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Getting back to business as usual after our vacation!
Here’s what happened this past week:
We were home from our vacation but still struggled getting used to the correct time zones again. Going from the east coast to the west coast is fiiiiiiine for us. But coming back is a little tougher. Much easier said than done. Thank goodness it’s summer! My kids slept in until 9:30 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings! That has never ever happened before in the past 9 years that I’ve been a mother. Sooooo, basically I’ve never been happier.
We were home bodies a lot of the week, getting everything put back in its place and just trying to beat the heat. Brooke has created her own smoothie recipe and has been making one for her and the boys each day for lunch, with accompanying cheese and crackers on the side. Her basic recipe is “a few handfuls of frozen berries, a scoop of chocolate powder (Bob’s Red Mill protein…great for kids!), a frozen banana, milk to cover it all and a spoon of chocolate chips.” I figure it’s quite a healthy and filling lunch, even with the addition of a tablespoon of chocolate chips. Plus, she gets to spend a little extra time with mama because it’s in the kitchen. I’m trying to get her to add in two or three pieces of frozen broccoli but she won’t do it. I SWEAR you can’t taste it.
Eddie continues to copy my sounds…not very well, but at least he’s trying!! He used to refuse to repeat ANY WORD and now he can repeat several easy words and most of the time he can say one syllable easily, but adding several syllables together is where he struggles. I started getting him to repeat a dinner prayer on Wednesday and he did it just fine! We couldn’t understand most of it, but we did understand the short and more simple words like “dear” (dee) “thee” (dee) “for” (for) “our” (aw) “food” (foo) “please” (peas) “help” (hap) “me” (me) “to” (to) “in” (in) “the” (duh) “name” (may) “of” (of) “Jesus” (dees….us). Is there anything cuter than hearing a little voice try to say big boy words? I submit that there is not.
By the end of the week, we were hitting up several parks because we were bored and because we had nothing better to do. Brooke is over going from park to park because to her it’s all the same, but my boys can’t get enough. Maybe next year I’ll find a camp for her to attend? I tried to get her to go to one this summer, but she refused.
I found out about some local dinner groups and signed up to become part of the fun! Every person (or in my case, family) is assigned a portion of the meal and then one day, we gather and eat together! Our first day doing this is this coming Sunday, and Gordon can actually make it!! I’m kind of super excited about it. Food is my jam.
I recently hurt my back somehow and I’m been taking some Ibuprofen for it for the past three days, while my husband has been working and not coming home. I’m only 32 and I feel like I’m falling apart. I also have a canker sore in my mouth. What is going on?
After church on Sunday, we took the bus home (so hot!!) and we had an amazon package waiting for us at the bottom of our stairs. I had our church bag and Eddie, and Brooke was already up the stairs with the keys, so I asked Blake “buddy, could you grab that package and bring it up the stairs? Do you think you can do it? Do you need help?” and he fumbled with the box for a few seconds (because it was big and awkward) but then got ahold of it and as he was coming up the stairs, slowly, one stair at a time called up to me and said “I got it! No worries.” It was the cutest thing ever. Gosh, I love that boy! He’s starting to become a little more mature these days and I love it. He is going to THRIVE in kindergarten. I just know it 🙂
Here’s what’s coming up this coming week:
I am SO looking forward to posting the lemon meringue cheesecake recipe for you all!! It is so so tasty! Also, some enchiladas are coming your way too…and I’m working on a perfect cannoli recipe for next week! It’s going to be a delicious 🙂
Hoping to see a little more of my husband this week. I feel out of sync and disconnected when we are not ‘connected’ or as close as we usually are. So whether he likes it or not, he’s got a whole lot of Lauren time coming his way.
A few playdates for my kids this week are coming up, hallelujah.
And we got the green light from our landlord to make a few modifications to our apartment! Mainly in the kitchen, but also in regard to our living room as well. You’ll see in the near future just what we have up our sleeves, but for the time being, you’re just have to wait in suspense. Haha! But we have a few planning meetings this week about it.