Posts

Cooking and calendars, babies and baptism

Remember my project mentality as I tell you that I've cycled back into cooking experiments. I tend to rotate through cooking, house projects, and school projects. I never know what will inspire me to switch. It's always a surprise. Jon loves this about me. ;) This week my switch was inspired by Jamie Oliver and his facebook video on butternut squash smoothies. Yeah, I know. It sounds gross, but it reminded me of a pumpkin spice smoothie which is NOT gross. In any case, I bought a butternut squash the next day, roasted it the way Jamie (we're compadres now) told me to, and then put it in the refrigerator. I still hadn't made the original smoothie by yesterday morning, but I did sub the butternut squash for sweet potatoes in the Tupelo Honey sweet potato pancake recipe. See? Project. I went from a facebook cooking video to changing up a brand new-to-me recipe with an ingredient I don't use regularly. Why go small when I can go big? And what was the verdict? I haven&#…

Anniversaries and Planning my Midlife Crisis

Hello friends. I'm going to bounce around a little bit because that's just how things have been in the last week. Also, I'm feeling all the feels which makes for deeper thoughts. However, Jon is using the weed eater outside because we got an HOA letter about grass so that's a little distracting. Maybe the noise will balance out the feels so that I don't overshare. Anyway.

First, Jon and I celebrated our 17th anniversary on Friday. I know that some people don't really celebrate anniversaries while others go all out. I think we're more in between. This year I didn't really think about it that much. I mean, I knew it was coming, but we did our big trip this summer. We didn't do gifts. We went out to dinner with some friends, but we do that with them anyway. It was kind of a non-event this year.

 My one consistent anniversary practice is to think back over the year; the good, the bad, and the ugly. I think year 17 was a deeper year for us. The first hal…

Tuesdays are long...

Tuesday. You are so long. Why are you so long sometimes?

On this particular Tuesday, we did our usual morning routine of packing lunches and getting ready for our homeschool group. Tommy needed to stay home because he had a doctor's appointment later on for his broken finger. He won't stop breaking things. I don't like this new habit of his. In any case, even though he didn't need to be up and ready by 8am, he still decided to take a shower and occupy the bathroom when the other kids did need to use the bathroom to get ready. That means teeth were not brushed, something I discovered in the car on our way to school. Sigh.

I could not follow my normal schedule in class today. We all know what a sudden schedule change does to kids. Chaos ensued. At lunch I learned that Tommy definitely broke his finger, and I should expect a call from the OT. I ate my lunch in my car then outside because all I had to pack for my lunch was peanut butter and jelly. Our campus is nut free, a…

I cannot Sunday today. Also, chocolate covered cherries...

Good morning friends!  On this beautiful Sunday morning, I have decided to do something completely out of character for myself. I am skipping church. Jon left the house at 10:30 with the kids while I remained firmly planted on the couch, warmed by the non-judging embrace of  my stretchy clothes, ignoring my need of a shower, and reveling in the silence I was about to experience.

Do not worry about me. It has absolutely nothing to do with church and everything to do with my physical need to be somewhere quiet to process through the last couple of weeks. I was going to list it all out, but really, the details are unimportant so I'll bullet point it for you.


Tommy broke his finger last night at his first basketball game. Different finger. Dr. Santiago thought he was almost done with us, but apparently the first break was merely the beginning of a beautiful relationship. I wonder how many breaks gets you to a first name basis.General family unrest. Unwelcome news, unwelcome attitudes..…

October, break week, and post-church lunches

First, can we all congratulate each other for making it through October? Seriously. Give yourself a hand. You made it through the first doldrums of the school year! Well, almost. We just have to make it through Halloween, my absolute favorite holiday of the year. What's not to love about spending too much money on candy I can't eat while making/buying costumes for my kids? Actually, I don't like Halloween. I see this holiday as the day I have to get through to enter into the blessed month of November. 
I'll spare you my gushing for November. We're still in October so it's time to think back over the month. Mostly, it wasn't as painful as previous years. I don't know why. Oh wait. It's probably because I threw out my math plan for Tommy, and we're still not fully committed to a high school math curriculum. I am not worried about this because he can still do a full class of geometry in a semester. Even if I wait until January (which I won't), …

In case you thought my Facebook complaining was shallow...

Last week I had to take Charlotte to MUSC to be evaluated by an orthopedist. My pediatrician was concerned she might have scoliosis. *hard eye roll* She does not have scoliosis. Like, she's not even close. Her spine is 5 degrees from perfect. The process was so irritating. We were hungry because the appointment was right at lunch time, and I had severely overestimated the competency of the office to schedule appointments appropriately. It was an irritating day equivalent to a small rock in your shoe for a couple of hours. It was stressful because even though I knew Charlotte was fine, I was also walking into this large, intimidating building full of people who are not fine. It makes me consider the what-ifs that I generally avoid. You know, what if my child was in this waiting room for something severe. What if this doctor visit wasn't a one time thing but instead a regular part of my life. I complained on Facebook about the surface issues. The stupidly long wait. The overbook…

So...last week was not boring after all

Image
Before I go into my regularly scheduled programming of what things are going on in our little square of the world, I feel the need to make a disclaimer. I am sarcastic. I mean, I think most people pick up on that fairy quickly, but...you know...some people are a little slow on the dry, sarcastic humor. Also, I don't ever intend to come off as ungrateful as I tick off the little interruptions that are actually my real life. I wake up every single morning and think to myself "how in the world is this my life?" And I mean that in a good way! At any given moment I am simultaneously incredibly thankful for my dishwasher that washes my dishes, irritated that I have so many dishes that need to be cleaned AGAIN, overwhelmed by the list of other things that I really need to get done, thankful that I have the opportunity to do the things I need to do instead of focusing on survival every waking moment, and stressed that I need to be across town at rush hour. If you don't know …