Monday, August 13, 2018

Double Fisting Sippy Cups

Heya!

I am starting from a week and a day ago...

We celebrated Grandma Beverly's 90th birthday on Sunday afternoon in her hometown church (a building that brings back so many wonderful childhood memories).


(I hope I inherited the "thriving in your 90's gene)

She had tons of friends and family visit and I loved hearing stories about her when she was younger. After the official party we went to the after party, which was at a nearby restaurant that served us some amazing fried chicken, green beans, and mashed potatoes.


Mira, who hadn't eaten anything solid in over a week by this point, convinced me to let her break that record and did not stop eating for the next 45 minutes. Granny and Dan took turns shoving forkfuls of food in her mouth and she loudly protested if there was even the slightest lull in the fork-to-mouth progress.

Since her re-entrance into the food world, her eating game has been strong. I am so very thankful for this.

Another noteworthy party incident was that somehow Cora was convinced she was staying the night at Aunt Jessie and Uncle Cody's house and was less than thrilled when she was forced into her own vehicle. The entire drive home she tried different tactics to convince us she could go there from asking nicely, "Please oh please can I go..." to forcefully yelling, "I am going to Uncle Cody's house!" to playing mind tricks, "Mom, what do you think about going to Uncle Cody's house?"

We remedied the situation quickly by setting up a date and Tuesday after dinner I met Jess at the fire station to deliver the older girls for a sleepover.


I think it is safe to conclude that they enjoyed themselves.



The night they came home we ate leftovers and had full intention for a family swim. Somehow a family swim morphed into a family dance party with "Let's Dance" YouTube videos that may have raised my heart rate more than the morning's workout.

The next evening Dan had to switch out the pool filter, which was an all night affair. I won the exciting job of putting all the kids to bed and Dan came upstairs just in time to sneak a picture of me backwards army crawling out of their room. He was hysterically laughing. He said that all of a sudden my legs came out of the door, just like Beetle Juice.

Yep, I am all the way winning at life right now.

We are reading Because of Winn-Dixie before bed and I have bawled my eyes out every single night. The thought of a girl without her momma while I am surrounded by my girls is just more than I can take sometimes.

The next day was Mira's follow up appointment with her pediatrician where it was confirmed that she has healed from swallowing a piece of confetti but had developed hand-foot-mouth in the process.

She then proceeded to share it with her sisters. I think Ina was mostly immune, but poor Cora just can't handle the pain from the sores in her mouth. She has been inconsolable unless you turn on a TV show, so needless to say, she has had a lot of screen time this weekend.



All of our plans for the weekend were scratched and we stayed home, swam, and watched movies. Dan and I did manage to tag-team church, with Danielle's help of driving one of us there and the other home.

One last thing that is only a big deal if you are a mother of an almost one year old - Mira started drinking cow's milk and absolutely loves it.


You can see she loved it so much she commandeered Cora's cup as well and was double fisting her milk a good portion of Sunday evening. Most of me is very happy the transition was so easy and I can now fully start the weening process. A small part of me was a little jealous of the sippy cup. Just a little.

ICYMI: I posted a few things I have been loving lately.

Meals from the week:

Monday: BLT lettuce wraps with Parmesan sweet potatoes and roasted (ok, burnt) green beans

Tuesday: Bourbon Chicken with corn on the cob and roasted broccoli

Wednesday: leftovers (spaghetti with zoodles; I am way late to the zoodle train, but dang they are good), but I did make this fantastic broccoli tuna salad for lunch

Thursday: spiced shrimp with yogurt with brown rice, roasted (not burnt, thankyouverymuch) green beans, and a cucumber tomato salad (this is one of my favorite meals of all time - the flavor is just out of this world. BUT - full disclosure - neither one of the girls touched the shrimp, which didn't hurt my feelings one bit. More for me.)

Friday: nachos - literally the best Friday night meal I can think of - customizable, easy, uses up leftovers/random things in the fridge, etc.

Saturday: pizza - we tried a cauliflower pizza crust recipe that was delicious!

Sunday: sloppy joe's sweet potatoes, roasted broccoli, and my fave kale salad using this recipe for the dressing

Some snack prep: these egg "wraps", paleo blender muffins, and bruschetta lentils.

Have a fantastic week! <3

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