Tough Decisions

Hi sisters,

From my wonderful world of motherhood and part time work and singing a bit at church and in choir I am faced with a few tough decisions. I thought I’d let you hear that “THE STRUGGLE IS REAL!”

Should I take a nap while my baby naps, or should I….insert anything else that you might do. Every morning when Calvin goes down for his first nap I have this back and forth in my head. “It might be nice to nap with him, I am fairly sleep deprived. BUT, he only naps for 45 minutes at a time. Is that enough time for me to fall asleep? Maybe I should get started on some food/meal prep. Or maaaaybe I should take a bath and read one of the 28 books I have out of the library (no joke) while anxiously listening to the baby monitor. Or maybe this indecision has gone on so long that I’ve just been sitting on the computer frittering away my 45 minutes of independence and he’s awake again.” I really love that he naps. I don’t love how many things I could do while he naps. Sometimes the best thing is some self-care time. One morning this week I just lay down and napped with him for 40 minutes, it was what I needed to get through the day. Another morning I made Asian Cabbage Slaw and it was delicious.

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I’ll make this decision easy on you Mom, don’t take pictures of me in the bathtub.

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My late summer in western NY

Hi sisters,

The leaves are just starting to change here. We have had some lovely warm days the last week, but the nights are getting crisper and the air smells of the change in seasons. Here’s the view from my front porch yesterday afternoon, in between clouds and rain.

Late summer on the hill

As you can see, the garden has gotten a bit overgrown since the semester started, but intentional plants grow amongst the weeds. I love having found a lemongrass that grows here, the popcorn seems to aging as it should, and I am still getting lots of cherry tomatoes and some large ones as well. I think that beauty is one of the big reasons that I garden. I can grow jewels in the field next to the house. Continue reading “My late summer in western NY”

A Day in the Life of a Five Month Old

Dear sisters,

Calvin is 5 months old now! How crazy. The first three months seemed to fly by and now that he’s doing things like sitting up and rolling over and standing and smiling all the time time seems to be slowing down. Kevin and I can’t get enough of him at this stage. He seems to be happier and happier every day. While there’s nothing like spending time with a baby, since you all live so far away, I thought I’d give you all a taste of life with my wonderful 5 month old.

MY LIFE IS AWESOME!
MY LIFE IS AWESOME!

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coming up for air

Dear sisters,

Today I have a few moments to myself to sit and write. Finally! I have missed sharing the details of our summer and life in our new home. Things have been so very busy and overwhelming, but I’m beginning to see glimmers of normalcy again. Our new house has boxes everywhere but at least all the appliances are functioning now. The first few weeks here we had issues with the hot water heater, fridge and stove, and it was a lot to handle. Thankfully that is all behind us. (Knock on wood…what appliance do you think will fail next?) We replaced the hot water heater and the stove and fixed the fridge. I can cook! And store food safely! And take a shower! And do laundry! All necessary things in a house with kids. Continue reading “coming up for air”

From my kitchen to yours

Dear sisters,

Pre-baby I had so much time to cook, bake, plan out meals for the week and grocery shop. Now that I’m working more and have a baby I find it harder to plan the meals I want to make (Cue me feeling silly for having “less” time when I’m the only sister working part time). I still meal plan, but I have to take into consideration prep time and whether the leftovers will be easy to eat at work on my pumping breaks. I work afternoons Tuesday and Thursday, Wednesday until 8 and all day Friday, so, whenever possible I make dinner before work to be reheated or assemble the ingredients so I can whip it up quickly. One of my peculiar cooking quirks is that I like to work FAST. Once I get going I don’t like to stop and I like to see if I can get good food made in as little time as possible. One of my first meltdowns post baby was when Calvin woke up from a nap in the middle of me making bread dough. I JUST WANTED TO FINISH KNEADING MY BREAD DOUGH. Can’t you understand that baby?

Yummy homemade salsa: roast tomatoes, jalapeno, onion and garlic cloves (tossed in olive oil and salt and pepper) under the broiler until well charred and soft. Roast a red pepper or other veggies if you want (or fruit!) Blend, add salt, pepper and lime juice.
Yummy homemade salsa: roast tomatoes, jalapeno, onion and garlic cloves (tossed in olive oil and salt and pepper) under the broiler until well charred and soft. Roast a red pepper or other veggies if you want (or fruit!) Blend, add salt, pepper and lime juice.

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