Parenting Laziness

Sometimes, I am just of the opinion that I’m a tiredexhaustedlazy unorganized parent.  I mean, life is BUSY y’all!

My sweetie had recently rearranged Elysha’s bedroom to take advantage of the spare bed we had in our house now that she’s a big girl and I’ll be posting some updates on what that room looks like soon!  (Stay tuned!)  We’re kind of a ‘rustic’ furniture home, so if it looks good ‘dirty,’ we often love it!  (Maybe ‘worn’ is the better word here?)

I am in love with wooden signs, y’all.  I mean, in love.  There’s one at MCA where Silas goes to school that I love and am going to re-create something similar.  Then, there’s another one I saw in a window when we went to Scare on the Square.

By the way, if you haven’t done Scare on the Square with a child with strep throat, I strongly recommend you try it.  (I’m not sure what we were thinking…)

However, despite this, she smiled through it!  Silas went as Anakin again and Richard went as Obi-wan.  I think we’re on our last year as this costume set with Silas and it’s time to invest in a real costume like dads.

Super big thanks to the guys in blue for taking some pics with the kids.  We’re really big on our police presence and love to support our men and women in blue.  It’s important that each time we see police/fire/etc., that we teach our kids to thank them for their service.  Shout out to these 4 guys at the McKinney Police Department for taking the time to pose for a photo op with Anakin and Rapunzel!

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Silas has been on the mend from his sick days lately and it amazes me how much he can continue to smile through it even though it’s cold and dreary.  He even came to a football game last Friday when we didn’t feel 100% and then attended his own game the next day.  Special thanks to little Hope for posing with him, too. He was so happy she attended a game with him, too!  (Have I mentioned how much we adore this little princess?)

The cheerleaders at the game even took time to love on Abbie (one of our Pekingese pups) when we brought her to the game – though I’m not sure how much everyone appreciated how much of a distraction she was.  If your kids went home with long white strands of hair, it’s our fault.  Sorry, kind of.

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Family time is important to us and it’s often hard to get selfies of the whole crew, but when we do, I’m always in love with the smiles.  I particularly love this one because of Elysha’s little ‘fist bump’.  In reality, she was telling the camera to ‘kiss it!’  She has this adorable little habit of holding her hand out for you to kiss.  Gosh, can you love her anymore?

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Then there’s this side of her.

Every.

Single.

Morning.

She’s definitely my kid.  Because me, and mornings?  No, thank you.  I mean, not without a giant cup of my favorite coffee (Carmelicious) from Scooters!

P.S.  312 calories isn’t THAT bad, right?

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I need some recommendations on duvet covers y’all.  I really love our down comforter.  I recently bought an amazing allergy cover and finally got it on right (it only took me 2 hours to figure out I had it on wrong and then was so frustrated that I had to start over that I nearly wanted to crawl up in the corner and rock back and forth).

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First, there has to be an easier way to get these on.  Second, do ALL duvet covers run big?  I hesitate to put on the actual bedspread cover because I end up with all sorts of extra material at the top and I get SUPER WEIRD about all that excess material with no comforter.   My head might even spin in random directions.

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Please tell me I am not the only one that deals with this.  What am I doing wrong?  I love the size of our comforter and the fluffiness, but MAN, it makes me want to get rid of it!

So, tell me how your week has been.  What are you working on this week?

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Mississippi Pot Roast

Y’all.  I love food.  Food loves me.  We have a relationship where I have made a secret vow to never ever ever become a vegan because anything green in major quantities might actually kill me.  There.  I said it.  Death to vegetables.  Bring me meat.

Just kidding.  Sort of.

I saw one of my friends on Facebook talk about this thing called Mississippi Pot Roast and I was interested in trying it out.  Mostly because every pot roast I have ever eaten is just awful.  Onion soup, potatoes, carrots, and a big hunk of cow and fat.  Sorry mom.  Might as well feed me those wax beans!

Anyway, I have tried all sorts.  I even tried that Dr. Pepper roast.  Gross.  Not a good choice.  Maybe I did it wrong – but it was still just too dry for me.  I’m not looking for a stew consistency, I don’t think, but I’m not looking to choke on stringy, dry meat either.

So, I wanted to try this one out.  And…I LOVE IT!  And, even better…my kids ate it!  (And don’t tell them now, but it was cooked with…peppercinis!  *Gasp*  *Shock* *Awe*)

So, let me tell you how this all worked!

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First, I ran to the store and picked up some ingredients.  This one called for:

  1. 3 lbs chuck roast (I opt for very little fat.  Cause, gross y’all if it’s fatty.)
  2. 1 packet Ranch dressing mix (I’m not sure if there’s a difference in the dressing versus dip, so I made sure to get the dressing)
  3. 1 packet dry onion soup mix
  4. 8 peppercinis (get the whole ones so you can easily remove them if your kids don’t like spicy food and you can find these usually on the top shelf in the salad dressing aisle)
  5. 1 stick of butter (don’t even think about margarine)
  6. 2 tsp olive oil

I used my little Ninja crockpot – because I love to sear my meat in there first and then cook it in the same pan.  I got the pan nice and hot and then put those 2 tsp of EVOO into the pan and seared each side for about 3 minutes (including the sides).

 

Then, I added the ranch dressing, onion soup, stick of butter, and peppercinis.  No need to add liquid.  The butter and peppercinis will take care of that for you!  (And you might actually want to drink this liquid gold when you’re done, cause it’s that good!)

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Then, just covered and slow cooked for about 6 hours.  You can go longer if you want your meat to be much more tender (which I would recommend), but my kids were starving.  So, the cow was dead and I pulled it so they could eat.    Then, just peel the meat into strips with your forks and let it soak in that juice.

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Tossed some mashed potatoes and ranch broccoli on there and voila!  Dinner is served.  (See kid approved dinner, below!)

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I would really recommend this if you’re looking to change up your roast.  The peppercinis weren’t spicy either.  If you wanted it spicy, you could easily leave them in the meat or pour some of that juice in, but I wanted my kids to eat this, so I took them out before serving.  They didn’t even notice.  It just gives it a nice flavor.

Jesus loves all the little children…

Yawl,

Can I just say how much I know these two are going to get me into trouble?  These kids offer me a lot of insight of being a mama and trying to keep my own sanity in check sometimes.  But more important, that boy in that pic…that heart for Jesus.  He is a constant reminder of how much the Lord loves me.

You know, I used to listen to these women at Bible Study and their ‘love stories’ of their relationship with the Lord and I must admit, there was a little envy in my heart.  What was it like to be in love with my Father?  Was it the same love that I share with my husband?  And was that weird?  I’ve been able to put my finger on it a little more.  Let me share.

Husbands and wives have a different kind of love than what The Lord has for us – as His children.  It’s a passionate love, yes.  It’s a bond we share with our spouses.  We are one – in His Image.  We are created by the Lord – placed together by the Lord.  We are blessed with two children – not even blessed.  Trusted maybe?  Children that are not ours – wholly – but are ours on this earth.

Anyone who knows my backstory knows I have had all kinds of crazy struggles throughout my Christian life.  Being raised Southern Baptist, falling out of the church, falling back into the church, falling into work and out of church again, and then coming to terms with God knocking on my door again.  And each time, it’s as if He uses my son to reach me.  He knows I listen,  I guess.  I mean, if you aren’t going to listen to the One that breathed life into your lungs, perhaps you will listen to the child  you birthed, yes?  I mean, perfect logic there to me.

Anyway – kind of back to where I am at.  This morning, Silas shared with me a little bit about what he was feeling.  The overall theme?  He was listening to Hillsong’s song Stronger (You’ll notice this is an Amazon link.  Never intended for you to purchase, but Amazon gives me a small amount back if you do!) because he wanted to ‘feel Jesus’.  At the end, the next song that came on was This Is Our God.  He said ‘Mommy, I feel like I’m gonna cry.  I can feel Jesus.”

Yawl.  If there was ever a ‘sucking-my-breath-out’ moment, that was it.  More so because I know that I can barely even sing these songs without going into some ugly crying.  It’s almost embarrassing.  I don’t even know what causes me to go into crying fits like that.  Is it the fact that I am too far from God?  The fact that I truly have that ‘I-am-in-love-with-Him?’ moment?  It kind of reminds me of how when my husband says something super nice or does something really nice (like hanging up my clothes!), I get all choked up and try not to show that.  Not because I don’t appreciate it – but because I do not want to look like a baby.

…rambling.  I know.

My point is, I’m not sure where you are in your life.  Where you are in your walk with the Lord.  But, He’s there, waiting on you.  And there really is a chance to have a love affair with your Creator.  Just as  you love your children – that unconditional, relentless love.  It’s possible with God.  He loves you.  What are you waiting on?

Blessings to you all,

Kristin