Mom Win of the Week: We had the best little family outing this past weekend. I always knew our area was known for it’s mandarin groves (orchards?), but I didn’t know there were places that let you pick your own. If you’re local, we went to Sunset Ridge in Newcastle. They are so good and easy to peel! But, maybe manage your ability to eat mass quantities of mandarins better than we did. We’ve been giving some to everyone and I still feel like we have more than we can eat!
Mom Fail of the Week: I keep forgetting to put extra diapers in the car. For whatever reason, it’s just not on my radar. Which is just dumb because we are still very much in the thick of diapering. Nolan can go to the bathroom all on his own, unprompted, but he’s just not ready to do it all the time. We’ve tried every incentive under the sun, but he is just so freaking stubborn. He can ride a two wheeler, but insists on a diaper. It’s beyond frustrating, especially combined with the fact that Isla still hasn’t nailed it. I always go back and forth on whether or not to discuss this. On one hand, I want to respect their privacy since it could be potentially embarrassing when they’re older. Not that there is a magical age you must be potty trained, but they are trending toward the older end. Obviously, Isla will take longer because of her developmental delays, but that doesn’t make it any easier. On the other hand, it’s incredibly frustrating as a mother. We have been potty training Isla for almost a solid 18 months and it’s still a work in progress. I’m so burnt out with it, and the fact that Nolan is so stubborn and refusing to do it only adds to it. Then the cherry on top is changing a 3.5 year old’s poop. My head is just ready to explode. I know the answer is to just back off and not push it, but that’s also hard now that Isla is in school and technically should have mastered it. Thankfully, she’s out of school every day at 12:15 and she only has issues in the late afternoon. I know it will happen when they’re ready, I just wish someone had prepared me and told me that I’d be potty training just as long as I was diapering.
Listening to: I cannot get the song “Dance Monkey” by Tones and I out of my head.
Watching: We’re still plugging away on The Office. I’ve been feeling pulled in a million directions lately, so it’s a really good way to decompress. I think Season 3 might just be the best season.
Wearing: I shared this last Saturday, but this sweatshirt is the best. I love the color, the rose gold detail, the fit, the length- it’s perfect.
Looking forward to: our wreath making class this weekend at Gather Studio & Market. Every year I see classes to do this and I alway wait too long, but this is my year! I think there might be a few spots left if you want to join us!
Meal Planning: I’ve been in a funk since the time change (I don’t care what you say, I’m blaming it on that.) and when I feel like that working out and meal planning (any sort of nutrition to be honest) goes out the window. Which is so self destructive, because those are always the two things that pull me out and get me back on track. But, I’m trying to be better about recognizing my own patterns, so I forced myself to workout this week and make somewhat of a meal plan.
- Skinnytaste Easy Shepherd’s Pie, Lightened Up
- Chicken Schnitzel from Skinnytaste One & Done. I highly recommend this cookbook! I probably use it at least once a week when I’m actually planning meals.
- Grilled rib eye steak, roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli
- Skinnytaste Cheeseburger Casserole
We typically don’t eat that much red meat, so this week is slightly atypical. But since my overall goal was to just start meal planning/cooking again, I went with what sounded good and tried to use up stuff we had on hand.