Tuesday, February 21, 2012

No More Meal Stress

Scenario:  Yesterday (could be any day in my life though)

It's 5pm. I just walked in the door. I'm exhausted...the kids are spider-hugging my legs...I'm lugging what feels like 2 week's worth of vacation-luggage which is in fact all the crap I take to work every day...I need to pee...The Marshmallow will be home any minute hungry...all I want to do is climb in my bed and pretend I am single and child-less.

In actuality, what used to be one of my day's worst challenges is set in front of me. What do I make for dinner?  Do you remember this post? About e-meals?  It's been about 6 weeks since I found this wonderful website and am still TOTALLY RAVING about it because it has literally changed so many things in my life.  Like I feel like a good wife and mother, am feeding my family healthy foods, I'm in control of a big huge stressor every day and we eat together every night because there's actually something on the table to eat!  Since I've been using e-meals, I've found that there are several similar services out there. I don't know about them because I've never used 'em but what I do know is that e-meals is now tried and true for me/us and one of my favorite things things in the world.

I got home a few minutes early today which really just meant 4:30. Still not much time to figure out what to make, defrost the meat, wrastle up whatever it is I'm going to make for the main meal and that's not even talking about sides!  Unfortunately for me, The Marshmallow is NOT a one-dish meal kinda guy.  Too bad because I really really love casseroles. They are the ultimate in comfort food for me but The Marshmallow is a total "course" guy. Like as in first, second, third or the meal at least has to have several components.  Blah blah ya, suck fest for me at 5pm on my typical day. Too Bad Marshmallow. Eat yer freakin' Tuna Surprise and be happy you got sumpin' right?  Well, I'm a wife who aims to please. Who knows what'll get me right?  heh heh.

Anyway, tonight it's 4:59 and instead of standing helpless in my kitchen, I am blogging.  It's because not only do I know what's for dinner, it is practically all ready.  There is about 5 minutes work left to be done when The Marshmallow walks in the door and I can look like June Cleaver in my Bear Claw boots sans dress, hair, figure and attitude. 

Here's what's the main course tonight: Pasta Carbonara

Served along side this yummy bacony, garlicy, pasta-y yumminess will be fresh, steamed green beans and garlic cheese bread. Yesterday after a hellacious day we had Cajun Talapia, parmesan-roasted broccoli and pasta salad.

And all I did was print, shop for 1/2 hour and throw a little something together.  This working mom and her family are eating like I don't work 30 hrs a week outside the home. And that's something to shout about!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Tinker's Three!!!

Today my littlest turns three.  She was born at about 7:30 AM February 18th, 2009. I remember that day like it was yesterday.  I look back on those pictures from her birth and recollect vividly the first time she was placed in my arms. That little tiny body snuggled up to me - so perfect and the answer to my prayers.

We've had a lot of crazy times since then as I've gotten to know her. She's headstrong, stubborn, passionate, dramatic, fierce, and more and more loving every day. She has a hilarious sense of humor which makes it a lot easier to be a  member of this family. She refuses to be potty trained, can't wait to start pre-school, adores her big sister, is scared of shadows, calls Natalie "Lallie", has a wonderful little singing voice, and climbs like a monkey.  I love this little girl with a tenderness that can break my heart. To walk in her room at night and see her silent and serene and beautiful, it makes me so grateful that I was lucky enough for her to come into our family.

There's some questions going around that you can ask your kids on their birthday. I've done this a few times with Bugs but never Tinker. She's really only barely at an age where she can answer them. 

Nicole is three!!
What is your favorite color? purple
What is your favorite toy? elephant
What is your favorite fruit? candy
What is your favorite tv show? Bubble Guppies
What is your favorite thing to for eat lunch? a cheese sandwich
What is your favorite outfit? um, i dunno
What is your favorite game? the eating game
What is your favorite snack? fruit snacks
What is your favorite animal? an elephant
What is your favorite song? Choose The Right
What is your favorite book? Hello Bee, Hello Me.
Who is your best friend? You, (mommy)
What is your favorite cereal? Ice Krippies
What is your favorite thing to do outside? ride a big old bike when I grow up like Lallie.
What is your favorite drink? milk
What is your favorite holiday? Halloween
What do you like to take to bed with you at night? elephants
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Ice Krippies
What do you want for dinner on your birthday? cupcakes
What do you want to be when you grow up? Big

Today, we started the day with birthday balloons then hit Chuck E Cheese for lunch where the kids spent a couple hours playing games. This was Tinker's choice - she couldn't wait to see "The Big Mouse".  From there, we went to Build a Bear. Gateway was packed because of an Olympic remembering event going on and we waited in line for probably 45 minutes just to stuff the bear.  We usually let the kids pick what we have for dinner but seeing as Tink only eats "loodles" (her favorite are the Wagon Wheel variety), we'll probably have something the whole family can agree on like ... peas.  haha jk.

Happy Birthday Tink.