemade chicken broth. It's a keeper for sure.

Beef ragu with polenta and kale. Everyone loved the ragu - we had it for two nights in a row. The girls didn't love the polenta. Dan tolerated it the first night, but the second night he seared it up in a pan with some olive oil and liked it much better. We have plans to try it again with some type of Mexican flavored pork.

Have a great week! <3

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Thankful 1.4.18

  1. Cora singing Jingle Bells. Her voice is just so sweet, and while she gets most of the song correct, she makes "one horse open sleigh" all one word and then ends with an enthusiastic, "hey!"
  2. A work break between Christmas and New Year's. While I technically had some work to do, it was way less that usual, and I am working at home. It was almost like a second mini maternity leave. 
  3. The Logic Puzzles book we got Ina for Christmas, which is unfortunately way over her age level. However, she still loves to do them and Dan and I are having fun with them after dinner. And by "having fun" I mean Dan sighing after reading half of them and my eyes lighting up. We have different ideas of "fun."
  1. My mom graciously came over and hung out with the girls while I went grocery shopping. While I have taken all 3 to Aldi, it isn't my absolute favorite thing to do.
  2. All the Christmas decorations are put away. That automatically makes my house feel cleaner.
  3. Granny brought over the girls' cousins for a visit. It was great to see them and I loved how quickly they get used to each other and sneak off to Ina's room to play.
  1. Ina's freshly organized activity cabinet. It makes us both happy.
  2. My family still loves me even when I bring gift exchange presents freshly purchased and beautifully wrapped in plastic Target bags. And when my child spits out a fully chewed spinach leaf on their white carpet. Ugh. 
  3. Making it to Costco just before they close and listening to Ina and Cora sing as we hurridly pushed the cart through the store for olive oil, diapers, and allergy medicine. #momlife
  1. Crab legs. Happy New Year!
  2. EveryDollar. After years of using my spreadsheet for budgeting, I want something a little more automatic, that Dan can also contribute to. I will report back after a few months. 
  3. The movie Hidden Figures. It was fantastic. 
  1. Having an extra day to get caught up on life was clutch. I feel like I got so much done in just a few hours and I can finally stop saying, "No, I am cleaning" when Ina asks if I can help her with something. Until next week. Not that I have high standards for clean. I am happy if my house is slightly above junk yard.
  2. A fresh new planner. Love, love, love, Happy 2018. 
  3. Granny asked to have the older girls stay the night, so Dan and I had a relaxing quiet night missing the girls but enjoying some one on one time with Mira. 
  1. Dan hanging up bikes in the garage to give us room for more...stuff...
  2. Ina and Cora have both been sickly, nothing major, just icky feeling, and today I started to feel chilly, achy, and a tickle in my throat. I immediately chewed on a raw whole garlic clove, which I have heard helps with these sorts of things. If it works, I am thankful. (Edited to add that it did not. I think I needed to eat a lot more garlic. Ha!)
  3. Mira made a smooth transition back to taking a bottle after having over a week of me being on vacation / working from home. 

  1. The way Mira smiles at me when she first sees me. I seriously could write an entire book about that type of unconditional love and how amazing it made/ makes me feel. Ina and Cora also looked at me like that...until one day they didn't. Of course, they still show their love for me in so many ways, but that baby smile just melts my heart. I keep trying to capture it on video...but every time Mira notices my phone and gets distracted.
  2. The Roku and Amazon Fire Stick remote apps on my phone. For some reason we can never find the remove, or "mote," as Cora calls it. 
  3. After work I felt achy and had chills and my head was pounding. Dan let me go to bed at 6 (without dinner - this is very very rare for me!) and took charge of all the nightly activities. The girls had ramen for dinner, watched TV, and didn't have to take a bath. I think it is safe to say they didn't miss me. 

Recipes from this week:

Artichoke mustard chicken: I loved this recipe and wanted to drink the sauce. Dan loved the sauce and veggies, but said the chicken thighs had a weird texture. The girls didn't touch it, but that might have something to do with the pre-dinner pizza that was consumed.

I brought a copy-cat version of my favorite salad from The Mixx: insalata brasica to our last family gathering. I shredded a bag of brussels sprouts and mixed it with two containers of arugula. I topped it with a bag of dried cranberries, about a cup of almond slivers, 6 slices of bacon cooked and chopped, a cup of shredded parmesan cheese, and topped with this maple dijon vinaigrette just before serving.

While grocery shopping on Friday I realized that Aldi doesn't carry a chicken broth without added sugar. I am trying not to eat added sugars. Instead I bought a 5 lb roasting chicken and made my own broth after roasting it. It wasn't hard at all, it was cheaper than buying the chicken broth alone, and the chicken plus the broth made my house smell fantastic all day long. Win, win, win!

Magic green sauce That sauce is magic, because when put on top of quinioa, chicken (cooked together in the pressure cooker!), and green beans it keeps me full until dinner.

Sweet potato yellow curry with brown rice - delicious, healthy, and filling.

Eggs in a basket - one of my favorite healthy breakfasts that keeps me full until lunch. I shred a few sweet potatoes and slice a whole bag of brussels sprouts on Sunday, so making it before work takes almost no time at all. The key, however, is making sure not to burn the veggies while running around getting everyone ready for the day.

Sweet potato banana bars for snacks.

Easy chicken and bean bake: love that it comes together in 5 minutes and everyone in my family will eat it.

Have a great end to your week and weekend! <3

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