Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Just Another Day

The days are really starting to run together. I remember the same thing happening as Big girl reached two and then suddenly she was three.

Those days were peaceful. We got into a routine and enjoyed so much fun together. Cooking together, playing together and almost daily trips to the park.

That was back in the era of one kid. And many fewer square-feet of house to care for.

These days the routine, which allows for outbursts associated with an early-onset case of terrible twos, is anything but routine. Quick to get ready in the morning, quickly out the door, rush home to rush through dinner. The weekends aren't any better.

I think that there will be one weekend at home without major festivities before Thanksgiving, but that too could easily be lost.

I want to find more time to enjoy each day, to enjoy the peace of snuggles with my kids, quiet time with my husband to just be us. But how?

If you have any suggestions let me know. I'm certainly open to them.... and I'm not above calling in "sick" to prevent myself from getting "sick and tired" of the rush.

Saturday, October 6, 2012


When you get ready for a trip you dust off the suitcases and count out socks and underwear. You fill the car with gas or print out your boarding passes. If you're traveling with the kids you also round up the lovies and hide fruit snacks every place you can think of so they are ready to be popped out at a moments notice.

But for this trip there are no fruit snacks. Instead there are lots of chicken nuggets, frozen pizzas and waffles, mac-n-cheese, hot dogs, apples and V8 Splash in Fruit Punch. There are also grandparent treats - Chocolate Special K, tea, Diet Coke, Mt. Dew, popcorn and red wine.

This box is reserved.
No, we aren't all going on vacation together.

We are leaving the kids at home. With the grandparents. For three nights. Three nights.

So instead of the lovies, there are cute skits. And tops that are great for dancing and bars (but like the suitcases need a good dusting because they don't get out very often). There are nights out with friends, time to relax in warm weather - oh - and a wedding!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fancy Dinner

Okay. So that may not be the most accurate title. Here is what I made. You be the judge.

It was inspired by Jalapeno Lime Shrimp that I tried a few months back at Applebee's. And it was surprisingly simple.

- yellow rice
- shrimp (about 30 med to large)
- 1 lime
- 1 can of black beams
- 1 can corn
- 1 cup fresh diced tomatoes
- 1/2 of a med. onion diced
- 2 to 2 1/2 cups diced zucchini
- fresh diced jalapeno
- cilantro
- olive oil
- chipotle seasoning

Start the rice since it will take about 30 minutes. While the water is starting to boil, dice the zucchini, onion and tomato. As soon as the zucchini is diced toss it into a skillet with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and chipotle seasoning (to taste, I used about 1/2 tablespoon). After 2-3 minutes add the shrimp, a few tablespoons of water and more chipotle seasoning. Cover.

While keeping an eye on the skillet, rinse the canned corn and beans in a colander, then put them in a dish with a teaspoon of cilantro and a coating of olive oil. Stir and microwave for two minutes. Then add the tomatoes and onion. Stir the skillet again! Squeeze the juice from half of the lime into the bowl and scrape some of the pulp in as well. Stir and microwave for one more minute.

When the shrimp and zucchini are almost done, add a tiny bit of diced jalapeno, and stir.

Stack the plate with layers. Yellow rice first, shrimp, veggie salsa. Garnish with lime and jalapeno if desired.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wednesday Night

I'm glued to the DVR (I've had enough of the debate!). So, here is a cute picture. Big Girl made it to make a friend feel better.

Kids are great at that. They don't even know exactly why someone is sad, but somehow they know how to make you feel better. Its one of those completly wonderful things about being a parent that they don't tell you about. Clover flowers, heart shaped rocks, stickers in your hair... its something that you learn for youself once you become a parent.

I cherish these memories and the hugs that go with them. When I'm apart from my kids I look forward to these little moments. They make me smile even at the toughest times. And - that is one of the biggest rewards of being a parent - the memories you create, because even when your kids aren't with you, the memories are.