Life Lately

Welcome, January! We haven't been able to get out as much as usual because of either: Rain, subzero temps, or illness. But, we spent a lot of time together over the long holiday weekend, relaxing and then eventually exhibiting signs of cabin fever...

Thursday, I got "mugged" by someone at work. I just attempted to link to cute pictures of "mugging", but the internet clearly doesn't understand the multiple meanings of the word. Get a cute mug (I LOVE mine!), fill it with treats, and keep the chain going until everyone has been mugged. 

It turns out, that would be the highlight of Thursday, because at about midnight, I woke up with the stomach flu from which Matt was just recovering. The next 36 hours were couch-bed-iPads-please don't make me move hours.

By Sunday, I was feeling better and we needed some constructive activities, like cupcakes!  Larkyn is getting pretty good at cracking eggs. Licking the spoon and knives, that's another story.

This picture made me die. It just reminded me of this poster and I can't unthink that. 

Because it was a holiday weekend, we had an extra day (so I had four days at home). By Monday night, we were DONE BEING INSIDE. 

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that Matt started working the night shift in preparation for his on-campus nursing courses. They began this week! We need all your positive thoughts as we begin a huge transition in our family. I am so proud of him and excited for his new path.

Missing daddy, but stealing his hat makes up for it. Weeknights on my own with the kids are bringing a new way of life. Because dinner for one adult and two picky eaters is difficult, I am taking this opportunity to really work on some food issues we have. I am not going to worry about "enjoying" my dinner while they eat "kid stuff", but put more focus on them eating what I am eating. No more snacks for dinner, it is me across the table from them and we each take turns taking a bite of DINNER FOOD. This is really hard for us, so any tips you have on dinner with toddlers/preschoolers is welcome. Bath times last longer, bed times are a little later, and I am finding a new routine. I miss my main man like crazy, but we are making it. 

It is Restaurant Week in Columbus, and although I can't have a fancy dinner out with my husband this year, it has been fun to meet up with friends and try out the more affordable choices with the kids. All benefiting the MidOhio Foodbank. If you are local, get out there and try something new!

1 comment:

Schneider 4.0 said...

Go Matt! Just remember that this is just a season of your life. As for the dinner....they'll catch on. I am not the all-knowing over here, but what has worked for my family is If they don't eat, then wrap up their plate and let them know when they're hungry later, you'll warm it up. But it's not, if you don't eat this now, then you'll get cheese-its later when you're hungry. There is no snacking if you can't eat the good stuff! And letting them make their own choices has helped. They can choose if they want green beans or peas and we talk about why we need fruits/veggies and how the good foods fill our bodies while the snacks just keep us wanting to have more.

And my all-time favorite thing to say that I hope sticks with them...and you can hear this on repeat at our house..."I'm not asking you to eat this everyday. I'm just asking you to eat it tonight."

Good luck. We need to swap some recipes! Oooh...or maybe do a freezer meal party :)

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