my final straw: walking out the door the other day and realized i forgot my phone…i turn to head back inside and tell my friend….”hold on, i gotta call you back, i left my phone inside on the …….wait….what the flagnogg?
and this is when i started singing to myself silently (or out loud? creepy or not? who cares!) INSANE IN THE MOM BRAIN…GOT NO BRAIN…GOES INSANE
gracie was cast into another pavillion play and is also performing in her 5th grade play at school…on top of that, she has piano and sandwiched in between all this chaos, we’ll be planning our 8th Art Moms and Friends Holiday Boutique
we have always been those parents that refuse to put their child in more than one activity. reason being, we enjoy eating dinner together as a family every night…not running around and giving high fives and air kisses as we go by each other in a mad rush. for those who have multiple children, in multiple aactivities i COMPLETELY salute you! i’m a wreck keeping up with these three things (add the boutique in there and now that makes 4! damn, i just did hella good math)
i should be more organized
- i DO have a calendar in which i rarely ever look at and when i do look at it, most the time it’s too late for what i had written down (there is a lot of “CRAP, that was last Monday? Month? 2012?”
- i DON’T use my phone calendar although my husband is seriously astonished i don’t and adamantly spends hours trying to sell me the benefits of it
- i write little notes all the time….and then i forget where i put them…..
- i have also written notes on my hands with ink but 90% of the time, my message gets covered with paint
- i’ve even written a message for myself straight onto the bottom of my shoes…classy huh? i did quickly apologize to my shoes for that one
i will say, in my defense, i have only ever missed one piano practice and i’ve dropped gracie off at play practice at a day she wasn’t scheduled (so, in other words, gracie has never missed a play performance due to my
also, i am NEVER LATE….if i’m not 10 minutes early, then i feel late. and lastly, if there is a sale announced on one of my favorite clothing websites, that data is ingrained into my brain like a photo graphic memory
so instead of getting organized, i will make a list of WHAT NOT DO
- leave school work and school papers in heaping piles on the table and hope they sort themselves
- every time someone tells you how spotless their house is, do a whiskey shot
- when gracie’s teacher signs us up for a classroom party and you forget, tell her…what? you didn’t see me? i was TOTALLY there the whole time…weird
- when drinks are spilled, shoes aren’t put away, shirts are stained, boxers need to be washed and his belly needs to be filled, just remember, he’s your husband…and you love him
- no matter how busy you are, take time for those moments when she says “mommy, come here, wanna cuddle? (whiskey shots on this one would be totally inappropriate by the way)
- when people ask, “how do you do it all”….wave your hand in front of you and pffttttt at them
- and if at the end of my life, i Google”unorganized mommy” and a picture of me shows up….then i’ll just pull out whiskey (p.s. i drink far less than what i promote on here)
i’ve come to realize, i’m not perfect, i’m not organized, i don’t have my shit together, some mornings i sign her assignment notebook as she is scurrying out the door, and sometimes laundry doesn’t get done until my husband says “i’m gonna have to start wearing my boxers inside out”!
then i realize the things i didn’t forget~
all those little things that DO matter
- making her breakfast and lunches with special notes
- special road trips
- when she rolled over for the first time or just this last time she lost a tooth and wrote a note to the tooth fairy for a baby unicorn
- her face when she seen daddy come down the escalator after his overseas deployment
- the first time she performed on stage in front of hundreds
- the sense of pride she had as she walked into school on her first day of kindergarten
- surprising daddy with a sneak water balloon attack when he came home from work
- the little notes he leaves me to find around the house
- the little notes her and i leave each other to find in the morning on our toilet paper
- impromptu and random dance parties we have had
- the nights we lay in bed and laugh endlessly over the dumbest things
- the little pranks they play on me daily
at least i’m organized enough to make dinner….props to me! come boutique time, i’m sure we’ll eat a lot of cereal for dinner? would it make it better to eat it out of our good china? wait, i don’t have good china! so scratch that!
well, for now, we’ll eat like kings while we can! this enchilada casserole with quinoa was fab!
ENCHILADA CASSEROLE WITH QUINOA
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 pound of hamburger
- 1 can (10-ounce) mild enchilada sauce
- 1 can (4.5-ounce) chopped green chilies, drained
- 1/2 bag frozen corn kernels, cooked (can also use canned)
- 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
- 1 Roma tomato, dice
- cilantro to garnish
- In a large saucepan of 2 cups water, cook quinoa according to package instructions; set aside.
- cook hamburger and set aside
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil an 8×8 or 2 quart baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.
- In a large bowl, combine quinoa, hamburger, enchilada sauce, green chiles, corn, black beans, cilantro, cumin and chili powder; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.
- Spread quinoa mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with remaining cheeses. Place into oven and bake until bubbly and cheeses have melted, about 15 minutes.
- Serve immediately, garnished with avocado and tomato, if desired.
can be made vegetarian by eliminating the beef but my family would go insane! you’d think they were married to meat as much as they both love it!
this pairs really well with two of our favorite beers from Millstream Brewing
*again, let me illiterate about not drinking as much as you think! promise! i just love ONE good beer or ONE good glass of wine with a meal! just ask everyone who knows me…two is my limit! or else i get really forgetful!