Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Choosing their Battles, worth it?

Most people understand the phrase that I am about to discuss.  However I need to be very cautious about how I talk about it.  Someday my thoughts will probably change, but let me just express my thoughts for now. :)

Choosing Your Battles

That's a phrase you hear, not a lot, but quite often with toddles and young children where parents or caretakers are trying to decide what battle to "deal with" or which ones to "let go."

However I'm not a fan of that phrase or what it stands for.  I feel like if I happen to decide a certain "battle" is worth dealing with today, but not tomorrow what exactly does that mean?  Once the child gets older they may understand this, but really is it worth waiting until then?  Why are we "choosing our battles"?

My key thoughts on parenting:
1. God is holy, and we are not.
2. We all are going to mess things up.  Even tell your kids when you mess up.
3. There are consequences for our actions.
4. The obvious one:  How much God loves them, and how much their family loves them.
5. Respect.  In all circumstances respect.  (like showing the proper way to express yourself through interrupting with manners, yes means yes and no means no, and the typical take care of each other and the things God has blessed us with, etc.)
--Am I missing any other key points that come to mind?  Maybe I'll add some more as time goes on, but you get the idea.

When a kid is freaking out over something I don't want them to think I'll freak out over it too.  Instead I like to:
Calmly react to the situation so they know I care.
"What happened sweetie?"
Usually I'm given a baby voice or a situation that I can return with a lesson attached to it.
In most cases it ends with a happy child and a happy caretaker like me. :)

In other cases when the parent is around I sense this extra emotional thing going on.

Yes, grace is important.  And letting them know you care is important.

Where's the consequence?  Where's the lesson?

Today the girl I nanny for was messing with the door while waiting for her mom to return.  She freaked out because it bumped her on the foot.  With me she cools down VERY quickly (different story around mom).  I told her I was sorry she got hurt, but to remind her doors are not things we play with.  (And yes I looked at it.)  She responded just fine.

Few moments later her mom came home and randomly she remembered about her foot and how it got hurt earlier.  With a wimpy voice she told her mom about it.  Her mom picked her up and told her let's check it out.  Her mom did different things with her foot to see if it was still working okay.  And then told her,
"Let's walk it off!  Is it okay?"

Thank you for that!  Yes, I might of done things differently.  But aren't we all a little different? :)  She is given the chance to see things that come her way and either: figure out why it happened or to check things out and walk away!

Battles I think are worth it.  There's lessons learned every time.  I'm not giving them the response they want.  I'm giving them the response that will be helpful next time.

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Future Recipe!

So, I've only heard back from one person (thanks Erin!) on suggestions or feedback from my latest post about changing my blog and what not.  Now with answering her suggestions, I'll try to post more often.

Lately it's been hard to get my brain around a more serious heart-felt post.  My mind is going like crazy.  My poor husband has to deal with my mind wrapping around in circles and never stopping.  The latest "thing" in my (our) life is that I get to take out MOST food out of my diet (normal eating habits).  Once Supplements get in I can't eat: dairy, grain (pasta/breads/cereal), fruit, etc.  I can only drink water and can only eat eggs, meat, and veggies.  I'm prepared to go hungry.  And also prepared to make veggies in ways I have never tried before!  I'll also have to spend more time on breakfast, and also more dishes.  And probably spend more time on meals (probably making two because my hubby can't go with out pasta or cheese!).
Meat will taste so blah.
Veggies might become my new addiction.
Good-bye grape juice for dinner!  (My after work delight.)
and no more quick frozen pizza or mac and cheese.

I think I can already hear my stomach growling!
Why all these changes you ask?
Because I got some tests done and I need some healing.
This is where I went to get the testing done.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Need a Change 101

I was getting pretty discouraged lately about my blog.  Pretty much everything about it.  I realize I need to be more on top of things.  What am I trying to share?  Looking back though my past posts I see a lot of posts about updating you on Jon and my life, posts about my thoughts on marriage or life in general, or some recipes.  I think I need to change things up a bit and maybe mess around a little bit with my formatting. 

Until then I changed the backround to my favorite color to kind of brighten my mood about my blog.

What do you think?

What suggestions can you make about my blog?
-Should I have more frequent posts?
-Do you want recipes?
-Do you want more meaningful info?
-or do you want just updates on Jon and my life?
-Do you want more pictures in the posts?

(Honestly, I've been trying to get Jon into being interested in writing a post on here to allow everyone to hear his thougts on whatever he comes up with.  Sounds fun right?) :)  Yeah, I thought so.

Please be honest with me, kind, but honest.  Thanks! :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Yummy Chicken Casserole

It's called Broccoli chicken casserole but I substituted peas for this last time and LOVED it better than broccoli. But it's just preference.

I'm in cooking/baking mode lately since I got time off of work and been helping the family with meals in prep for the baby.  They had a baby boy, Lucas Joel just yesterday.

I found this on allrecipes.com so don't thank me for this recipe.  I needed another chicken option, and this is fast and easy!  Great for when you can't start making dinner until 6pm.

What you need:
9x13 pan
cooking spray
frozen broccoli or peas (14oz for broccoli)
boneless chicken breasts
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1/3 cup of sour cream
1 tablespoon of horseradish (or mustard)

What to do:
1. Preheat oven to 350, and spray pan
2. Spread frozen veggies on bottom of pan
3. Place chicken on top of veggies.
4. In a bowl: mix soups, sour cream, radish/mustard
5. Pour sauce mixture on top of chicken
6. Bake uncovered for one hour, let sit awhile before eating

It's a great way to get your meat and veggie all in one.  Easy clean up and yummy!  Makes great leftovers.  Sometimes I serve it with baked potatoes so I can have more leftovers. :)