Yeah I lie to my kids. I lie to my kids every damn day. Who doesn’t? Every parent that reads this will admit they lie to their kids and I would bet it is a daily thing. Some would say you shouldn’t lie to your children, well guess what that is life. I lie about that delicious snack that I was caught eating is yucky or even better that it was all gone. I lie about their toys being broken because the batteries are dead and we do not have anymore left. I lie about how long dinner will be because well it will be done when it is done. Not like they have a watch and going to be like “Mom you said 10 minutes and I see here you have exceeded that time by 5”. Yeah not going to happen.
I have lied about my legs being broken because I didn’t want to go get the toy they are asking for that they could fully go get themselves. I lie about Grandma being asleep because it is just not time to leave yet. Because I tell them it is not time yet and they just don’t get it. They want a reason as to why we can’t leave right now versus later. Well sweetie Grandma is sleeping and when she wakes up we will go see her when Grandma has probably been up for a while. 🙂
I lie that some of their shows do not work, because if I have to watch another round of Scooby Doo 2 I might go out of my mind. I lie that a button won’t work on the flashlight so that they will stop blinding me in the eye every two seconds.
I lie and if that is wrong then I don’t want to be right (cliche I know) but honestly who doesn’t lie to their kids? Sometimes kids just don’t understand what you are telling them. Sneaking a snack or not wanting watch the same movie for the 4th time in a row (record on Scooby Doo is 5). Yeah we preach sharing and not lying and then we turn around and lie about our snacks or when we will be leaving, but again that is how it works. They don’t have a sense of time and they want everything! Doesn’t matter, if they see it they want it and well you know what they can’t have it lol. That treat was my moment for myself and nobody else. Did I share with Daddy? Heck no. So I am not going to share with you tiny people. I can hear it now:
Carson:”Mommy what’s that?”me (mouth full of chocolate bar) “nothing, yucky food”
Me: “yep yucky” (finishes snack quickly)
and that is usually the end of it. No harm done. Unfortunate that I didn’t get to really appreciate my snack, but the concept its there. I love my children, but sometimes they do not need what we have or can do it themselves. Yeah lying can be bad and hurtful, but it can be used in a manner that causes no harm. Some will agree and other will disagree, but for our house no harm no foul. Just another day in our house with two parents again just trying to do their best and not raise children that get everything they want just because they want it.
All this from:
A Mom Who is Trying
How many people do meal planning? If you don’t and would like to learn a little bit about doing so then please continue reading. I have been doing meal planning for a very long time. I got tire of going to the store with no real direction in what I was going to do for food that week. I do not bulk buy (yet) or pre-make a bunch of meals for the week. I do meal prep lunch for my husband and I, but that will be in a separate post. Meal planning, honestly, can be boring and become quiet the chore. I will show you what I used to do and what I have been experimenting with lately. Meal planning not only saves me money, but saves me time at the store. I am not a fan of grocery shopping, so the less trips I have to make the better.
I do all the grocery shopping every two weeks with a small shopping run in between for those items that won’t make it without going bad; milk, fruit, fresh veggies. When preparing my list I would make a list of the meal that I wanted to cook that week and write it down at the top right of my grocery list so that I had my menu when I would go shopping in case I forgot why I put the ingredient on my list in the first place. This happens more than I would like to admit. So with having my menu it works as a nice reminder. Next I work down my menu writing out each item that I will need to prepare that dinner. After getting through the whole list I take inventory of the rest of the house on items that we have ran out of and add them to the bottom of the list. Then off to the store we go!
As great as all that sounds I have gotten tired of creating a list every two weeks and quiet simply over the whole idea. So I came up with a whole new idea. I decided to write down all the meals that I could think of that I didn’t need Pintrest or a recipe book to cook. This list was actually quite longer than I was expecting. I then took that list and broke it out in to two separate menus.
Each menu contains: 2 pasta meals, 2 Mexican meals, 2 meat and potato meals, 2 casseroles, 2 pizza nights, 2 sandwiches, and two blank night for going out or leftovers.
Below is an example of my two menus:
After I figured out my menus I made grocery lists for each menu. I even made a notes area to add in those extra items that are needed out side of the groceries such as condiments, bathroom stuff. That kind of things.
Below is my shopping list for one of my Menus:Even on this menu I add in the meals that I will be preparing so that I have some guidance again on what I will be making for the next two weeks. This has been great so far as I no longer have to come up with meals every time it is just there for me ready to print and take the store. I have thought about laminating my lists so I can just reuse them each time; print on both sides and switch back and forth. I have started to create a 3rd menu because sometimes you forget about other meals that you know how to make simply because they are second nature to you. So until that list gets big enough I will continue with the two that I have already created.
Thanks for reading through this. If you have any questions or would like more information let me know!!
Alright how about those holidays!! Man do they keep you busy and running hard. We had such a great time seeing all of our family and enjoying the special moments that we have. I mean when I say special I mean in what way can we pick on each other the most or even better who can we prank on for the biggest reaction. Not a dull moment when you get my family together. Be it my Mom’s, Dad’s, Grandma’s, In-Law’s, always something to be grateful for.
Tis the new year..well ain’t that the truth. 2016 brought so many great things into my life and I am hoping that 2017 does the same. I have made my resolutions and plan to keep to most if not all of them. This is one of my goals right here. To be more active in my blog and post way more frequently than what I have been. So I will start off with what I plan to accomplish this year. It is not much, but it is my goals so there.
My word of the year is going to be “fit”. I want to become more physically, mentally, and financially fit. In order to achieve these areas I have rallied up some knowledge and have put it all together to form a nice plan of attack. With the amount of information I really want to share I will break each of those out into their own separate posts or at least one good one. I love a good read, but sometimes a really long blog is just not in the books for me. I am excited to get start and start sharing my adventure of being more “fit” in 2017.
More to come from A Mom Who is Trying!!!
For the last, I don’t know, week or so I have been trying to take some time to write another blog or heck just post something just to keep going on this. I am finding that it is actually very difficult to post each day or to even find an open 10 minutes to just not do a single thing. The reason this is so hard is because I am simply too busy living my life. This is not a complaint, this is amazing. I have this crazy little family, but it is my crazy little family. We are busy having a great time as a family. Ben and I trying to raise theses three crazy kids and well it is a roller coaster. It is three against 2 and the odds are in their favor.
Ben and I are a great team. We take these three on like it is pure Donkey Kong time. The boys are loud, crazy, and never sitting still. Dinner is on the table ready eat, let’s go! Then it is back to playing, feeding baby, and watching the boys beat each other up. That alone takes the energy out of you. Have you ever watched your children, grandchildren, neices, or nephews just play? It’s ehausting right?
Then it is bed time. A time that parents get that one episode or that time to just relax, but any parent would know that this is only temporary. The kids are only quiet for a few minutes then they need another drink of water, or another hug and kiss good night (that you never pass up on) or are simply afraid of the dark. So up and down you go trying to get them to stay in their beds. There is the work out that you have been trying to find time for :-).
Show is over and you have to go too bed, but this little human you created is thinking otherwise. Compromise is no longer an option. You take them to bed with you or they pass out on the couch either way it is time for sleep. I do love when they come and get in bed with us. We have never turned them away, but you do not get the sleep you normally do when you have space to spread out.
Sacrafic and compromise that is what parents do because……..you guessed it, because we love our children and we want them to feel loved in every way. Yes each day is a new challenge as they are growing and learning. Their is so much going on it their tiny little bodies that sometimes they don’t even understand what is going on or how they express their feelings. They are what adults want to be able to do. Somedays I would love to just have a temper tantrum, but nope thats not adult like. You get it I am sure. They are our inner children and true blessings. So no matter how hard the day or how difficult your 2 year may be cherish each moment of it. They are little only for a little while.
Genson came up to me with his teddy bear and told me he was feeding his baby like Mommy feeds sister. It was just so touching to see him trying to do what Mommy does. It is not the first time things like this have happend. Carson takes my pump part and puts them up to his chest and Genson is always asking questions. These boys are just great!!
Growing up my Mom was, and well still, always making banana bread. The house smelt so amazing after each and every loaf. Today I about had my baby toe smashed by a frozen banana and I decided it was time to make some of my very own banana bread. This is by far my first round of making the delishes bread, but my house brought back memories as I watch my husband and kids devour them as fast as they are coming out. 24 muffins, 3 loafs, and a cake worth.So worth the work and yes they are delicious.