I'm reading The Sh!t No One Tells You by Dawn Dais. I bought it as a baby shower gift for my cousin and wanted to see if it was as funny as it looked in the reviews. The answer to that is yes!View Thread
Summer has been flying by here too. Work all week and then busy doing fun activities on the weekend. We have one more year before Shae starts school so no need to brace for that. I plan to hit the clearance sales soon to stock up on clothes for both girls next summer and that's the extent of my shopping plans.View Thread
DD1 is SUCH a slow eater. She gets so busy talking that she takes forever. There are times that we have to tell her she can't speak any more until she's taken a few bites. And God help us if we have company or go out to eat because she's even more distracted and has even more to say. I know you had trouble with the timer last time, but I'd try again. I would put a reasonable limit such as 30 minutes. Then clear her plate. If she hasn't eaten much, put it in the fridge and she can reheat it later if she's hungry. Maybe it will help her have an idea of gauging how long she has. Does it help to remind her that she needs to be chewing when there's food in her mouth?View Thread
I only buy groceries in the city once a month and then buy fresh produce as needed in town in between. So it's no big deal to plan the menu since I have everything on hand for the whole month.View Thread
I make a menu for the month. Each week I try to do one pasta dish, one dish with burger, one Mexican dish, an easy dinner on Mondays like wraps or burgers, and then just mix up the rest so that we have plenty of leftovers for lunches for DH and I. I keep a list of about 45 recipes that we like and use that to make my menu each month.
My alltime favorite crockpot recipe is Chicken Taco soup. It's SO easy and makes lots and is delicious. I have a gigantic crockpot so you may have to put less in yours if it's not huge.
Two chicken breasts (you can either cook and shred these in advance, which is what I usually do or do it after the soup is done but it's a PITA), 2 cans each of 3-4 different kinds of beans (I generally use kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, and red beans, but have used others such as garbanzo beans as well), 2 cans of sweet corn, a can of Rotel, a can or bottle of whatever beer you have (or water if you prefer), and then just a bunch of taco seasoning to taste. My kids lose their mind over this soup and it's even better the second day. We serve it with corn chips we fry up from tortillas and top with shredded cheese.View Thread
I cannot even imagine the amount of stress you're dealing with right now. I hope things get better soon and that the doctors and counselors can help ease some of your load and help Jacob find ways to cope and find the right combo of meds. I've been lurking for awhile and remember reading about his last hospitalization. You're a very strong and loving mother and I admire you a lot.View Thread
We had a great weekend. Saturday we took the girls for a hike and found snow so they had a blast playing in that. That afternoon switched all our spring/summer into the house for the fall/winter stuff, took our storm windows off, and cleaned the house. Sunday we hung out at the house, DH and the girls gave me a card with the gift certificate for a highlight which I'm super excited about (now I just have to figure out when I can go!) That evening my parents, brother, grandpa, and DH's parents and sister came over for a BBQ. It was a lot of fun and everyone had a good time.View Thread
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