Does it get any better?

16 Nov

I know the title may sound sarcastic, but it isn’t.  My life has been spinning out of control lately and I have decided to let it.

It is late and as usual I am up with one of my insomniac energetic children.  I have just spent the last 30 minutes arguing with “Big D” that Dino Dan’s (new show on Nick) Mommy may let him stay up all night, but he is not Dino Dan therefore he cannot stay up.  However we have come to the agreement if he should find a real honest to goodness dinosaur to hunt then I will let him stay up all night.

This argument could not make me happier.  The reason being is it shows me that my son, who would normally tell me “dinosaurs aren’t real Mommy”, is using his imagination.  This may seem small to someone else, but every day when I understand his speech better or I catch him pretending, I know that my son is a happy, healthy 3 year old and I love it.  Of course it doesn’t matter who he is, or how big his imagination is.  I thank God EVERYDAY, more than once a day, for my children, and the fact that without them, I wouldn’t know what TRUE LOVE means.

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Chicken Casserole your way

13 Nov

I have a recipe I make that is very flexible. It is a chicken casserole. You can use boneless skinless breasts, split breasts, whole chicken, leftovers. Whatever you have or whatever is the cheapest. You can add any veggie(s) of your choice. I use peas, corn, carrots, broccoli whatever I have at the time. You can also vary the soups with cream of celery, chicken, mushroom, cheddar cheese. Again whatever you have on hand. This is always a big hit with my kids.  And it is super EASY!!!

1lb chicken (cooked and cut up)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1 12 to 16 oz  box any pasta (we like rigatoni)
1 roll ritz crackers
1 can or steamed bag of veggies of your choice
seasoning salt, pepper, garlic…whatever you like
1 cup shredded cheese

cook pasta and chicken and mix with 1/2 roll of crackers(crushed), soups, sour cream, veggies(if using steamed veggies cook first) and seasoning spread into 13X9 baking dish crush up remaining ritz crackers and sprinkle on top sprinkle cheese on top and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes or until cheese is melted.

To add extra veggies stir in some organic (baby food) carrots, green beans, peas, sweet potatoes whatever you have.  No one will know.

Ready for things to calm down

26 Oct

Things have been very crazy lately. My Dad (who lives with us) had to have a pacemaker put in. The next week my hubby had to go to the hospital after thinking he was having a heart attack. To make a long story short…everyone is okay.
It has me thinking about how grateful I am. I have so much and I feel so blessed. I have not been blogging as much lately, but I have decided to try and find the time again. I really enjoy it. Especially when I am talking about the things I am grateful for.
Today I am grateful that everyone in my family is in good health. My husband is a hard worker and has finally found some work to provide for us. I am able to be with our children and I couldn’t ask for more. No, things aren’t perfect but we have LOVE for each other and all our needs are met.

Letting Go

30 Aug

I have a tendency to make mountains out of mole hills. My mother was the same way. As I get older I realize my Father is too. So I get it honest. This is something I struggle with. Thankfully my hubby is way more laid back than me in the “big deal” department.

I am learning, now that I have 2 kids, that things will find a way of working out. If I can’t get to it today it will be there tomorrow. The world will not end if someone or something gets dirty. Enjoy life…take it day by day. Don’t waste your time being angry, sad, stressed. Some things you cannot change. But your kids are only little once. You get no do overs with that. This is more advice to me than anyone else. I am learning to live, laugh, and love. Never take someone you love for granted. You never know how much time you will get with them. And last but not least…You can NEVER love your kids too much.

Speech Therapy

12 Aug

I took “Big D” to his evaluation for speech therapy today.  It went better than I thought it would.  I think Mommy had a harder time with it than he did.  He seemed to like the teacher, except when she yelled at him for not listening.  I think he enjoyed having someone other than Mommy or Daddy paying attention to what he was saying.  I have noticed that because he has speech difficulties most people seem to dismiss him.  This is one reason I want to get him started as soon as possible.

When I was in kindergarten I remember having to leave class for a little while everyday to go to speech class ( I had a horrible lisp).  I don’t remember really being teased by anyone other than my siblings.

I have noticed with “Big D”, he is beginning to get frustrated and say never mind if you can’t understand him right away.  He will also come and get me when he is with other children and ask me to tell them what he is saying.  I don’t want him to feel like he should just give up and stay quiet.  I ask him to please help Mommy understand what he is saying.  He usually will keep trying until I figure him out, but I sense his frustration.

We have to go back next Wednesday for the “approval” (she already told me he qualifies), and then he will go once a week for 30 minutes,(without me) and play and learn.  I really hope he enjoys it. I am so afraid he will have a hard time with me leaving him.  (He has only been away from me once in 3 years and that is when I had Lil G) I would love advice on how to handle this transition.  Please nothing negative.  Thanks Mommies.

Having Kids makes you OLD!!!

5 Aug

Before I had children gravity had yet to work it’s wiles on every part of my body.  I could remember everything I did the day before.  I didn’t have a constant brain fog.  I would jump in my car and go visit a friend 10 hours away, or fly to Vegas on a whim.

Now everything has headed south.  I can’t remember what I ate for lunch yesterday.  My friend is rarely speaking to me, and to fly to Vegas would make me too tired.  I would rather go to sleep on a whim.

I remember when I was younger I dreaded the turning into my Mother thing that  people would say is inevitable.  Wow…have I ever.  I never thought I would say 100 times a day…”don’t put that in your mouth, stop jumping on that, no running, go to your room, no tv”…the list goes on and on and on.

If I ever find a way to feel like I had enough sleep the night before, I just might drive to visit a friend, but maybe one that lives like 30 minutes away.

Happy Birthday to Me

4 Aug

Today was my Birthday. I am not a big celebrator of my birthday.  At least not since I reached the big 30. I woke up this morning to a house decorated with balloon’s and streamers ( thanks to my hubby, who usually waits til the last minute to even get me a card for any event).  I was pleasantly surprised.

When Big D got up the conversation went something like this.

Big D:  What is all this?

Me:  Today is Mommy’s Birthday

Big D:  Huh? It’s your Birthday?  (and then he started to cry)

Me:  What’s wrong?

Big D:  Where is your Batman Birthday cake? (he is 3)

Me:  Baby Mommy doesn’t have a Batman Birthday Cake

Big D: (crying harder) but you have to have a Batman Birthday cake on your  birthday

Me:  (calling Daddy) Um are you planning on getting a bday cake?  If so could you make it a batman bday cake?

Well needless to say Mommy had a great bday and a Yummy Batman Birthday cake. This made Big D very happy, because he thought he got the cake for me (I love that). I spent the day running errands, shopping, and having lunch with my babies.  I couldn’t ask for a better day.  Well technically a day at the spa would’ve been great too, but that can wait.