Friday, October 19, 2012

It's a pretty big day in everyone's life....

Here is a conversation tonight with my almost 8 year old son.

Cameron: "Mom. There is something wrong with my memory." 
Me: "Why?" 
Cameron: "I can't remember my birth. That's a pretty big day in everyone's life and I can't remember it!"  
Me: "No one can remember being born. I'm sure it's traumatic enough that we wouldn't want to anyway."  

I can't even stop giggling to myself. My kids are a riot.

Monday, October 15, 2012

We laughed... because WE do it!

This afternoon while making our way back out of the Apple Orchard after picking apples, we walked by a couple with 2 young children. They had their kids sitting on the ground in front of the trees, trying to take a nice picture of them. The parents were being silly, making noises and the mom even stood up and was dancing, to make them smile for the pictures. My husband and I both got a little giggle from it and then we looked at each other and laughed because WE DO THE SAME THINGS! We try not to be too obvious in public, but sometimes we just want that picture and don't care!

It made me think about the silly things most of us do as parents just to get a smile or laugh out of our children. I guess we channel our inner child for them!

If you happen to be those parents reading. You're awesome.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Homemade Apple Crisp!

We went apple picking today and I needed an easy recipe that was mostly safe (I have to alter it more to be completely allergy free) for my 7 year old's allergies. Homemade Apple Crisp did the trick! It is super easy to make and came out absolutely delicious! It's clearly not a healthy recipe, but it's a great indulgence!

Homemade Apple Crisp

- 9-ish small - medium apples
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup uncooked oats
- 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread

- Preheat oven to 375
- Grease 13x9 glass baking dish
- Peel, Core and Cut apples into thin slices
- Mix all dry ingredients together
- Cut cold butter into small pieces and mix it together with dry ingredients until it crumbles. (I like to kneed and squish it by hand to get it mixed well.)
- Sprinkle mixture over apples
- Bake for approximately 35 minutes until browned
- Serve with vanilla ice cream (Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream is good too.)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

What's a mom to do on a cold Saturday duty day!?

Torture the kids of course... My husband has duty (basically working for 2 days without coming home, for the non-Navy folks out there) and I decided I wanted to torture the kids with the camera! Bwahahaha! I wanted to try something out and while it wasn't as successful as I was hoping, I am learning for later.

It's not pro quality, but it's cute!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

It's that time again! Our Fall Tradition!

Those of you have been reading a while, know that every fall, we go to a Pumpkin Patch wherever we may be stationed that year. It's a big deal for us because the kids REALLY love that time as a family. This year as well as last year, we went to Buttonwood Farm. It's nice and convenient because you don't have to take a hay ride out to the pumpkins. The parking area is right next to everything. With having so many kids, we like that! Now if my husband can only get enough time away from work for us to go Apple Picking! We've never done that! I'm so glad to have him here this fall, even if he's at work most of the time. Last year he was away except for a couple of days RIGHT before Halloween where we were able to get to the pumpkin patch. Fall in New England is my favorite.

These are the times I really love.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Mothers Guilt and realizing it will be ok

Some nights, I lay there thinking about my day. Sometimes I'll feel guilty over how I handled a situation with the kids or that I didn't spend as much time with one of them as I think I should have that day. I imagine I'm not the only mother who does this from time to time.

As confident as I am about the choices my husband and I have made for our family, I still get twinges of worry now and then. I worry about the "what ifs", "should haves" and "maybes". When it is all said and done, what I want is children who grew into wonderful, happy, caring, successful adults. I don't define success by the balance of your bank account or social status. I just want them to be successful in whatever path they choose. Whether it's one of them choosing the path that I have, raising children or one of them becoming a famous musician. I just want to set the foundation for them to flourish.

I generally ignore the criticism. I know the choices we have made are right for us and I take comfort in that. But now and then, I am stopped with a mild sense of doubt.

In those moments of doubt, I look down at my 15 month old snuggled up against me asleep just like he did as a newborn or I think about my daughter kissing her baby dolls and laying them down for a nap. I look over to see my older boys reading a book to the younger children, all on their own or I watch my kids all interact kindly and fairly with the other children at the park. Those moments are when I realize it will be ok. I'm doing ok.

I'll make mistakes and have to make changes. I wont always do everything right and I accept that. But I'll also do some things great and will always put my family first. I'm doing the best I can and I am happy with that.