Wednesday, February 29, 2012

So, What is the Dinner Situation?

Nothing used to be more annoying to me then getting a phone call or a tap on the shoulder from my husband followed by this sentence, "So, what is the dinner situation?". I do the cooking around the house and the majority of the grocery shopping. As a result, I typically have a fair idea of what everyone in this house will eat on a daily basis. But being asked that question by my husband immediately put me on edge. I would frequently tell him, then proceed to have an imaginary argument in my head. "I don't know, you have two hands, two eyes, and an ability to handle a spatula. You figure it out."

In an effort to ease to imaginary tension revolving around dinner, I started posting the weekly menu on the fridge. This little $1 goody from Target has lasted for 2 years and been a big help. Sure there are days when we have Costco pizza instead of the designated veggie omelets. But having a foundation plan for the week helps me grocery shop, prepare meals ahead of time, and assist my husband in maintaining his head. So I don't bite it off.

Here is what we are having this week:
Healthy taco crunch wraps with black bean dip and salsa brown rice
Dessert: Soft set cherry cheesecake

Homemade stuffed crust pizza with veggies and turkey pepperoni
Dessert: none - health skip night

Souplantation (taking the kids to a late afternoon dr's appt.)

Baked veggie and turkey bacon sandwiches with sweet potato fries
Dessert: Tiramasu

Crockpot Italian chicken served over whole wheat spaghetti
Dessert: Tiramasu

Crock pot french dip sandwiches with au jus and roasted squash
Dessert: Health night skip

Dessert: Black bean peanut butter brownies

There you have it. I try to make every meal healthier, even if it isn't the healthiest. And for the most part it is fun and tasty!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Where am I Going

This month I celebrated a birthday. I turned 26. While it was not in any way one of the great "milestone" birthdays, nor did it automatically make me part of some special group (the cool 30's?) for me it was a big deal. Unlike new years eve, my birthday has always been my chance to reflect on the past and plan for the future. Because, let's be honest. Should you really be making big lofty resolutions at 2am after one(or 5) glasses of champagne? Probably not. Unless your resolution is to have a giant pot of coffee the next morning to chase down your extra strength Tylenol.

Here are the highlights of my 25th year:

Topping the list is this girl.

Abigail. My second child, my little girl. In the short time I have been her mother, she has taught me so very much. I enter my next year of life a better person because of her.

In comparison nothing else from the last year really matches up. It was all in preparation for her. Once she was here, it was all about adjusting to being a mother of TWO small children. The guilt, the balance, the changes it made in my relationship with my husband.

Now what do I do? How do I become a better person? Become the mother, wife, and Megan that we all deserve?

On a personal level, I want to achieve some strength outside the home. I adore being a mother, relish working on making our house a home, and get a little thrill doing nice things for my husband. Utterly domestic? Yes. 100% fufilling? No. I don't think it makes me a bad person or a less caring wife and mother to admitt that.

So one of my goals for this year is to accomplish a professional achievement outside the home. Gabe will be going to preschool, and Abby could benefit from a little more time with Daddy. I think my relationship with my family could only improve if I had a little bit of time out of the house.

I also want, no need, to be kinder to myself. It has been a whirlwind the last 3 years. Family upheavill, buying and renovating our first house, getting married, having two children. All the chaos is showing on my body. I just feel rundown some days. And my body and face are starting to catch up to the exhaustion. I'm planning to better use my time this year. No more wasting minutes. Instead, I hope to be smart with my time and utilize any spare seconds in the day to take care of myself. Like, taking a shower. That kind of stuff.

There are so many big plans for this year. I can't wait to share them. For now, the time I carved out to write this is done. Now it's time to play with this guy while the little girl is sleeping.