Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Life, lately.

Let me set the scene by describing the last 24 hours.

6:30pm: Arrive home from work. Nurse Taylor and put her to bed.
7:00pm: Get Mason and Marlee in pj's, teeth brushed, and put Marlee to bed.
7:30pm: Marlee has to go pee. She insists she has to poop, however after sitting there for 10 minutes is unsuccessful. Begins to throw a tantrum when she is told her time is up and she is going back to bed. Play cars with Mason in between checking on Marlee in the bathroom.
8:00pm: Read a book with Mason and put him to bed. Threaten Marlee with sleeping in the bathtub if she doesn't stop throwing her fit, because she is now disturbing Mason's sleep.
8:15pm: Put Marlee in the (dry) bathtub and let her continue going ballistic while I start P90X3. Again.
8:30pm: Get Marlee out of the bathtub (although she is still screaming her head off) and allow her to go back to bed if she is going to be quiet.
8:45pm: Continue P90X3 in silence because Matt (who is fighting off a cold) has gone to bed.
9:00pm: Eat dinner. Leftover pork chops and mashed potatoes from last Friday. No meal planning here tonight.
9:15pm: Make lunches for me and Mason.
9:45pm: Check on the kids and get ready for bed.
10:30pm: Taylor is awake to nurse.
11:00pm: Get a drink and go back to bed.
11:15pm: Taylor is awake again and fussing so I go in to give her the pacifier. Stand there for a few minutes until I am sure she is asleep.
11:30pm: Back to bed.
11:45pm: Repeat 11:15pm and 11:30pm twice more, finally getting back to bed at 12:30am.
3:30am: Taylor is awake to nurse.
4:00am: Back to bed.
4:15am: Hear Taylor fussing and nearly have a mental breakdown in fear that this is going to continue until the other two kids are up.
4:30am: Praise God that either Taylor went back to sleep or that I slept through her fussing and she self-soothed.
6:00am: Alarm goes off and I get up to get ready for work before the kids wake up.
6:30am: Marlee is up first and wants to watch Dora on my iPhone, however has lost technology privileges due to the previous night's tantrum throwing. Another tantrum begins.
7:00am: Mason is up and happily cozies up on the couch quietly with a blanket and awaits breakfast.
7:15am: After a rousing game of "My Legs Don't Work and I Can't Get Dressed" with Marlee, I head to the kitchen to make French toast.
7:30am: The big kids are sitting at the table eating breakfast, Matt appears from the bedroom to turn on the coffee maker, and Taylor announces she is awake and would also like breakfast.
8:00am: Matt goes to work, Taylor rests in the baby swing while Mason entertains her, Marlee decides she is doing her own hair today (WHY didn't a take a picture?!) I blend a quick smoothie for breakfast.
8:15am: Load up the car.
8:30am: Head out to drop off the girls at daycare. Mason stays home with Matt, who takes him to school.
9:15am: Arrive at work. I'll spare you the details but let's just say this involves a project I was volunteered for, a going-away luncheon, and three one-on-ones with my Medela.
6:00pm: Log off and head home.

And it all starts again. Usually Taylor sleeps better. Most of the time Marlee's tantrums fizzle out after a half hour. More often than not, Matt helps out. Normally I am not sooo tired.
I dug out James Dobson's The New Strong Willed Child to take to work with me. I'm only a chapter or two in and am resisting my urge to skip to the "answers" part where it outlines specifically how I am supposed to handle this child in a way that glorifies God. Already, the mothers interviewed in the book speak to my heart. Their stories make me laugh-- and cry. I know we have so much more we are going to deal with as Marlee grows (and grows stronger!)

It's only a season... this time when they are small goes so quickly, and yet not quickly enough. Matt is staring at me here in bed, asking why I'm blogging and not sleeping. I explain it's like journaling, and he goes back to watching Duck Dynasty on the iPad. In a year, 5 years, 20 years, I want to be able to look back and remember. Each season will have its own challenges and joys, I'm praying now I'll take the time to enjoy all of them.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Meal Planning Tuesday

There will be some more substantial posts one of these days besides weekend photos and meal plans, but those two things pretty much make up life right now! Here is what's on the menu this week...

Monday: Buffalo Chicken Salad (I cooked a bunch of chicken in the slow cooker during the day today to use in lunches and dinners this week)

Tuesday: Black Bean & Lentil Chili (slow cooker, meatless)

Wednesday: One-Pot Tomato Basil Pasta (using up the last of our garden tomatoes, sniff!)

Thursday: Sweet Potato Hash & Eggs

Friday: family dinner

Saturday: birthday party

Sunday: Fish Taco Bowls

What have you been making lately?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Weekend in Pictures: Making Strides 5K

October means Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the American Cancer Society's Making Strides 5K Walk. A group of us donned our pink and strolled with the kids this morning through downtown.
How cute are these little cousins?
We worked up an appetite and headed back to our house for brunch. Three "big kids", three two-year-olds, and three babies.
The brunch menu was all make-ahead, so we just had to heat up the quiche's and pour the mimosas!
The menu:

Pink Grapefruit Mimosas
Pink Lemonade
Apple & Pecan Coffee Cake
Yogurt with Granola
Fresh Strawberries & Watermelon
Quiches: Broccoli & Cheese, Jalapeno Popper, and Artichoke & Sun Dried Tomato with Feta
How was your weekend?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Two months.

Two months...plus two weeks... or so. Better late than never, right? Third kid issues, for sure.

Here is how the three kids compare at 2 months old:

23 inches
11 pounds 12 ounces

23 1/4 inches
11 pounds

23 1/2 inches
12 pounds

Taylor slept 10 hours consecutively last night. TEN. HOURS. Which gave me six straight hours of sleep. We got up this morning at 5:15am and played for a bit by ourselves and she was back to sleep at 6:30am, just in time for the other two to get up. :)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Meal Planning Monday

I mean, if that's not the best way to start the week then I don't know what is.

Happy Monday! Here's what's on the menu this week...

Monday: Meatball Marinara Grilled Cheese (was on the menu... but after we got the kids to bed I went grocery shopping and Matt ate potato chips with pesto... meal plan fail)

Tuesday: Taco Pie (this is already prepped and all Matt needs to do is bake it tomorrow night, so I'm counting it as a win)

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken with roasted sweet potatoes

Thursday: Honey Garlic Pork Chops with Quinoa & Spinach Pilaf

Friday: Chicken Stir Fry Bake (with the chicken from Wednesday) with rice

Saturday: Garlic Shrimp in Coconut Milk & Tomatoes (from our garden!) over brown rice

Sunday: Chicken Amandine with green salad

What are you making?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Weekend in Pictures: Apple Hill

I love, love going to Apple Hill every Fall. Not just because of the apples, apple wine, and apple doughnuts, but because I have gone every year since I was a kid. My great grandpa took us when we were little and then when my generation grew up, Grandpa Jay and I would still make the trip up each year and come home with a box of apples and a pie for everyone in the family.
This is one tradition I am so happy to continue, and I am so happy Matt loves it just as much as I do.
Taylor enjoyed her first Ergo experience. How stinking cute is this hat my coworker knitted for her?!
Marlee's favorite part was the apples themselves. Right off the tree.
Grandma Pete joined us again this year, and so did Samantha and Jax!
Mmm... apple wine... and apple beer.
Still working on that apple (and thank you for the cute outfits, Auntie Heidi!)
"Hey geese! I have an apple!"
The rule is, you can only get as large a pumpkin as you can carry.
Mason has taken that rule as his personal challenge to get-- and carry (up a hill)-- the largest pumpkin possible.
Both kids were very proud of their selections and are already looking forward to carving them.

How was your weekend?

P.S. If you are able to get up to Apple Hill, our two favorite stops are High Hill Ranch and Kids Inc. :)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Meal Planning Monday

Happy first day of fall! I love this picture of the kids from last fall. Mason collecting acorns and Marlee in her hand-me-down orange squeaky shoes that insisted on wearing with every outfit. How quickly these seasons really do pass.

As with anything, it takes some time to find your groove. Going on three weeks back to work and getting up twice during the night with Taylor... we're just now finding our meal planning groove. Here is what this week looks like:

Monday: camping leftovers

Tuesday: friends over for pizza

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Thursday: BLT's

Friday: Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins

Saturday: Mustard Glazed Salmon with Lentils

Sunday: Carrot & Apple Soup

What are you making this week?