Monday, February 24, 2020


Hello from Sickville. Poor Ina just can't catch a break.

Before she felt so bad, I took her to the dentist where we found out she has two cavities (ugh) and she a grown a billion inches (the picture on the left was taken two years ago)

Her mood and energy have significantly improved with ibuprofen, so I am hoping she stays the course. While she is at home resting, Cora and I are at dance where I am glancing at her class on the screen and furiously typing to finish this post in 40 minutes. 

After a very trying potty training/parenting/life day on Monday, one sweet neighbor friend brought over a crock pot full of delicious pot roast for dinner and another sweet neighbor friend brought me over flowers and an encouraging card.

A small part of me felt guilty for sounding so desperate during our conversations, but I quieted her down and instead fully embraced the love that came with the help, because I truly appreciated it. I can't help but sound cliche when I say that I have been so blessed with my tribe. So there, I said it. #Blessed.

I soon decided that Mira was not ready to be potty trained, and even though I put it as a February goal in my planner, it just wasn't happening. She kept on telling me that "the toilet wasn't working" and peed in every room in our house other than the bathroom. We are putting a hold on that for the next few months. At least.

The rest of the week went on like usual  once I breathed that huge sigh of relief. We had an awesome small group on Wednesday. Man did I miss those people over our winter break.

Thursday Ina went to dance and Cora and I tackled two grocery stores and the library in a bathrobe, JoJo bow, snow boots, and one glove. She seemed to enjoy the extra attention and I am slightly scared of what her next grocery shopping outfit will be.

Friday I took Ina to basketball practice and listened to my audio book in the car while scarfing down my dinner and not making eye contact with the other parents dropping off their kids.

After practice my sister and I stood out in the cold chatting and sharing recipes and Whole30 tips. I just love her and am sad that basketball season is almost over and I won't get the built in time to see them every Friday and Saturday.

Saturday I made a few patient calls and then we headed to Ina's basketball game. She had a few extra fans in the crowd - my aunt and uncle were in town from Texas.

And Brooke, Holland, and Mamaw came to cheer Ina on. They won, largely due to my niece Hallaway's drives to the basket. Ina smiled the whole game, so I consider that a win. 

After Ina's game we drove back home for Ina's dance, during which I finally exchanged a Christmas gift, and then loaded the family back in the van to drive back to Pleasant Hill for Kauffman's basketball game. After all of that driving we were rewarded with a delicious Mexican dinner and hanging out at my sister's house until waaaayyyy past our bedtime.

(Ina and Hal acquired tattoos from the quarter machines at the restaurants. They, of course, made up a song and dance to illustrate the fact that they had matching foot tattoos.)

After church on Sunday the Nybergs came over for lunch and a much, much needed hair cut for Dan. Brad has a newly purchased and barber chair and he was just dying to use it.)

Look at that cool picture that Chessa took! I need to hire her to be my blog photographer. I will pay in kale salads. Or wait, maybe cinnamon rolls.

After lunch I went on an absolutely lovely walk with Brooke and prepped food for the week. I think my mom and I might possibly have Dan convinced to try Whole30 with us. Maybe. Speaking of, here are some recipes:

Sheet pan tandori chicken and cauliflower: I burnt this and it was still delicious. 

Carnitas with braised cabbage: both recipes are excellent and will be repeated often. 

Sheet pan chicken sausage, peppers, and potatoes with salad - throw every thing on a sheet pan and cook until done.

Sheet pan (are you noticing a trend here) salmon, potatoes, and green beans.

Made into a an excellent salad the next day for lunch with the addition of a little mayo and vinegar.

Ollie's cracklin' chicken with chopped salad and beets. So much yum.

Burger salads: I seriously want this salad for lunch everyday for the rest of my life.

 Here is what I did:

  • Brown a pound of ground beef seasoned with plenty of Montreal steak seasoning.
  • Make four containers of chopped kale, shredded purple cabbage, chopped red onion, chopped bell pepper, and plenty of chopped pickles.
  • Make mayo, and from that make a dressing out of mostly mayo, paleo ketchup, mustard, and pickle juice. 
  • Top each salad with 1/4 of the meat and 1/4 of the dressing. I dare you to find a more delicious/satisfying lunch. 
Dan is almost over. I did it! I hope you have a great week! <3

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