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When you feel like a novice

6 1/2 years now I’ve been cooking for a husband.  Which means very little cereal for supper.

4 1/2 years now I’ve been cooking for at least 1 kid (well, more like 4 years since Finn didn’t eat solids right at birth).

And yet,this past week, 5 out of 7 of the dinners I’ve prepared have been miserable disasters.  3 times we ran out for fast food, given the time frame we had.  Another time we had cereal.  The fifth time, we ate what we wanted (mostly green beans and watermelon) and left the rest.

Oh boy.  It’s not that I don’t have time.  It’s not that I don’t have skills in the kitchen.  It’s not that I don’t have the desire. It’s that we’re trying new things nutritionally and it has me all in a tizzy.  I’m trying recipes that I’ve never made before.  We’ve removed ingredients from our diet that I realized go into a lot of my recipes (I’m looking at you tomatoes!).

I feel like a doofus.  Luckily, Jeff is understanding about it.  Especially when I have to make 2-3 trips to the grocery store when I realize that I don’t have all the ingredients that I thought I had.  And when lunch consists of nachos.  Not the fancy nachos, but nachos that are essentially chips, cheese and beef.

It’s been a rough week in the kitchen!

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Our October 2016

I’m pretty good at updating facebook.  And sometimes, Instagram with things that we do.  But I’m really bad at updating my blog.  Which is a bummer because it’s an easier platform to search.  So here’s some quick updates on our October 2016, in no particular order:

KC Chiefs game

As we’ve done every year since we’ve been married (I think), Jeff and I went to Kansas City with his family to see a game. We just go for the day, but it’s kind of a big deal to us – getting babysitters (we got 2 this year!) and being able to just be husband & wife for the day.  It’s fun!

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Other:

 

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#1: The older 3 boys and I had an event at Finn’s preschool which fell right into Ben’s naptime, so Papa Bill babysat him.  I came home to Ben asleep on Papa’s lap, listening to jazz music on his phone.

#2 & #3: We played bed switcheroo as Sam was ready to get out of the crib.  We gave him Stephen’s bed since it has built in guardrails and will eventually be the top bunk to Finn’s bed.  Sam was thrilled!  Stephen, however, was not.

#4: Playing in the dirt!  You’re supposed to grow flowers there, but I grow boys.

#5: That’s how they get dirty.  Stephen looks upset, but he was quite happy.  Not so happy about the bath though.

#6: After a long day playing outside, Stephen just conked out.  So cute!

#7: I’m trying my hand at making my own bread — this was my first loaf!

#8: Tic-Tac-Toe.  Finn’s learned how to play, so we play often.  Most games end in a tie.

#9: You know I’m vacuuming because he’s vacuuming.  As soon as I get out the vacuum, he gets out the toy one.  All boys have done this so far.

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#1: On days that I have MOPS, we pack a lunch before MOPS.  Finn’s in charge of putting the ice in the cooler.

#2:Then we eat it in the church foyer as we only have 45 minutes between the end of MOPS and the beginning of pre-school.  Great time saver!  I’ve told the boys it’s a “picnic”.

#3:Breakfast with dad!

#4: Lunch on the fort!

#5: Building with Stephen’s new train set expansion.

#6: My boys!

#7 & #8: Playing with “waffle blocks”, which we call “Roads”.  Sam, in particular, is getting better at not destroying what they’ve created.

#9: Sam eating his first apple crisp!  He loved it – especially the ala mode part.

 

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So, here’s how our Halloween went this year:

About 2 weeks before Halloween:

  • Stephen wanted to be Thomas the train for Halloween.  So I ordered him a costume in time for him to open it for his 3rd birthday.
  • Finn kept changing his mind on what he wanted to be.  I got all kinds of answers: mashed potatoes, a super hero, a bad guy, a monkey, a puppy, a bad guy who eats people (what!??!)  I finally pinned him down to a super hero lion because we already had a lion costume and I’d just make a cape.  He picked red for his cape.
  • Sammy was going to be either Tigger (from Winnie the Pooh) or a puppy, depending on the weather.

1 week before Halloween:

  • It was Stephen’s birthday.  He opened his costume.  Unimpressed.  Still said he wanted to be Thomas though.
  • I made Finn’s cape.  Didn’t do that great of a job, but he liked it.

1 hour before Trick-or-Treating on Halloween:

  • Finn put on the lion costume.
  • Stephen refused to put on the Thomas costume.  “I don’t want that.”  So on went a puppy costume that he also got for his birthday.
  • So Jeff put the Thomas costume on Sammy.  Fit great.  He refused to wear the neckerchief thing and the hat.  Kept ripping it off. Oh well.
  • Ben got put into the dalmatian costume that we had.  Very itchy costume so it was on just long enough to take a picture.

30 minutes before Trick-or-Treating on Halloween:

  • Finn said the lion costume itched too much.  But he still liked the cape.
  • So we debated if he could go trick-or-treating with just a cape.  We nixxed that idea.
  • But we didn’t have another costume that fit him.
  • We went down to the basement to grab another lion costume that I had planned on giving him for Christmas.  But now he no longer wanted the cape.

 

So..here’s our picture:

(Not a great shot, but it’s the best I got!)

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And here’s Finn in the costume-he-really-went-Trick-or-Treating-in:

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Pumpkin Patch!

My oldest, Finn, is in pre-school.  As part of that pre-school, we went to a Pumpkin Patch yesterday.  The whole family was invited, so Jeff took the afternoon off work.  We left the baby with Papa Bill, but the rest of us all went.

It was fun!  It wasn’t a very big (aka: not very commercialized) pumpkin patch, but it was perfect for the ages that my boys are.  Lots of things to climb; chickens, goats & horses to see; water features to splash in; combines to climb and play in.  It was fun!

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A glimpse into my life

I feel like I’ve opened a daycare.  A daycare that only takes in my offspring, but a daycare none-the-less.

Here’s just a glimpse into what my day looks like.  This is an example of “a picture is worth 1000 words”.  It happened when Jeff brought the 3 oldest boys up to the hospital to meet Baby Ben and we tried to get a picture of the 4 of them.

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Have you seen the Chewbacca lady on YouTube? I’m sure you have, but if you haven’t, check out her hilariousness!

A friend of mine posted an interview she did by her pastor at her church and she had a couple of points (made to students) that really resonated with me:

She gives 2 words of advice at the very end. Something like this:
“Have patience. Have those moments where you wait upon the voice of the Lord. Don’t rush into a ministry or opportunity because it seems shiny.”
I can see myself doing this. As I transition to being a stay-at-home mom, I can envision all the new opportunities that I could have. I could actually join a Women’s Bible Study now! I could attend a mom’s group. I could volunteer with a ministry. I didn’t have time for any of those before. Most of the Women’s Bible Studies & Mom’s group met when I was working.

I gotta have patience and not grab onto the shiny things just for the sake of shiny.
“Have obedience. When He tells you to move, move. When He tells you to stop, stop. When He tells you ‘indulge in the delights of my table’, indulge. But when He tells you ‘that’s not yours, you can’t have it’, step away.”
This is where I’m at. He’s told me to step away from working. Left to my own decision, I might not be stepping away. Or I might pursue working, but in a different way than I have been. Working, for now, is something that I feel God saying “That’s not yours, you can’t have it, step away” and so, stepping away I am. And I don’t say that lightly. I’m not a big “God told me” kind of person…I just feel like this is where He’s leading me.

So..hi ho, hi ho, it’s away from work I go!

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Gotta Make A Change!

Many moons ago (okay, back in October), Jeff and I started discussing me quitting my job and starting to be a Stay-At-Home Mom.  Things just weren’t working out well with my job any more.  My job was great – I was still rocking that.  But our home life was starting to suffer far more than we liked.  Several things were happening; there wasn’t just 1 thing that was causing the pain.

Cue the (unexpected) positive pregnancy test.  With that news, it seemed even more clear – and it influenced our timing.  Before we had been talking about the end of 2016, but with Baby #4 coming in June, it just appeared as a natural time.

So we decided!  We decided that starting in June, I’ll be leaving Corporate America for Home!

I have mixed emotions about it, to be honest.  I firmly believe that it’s the right decision…but that doesn’t make it easy.  As I’ve said elsewhere, I feel like a college senior.  You look forward to graduation and what is coming next, but you also recognize the great life you have right now.  You have friends.  Free time.  Pizza runs at midnight.  Classes are fun and challenging. It’s just a great place to be.

That’s me right now — my job is a great place to be.  I do well there.  I have fantastic co-workers and a fun product.  We’re doing good work and some exciting things.  I really, really, really enjoy it.

But I’m also excited for staying at home too.  It will be challenging – probably far more than I realize.  Most women who stay-at-home (I’m guessing) do so when their first is born, not their fourth.

Is this move permanent?  Probably not.  Maybe, but I suspect not.  But again, I don’t want to work full-time.  Not with little ones.  Not with school age kids.  Life will only get crazier not more simple – at least not for a really long time.  So, who knows where this all will lead?

I’ll write more about this later – in particular, I have some old posts that I’ve written, but never published on being a working mother.  Maybe it’s time to dust those off!

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