- My friend/co-worker who just had her beautiful baby worked up until delivery and did almost all of the work on the projects I inherited from her. She is such a gem.
- Another absolutely beautiful afternoon for the kids to play outside, even if it was for just 30 minutes, which gave Danielle and I the perfect mocktail drinking opportunity.
- A clean toy room.
- For the Love. Such a good book. Also, the library for letting me read it for free.
- My FitBit Charge, which had been dead and un-chargeable for a month, suddenly felt like turning back on. Yay! I love looking at all of my data, specifically my heart rate during workouts, number of steps I get before 9 am, and how much (little?) sleep I get.
- Dan ate a vegetarian meal and loved it (see dal below).
- We had the chance to go to the funeral of a wonderful woman from my childhood. I tried to listen to all the great things people were saying about her, but Mira had other plans and talked/made noise the entire time, forcing me to stand in the back room with her while Dan was wrangling Cora and Ina had somehow convinced her librarian from school (who she was so excited to see outside of school) to HOLD all 48 pounds of her while STANDING for the entire service. Lesson learned, next time, we are getting a babysitter.
- Ina's new friend from dance class had an indoor pool birthday party. It was a great opportunity for me to chat with a few of the moms and also for Ina to get some extra energy out. Also, troll headbands.
- Danielle's mom came over for dinner that Dan and Danielle made. After we cleaned up we turned on a movie for the kids and PLAYED CARDS. I can't tell you how much of a dream come true this was for me.
- Mira slept in her crib for 3 hours. We were using the Rock N' Play before, but she is growing out of it. Progress.
- Positive outcomes of hard conversations.
- My friend Hannah. She is such a good friend and a great supporter of my life and family. Everyone needs a Hannah.
- My rescuer.
- Meeting a new mom in Ina's dance class.
- Coming home to everyone waiting on us for dinner, even though they really didn't have to.
- Ina was a perfect doll during her dentist appointment. Cora greatly improved from the last appointment, but still wanted nothing to do with the dentist touching her mouth in any way. Both of them had zero cavities. Yay.
- My new treadmill! Although I don't think I will ever go back to the days of strictly running for exercise, I can't describe how good it felt to get those endorphins flowing.
- Watching Ina carry Cora. I know this isn't exactly safe, but I always allow a few seconds before I tell her to stop to soak in the cuteness of Cora clinging on to Ina like a baby monkey, completely trusting in her big sister to carry half her weight.
- Merlin's magic sleep suit + a white noise machine. How did I make it to the third baby before trying either one of these?!? I put Mira in her crib awake, and she slept there the whole night, with the exception of two feedings, which typically happen anyways, without so much as a whimper.
- We celebrated a co-worker's 35th work anniversary with our company. Thirty five years! It was fun to listen to all the stories of the way things used to be done and afterwards I was feeling even more grateful for the technology of computers, the internet, and conference calls.
- A fun opportunity for a little project our church is taking on.
Recipes from the week:
Pad Thai- fantastic, although I will say the girls weren't all to interested in it. Ina is on a peanut butter strike.
8 minute dal - a keeper recipe for sure! We used zucchini and mushrooms, because those were the vegetables that needs to be used in the fridge. The girls weren't huge fans, but Dan loved it and I really like how versatile/quick/healthy the recipe is.
Meatballs (made my Dan) and sauce with brown rice noodles, salad (all made by Danielle), and roasted green beans (my only contribution).
Carnitas with cabbage slaw and cilantro lime rice. Oh and tamales. Because every time Danielle and I plan Mexican food, one of the boys "disappears" and returns a few minutes later with tamales from the local taqueria. I can't say it makes me mad.
Danielle made beef and vegetable soup with homemade gluten free bread. Mmm....
Smoked chicken legs, roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and potatoes. Such an easy meal and it never gets old.
Dan made chicken fried rice with lots of veggies. Yum.
Paleo mayo (word to the wise - listen when she says not to use extra virgin olive oil)
My new favorite snack: sticking a few almonds in a date.