Lately I haven’t been sleeping well. I go to bed later and later. And am getting fewer hours of sleep than is healthy.
I have to get up by 6 at the latest and because of my night owl ways, I push it to the last possible snooze.
Sara is turning into a night owl too. It’s almost 11 and she just now closed her eyes.
This can’t go on or it will more seriously affect me.
It’s been a good 3 years since I’ve had good sleep on a consistent basis.
It doesn’t help that we are in need of a new mattress. Just as time had flown by and I’ve suddenly got a middle school daughter, I’ve got a tween mattress too.
My sleep sucks as well as my hips and back suffering from this tired bed.
Seriously, I need to fix this sleep situation. I can’t be a zombie during the day, I need to function at work. Caffeine might help me get my job done, but not so much at night.
It’s a horrible cycle.
I need to make a change.
But right now I’m taking this sleepy girl to her crib in hopes that I sleep the whole night through. She still wakes up crying from her crib in the middle of the night about half the time. But that’s better than me waking up with a kick to my head.
Plus I need to cuddle with my honey now and then.
My sister came over on Saturday, because she was taking Nina duty with the big girls while the I took the twins and Marco with me early in the morning.
My girls love to spend time with their Nina. Often they monopolize her from the moment she walks in the door, eager to show her whatever they’ve been saving up to share with her. As we were all getting ready for bed my sister came to me on the sly to give me the latest scoop.
“Isa lost a tooth. But she swore me to secrecy. She doesn’t think the tooth fairy is real, so she’s giving it a test.”
Well, she is 11 years old. I’m sure she’s one of the last believers to fall in her age group.
We laughed about it and that was that. I promptly forgot about it. Slacker Mom alert!
Well, I was nervous about Sunday, remember? I was freaking out about my wardrobe and eyebrows and Tooth Fairy duty fell right out of my head.
Sunday I was up early and out of the house before Isa woke up. The day was packed with activity. I was exhausted. Finally, at the end of the day, Isa came to me.
Mom, I lost my tooth and the tooth fairy didn’t show up.
Well, are you just going to give me money?
Wait, what?? I giggled at that. Um, you can try to put it under your pillow and see what happens.
Ok, mom. Maybe the “Tooth Fairy” will come. (giving me a smirk)
Can you guess what happened?
I FORGOT AGAIN!
She didn’t say a thing about it in the morning. I was off work today and was able to pick them up from school myself. I took them for an ice cream after school when Isa reminded me.
So, mom is the tooth fairy ever going to come?
Uh, let’s just say the tooth fairy is giving you some ice cream this time.
Well, we can leave if you want and then the tooth fairy will have some cash on her, or we can get ice cream right now. Which will it be?
I’d better stock up on shiny quarters. I think Gabi has a loose tooth and I should probably get the slacker Tooth Fairy in gear.
At least now I can enlist Isa to remind me of the Tooth Fairy duties. Maybe she’ll even help Santa gift wrap this year.
There are many times, when I get home from work, I wonder, what the heck am I going to make for dinner???
I could make This… but oh no, we are out of That. Or This… nope, we used the last of That the other day. Man, didn’t I just go grocery shopping?
That’s when Marco will tell me, come on, babe, work your magic.
And I use whatever we have and come up with something good.
- 4-5 Boneless Chicken Breasts
- Large Can of Stewed Tomatoes (I got mine at Fresh and Easy. Actually, most of these ingredients came from there. I love that place)
- Taco Seasoning*
- 2 cups Chicken broth (or water & chicken bouillon)
In a large skillet, heat about 2 tablespoons of oil on medium heat, just enough to coat the pan. Sprinkle taco spices on one side of the chicken and place spices side down in the pan.
Sprinkle the other side of the chicken pieces with the taco spices. When you see the pieces have turned white at the bottom, turn over. They should be slightly browned after you have flipped them over.
Meanwhile, in a separate pot, heat another 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Add 1 cup of white rice and stir until it begins to change color (white and almost browning).
Add 1/2 of the can of stewed tomatoes to the rice and the other half to the chicken.
Cover the chicken.
Continue to stir the rice for a minute or two. Add 2 cups of broth. And cover the rice.
Lower the heat of both the chicken and the rice to low.
After about 20 minutes, the rice should be done and the chicken should be cooked through.
It was easy! The kids ate it up! A win!
Let me know if you try it. I hope you like it!
*You can use a packet of taco seasoning. But I like to make my own using chili powder, chili flakes, paprika, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, black pepper and salt. Using the measurements in this recipe.
Little by little, their babyness gives way to toddlerhood.
Running, jumping, talking, making their choices known in what to wear and what to eat.
A little over a month ago, we started getting them to go to bed without their beloved pacifiers.
Getting them tired during the day. Distracting them whenever they demanded one. And before we knew it, they were done.
They other day Sarita crawled under my bed because somehow an errant paci was left under there. She wad so mad at me when I took it.
Sarita, that’s for babies! You’re a big girl.
No big girl! Baby!
Look, Yo Gabba Gabba!
Distraction for the win!
The last thing that remained was that one bed time bottle.
We had tried sippy cups with milk a few times since last fall. But they weren’t having it.
They were pretty adamant about having it their way.
Today I bought them brand new cups. I told them, look! Leche cups!
It worked! They drank up, and went to bed!
Next frontier? The Potty!