Getting My Ducks In a Row

Ducks.  In a Row.

The last couple of weeks have been dotted with children’s illnesses (and subsequent lack of sleep for parents and kids), visitors, dentist/dr visits and a few other things that lend to a disrupted schedule.  I haven’t felt like I’ve had my act together in a couple of weeks.  Who am I kidding?  I haven’t had my act together since a little blond haired, blue eyed girl came raring into our lives 5 years ago.  And she is totally worth it, as is her brother.  But, my expectations of what can be accomplished have been duly adjusted.

Expectation Adjuster With Apple

I’ve just about hit the one year mark of being a stay at home mom.  Thanks to going high-raw back in May, I have much more energy to chase kids, push swings, prepare (what feels like) 10 meals a day, sing songs, wipe noses and bottoms, dress Barbies, assemble puzzles, locate missing shoes, make car engine noises and all the other things that fill the day with young children. Exercising regularly (beyond swing pushing, diaper bag hauling, stroller maneuvering and pushing that blepity bleep car-cart that the grocery store)  helps a lot too and I am grateful to have the time to do that now.  Life is pretty good and I am so very thankful for all that we have.

Back to having my act together….

I was determined to get things back on track this week and, lo and behold, it’s almost the kid’s bedtime and it has been a fantastic day.

Started the day with a new green smoothie concoctions – kale, a whole lime, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 apple, 1 carrot, ice and water.  Simple, but yummy and definitely a repeater.

I had another simple but  yummy concoction for lunch in a quiet house while my little guy took an unexpected nap.

Coleslaw Mix with Sesame Ginger Dressing

I got my week of meals/tasks/shopping list written down and organized.  While eating my second bowl of sesame-ginger slaw.

My Act.  Coming Together.

I nourished my soul with some Bible study.

The Good Book.

I made some almond milk and dehydrated some almonds and pecans for snacking this week.

Necessary Ingredient for Peanut Butter – Banana Smoothies.

I bought my first ever spaghetti squash and am looking forward to trying a new (cooked)  recipe this week.

Does this make my nose look big?

I let the TV babysit my kids and I hung out with Jillian for 20 minutes.

I will hopefully reunite with Shaun T tomorrow, if my kids can get the hang of this time change thing.  Little feet running into my room at 6am is sweet, but doesn’t allow for too much A.M. workout time.

I let that blond-haired blue eyed little girl make her own pb&j (if you remember this post, you’ll share in my joy that she now likes peanut butter!) and faced the mess that comes with a 5 year old doing it themselves.

Jelly On Yellow

I made some bread and soup for the third simple but yummy meal of the day.  My girl and I also made a batch of pumpkin-oatmeal breakfast cookies and my little guy swiped 3 of them after dinner tonight.  He is a stealthy one.  We only noticed after we saw crumbs on his face and a empty row on the cooling rack.


Good food, the Good Lord, planning, baking, exercising, time alone and with the family and cookies?  My kind of Monday!


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Grammy on November 9, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Great pictures and comments! There must be something to RAW! Can’t wait to make the
    salad you shared with us over the weekend. Thanks again, Grammy


  2. “Good food, the Good Lord, planning, baking, exercising, time alone and with the family and cookies? My kind of Monday!”
    So happy for you 😀


  3. Cookie recipe???? Sounds great!

    And I LOVE spaghetti squash- so versatile! And you can eat it cooked with a super yummy raw sauce (tomato or cheesey! Let me know if you want some yum recipes for either!).

    Love the picture of your little girl with the apple. So cute and devious… haha.

    So, this is a random question (and my show my ignorance) but how do you read the Bible? I mean, I’d like to take things out of it, to use in my life, or just to have a source of love and motivation, but how do I start reading it? lol Pick and page and go?


  4. Juggling so many responsibilities plus making time for yourself is soo hard! Its so nice to hear that you are able to set that time for yourself by exercising, and of course eating healthy. Those kids need a strong momma to take care of them every day, and the only way you can do that is to take care of yourself!


  5. Shaun T kills me….but I love it 🙂 haha those eats all look sooooo amazing!!!!


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