*squeak* Hi there!

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Oh boy. Am I in trouble? I know there’s been zero posts(inconsistency seems to be a recurring theme here), but hopefully you’ll forgive me and let me ease back into this with you. How about an update on things here first?

Here it is, almost the end of July and I feel like I personally have missed half the summer with my kids already. I was ill during part of May and June and I posted about being wrapped up like a mummy(for two and a half more weeks), so my poor kiddos stuck it out with me through all that. Then not 3 days after I was finally on my feet again, He had to carry me to the emergency room while my littles stayed with my folks. We came home with two prescriptions and me back on the couch or in the bed with total right lobe bacterial pnuemonia and my littles spent most of that week with my folks. That’s been a few weeks back and I’m still working on kicking the cough but we are at least back to some semblance of normal.

For all the trouble this summer, I have become so much more grateful for my body and the incredible things it does to care for itself. I’m also incredibly grateful for all of my family and friends that have helped us deal with my short-comings all summer long. From a ride somewhere when I wasn’t able, to food and company-I appreciate them all being there and love them more than they know. I hope one day I’m able to be half to them that they were to me. My biggest thanks through all this though, goes to my hubby and my littles. They’re incredible, resourceful, loving, and caring-everything I could want in my life. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without the three of them through this. Hopefully this run of bad luck is over and we can keep on rolling!

Sadly, being out of commission so much means we’ve not been up to much new lately. He and I have tried hard to make as many at home fun things as we could for the littles because we’ve been unable to really do a lot with them. They’ve spent several overnight trips with my parents(who have a pool and much larger yard than we do), gone to free outdoor concerts with He and their grandparents, and we’ve done movie nights with “fix it up” ice cream sundaes with any free rentals we’ve managed at redbox. All in all, I think for what it was, it’s been a good summer. We’ve spent a lot more time reading, coloring, and just talking than we normally would together, and I think it’s allowed us some bonding at a time when the kids are both going through some major growth. I’m determined to hold onto the good things and not dwell on the bad this year. :)

Hopefully I can start posting some new things and sharing with you guys again soon. How have all of you been? Vacations, staycations? I’d love to hear all about it!

What Happens When Mommy is a Mummy?

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The house tries to fall to pieces, that’s what. The routine, the laundry, the cleaning, the dishes, the trash, the cooking-all of it tries it’s best to fall apart. Thankfully I’m surrounded by the people I love, who also love me.

 

A few days back, He had offered to give me a shoulder rub and I moved to the floor in order to take advantage of it(who turns one down?!). At one point my foot was going numb(I was sitting on it), so I lifted to flip it out and stretch and heard a pop. It didn’t really hurt, so I just passed it off as nothing and relaxed.

About an hour later, my right foot was sore, especially the toe next to the big toe. Again, I passed it off as nothing. The next day it was pretty painful, swelling, slightly bruised and I couldn’t put my weight on my foot. Dead Head helped me wrap the toes and I went to be with my kids on their last day of school. By the time we got home all I wanted to do was put my feet up and get my toes some air.
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Without dragging you through the rest of my week, I’m all wrapped up now, from my right ankle through that foot. Restricted to my couch, limping to the bathroom only. Thankfully I have a great family that’s helped me through this(as they did a couple of weeks ago when I was so sick-man what a month for them!). Dead Head informed me we had won a door prize for a large pizza(Yes deadhead I know what that was….<3 you) and He and the littles have made sure I spent as little time up as possible.

As much as I love them all for helping, I will be so very glad to be back up and at em. So there’s no goals list or exciting posts about things we’re up to, simply because we’re not up to much.

 

I hope your week has been better, have you been busy? Kids in school still or getting ready to go on vacation? Share with me!

 

Coming At You Live, From My Couch!

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This week the rest of my posts are coming from the couch. No awesome, innovative crafts or inspiring family jaunts, but I’m pretty sure we can make do. At least until the couch isn’t calling my name-siren that it is. ;)

Last week we tried two new recipes, so I thought I’d share one with you today(and maybe the other tomorrow!)

Pinterest is a dangerous thing. I think we’ve discussed this before, but what I haven’t told you is that I’ve gotten my husband turned onto Pinterest too. Apparently this means I’ll have all kinds of new cooking inspiration to use! Which isn’t bad, when you’re bored or looking to use up ingredients you have on hand, it’s a great way to resolve either issue. Last week he found a chicken and pasta recipe we had all the necessary ingredients for and asked if we could make it. Of course I said yes!

Here’s our adapted recipe:

 

Lemon Chicken Pasta

~1 pound boneless, skinless chicken, cubed

~2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

~1/2 Vidalia Onion, chopped(or diced to preference)

~1 Tablespoon Fresh Garlic, minced

~8 Ounces small pasta(uncooked)

~1 Dozen grape tomatoes, halved

~1 Can chicken broth

~2 Lemons worth fresh juice

~1 Cup water

~1 Teaspoon Basil, chopped fine

~1 Teaspoon Salt

~1/3 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

~1/2 Teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper

~1 1/2 Cups Finely Shredded Mozzarella

 

Instructions:

1.) Heat oil in a large, deep saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until softened. Add garlic and cook about a minute more.

2.) Add chicken and saute until just cooked on the outside only. Pour in tomatoes, pasta, chicken broth, water, lemon juice and all seasonings.

3.) Stirring often, bring to a boil and continue to stir to prevent sticking for about ten minutes or until 2/3 of the liquid has been absorbed.

4.) When you have only 1/3 of the liquid remaining, remove the pan from heat and sprinkle your cheese over the top of your mix. Cover with a lid and let sit for ten minutes more to allow cheese to melt and remaining liquid to absorb.

 
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Elbow noodles aren’t as pretty as the rotini from the original blogger(yellowblissroad), but they did the job! We lacked chicken broth and subbed water in, so I know the taste was slightly altered, but again, we’re trying to use what we have versus buying more. He enjoyed it a lot, but we decided next time we’d be upping the cheese and definitely using the chicken broth. He’s kind of a nut about cheese. Am I the only one who lives with one of those? I hope not! The kids weren’t so keen on trying it, so with the other pound of thawed chicken we did a quick marinade(storebought) and grilled the rest. Thankfully both made leftovers, which was another meal for us this week!

 

Have you tried any new recipes lately?

Stepping Back For a Minute

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Last week I did something I’m not very proud of. I completely and utterly lost my temper with both of my children. In a loud and un-gracious way at that, over what is really nothing in the scheme of things.

Two accidents at school, coupled with a lot of stress on He and I over an important decision, set me off, turning me into a screaming meanie for the duration of our car ride home that day. Was what they had done maddening? Oh yes! A broken set of glasses we weren’t sure we could fix(and certainly couldn’t afford to replace that week) and a brand new shirt(tags just taken off that morning!), ruined with holes-not the way to start the afternoon.

But was it worth hurting their feelings and making them feel less than? Absolutely not! After cooling down and realizing what kind of awful mom I had been, I called both littles in the living room and apologized. Letting them know I was in the wrong, expressed my feelings wrong, and was sorry for treating them that way, as well as promising to be more thoughtful and careful from then on was very important. They need to see that everyone makes mistakes, not just kids. Moms, Dads, adults everywhere-we all make mistakes.

Thankfully, the rest of that talk went well. I still don’t feel better about it, but I am glad to know that I can make a mistake and own up to it with my children. I’m not glad it happened, but I’m glad I was able to show them the right way to fix it, because I’m sure it won’t be the only time someone here loses their cool. While it’s never going to be fun, so long as we know how to react and handle it, I think it’s a pretty good bet, we’ll get through it anyways. :)

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Short Week

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With the holiday Monday, this is a short week for everyone here. Thus, I’m behind on making my to-do list and prepping posts for this week as well! So without a lot of chatter, here’s what I crossed off my list and the new one for this week!
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At this point, we’re still working behind the scenes on something major for He. The end of the school year is rapidly approaching, and this means additional field trips, field day, testing, and assessing for both my little ones. While it’s a fun time, it’s also really stressful, so I try to lighten up at home, especially on testing days.

What did you accomplish last week? Any major goals coming up that you’re working towards?

Thank You To Our Service Men and Women!

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There will be no post today in light if the Memorial Day holiday, but from the Pronoun family please accept our
thanks and gratitude for all the men and women,  past, present,  and future, who will fight for us and our country.  We hope your day today was wonderful wherever you may all be!

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For those of you outside of the US, have a happy Monday and regular posting will resume after Memorial Day. Thanks!

Cleaning Up Our Routine

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Once upon a time, not so long ago, we had a cleaning routine that we all followed every day. The house stayed reasonably tidy, the laundry got done and there was never trash sitting excessively on the porch. However after the wicked witch, Procrastinator, came through, the treasured routine was destroyed! Being the heroes of the story is hard work, but we’re determined to make it into a happy ending. ;)

All that was basically saying, in the nicest way possible, that we’ve fallen off the wagon and the house isn’t being taken care of properly. Chores are getting done, but in a haphazard manner. I’m having to spend more time telling the littles what to get done, rather than being able to attend to my own chores while they do theirs. We needed a fix for this situation, in a hurry.

The magnets I made to go with our chore charts have slowly but surely fallen apart and need to be replaced. Until I have the money to get the clear acrylic, I decided to print daily sheets for the kids to check off, as well as daily sheets for myself.

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The kids chart is pretty simple(see the photo above for our specifics). I have highlighted what their two “paid” chores are for each day. They’re only to do those after doing the non-paid chores and any others they do, they know they won’t be paid for. Both of them make a check mark after completing a chore until the list is complete for each day.

My list is a little longer and seems a little more complicated to read than the kids I’m sure. All the orange boxes are the things I need to do on the day above it. Everyday I do trash and dishes/counters, so every last box for that is orange. As I work each week I add a check mark(with a dry erase marker)until I complete my list for the day. Seeing those boxes checked off every day motivates me to keep going until it’s all done!

For now, this is working for us. We have a sheet for all seven days(as you can see, mine is one sheet for the week, theirs is a day per sheet with room to check off as they work). I have a secondary list of things I do once a month too; chores that while necessary aren’t an every day need or even an every week. I’ll share and make a PDF copy of that list as well in an upcoming post next week.

Want a copy of our list to use yourself? Click the link at the bottom or the image above to download the PDF for printing. Come back and let us know, did it work for you?

 

Free Kids Printable Cleaning List

Free “Cleaning Up The Week” Printable PDF

 

**As of now, these are non-editable. I did leave the “name” fields blank on the kids lists for you. Where I have a defined Yes or No on the paid column for my kids, I have done a Yes/No format for your use. Once I have an editable link I’ll update this post and let you know it’s here! Thanks for your patience!**