Wednesday, September 27, 2017

what's up wednesday

Linking up with MelSheaffer, and Shay!

What we're eating this week:

Dairy-free pancakes (for Etta) with chocolate chips (for Elden/Edith).

This slow cooker turkey breast with mashed potatoes.

A version of this super easy slow cooker cheesy potato soup.

Slow cooker meatballs - recipe TBD because my kids do not like any sauce on them.

What I'm reminiscing about:

How was he so little? It's so crazy how much these kids change in such a short amount of time. Look at his little hands! 

What I'm loving:

This little girl has so much spunk and sass in such a small package. I used to think Edith would be the one to keep us on our toes but I suspect Etta will give her a run for her money...

What we've been up to:

The past few nights we've left Elden's bedroom door open at night and that has made a HUGE difference in him being afraid of his room. I don't know why we never considered such a simple solution before, but now there is minimal fanfare leading up to us leaving his room. Plus it makes it easier for me to creep in and watch him sleep ;)

What I'm dreading:

Our kids survive primarily on boxed macaroni and cheese, frozen chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and soup from a can. The attempts I've made at buying the healthier nuggets/hot dogs or making mac and cheese, soup and chicken nuggets from scratch have all been met with great resistance and gnashing of teeth. Well no more! Jon and I decided we are going to start requiring the kids to eat at least one homemade meal a day. I know this is going to be a battle and I am NOT looking forward to it. I plan on getting a bunch of recipes and meal plans ready, then implementing the new family policy after our Atlanta trip. Any suggestions you have are appreciated!

What I'm working on:

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So I was going to try to make something like this for Sally's wedding gift using the lyrics to their first dance as the tree. I even bought a heart shaped hole punch and everything. After three failed attempts at getting the tree right I have decided to return the picture frame to the store and give them money. 

What I'm excited about:

Highs that are no longer in the 80s and 90s. We have been melting over here.

What I'm watching/reading:

I had a dream recently that we won the lottery which is funny because we don't usually play the lottery. That led me to daydream about building a little farmhouse of our own one day so I decided to track down some farmhouse floor plans (this is my favorite) and create a dream house folder in my email. I also read a few articles about how to build a house for cheap. Spoiler alert: can't be done for as cheap as we'd need it! It was still a lot of fun to research, though.

As for watching, we finished all the seasons of Friends on Netflix so, much to Jon's annoyance, I started rewatching New Girl. That being said, our fall shows are making their way back on TV so I suspect those will take over.

What I'm listening to:

^ or as Edith says, "can we watch that crying to your mother song on your phone?"

What I'm wearing:

I asked a couple of girlfriends about the dress I bought for Sally's wedding. I tried it on again with my new heels and I was worried that it looked like an old lady's nightie. I was reassured by them that it is great and with my hair and makeup done it will not look old ladyish. 

What I'm doing:

Making list after list for our trip. I am seriously worried about forgetting something critical. I made packing lists for each of us, as well as to do lists for the days leading up to our departure. I have also been cleaning the house like a crazy lady because I love returning from a trip to a clean home. Jon keeps pointing out that we have several days before we leave, but we also have tons of stuff going on between now and then and I don't want to be up all night before our early flight cleaning!

What I'm looking forward to next month:

Atlanta! We will be leaving soon and I am so excited. We are flying (Edith and Etta's first flight and Elden's first flight since he was a baby) so I am really nervous about how that will go, but thankfully Jon's parents are going as well. They are driving so we are sending our luggage with them - that means no lugging the pack and play through a bunch of airports!


  1. Make dinner fun. Food they can play with and feel with their hands. Fun shapes or textures. Let them help make dinner so they feel important and that they were a part of it. Hey we helped mommy make this dinner we should try it. They can measure or stir or pour things in. It's what we do for our bigs.