These are my confessions…
Castelvetrano olives are my favorite kind of olive. Might as well start with a riveting admission right off the back huh? I packed our lunches for a park picnic this week and shoved as many as I could into that little compartment, knowing the girls would steal some from me (they did).
I asked David the other night if I’m as good of a mom to Kaitlyn as I was to Hailey at this age. I feel sometimes she gets the shaft as the second kid, being dragged to big sister’s commitments and always being forced to keep up. I worry sometimes I expect too much out of her.
My kids are not the kind that fall asleep in places other than their beds so when I saw Kaitlyn curled up and fell asleep (after an early bath day), my heart just ached a little. I promise I’ll do better at just letting you be two sweet girl.
Public speaking makes my palms sweat like no other. I wouldn’t consider myself shy and doing TV never made me that nervous, but put me in front of a group and my nerves explode. I spoke to women’s group yesterday about family meal planning and food rules for smoother family dinners.
It must have taken me a solid 15 rambling minutes before I finally started to relax. I’m so grateful the group of ladies was so kind and interactive. It helped so much!
I had to say no to a few projects this week and it sucked. I really hate saying no and often forget it’s a complete sentence and instead offer an over explanation. But the truth is, I am running at capacity right now. I’m good with my priorities but it still doesn’t make saying no any more fun.
These messy morning scenes are where my heart wants to be right now.
Red lentil pasta may be my new jam. Explore Cuisine sent me some pasta made from pulses to try and honestly I did not have high expectations. Though you have to really watch the cooking time because even slightly overcooking it will cause it to stick or turn to mush, the texture is the exact same as regular pasta but offers more protein (11g versus 7g).
It worked well for this garlic lemon lobster pasta I made earlier this week and the ingredient list reads nicely: organic red lentil flour (73%) and organic brown rice flour.
I no longer feel guilty about buying a bounce house. I remember feeling sheepish about spending so much on a toy for Hailey’s 4th birthday, but no more. We’ve definitely gotten our money’s worth (and then some) and that’s just in this week alone.
I’d recommend this one because it’s reasonably priced and I have friends that own and love it. We have the one with the big slide and the girls are crazy about it but check your ceilings first because the slide is over 9 feet tall.
I bought a tomato in off season. Somehow I lucked out that it was actually decent.
I can’t wait for farmers market tomatoes!
Kaitlyn is obsessed with “lips” – what she calls chapstick. It’s made me look a little closer at what kind of lip stuff I use since she is always stealing and using (eating) it. I love this peppermint one from EarthWildGoods on Etsy that is made with organic beeswax, organic coconut oil, shea butter, and essential oils.
I realize I probably was (am?) addicted to my phone. Since committing to keeping my phone in another room, I’ve become aware of how often I would reach for it. Now for a solid week (wow, so long- LOL) I’ve stuck to the physical separation and I’m so glad.
I’ve left it behind for meals, for walks, and anytime I’m with the girls which has made me start to retrain my brain to be in the moment. I could go on and on, but it feels like a really positive change for me.
Some weeks it feels like David and I are ships passing in the night. It’s been such a busy week for both of us so we booked a sitter and went out last night. On our recently revised household budget we allocated some cash to do more date nights and I’m so grateful we did; making time to reconnect is so important.
We chatted about all our upcoming commitments for the year, homeschool specifics (my researching and planning has kicked into HIGH gear), our long term family plans/goals, and ate the heck out of some sushi.
Thursday night dates are my favorite because now we still have a whole weekend ahead for projects and family time.
We’re thinking about getting out for a hike, but the weatherman has mentioned snow on Sunday? Only time will tell!
Do you have anything you want to confess?
Big plans/date nights for the weekend?