Home Sweet Home

For the past month, I have been trying to do one fun Critter and Mama adventure each Friday after I pick him up from daycare. Marcus has Glitter on those days so I have the extra time. Last Friday, he and I visited the “jungle” (garden center) at Lowe’s to buy some hanging baskets and some simple plants for our planters.

Critter loves visiting the “jungle” (lol seriously) and it is such a hoot to wheel around the aisles with him while we look at the fwowers. However, there is only so much gardening to be done. The Irises have yet to show me any flowers and the Peonies are getting closer to blooming but we are not quite there yet.

SOON ENOUGH.

We are finally making some landscaping decisions (more on that in another post) and little by little we are spiffing up the exterior of the house. It’s crazy to think that at this time last year, we still had not seen our house and were wrapping up our third month on the multi-generational compound.

We are also starting to move into a whole new rhythm of summer life. ECFE ended last week. Library story time will be sporadic throughout the summer. Glitter has turned into a two nap baby which is fantastic because she is pretty predictable and it means that now I get at least 30 minutes of solo time in the AM with Critter and usually at least 30 minutes of time to myself in the afternoon when their naps overlap.

He has also taken to calling our house “home sweet home” from time to time and it is the sweetest, most hilarious thing. I have no idea where he got it from but he is right. It is our home sweet home!

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Friday Food Round-Up

I cooked a decent amount this week but (1) forgot to take a picture of Saturday’s dinner, (2) made a crockpot full of this soup to see us through the dinners apart and workday lunches in the first part of the week and (3) made a 11/10 dessert for a work potluck that I need to write down the recipe for SINCE I MADE IT UP AS I WENT.

Friday – One Skillet Steak and Spring Veg with Spicy Mustard, Roasted Potatoes

This dinner is the best 100% of the time.

Wednesday – Tacos

I made the meat in the crockpot on Tuesday so all we had to do was assemble.

To Do List Nation

I don’t know about you guys, but the moment we got to May, suddenly there was this ongoing (and lengthy!) list of things to do?

Like honestly every time I complete a post-it note worth of tasks, another springs up in its place with a completely bizarre and arbitrary list of activities to complete. And yet, I Keep Doing Them!

Just this morning I ordered Critter a pile of summer play clothes from Target because for the summer, his daycare turns into a “camp.” Which is great. I love that they make the effort to spend so much time outdoors with the children. But I need to send him to daycare in swim clothes, he will need a dry outfit to change into and he needs to keep extra clothes at school. Also, he needs clothes to wear at home?! We have been so blessed to receive a PILE of hand-me-downs from friends and family, and “thrift shop” has been on my to do list for two weeks but frankly, we’re at the point where if it doesn’t happen, we need a backup plan (AKA more clothes).

Meanwhile, I briefly contemplated the possibility of us needing to build a shed because it seems like there is not a lot of space in our garage? Like, we can park the cars in there just fine but between strollers/lawn mowers/snow blowers/stuff it is tight.

THEN I REALIZED WE WERE STORING WEDDING GIFTS WE HAVE NOT TOUCHED IN THE SEVEN YEARS SINCE WE GOT MARRIED. And not like This Is Special China For Special Occasions, but like Things We Never Asked For In The First Place.

This is what happens when you move while pregnant. Things just come along for the ride.

Anyway, we do not own any of those things anymore and now there is more storage space in our garage. Basement bedroom/storage room, I am coming for you next.

Meanwhile, Marcus is replacing all of the outlet and switch plate covers on 1/2 of our main floor that we bought LAST AUGUST so you know, we are just chipping away at projects like no one’s business.

We are still sourcing landscaping quotes for our yard because they range from Exorbitant to More Exorbitant and frankly for the amount they are asking so far, we can actually find the time and energy to do the project ourselves. I will look forward to providing an update once I actually know what is going to happen here. Plus, I bet y’all would love a summer full of updates about shoveling medium-sized gravel out of our yard (lol not).

If anyone has any laughable tales they would like to share, please do, we would like to hear them. Otherwise stay tuned for more of mine.

What I’ve Been Reading

YOU GUYS.

In the spirit of learning for learning’s sake, I read East of Eden and when I finished it, I thought Man…That John Steinbeck Can Write. HIGHLY recommend. It was The Longest Book Ever but I would read it again. I also read some other things.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence by Rachel Sherman

Dream Hoarders by Richard Reeves

Friday Food Round-Up!

My current relationship with cooking is still middling. And if we are being honest, when I was meal planning last week I planned for us to eat tacos twice even though we were only eating tacos once. (What?!) I am trying to get into the grilling mindset because the season is here. Check in on that next week!

Sunday – Tamale Pie, Garlicky Wilted Spinach

Past Kat cooked (hey freezer meal!) so day-after wedding Kat did not have to. Bless her.

Monday – Sesame Chicken Noodles from Cravings, Steamed Broccoli

This one is always so good.

Wednesday – Tacos

Honestly, all I want to eat is tacos. It may be the theme of the summer.

The Garden is Growing!

Our house came with one peony (bush?). And that was it. Last fall, I planted some free plants a former co-worker gave me and then promptly forgot about them.

Yesterday when we were playing outside, I thought Hey! We should probably rake these off! Like how all of our neighbors are raking off their gardens!

Behold!

Daylilies.

I think I need to split these?

Irises.

(OMG THEY ARE SO BIG ALREADY HOW DID THIS HAPPEN I HAVE DONE NOTHING?!)

The Peonies the house came with.

My bonus Peonies I planted last fall.

(They are very small).

We do have some re-landscaping plans for this summer but we are not there yet. In the meantime, I am going to continue my very passive gardening efforts.

Friday Food Round-Up!

Friends, my energy is at an all-time low this week. Here. We ate.

Read to the bottom for the best meal.

Sunday – Tuna Melts, Salad

Lunch.

Sunday – Enchiladas, Rice, Black Beans

I popped 3 lbs of chicken in the crockpot to make a double batch of these and one pan is in the freezer. I made a huge batch of rice and beans on the side to stretch the pan we did eat into like…six full meals total and an extra one for the freezer.

Tuesday – Slow Cooker Gyros, Garlicky Wilted Spinach, Tots

My friend Madelyn gets credit for these. Chicken into the crockpot with 1/2 bottle Greek dressing! Shred! Serve! Rejoice!