One of the things I am most looking forward to about staying home with Nora is the fact that I will gain slow mornings. Now I am not saying getting breakfast ready and preparing for the day won’t at times be hectic, but it will be nothing like the tornado that we currently have at our house each morning.
I hate having to rush around in the mornings to get ready and out the door on time. I am a morning person and I love to wake up early, sip my coffee and ease into the day. So, it should come as no surprise that I am elated to get slow mornings at home!
I can sip my coffee instead of chug it.
I can lay in bed or snuggle-up on the couch and listen to birds out the window.
I can go outside with Nora before it turns blazing hot.
I can sit, turn on worship music and read my Bible as slowly as I want.
I can take the time to cook a nice breakfast instead of grabbing a granola bar.
Slow mornings, I love you. See you soon!
Even when Nora was very little we could tell this child was going to have a BIG personality. She just screamed it in everything she did. My mom used to always say she had “personality plus” just by looking at pictures of her. Well, that has proven to be very true as she grows and comes into her own!
I captured a face she has been making lately that really shows off our personality-filled gal!
I cannot wait to see her grow and change and to learn even more about this sweet girl! I have a feeling we are in for a treat when she starts to talk!
I have felt very “off” this week. Tired, lazy, unmotivated. Work is rough right now. Any teacher will tell you that the last month is awful, and for me it’s also the last month of my career. Lots of mixed emotions that carry over to home.
Plus, I had such an amazing spring break it made it really hard to go back to school.
I wasn’t going to put in the work to write a Five on Friday post cause I simply didn’t feel like it. But, I figure picking out some positives from the week would be a great way to lift my spirits! Couldn’t think of five, so three will have to do!
So here ya go! My top 3 from the week!
| One |
Collin and I went on a date on my last day of break (Monday) and it was just so great! We didn’t do anything special. In fact, we were late and where we planned to eat didn’t work out. So we ate at Applebees since it was close to the theater where we were seeing Beauty and the Beast (so good!). We did dinner and a movie and then rushed home to relieve my sister from baby duty! It was nothing special, but we both thoroughly enjoyed it! Not very often is it just the two of us anymore. It’s so important to take time out to “date” your spouse.
| Two |
I hit 1,000 photos on Instagram! While this may seem silly to some, it truly makes me smile. I love those little squares of memories so much! I can’t tell you how many times I go back and look through my photos and get all emotional and nostalgic! 1,000! Yay!
| Three |
If you’ve hung around here a while you know that The Hubs and I love to play games! We are always on the hunt for great two-player games and for Valentine’s Day Collin bought me Patchwork. We have been playing it here lately and it is so fun! It is only for two players so it is just a special game for my man and me! (Shoutout to another fun new game Sushi Go)
Hopefully next week I won’t be feeling so “off” and can present you with a stronger Five on Friday! 😉
In a search to find some quick and easy lunch options that were not turkey or pb&j sandwiches, I found a recipe for Thai Chicken Wraps.
I often tweak recipes to my liking or out of necessity because I do not have all of the ingredients on hand.
This recipe was no different, I didn’t have a few of the items it called for and I also did not want to drench my chicken in the sauce so I messed with measurements and ingredients to come up with this incredible lunch option!
| What You Need |
1lb cooked, shredded chicken
1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
Juice from one lime
Tortillas or flatbread
| What You Do |
Mix together sweet chili sauce, soy sauce and lime juice. Add to chicken after cooking and shredding.
Shred carrots, slice peppers and cut lettuce.
Lay romaine leaf on tortilla, followed by shredded chicken, carrots and sweet peppers.
Wrap, devour and enjoy!
Remember the days when life was simple and you had options and choices of how you did those everyday, mundane tasks around the house? You could get them done on your time, do them how you wanted to, and even do them when you wanted to! The world was your oyster and you had total control!
Then, you had kids.
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For this week’s five I went with my favorite photos I have taken this week. Nora of course is the star of the show but a family picture made the cut too!
I will be the first to admit that I poo-poo on most commercialized holiday traditions. I just dislike seeing how most holidays have been turned into a time to spend tons of money and give unnecessary gifts. I am especially bothered when Christian holidays that have an incredible, true meaning are secularized and turned into something they were never really intended to be.
I know that my view is the unpopular one. I mostly keep my mouth shut about it when I am around those I don’t know love me unconditionally. Even before I was married or had a child I had strong opinions on holiday traditions.
I was adamant about not making a big deal out of Halloween and I never wanted my kids to wear scary or demonic costumes. Only happy costumes, minimal trick-or-treating and it stops at 5th grade for us.
I never wanted to pretend Santa brought all the presents under the tree and I didn’t want to go broke buying gifts for my kids. Christmas is NOT about presents and never will be. More on that HERE and HERE.
I will most likely never buy a valentines gift for my kids. I might make them sugar cookies like my mom did when I was growing up. But that’s only if I get to eat 10 of them too. Valentine’s Day is cute but it’s a made up holiday that I don’t feel the need to shell out cash for.
I didn’t even know that pretending a leprechaun has broken into your house and setting a trap for him was a thing. Then I saw it all over the internet this March. Not in our house. Just wear green and call it a day!
Which brings me to Easter and why I am writing today…
Easter is approaching and it had struck me that I had never really thought much about how we would celebrate it in our family. Last year was Nora’s first Easter but she was only two months old and couldn’t really appreciate anything. Plus, I was full force in the newborn-haze.
We always dyed eggs and had a hunt growing up and I think that tradition is so fun! Nothing to do with Christ’s resurrection but a fun event to do as a family. One Easter tradition my family never did was Easter baskets. Another tradition that has nothing to do with Jesus and everything to do with gifts and spending money. Ugh.
I didn’t even know that was a thing until college. So, naturally when I did begin thinking about what the Easter season would look like in our family I immediately decided there would be no Easter baskets.
So, if you haven’t sort of picked up on this already, I came from a family that never bought into the commercialized holiday traditions. I am a product of my raising. My husband however, came from a family that did it all! Santa, Easter baskets, halloween crazy and everything else!
When I told Collin I didn’t plan on making Nora an Easter basket I could sense his immediate objection. Collin speaks so fondly of holidays growing up and I have had a chance to see how fun some of that stuff really can be. Collin’s family does a great job of keeping Christ at the center of the holiday but also doing all the popular traditions.
So my man explained to me that he would really like if we could do Easter baskets for our kids because we aren’t doing Santa or tons or presents or Halloween parties or anything else fun. So, I whipped up an Easter basket for my gal but I also ordered her a Bible so I can make sure she knows the true meaning of Easter while she eats her Reese’s Egg and hugs her little purple bunny. Marriage and parenting are full of compromises and this is one I can live with.
Plus, I have a feeling I might be singing a different tune when I see how excited Nora is to dig into these treasures.