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Brennan Family Selfie

Back again to the normal swing of things and I’m not mad about it!

Here’s what happened these past two weeks:

After the school break for the holidays, my kids started back at school, hallelujah. I love having them home for a few days but anything beyond three days is so taxing. We thrive off of schedules and when there is no schedule, it can be a struggle. Especially as a working-from-home Mom, trying to get work done…while four kids are home. Ha! Basically, nothing gets done for the blog which makes me feel mentally exhausted. NOT getting stuff crossed off my to-do list is a pet peeve of mine. So, for my well being and their overall wellness, we all were happy they went back to school. (I really don’t know how homeschooling moms do it.)

At the beginning of the year, our church switched the time we meet to 9am. (Used to be noon!) Considering we walk to church every Sunday, this has been an adjustment. We can’t sleep in anymore! Just like our school days, we need to be out the door by 8:15 if we’re going to get there early enough to get the comfy seats. Our congregation is pretty large and the comfortable bench seats are limited. Two weeks in and we’ve gotten comfy seats both times! I’m not sure how much longer this will last, but our track record is thus far pretty good.

Eddie in primary
Eddie in Sunbeams! SO thrilled to be in a ‘big boy class’ at church.

The first Sunday of the year, it was just me and the boys because Gordon was working the midnight shift and Brooke still had her pesky cough. Then yesterday, the whole family was able to attend. Eddie no longer has to go to the little kid Sunday school class (called nursery) and officially started in his sunbeams class, which he LOVES. The first week he was so thrilled Blake was able to take him by the hand into the primary room together and just this past week, he wanted to go straight to sunbeams instead of sitting with the congregation first for sacrament. I tried to explain the order of meetings to him, but he kept refusing saying “NO MOM! First sunbeams!” That boy really thinks he’s right 24/7.

Porter’s sleep has been a little all over the place these last few weeks, so much so that we’ve moved him into his own room to see if that would help. (Which meant that we had to play Tetris again within our apartment, finding a new home for my office and other items we were storing in the baby’s room. Say it with me: “we will have enough room we will have enough room.”) Having his own room has definitely helped, but still has nights where his little body is just restless. Porter’s claim to fame at this point is being able to fall asleep on his own. We wrap him in his swaddle, give him a pacifier and lay him down awake and he will go to sleep on his own. Still nailing down an earlier bedtime for him and figuring out dream feeds and such, but generally thrilled with the sleep I am able to get. He is such a good little sleeper, especially when compared to Eddie. So, I’m counting my blessings.

Porter sitting up in a chair
Cutest little babe.

Gordon went from working the midnight shift for 8 days to evening shifts and then back to day shifts all in the last two weeks. All the shifts he has are challenging in some way or another, but grateful for the job he has and so happy he still loves his job! His role will be changing within his agency come March (read: more hours and business trips away) so we are LOVING all the time we get with him now. I know it will be challenging, but we are saving all his vacation days for the summer in hopes we can sneak away to somewhere fun in Europe. Did you know its cheaper for us to fly to Europe than it is to fly to Oregon? Totally backwards, I know.

Porter is starting to roll! He’s only done it a few times and it scared him every.single.time (ha!) but that boy is starting to make some serious progress! I can’t believe he’s already rolling. Wasn’t he just born? He’s only a few days away from being 4 months old. SO bananas!

With the new year upon us, I have been trying to figure out a good work schedule and recipe testing schedule. I’ve quickly realized I just have to take this week by week. Since I don’t have a nanny or babysitter, I have to work around Gordon’s schedule and my kids’ schedule. Of course they are my number one priority, but I also realize the importance of my work since I am a breadwinner too. Slowly, a schedule and new groove is emerging and I am able to get more recipes tested and posts written. As the baby gets older and has a more predictable schedule, I think we’ll be able to increase my workload. But until then, I’m so glad I have a few hours a week, cooking in the kitchen. ๐Ÿ™‚

This past weekend, Gordon and I had a great day date. He took me to a delicious mexican restaurant for tacos (the cauliflower taco was incredible), then to insomnia cookies for our favorite pb cup deluxe cookie, past the empire state building over to Target and then uptown to the Barnes and Noble. Since we don’t get a ton of time together just as a couple, we were picking out random items we didn’t know we needed, taking our time browsing, getting valentines treats and picking up gifts for Eddie’s birthday at the end of the month.

Never did I think a cauliflower taco would be life changing. Until now.

Here’s what is coming up this next week:

Brooke has some testing for middle school. Yes, its weird that you have to apply to public schools here in the city AND take some tests, but there she blows.

Recipe testing some yummies this week!

Back to music class for Eddie and I’m hoping to get Blake into a *free* basketball class, but who knows if we’ll actually be able to make it work.

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14 Responses
  1. Gina B.

    Great picture of you and the family in the beginning of the this blog. Your kids are so cute. It looks like you are doing well with your scheduling, blogging and supporting your family. I know we want to do more but you have to take time for yourself. Happy to hear that you and Gordon had lovely date night. I always love hearing about you and the family and also you recipes.

    Take care.

  2. Maggie Herron

    As always, love reading your latest update, hearing what everyone is up to … you’re such and inspiring human being, so confident & positive. As I’ve mentioned before … “Where were you when I had little ones?” Also love the pics of course. I have five adult children ages 35-27. One is married and NO grandchildren … so I admire your story from afar. Take care.

  3. Lena Boyd

    I love your updates, how you do everything, I cannot imagine. The family picture as always is great. The children are all growing and changing in each one you post. We see it probably more than you because you look into those faces every day. They are all adorable and Brooke is so lovely, I love her smile.
    We all understand mothering and running a household, so take your time, be healthy and filter in much needed โ€œmeโ€ time.

  4. Shelli Bender

    I love your opening picture for this week! Truly an awesome family selfie!!
    Good luck with your scheduling, I love watching you balance everything! Wish I knew you when my kids were younger LOL

  5. Jenny Ledford

    Love your sweet family and Eddie with those big blue eyes just slays me everytime, glad you and Gordon had some date time, even when my husband and i are just running around doing chores and stop and have lunch its a treat because his part time work hours are all over the place. Love love love your recipes and a few are our absolute favorites of all time. I know I hit it out of the park when I cook them. Take your time, we’ll be here whenever you can post more.

  6. Linda DeLone Hughes

    Hi Lauren,

    Have you ever tried a “noise machine?” It is wonderfully soothing when set on the ocean or rain or the forest. Babies trying to sleep in the city with all its noises at night love them! I just looked on Amazon and the most expensive one I saw was 59.99. They don’t have the one I have right now. It is best to not buy the least expensive because sometimes you can recognize the loop and for me that is annoying

    He is absolutely adorable!!.

    Good Luck!


    Linda DeLone Hughes
    Camp Hill, PA

  7. Betty Fudge

    Love your note and family up dates.

    Wondering if you would Habe a good white basic cupcake recipe you could add berries too. Got a box of NB blueberries and would love to make my hubby some muffins. Thanks Lauren, stay well and your beautiful family

  8. Dawn Cisek

    Hi Lauren,
    This may sound strange, but here goes – is that little seat that Porter is sitting in a Bumbo seat? I only ask, because we gave that as a shower gift to someone a couple years ago, and it turned out to be problematic. I think they have fixed them, but I thought I would give you the link to the safety web site, just so you would be aware. You probably know this, but I think it just always has to remain on the floor – can’t go on a table or chair or anything – it could topple over. Perhaps it’s not a Bumbo seat, and I’m sorry to bother you!! If it is, you might want to check this out: http://www.bumbousa.com/safety-recall/ Like I said, the only reason I know about them is because we gave one to a friend, and I worried over it for months!

    Your family is lovely!! Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Carol A Windsor

    Hi awesome family, I love reading about all your adventures and wonderful family love! When I retire in May, I will be planning a trip to New York to visit you. Will you all be at the reunion this summer? I love you all in the name of Jesus Christ! Aunt Carol

  10. Courtney

    Love that all your boys have that trademark dimple on there cheek. So adorable. Hope your online classes are going well. Sounds like you & Gordon had a productive and fun date, plus tacos make everything better. Good luck with the new church schedule.They say its supposed to be good for your body to stay on the same schedule everyday. I don’t buy it ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you are enjoying your time with baby Porter and getting back to your routine. You have always said you thrive on a schedule. Like anything else though we all know when we get used to a routine, that is when it changes. Happens to me every time.

  11. Elizabeth

    Lauren be easy on yourself – if you were back in Canada you would still be on maternity leave so try not to put pressure on yourself you will get back to speed at some point. You are very lucky to live in NYC and all it offers so try to take it all in before your next move.

  12. Joette

    I not sure what your test recipes require but I save most of your videos, I would love to give feed back since I crave your recipes.