Sunday, January 12, 2020

Marked Safe

Good morning!



I just survived being the only adult snowed inside my house with six kids for 24 hours, excepting the few hours when Dan was home from salting/plowing and also when Brooke and Holland came over to play games for an hour, and when Holland stayed, making the odds seven versus one.

AND we had so much fun. I only yelled once, which was when they would not stop talking at 11 PM, but bless their hearts, they caught the giggles. Hallaway actually said, "Aunt Racheal, I'm so sorry, but I just can't stop laughing."

Ina did get jealous of my attention to and leniency with her cousins and when the pouting (her) and saying I'm disappointed in you (me), didn't work, Kauffman saved the day by turning on The Cha Cha Slide and I picked her up and did the whole dance with her in my arms (workout: check) and everything was smooth the rest of the day.


My sister's kids stayed with us while my sister and brother-in-law attended the visitation and funeral of a fire fighter Cody worked with. He died in a fire on Sunday and left behind his wife and three young children and every time I think about how horrible it is I almost puke and remind myself how thankful I am for everyone who risks their lives to make me and my family safe, that my family is safe and healthy, and that the demands of my job are nothing and minuscule in comparison. If you feel compelled to help out his sweet family here is the GoFundMe page.

So I was more than happy to have six kids, even when we stopped into the grocery store when the ice storm started to get necessities (ramen and popcorn). When we walked in everyone in the grocery store stopped and stared and more than one person said, "Wow, you have your hands full."


We played Bananagrams and Play Nine. We danced. Holland and Hallaway pretend Mira was a queen for a solid hour, carrying her on their shoulders and feeding her and changing her into multiple different dress up clothes. Kauffman and Ina counted all the change in our change jar ($149!) and listened to Wings of Fire on Epic and then everyone played dragons for a few hours.

When Dan walked in the door I poured myself a cranberry margarita, grabbed my library book(starting the Mortal Instruments/Shadow Hunters series), and took a nice long bath.

This week was a full one: dance and swim lessons and two basketball practices and church stuff. I am hosting fellowship interviewees at work and preparing for a presentation and reviewing and doing analyses and the whole thing flew by in a flash.

Ina started playing basketball on my sister's team and I have so enjoyed watching my sister coach and Ina play, although the logistics mostly remain a mystery to her while she defensively slides across the court to catch the ball on offense and butt kicks anytime she has to run and has been caught twirling instead of defending her player.


But, she looks cute doing it.

Then on Friday my dad coached and so many wonderful memories of him coaching my childhood team flooded back to me.

Last Sunday we had my mom's extended family Christmas. I loved getting to catch up with family I see only once or twice a year.

I also was able to see my aunt Joey, who had cerebral palsy and even though she was acting fine and her spirits were bright, hours later died in her sleep. I remember her always smiling and drinking coffee from a straw and not giving up pushing for what she wanted or thought, despite our lack of understanding after the first few tries. My absolute favorite memory of her was when she rolled over the popping firecrackers with her wheelchair on 4th of July over and over again, just to make the kids laugh and squeal.

The girls are now all awake and playing with our change jar again. I guess that is what happens when all of their toys are donated or moved to the basement.


Recipes:

I cooked from the Skinnytaste One and Done cookbook all week, and all of the recipes were fantastic. I recommend buying it or checking it out from the library. We made:
Queso pinto beans: served with rice, tortilla chips, avocado, and sour cream and Dan, two neighbor girls, and my two girls ate every last bite. Strongly recommend.
- Buffalo chicken sweet potatoes with roasted broccoli: the chicken and potatoes both go in the slow cooker! It was perfect!
-Chicken and lentil soup- so good!
-Sheet pan tandori chicken and cauliflower - so amazing.
- pork tenderloin with roasted potatoes and green beans - probably the easiest dinner I have made in my life.

I hope you have a great week! <3

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