Thursday, September 8, 2011

"wow you have a lot of toys"

This afternoon a recent college grad came over my house to take a look at some odd jobs I need to have done. As we were walking through the family room he said, "Wow! You have a lot of toys" I am sure what he was really thinking was, "Your house is a complete mess. There are toys everywhere and you can't even walk in a straight path without tripping over something. Your house is as messy as my college dorm room.
I am not a neat freak by any stretch of the imagination. I have to work really hard to keep things organized. I always wonder how people keep their houses so clean and neat. What is the secret? What am I missing? I realize having 2 kids and a dog doesn't help, and I have decided that I am not going to apologize or feel bad about a messy house anymore

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

New School Year

The start of this new school year finds me at home. I am on maternity leave until October 10, but have decided to try out the blogging thing once again. This year is going to be busy...I already feel busy just taking care of my two children, cleaning the house, and having meals on the table. I can only imagine how I will feel in another month when I add a brand new job on top of it all. I like to be proactive about changes, so I am trying to plan my meals ahead of time and freeze as many meals as possible. So, for the next month expect most of my posts to be about food - recipes I like/don't like, ideas for new recipes, and my struggle to make delicious healthy food.

This morning I made pomegranate and blueberry gelatin. I got the recipe from Simply Sugar Free and Gluten Free blog I didn't have bananas or apple juice in, so I used pom juice and just blueberries. This was a huge hit with both my son and me. We each had one with lunch, and I can't wait for him to wake up so we can have another for snack.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Important Life Lesson

It is a Friday. I should be in my classroom teaching English, but instead I am sitting at home resting. The story really begins last Friday...I woke up with a sore throat, stuffy nose and nagging cough. I still went into work and chalked up my latest symptoms to "pregnancy induced allergies." I am in the third trimester with my second child and was plagued by allergies in the fall, so I assumed they were back to make the last 6 weeks of pregnancy even more tiresome. I battled through Friday, took it easy over the weekend and was back to work on Monday. I even broke down and started taking Clariton. Well, nothing helped and I continued to get worse. Finally, on Wednesday I decided it was time to go to the doctor's. She examined me and determined I have a virus, which will only get better with lots of rest, and she wrote me out of work for the rest of the week. This has NEVER happened to me. I felt a great deal of stress lift from me as she told me I had to send my son to day care and allow my body the extra rest that it needs and deserves at this point. So, here I am taking care of myself and relaxing in front of the tv with my computer. Sometimes we need reminders to take extra care of ourselves, and ask others for help.