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I am alive but what just happened?

Thank you so much faithful followers for being so patient with me.  This last 2 months or so has been rough.  Life got the best of me and you all suffered.  I will be posting new recipes regularly again and can’t wait to hear how you like them.

Between 3 Holidays, 2 Birthdays, and moving life has just got the best of me.  Have you ever had a week that just doesn’t stop?  Well that is how I feel about the last two months.  I finally feel like I can breathe and most of my interior projects are done enough to live day-to-day.  Before I forget, we also added our first family dog which was just one more ingredient in the pot.

Our move was verily smooth.  Although Mr.Picky wanted to know how we acquired so much stuff.  I think he forgot that we didn’t have children the last time we moved.  How do kids have so much stuff?  My goal is to simplify their items even more.  I want to thank all the family and friends for helping watch our kids so we could do the moving!  I was overwhelmed with the lovely goodbyes from our wonderful neighbors.  You all are missed and I wish we could remain  close.  Within the first few days of moving I did meet a few of my neighbors and see great potential.

Thanksgiving was uneventful and tasty.  It was a quick in and out because we had moved just the day before.  Mr.Picky was already hard at work on our new home and checking projects off the list.  I was thankful this year to not have to do the turkey and main dishes.  I cheated and bought pies (this is terrible to buy food for Thanksgiving), but I had nothing unpacked to try to cook something.

Next was Mr.Picky’s birthday which was low-key and delicious.  I hope you all saw my Facebook post of the giant burger.  If you missed it tomorrow I will post how much fun we had eating and making it.

We adopted a 9 month old puppy at 70 pounds a few days before Christmas.  He is a Newfoundland/Lab mix and is one big love muffin.  He is fitting in so nice and was just the friend for us.  Mr.Picky has been hard at work to finish the fence around our place to keep the dog and kids in.  Having another boy in the house is just one more ball of energy.

Christmas was a bit overwhelming this year.  Every year we get invited to more and more events.  How does one say no?  We are our own family now and as much as I enjoy seeing extended family we need some traditions of our own.  Mr.Picky isn’t huge on crowds, especially when everyone celebrates on the same night and we have to go from house to house.  I see changes in the near future to this tradition.

My birthday and New Year’s Eve was wonderful.  I was surrounded by family and friends in our new home for the first time.  Lots of laughing, game playing, and junk food.  This was a night of new recipes for me.  We topped it off with an ice cream sundae bar.  We were so busy having fun we lost track of time and almost missed ringing in the New Years.

Between all these events I managed to paint the interior of our new house minus the bathrooms.  I am torn of the color scheme of both bathrooms.  The main bathroom will be an undertaking as I want to completely redecorated.  This kind of thing is fun for me and I can’t wait to share some before and after photos.

Now that life is calming down and school is about to start-up again I am happy to get into a routine.   Routine is everything in my life and I think that is what is making me so crazy.  When life gives you lemons start juggling until they all fall.  Of course you need to pick them up after that!
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What do I do all day?

Mr.Picky is out-of-town 3 1/2 days a week, every week.  Not the most ideal schedule but it works for us.  This means that I am left with our two children alone for that period.  Not that I am complaining, I love my children.  When Mr.Picky comes home we treat it as a weekend, and usually have a lot of family time.

I often wonder what Mr.Picky thinks I do all day?  I am not a stay at home mom who sits around, in general I am a get it-done kind of person.  I enjoy keeping our house clean, the kids active and thinking, and cooking.  Although it is not as fun to cook when he is not home, because I just make way too much food.

Routine is everything to me, and the other day I realised that my children appreciate this routine.  Some may think it is bad, but it works for us.  Don’t get me wrong we can be spontaneous as well.  I love to wake up and say we are going somewhere new today.  In general we go through the same routine daily while dad is gone.  When he is home we might stray but not too far from any other day.

First thing when we wake up it is “first breakfast” they call it, usually dry cereal or banana followed by a bit of cartoons.  By this time I am able to make some coffee and fuel my body with caffeine   I start some laundry because if you just do a load or to a day life is just easier.  Next the animals are waiting for their breakfast.   We have a Nigerian Dwarf goat named Finley and a male cat name Mia (we thought he was a female as a kitten and the name stuck).  Before I know it, it is time for “second breakfast” which is required to be hot.  This varies from oatmeal, to scrambled eggs and toast.

At this point I check the computer for anything that is important before bathing and dressing the children.  If I am lucky at this point they will be playing together nicely and I will get my workout in.  If my 20-month old decides it is an adventure kind of day, well then I guess my workout is going to wait until nap time.

I try to pick one deep clean area a day in my tiny home, and work on that before I shower.  Floors are my cleaning habit if that is what you want to call it.  I sweep multiple times a day and sometimes vacuum twice depending on the toddler.  Other than that my general rule is if you see something out, put it away right then.  And for everyone’s sake clean up after yourself, you get it out pick it up or wipe up your mess.  I know Mr.Picky gets a little crazy with me sometimes but it is better than living in filth.

Dishes are probably my favorite thing to do, which is good because I cook a lot.  I spend most of my day looking out the kitchen window with my hands in the sink.  Some wonderful flowers and birds eating from the feeder give me something to look at.  I keep our dishwasher empty all the time and load the plates and cups as used.  Not a big fan of washing anything but that in the dishwasher; everything else is done by hand.

Cleaning the shower is my most hated task, which just will never magically get done.  Sometimes the tough things make you stronger.

After the chores are done, well it would be time to eat again.  We will have a snack and play a bit.  Followed by lunch and nap time.  Nap time allows me a little peace and quiet to regain my composure.  Although it also gives my daughter and I some alone bonding time, seeing how she no longer naps.

Once everyone is awake and happy, we usually will try to go outside depending on weather.  But seeing how we live in the Pacific Northwest where it rains 75% of the time we have lots of back up plans.  Our local library is something we take full advantage of.

Home again or inside it is time to prepare dinner, and sit down at the table as a family.  This is so important to me, and rarely changes.  Then it is time for some pajamas and story time.  I am lucky enough to say my kids go to bed early in order to get a full nights sleep.

Now mommy time begins.  I take the rest of the night to finish any projects needing finishing, read a book, blog or watch a favorite show.  Now I know this doesn’t cover my whole day but you get the idea, my day never ends.  At some point not too long after the children fall asleep  I crawl into bed because I can no longer stay awake.

This is what I do all day, and now Mr.Picky you know.  We work hard in different ways but working for the same goal.  Our family functioning and development is depending on us.  Thank you for being the best partner that one could have.

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