Carrots, apples, oranges, sweet potatotes, asparagus, zucchini, bananas, cantelope, mangoes, tomatoes, grapefruit, lettuce... I think this was my most favorite bountiful week ever!
Plus, I never quite got caught up from when I went to Ohio for a long weekend a few weeks ago, so I still have cauliflower, green beans, cilantro and swiss chard from last week. And of course I still have that coconut. I want to make pina coladas and some coconut rice but now I'm left wondering... how do you OPEN a coconut??
I'm a little bummed I won't be getting a BB this week, since the internet was being a little wacky and by the time I was able to log in, everything nearby was taken....:( but on the plus side, at least one person in our house will be thrilled to not have that extra $16.50 purchase tagged onto the end of the month's budget :) There's always next week anyway.
We really had the best weekend. Was it really almost two weeks ago??
My mom used to dress Bananas and I up in the same outfit, but in different colors when we were little.
Also forgot that as tykes we used to call each other "little" and it would make the other cry.
Well, we each went shopping (separately) with Mom and wouldn't you know? We end up with the same dress, in slightly different pattern and color. Twinners.
High school student (showing me a messy, poorly done drawing): "Here's my five hours of drawing homework assignment."
Me: "Um, your five hours of drawing? This doesn't look like five hours of drawing to me."
HSS (looking confused): "We were supposed to spendfive hours drawing??"
An hour of drawing a week has only been my students homework assignment for THE LAST NINE WEEKS.
Sunday nights. they are my least favorite night of the week because as I put Baby D to bed tonight my heart hurts. I know mine will not be the first face he sees in the morning. The weekend is over, and once again my alarm clock will be my phone and not his darling little cries.
And even though Mr. D has done a stellar job with him for nearly his entire young life, I cannot wait to take over. I don't know how other working moms do it. I really don't. I would much rather live a little poorer, in a smaller house, on a tighter budget if it meant I would always be able to be a stay at home mom and see my baby(s) grow up.
I LOVE watching my little guy grow up. I always imagined working outside the home through all our kids... I never realized what a noble calling motherhood truly is.
As much as I have enjoyed my job teaching these last two years....
I cannot deny it any longer: I love being a mom.
Bountiful Baskets has a been a little source of tension between Mr. D and I since I started. He doesn't buy into someone else picking out our produce (understandable, especially when we get green bananas or mold on our berries), he's not yet used to the variety that we get (we usually just get the usual "safe" options of bananas+apples+avocados+tomatoes that we know we like), and he didn't believe we actually get $35 of produce for $16.50 as advertised.
So we scoured our weekly paper circulars as well as online ones through about 4 different grocery stores to find everything we got this week. Probably about half the stuff we got was already on sale. The total was just over $17 (from our rough calculations). So at least we were breaking even.
But I pointed out to Mr. D that in order to get all of those things at the deals indicated, I would need to go to a couple of stores. And of course HE pointed out that I wouldn't actually go out and just buy most of these things on my own. Hmmm. He has a point.
Last week's bounty, Photo courtesy of HMK.
So even though I already explained why I love Bountiful Baskets here, I realized my top reasons for wanting to continue getting them:
1) Mr. D has a history of Colon Cancer, and the only way (I know, at least) of preventing CC: LOTS of fruit and veggies! I want more than anything for Mr. D to live just as long as I do.
2) It's good for weight loss. Even though I'm not trying to lose weight at the moment, weight maintenance can be just as hard as weight loss! I have found that when I am eating lots of fruits and vegetables that I am less likely to eat as much refined sugar (which makes me SO tired and lethargic).
3) It's so much easier to be creative in making Baby Food as well as meals for Mr. D and myself when I have more than our usual staples to work with.
4) Sure the stuff we get may be what's on sale, but how many times have I bought avocados for 69 cents, thinking it was a great deal, only to find it somewhere else the next day for 33 cents?!? I love love love not having to bargain hunt my produce.
I did all the prepwork today, right after I got my basket. That way I have everything ready to steam, boil, bake, or eat raw and ready to go... this week we got mangoes (4 of them!), broccoli, cauliflower, celery, apples, bananas, more asparagus, clementines, CILANTRO (woo hoo! guess who's making cilantro rice tomorrow??), tomatoes, etc.
Also, props to IKEA for selling 17-piece tupperware storage for $3.99 each. I LOVE THEM. I bought two sets: one for food, and one for Baby D to play with while eating.
PLUS I splurged and bought Bountiful Basket's 9-grain bread. FIVE fresh loaves (with ingredients I can all pronounce!) for $10. And they taste sooo good! I will definitely be getting that again.
Aaaand random old photo of Baby D :) Happy Sunday!
8 months old today. can you believe it? I'll take the 8 month photo as soon as Mr. D gets me a camera... don't want to shortchange Baby D with grainy photos. But a photo is a photo to me, and boy did Baby D and I have fun eating mangos and blackberries. What more could a kid want for his birthday?
8 Months has gone by WAY too fast for my liking. Baby D is completely mobile and for the moment, I'm loving it. When I leave the room, he gets upset (if he's paying attention and not distracted by a toy) and when I come back, he acts like it's Christmas. LOVE that. He's also started playing on his own, pulling toys out of his toybox at random. He loves baths and man does he eat like a CHAMP. He has the funniest, robotic laugh and sometimes he will just laugh because I laugh. What a doll.
His favorite thing now is pointing. I am trying to teach him sign language, but mostly he can just laugh, clap and then point (usually at my mouth) and thinks its hysterical. And yes, I took off his onesie for the second half of his meal... but I want to see YOU try to get a baby to eat berries without getting it all over the place. Don't worry, we followed dinner with a nice warm bath. And I am fully aware of the fact that Baby D is the spitting image of Mr. D. Let's just say I made him that way on purpose :)
We were all together in the 614 for my dad's 50th. And yes, we are awesome at taking group shots.
My sisters and favorite cousins. Did you know we Carrera girls all shared ONE room and ONE bathroom between the five of us for a few months my senior year?? So when people complained about not having enough space in dorm rooms for two girls, I couldn't help but laugh. Every time I smell a curling iron it still takes me back to 2004, when we each had our own straightener/curling iron/hair dryer, and at least one was plugged in just about every hour of the day.... I'm fairly certain we blew a fuse at least once a week. Good times. Such good times. I miss my Carrera roommates. Only 3 more weeks till Spring Break and Baby D and I are back in the 614.
Oh... just realized that the "Marrieds" of the group have their hair parted one way, and the single "Soltera" girls part their hair the opposite way.
so i will start off with a really old photo, completely unrelated to this post:
I quit my job today. Meaning, of course, that I will finish out this school year and not come back next year. It was something that has been in the works for a while. I still have mixed emotions blogging about it, so maybe I'll share more about it later, but I really do feel like I am doing the right thing. Baby needs his mama, right?
I also quit pumping. If you want to know how I feel at this very moment, just imagine wearing water balloons on your chest. Now imagine them under your skin, and instead of water they are filled with lead the heaviest thing you can possibly imagine (Steel?). Awesome feeling, right? Now pile onto that about 4 months worth of guilt from giving your child formula instead of what you are "supposed" to be giving him.Mr. D and I (okay, just Mr. D) calculated how much money we have saved over the last 8 months of not having to buy formula, even though we purchased a $350 pump. Guess how much??? $1,400! I couldn't believe it. So for my friends who are just nursing... if you've done that for at least 8 months, you just saved your family over $1,700. Go tell your hubby that and use it as an excuse to buy something awesome. Definitely my motivation to try and nurse all my kids in the future.
And you know what? I don't want you to feel bad for me because even though I may be a quitter in two aspects of my life, they are not the most important things.
I am okay with being a quitter because less time doing those two things means more time doing the things I want most in life at this time:
being a better wife, mother, and runner. In that order.
Being a quitter is not that bad.
As long as you don't quit the most important things. :)
After getting back from our weekend stint Sunday night, to say I got nothing done on Monday would be the understatement of the century.
Other than playing with my darling Baby D, I took a two hour nap (while he slept, of course). So literally the only thing I accomplished was a 5 mile run with Cass and our BOB's (which I just found out today stands for Beast of Burden....who knew?). The weather was perfect and with the new sunglasses Brisley gave us, Baby D actually fell asleep the whole 50 minutes! Poor thing is still a little jetlagged.
(Photo from Cass's Blog of our race last week) So... I may have not showered yesterday... and I may have forgotten to eat breakfast... and dinner wasn't eaten until 9...