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Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan

I feel like this week went on forever. Each day seemed to drag on for a week, and yet here it is, Sunday again. How did that happen? I’m going to say physics?

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Troy was at work almost every day this week (24-hour shifts). From a financial standpoint, that is wonderful. From an “I’m not going to go insane” viewpoint, it was not so great. My sister watched the boys for a few hours so I could go to a coffee shop and get some work done, but I feel like I am just trying to swim in quicksand and let’s be honest, I’m a crappy swimmer.

I have been accused many times in my life of being a Pollyanna, and I will gladly own that title. 🙂 So, with the hard days and short nights lately, I try to check myself and practice micro-moments of gratitude.

  • Instead of being frustrated that Troy was gone so much this week, I remembered it was for a job he loves. Finally. It is a job that has good health insurance and pay and allows me to be able to work from home and give my parents a hand.
  • Instead of just being upset that Bennett peed all over the comforter that I had just cleaned (and believe me, I was officially done with the day after that happened), I’m thankful our washer is large enough to launder it. Again.
  • Instead of only being stressed out and heartbroken that my mom has had such a rough week, I am thankful that I get to see her every single day.
  • I could have been annoyed at Joann’s because they didn’t carry fabric online for a custom order, or at my local store. I had to drive to a store a long way from me. Instead of just being annoyed, I was thankful it was near a Krispy Kreme. I got a blueberry one and gave Bennett some little bits of it. Because blueberries are fruit. Frugal meal plan
  • Instead of wanting to rip my hair out because I can’t seem to go a day without doing my most dreaded task ever – cleaning out the dishwasher – I’m choosing to be thankful I even have a dishwasher. I’ve lived without one for many years, and I’m glad to have one. Especially when Bennett pooped in a tub full of toys again. And I had to rinse, sanitize, and then run them through an empty dishwasher. Again.
  • Instead of only being grumpy that I’m not making as much traction as I want due to lack of time, I’m thankful there are so many amazing resources that I can utilize as I work towards my goals.
  • Instead of feeling overwhelmed at how freaking many old posts I have to update, optimize, and shoot new photos for, I’m proud of how much content I have produced over the last seven years of blogging. And I’m super thankful that I now have the opportunity to work from home and be able to take photos in light that is better than my fluorescently lit kitchen was at 10 pm. I’m also thankful our friends at Second Chance Effects put together this awesome photo board backdrop thingy for me. It gives me the chance to plate everything, and then carry it around the house to find the best light depending on the time of day. Which sometimes is exactly where Bennnet’s highchair happens to be. They also built a gorgeous message board/mail center thingy for us. I’ll share photos of it when Troy gets a chance to hang it. It’s beautiful.
  • And when all else fails and I can’t muster up another positive thought in a downer situation, I am thankful that there was a small batch of leftover chocolate frosting (I use waaaaaaaaay less sugar than the recipe suggests) in my fridge.

Jack recently discovered the Hardy Boys novels. Well, the audiobooks at least (free from the library). Kid can read at the 5th/6th grade reading level, but he still wants illustrations on every single page. That is why he loves graphic novels so much. Listening to the audiobooks in the car, I realize how dated the words and storylines are. They’re very sweet/quaint. In the book we are currently listening to, the boys are on the hunt for bad guys who are smuggling “rare and stolen drugs” into Bayport. Where is Bayport anyway? The character voices makes it sound like it is in New England, but their dad often takes the train to Detroit. I’m very confused.

Much like It’s a Small World, the Hardy Boys were reflective of the lingo of the time, but you realize how outdated some of the content seems listening to it as an adult. All “foreigners” are described as swarthy, and they have the most stereotypical names and characteristics ever. All the white chicks are named Sally, and people say things like swell and golly. Jack has been fairly confused along the way until I tell him “people used to say stuff like that”. Regardless, he is entertained, and there is only a hint of any scary violence in each story. It is generally clean fun. Now, if he would only read the dang books.

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With the lovely weather we had this week, our windows have been open wide to let fresh air in. I’m sure that my neighbors also all think I am a horrible mom. In my “I’m going to snap” kind of moments, I uttered the following:

  • Get off me you tiny psycho. I understand you are hungry, that is why I am trying to make you dinner. It would be so much easier if you weren’t sitting on my foot.
  • Jack, what is wrong with you? No seriously, what is wrong with you.
  • Bennett, if you touch the potty one more freaking time, I’m going to sell you to the circus.

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For the next few weeks, we’re back in the swing of things with evening baseball practices. Jack is moving up to the next level of play in spring, and they are a bit more intense about the whole thing. They are doing a summer camp one night a week for four weeks, to help kids get ready for the pre-start practice they hold in winter. Why do they hold practices in winter? Well, it’s really a draft. For nine-year-olds. Yeesh.

There is a coach we have been following since Jack was in t-ball, and every year we hope to get on his team. His kids are not the best in our league by any means, but he is the most positive dude ever. The kids love him, he respects them, and basically, everyone seems thrilled. Jack is consistently a very solid player. He fields the ball well, pitches great, and was the highest scorer for the bat-a-thon this year out of six teams. He’ll likely be sought after for the draft (eyeroll), but we have all our fingers crossed that he gets on Coach Captain Positive’s team next year.

All this to say, I’m back to rushing dinner early to get to the ball fields.

Hey, are you following me on Instagram or Facebook? How about my Etsy shop The Blind T-Rex on Instagram? If you’re not, you’re going to want to get on that. Like yesterday. Later this week, or early next week, we’re having a Christmakuah in July blowout! There will be flash sales, exclusive discount codes, and other cool stuff. I’ve been working hard on holiday bags over the last two months, and I’m ready to get some space back in my “giant” 21 sq foot sewing closet. It’s getting cramped in there people.

And speaking of deals, if anyone wants Dora giftbags, please let me know. I got two huge boxes of fabric, and some of it super random. Inside it was a set of Dora sheets. Etsy is pretty squishy on selling character licensed products, and even though people do it all the time, I’m not willing to go down that rabbithole. This fabric doesn’t have the normal “this is for home use only” legalease, but why chance it. Contact me if you’re interested in some Dora bags, and I will gladly get some space back in my sewing cave.

Can’t find your backpack in my closet under the stairs?

In trying to stay busy this past week, we hit up the zoo. They have an amazing exhibit going on right now called Washed Ashore. They display giant sea animal sculpture made from debris found on Oregon beaches. Seriously, the animals were stunning, and all made from garbage.

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Me to insane Jack: “stop swing your arms like a crazy person”.
Jack to me: “I’m not swinging my arms”.

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Always listen to your mother.

I bought some bulk wheat berries recently, and this bag has a bunch of tiny little rocks in it.  At least I hope they’re little rocks. It’s so rare to get a bag with so much debris in it, and I’ve been slogging away and removing them prior to grinding the wheat in to flour. I know you envy my wild nights.

Remember how I thought all my spring seedlings rotted because of our rainy spring? Well, the beets and carrots survived and are thriving. I planted them using my homemade seed tape, and I will never plant another way. Those tiny little carrot seeds are always my nemesis, but using seed tape made it so easy. Once I rip the garlic out of one of the planting boxes, I’ll start my fall direct seeded items in that space. Again, wild life being lived over here!

Meal plan time!

Monday:: Crispy tofu, rice, and stir-fried snap peas.

Tuesday:: Weeknight Chicken Parm (I need to reshoot the craptastic photos in that post and make it printable, so I “have” to make it again), grilled zukes, and watermelon.

Wednesday:: Organic hot dogs, cucumbers, and watermelon. Yes we had organic hot dog last week. They were on sale a few weeks ago, and I desperately need to make more space in my fridge.

Thursday:: Grilled chicken, oven-fried zucchini (guess who is making that because she needs to retake photos and make that printable? This girl), and cherries.

Friday:: Popcorn, snacks, and movie night.

Saturday:: Leftovers. If there is nothing in the fridge, they can all starve.

Sunday:: Family dinner

Smith Brother’s Farms: $19.72

Fred Meyer (that Halo Top ice cream was free!): $29.62

What are you having this week?

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13 comments on “Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan”

  1. I love your post, especially what you say to your kids. Makes me fell less weird. I have one of these 5 year books, where you write two sentences every day about what happened. I usually write what I am thankful for, sometimes I write what the older boy said to me, but I am 100% certain that the things that will crack me up in a few years from now are things I say to my kids. The favorites right now are: To the 3 year old: \”why are you naked again?\” (I say that about 5 times a day), to the 1 1/2 year old \”stop undoing your diaper or I will duct tape it shut\”, \”you peed where….?!?!\”, and \”why is the lego man taking a swim in the toilet?!?\” and \”please stop eating the playdoh/plants/soil/newspaper\”. Have a good week!

  2. While I really enjoyed your moments of gratitude, your mutterings to your children were even better :-). I think all parents can relate.
    Your carrots and snap peas look great! How do you keep the bunnies away from your snap peas? Or do you not have that problem in the Pacific NW like we do in the Midwest?

  3. Would you consider adding international shipping options to your shop? I’m not sure how much it would cost but at the moment it won’t even let me find out how much it would cost to ship to the UK.

    • Yes, I have been tempted to! The only thing holding me back is that you have to make your location public on your shop. But yes, I am totally considering it.

  4. My daughters love Encyclopedia Brown and I end up having to explain a lot of dated expressions. And what is Encyclopedia’s white girl side kick named? Sally, of course!

  5. Oh munch goodness! I feel your pain about being at your wits end! Though what you yell at your kids is way sweeter than what I do ๐Ÿ˜‰ my kids need to get out of the house and run off some energy so I’ve decided to find a series of easy hikes we can do. Today I’ll spend the day grocery shopping and packing snack bags then tomorrow we are off to our first hike at Ye old abandoned mental hospital in Sedro-Woolley ๐Ÿ™‚
    Keep up the positivity, It sounds like you got it handled!

  6. That photo of the kids by the front door is adorable.

  7. Sounds like, through it all, you had a pretty nice week in some ways! The beach trash sculptures made me happy/sad. So cool.

    I have an adult child who has been a reading maniac her whole life. She was very quiet and didn’t get much attention at school. When she won the Geography Bee, one of her teachers actually said, “I didn’t know you knew that much about Geography.” In middle school, her goal was to read 60,000 PAGES of personal reading (so school assigned reading didn’t count) per year. I used to get on her for reading “comic books” (“graphic novels” was a term that was foreign (although not swarthy) to me), and she finally said, “You know, Mom, sometimes I just read these for FUN. YOU read magazines.” (I also read books, I swear I do!) So, I guess my point is that be happy he reads. Listening to books (usually read aloud by actual live people) that are at or above his level will actually help him read at an even higher level because of the vocabulary exposure, etc. One of the things we did was a “Passport to Reading.” List all the different genres, one per every page or two, and put the title of the new book read with the date, on that page. I still remember my daughter coming into the kitchen to ask, “Do we have any mythology books?” It’s a good way to open new avenues of interest. Anyway, I hope the week ahead is better. This week, I am eating nothing red or purple, and nothing with seeds or nuts, so basically that cuts out about 90% of the fruit and quite a bit of the veg I normally eat (because we “eat the rainbow”) because I am having fun with a colonoscopy next week. I moaned about going to a doctor in my community because, you know, you SEE them in the community. The doctor said, “Oh, don’t worry. They’re not looking at your FACE!”

  8. I’m exhausted just reading your week timeline!! Again…. I’m so impressed w your drive! I totally get your desire to improve your blog and increase the traffic. It would be a blessing to your family. Baby steps. Baby steps.

    Hang in there ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I LOVE your blogs and read them faithfully. You are real and straight out there. Traits, just like that ice cream, is to die for. lol.

  10. I received a coupon to get that Halo Top free as well, the red velvet was to die for!