Sunday, November 30, 2008

Meals made easy!!! Honest.

So, you have to check out this contest on 5 minutes for mom. Talk about easy meal planning!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Resisting Temptation

I have to share my big success for yesterday. I resisted the urge to eat a second cookie. Yes, I had one, but then I stopped -- even after the kids were in bed! I don't know about you, but this wasn't easy. They seemed to be calling to me from the kitchen (which is right next to my bedroom) "Soft, chewy, big chocolate chunks" But I resisted! I think that deserves a gold star!

Think about something you've resisted doing lately that deserves a gold star and consider yourself awarded!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hats off for Improvising

I really didn't want to make dinner today. It's not that it was a bad day, but I just didn't want to think or referee the kids while I attempted to cook something. But . . . (and here's the catch) I didn't want to spend money on eating out either. What's a mom to do?

I went home and got salmon out of the freezer. They were supposed to be salmon fillets (as marked) but they were boneless steaks. (that's what I get for having groceries delivered) I decide to grill them, but they were too thick, so I began to cut them. They fell apart. I don't mean a corner here or there. I mean disintegrated. Wanting to give up, but not wanting to order out now, I stuck with it. I spread the chunks of salmon on a baking sheet, seasoned and broiled. All came out well. It wasn't pretty, but we ate it.

And I am grateful. I am grateful for food; not just food, but luxury food like salmon. I am grateful I have options. I am grateful I have a beautiful family to feed. (I guess I am feeling a bit mushy at the moment)

So, we plan, we improvise, we conquer. We are mothers. And a gold star for you and all the ways you improvise every day!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

No Gold Star

Okay, so I officially forgo a gold star in parenting for yesterday. Well, the whole day wasn't a wash, but did you ever have one minute in a day that makes you feel like you've failed for the whole day? Or a lifetime for that matter.

I screamed at my kids because two were crying for seemingly no reason and I couldn't take it anymore. I even swore. It was loud enough that my husband came in from outside. AHHHHH!!! One moment. I feel like such a failure. Not true my husband claims.

The moment passed. Screaming made me feel worse. I calmed things down. Apologized to my kids with tears in my eyes. (Yes, mommy makes mistakes too. Probably more than you.) And we moved on. But I still feel awful for yesterday. I suppose the good things is we made it to another day.

There is always a new day, or a new hour or minute for that matter. Maybe that's what I need to take away from this . . . I don't have to wait for tomorrow to start over. Every minute is a new opportunity.

Oh, and that gold star. Maybe I didn't get one for perfect parenting, but I think apologizing and showing kids that mommy is human sure deserves something!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Always time for DQ

As summer begins to fade and fall begins to set in here in New England I find myself seeking opportunities to savor the last warm rays of sunshine. Somehow we are finding more time for last minute walks at the beach or picnics at the playground.

And I've discovered in these golden days that there is always time for Dairy Queen!

The laundry will wait and who needs to vacuum if your going to outside?

Take a minute and think about which gold star you'd rather have: one for washing the windows or one for eating ice cream with your kids after playing at the beach. I'm on my way to DQ!

My son and my brother tailgating at the DQ!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Unwanted Stars

Today I received an unwanted star of motherhood. It wasn't my first, and I am certain it won't be my last. Why would a star be unwanted? Read on.

I brought my seven week old to the doctor today for something I thought would be simple. Silly me. I forgot that simple is another casualty of parenthood. Instead of the "simple" answer and solution I was expecting I was told my baby needs an ultrasound to determine if she needs surgery. Although it isn't anything earth shattering medically speaking, it is earth shattering for me because she's my baby.

Why does this deserve a gold star, you wonder? Because I was the mom. I stood there. I asked the important questions. I helped the doctor examine my baby despite her protesting wails. I kept it together, and I was the grown up (at least until I got in the car and processed the information later with my husband).

In reality this star goes in a column on my chart that I'd rather not have. No mother wants these stars. The ones that hurt. The ones from emergency room visits or mending broken hearts. The starts received for loving enough for two parents or for digging a hole in the backyard for a four legged friend. Are they undeserved? No, you deserve every point on that star. Yet despite all of it's shiny splendor, you'd give it back in a heartbeat.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Bleary Eyed

Here I sit, bleary eyed after a long week. Three consecutive nights of getting the three little ones in bed by myself (after a day of taking care of them by myself). I don't know how single parents do it. May God give them all they need.

So, I am going to head to the freezer for a little mint chocolate chip therapy. Call it emotional eating if you will, but it's the only thing I've been able to eat all day without scoffing it down while standing up holding a baby or without someone saying, "bite please mama?"

Oh, and as for my gold star for the day I think surviving should be enough. But we did make it to the park :).