Disclaimer: I by no means, or any stretch of the imagination, pretend to be a parenting or marriage expert. But I am a mom and a wife so by default I know a thing or two about these matters. Someday I will share my infinite wisdom ...until then read on!
Anyhow, my very best parenting moments always to seem happen when I have an onlooking audience. I do best as a parent with an invested crowd, preferably in a public area that is kid-friendly. When it is just me and the kids at home WATCH OUT because that is when the wrath of Mommy is often unleashed! And unfortunately for whatever reason, my husband doesn't get to count as a spectator. Why is this? It seems like the kids can be wonderful right up until the moment he walks in the door; And then I run out of patience, the shit hits the fan, and things get ugly right just as he returns home from a hard day's work. It is beyond frustrating. (sigh)
More importantly though, why doesn't my husband notice when I am struggling as a parent and help? Or better yet, why doesn't he ride in on some dreamy white horse (or a brown one would do if he looked like this guy) with his chest well-oiled, wearing something seductive (or nothing at all) to sweep me off my feet and save the day? He could so easily be like a knight in shining armor in these mommy struggle moments
and I would be so appreciative.... (Sigh again).
Oh what's that on your face?! I think it's drool!! Wipe it off and get back to my story would ya!
But I am not here to solve the parenting woes of the world today or to complain about my husband. I just need to vent momentarily and then move along to the rest of my story...Here we go!
So I sent Jeff school snack shopping last week at the Dollar Store. Unlike last time when I sent him shopping at Sam's Club, this time he didn't come home with every type of junk food known to mankind. He did real good. It was like a breath of fresh air, or a pair of matching socks coming out of the laundry, or a cup of coffee first thing in the morning. REFRESHING. I was tickled pink to get snacks for the kids and toothpaste without having to go to the store or adding any additional inventory to Chester!
Now speaking of junk food, I am simply blown away at the vast volume of junk food options available nowadays. Seriously!? If researchers spent half the time they spend creating new junk food focusing on creating healthy options for people, the obesity problem would probably be solved. There are so many kinds of candy and chips and crap out there in the great white grocery store abyss that I get overwhelmed and oftentimes find myself in the fetal position on the floor at Meijer; In fact, this was happening so frequently that I gave up shopping at Meijer all together. I just can't handle it! So tonight I fought back and bought the fixings for a nutritious salad! I have eaten Kale salad every day since Thanksgiving!
Kale, Apple and Cranberry Salad! It's what's for dinner tonight! Along with Venison Meatloaf, Roasted Potatoes, Corn and Biscuits.
So what do you get when you cross a super cool mom with the most forgetful, squirrel-chasing, idiotic person on the face of God's green earth? Why, ME of course! da dum!
PS My boss created a new spin on the traditional soup and salad combination! She went ahead and threw the rest of my latest batch of quinoa salad into her pot of squash soup! Apparently it was delightful so the next soup day I have, I am following her lead and adding the salad directly to my soup!
PPS Rifle deer season is over and Jeff has gotten no deer. This is both good and bad. Good because now I might actually empty Chester and that goal was my driving force to creating this blog in the first place. Bad because we might actually have to buy meat at some point during 2015.
PPPS My brother-in-law got two deer so I am pretty sure they may have some venison for sale at some point in the future.
PPPPS Of course then the Chester emptying is less likely to happen if I start buying more meat...
PPPPPS Maybe we will just have to become vegetarians!