I just shared a post on my photography blog announcing that I would be stepping away from my business. It was such a difficult post to write and I feel so peaceful now that it is done. It was long overdue. Feel free to read it here.
I had to travel this week to New Hampshire for work. I always feel so terrible leaving Dave alone with the boys. He is an amazing dad and is incredibly capable but I know how tough it is to manage dinner, baths and bedtimes by yourself. And, mornings are so hectic when you’re alone.
We really make a great team and we rely so much on one another to keep this house from becoming a complete zoo! I am so grateful for such an incredible husband and dad to our boys. I’m very, very blessed. 🙂
Needless to say, I love getting photos and updates from Dave when I’m away. It brightens my day and makes me smile no matter how stressful my day is going. I thought I would share some of the “highlights” from Dave’s eventful week with the boys…
I received a text during one of my morning meetings (Dave didn’t answer the phone when I called in the morning before I headed to the office, never a good sign): “Nathan threw up all over the couch.”
He wasn’t sick, he just drank his morning sippy cup of milk too quickly. This is one of the many joys of reflux. Not a fun way to start the morning.
This photo came along with a positive report on how well the boys behaved and ate while visiting Grandma Marrs for dinner.
I quickly changed my background on my phone to this photo. I cannot believe how big they look here. I was gone for one day and they already grew up. I tear up a little every time I look at this.
And, yes, they are eating cookies.
And, yes, those are crumbs on the floor.
Again, Dad was in charge for the week.
I will spare you the photo, but I received a text of a picture of poo in the bathtub. Yes, you read that correctly.
My response, “What on earth?!”
Dave, “This is what happens when daddy doesn’t have anyone to help put the boys to bed. And yes, that is a pile of poo in the bathtub courtesy of Nathan.”
About two minutes later, I received this message, “Yes, that is crayon that was drawn all over the wall while Daddy was cleaning up the poo.”
All I could do was laugh. Probably not the response he wanted from me. But what else could I possibly do? So, I had to post all of this because, one day, he too will read this and laugh. One day.
Dave said “the incident” occurred while he was dressing Ben. After draining the tub, he left Nathan there to play for a minute so he could get Ben dressed. He realized Nathan was too quiet and went to check on what he was up to (if you know Nathan, you know why the fact that he was quiet was a bad sign). Just then, Nathan stood up from his squatting position, turned around, saw what he had actually done… and screamed. Dave had a hard time calming him down. I feel badly that he was apparently a little traumatized once he figured out what he did but I can’t help but think that is hilarious!
Now the real question is… does this mean he’s ready for potty training or the exact opposite?!
Oh, the many unexpected joys of parenting…:)
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
One of the toughest things about being a working mom (to me, at least) is ensuring my kiddos get nutritious meals when I’m not at home (or am just trying to get out the door in the morning). We eat a lot of fruits and veggies and other healthy foods in our house. It seems I’m always worried about what and how much the boys are eating…you can read more about my irrational anxiety regarding the boys’ nutritional intake from my very first post here.
I work for an organic yogurt company and I’ve read too many studies solidifying the link between healthy foods and healthy bodies. I really believe in eating as few processed foods as possible. I always try to serve organic milk (& all dairy products), meats, and fruits and veggies. We definitely don’t eat perfectly in our house but we try to be concious of what we’re putting in our bodies.
So, I was super excited when I found Pamela Salzman’s website with lots of healthy recipes and tips. I tried out this recipe for “Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal” for breakfast this morning and was thrilled with how well it worked! I love Steel Cut Oatmeal but hardly ever have the time (or the patience) to make it because it takes so long to cook. This is the perfect solution for a busy Monday morning for our house!
Here is the recipe:
overnight steel cut oats
4 cups water
1 cup steel cut oats
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
optional: additional drizzle of milk such as almond milk or raw milk
Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add oats and salt. Cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and cover. Let stand overnight.
The next morning, reheat over medium heat, stirring in some milk (about 1/4 -1/3 cup) if desired for extra creaminess.
(*I added French Vanilla yogurt in place of milk this morning..it was delicious)
*To make 6 servings, increase water to 6 cups and oats to 1 ½ cups.
We topped our oatmeal with a little maple syrup, chopped walnuts and fresh blueberries. The boys and even The Builder loved this! It was definitely a hit and I highly recommend it!
Have a wonderful & healthy week!
|Hannah came over to jump too!|
|Taking a break from bouncing…Nate loves his friend Hannah!|
|Cousin Kennedy stopped by for the fun too!|
|Our friend, Baby Joseph chasing Nathan…he wants to play with the big kids too!|
|Saturday morning breakfast|
|Nana Marrs came over to bounce after breakfast on Saturday morning|
|Nathan decided to climb on the train table|
One other funny thing you are both doing right now is throwing all of your stuff out of your crib in the morning. When we come in to get you, there is a pile of pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals on the ground. You also like to throw stuff into one another’s crib.
Obviously from the photos in today’s post, neither of you like being dressed. Nathan – you particularly dislike clothing. I went to get you from your nap yesterday, and you took your pants, socks and diaper off and threw them on the floor!
You both really like to wear socks and shoes, though. When it’s time to go somewhere, you’ll run to your drawer in the mudroom and get your shoes and try to put them on for me. You also like to wear daddy’s shoes and be silly.
Ben & Nathan: I can’t possibly explain with mere words how much of a privilege it is to be your “Mama.” I am so blessed to be entrusted with you and I pray each day for strength and guidance to ensure you are on the right path in this life. I am so grateful to know that God is watching over you and you are always in His care and under His protection. I am so very thankful for you both. You are the lights of my life and you are absolutely my greatest achievement on this earth. I love you to pieces my sweet, precious boys!!! XOXO!