Saturday, February 22, 2014
First week as a SAHM...let's do this... Meal Plan Time!!!
GULP. It is official. I am a stay at home Mommy... Yeah... When I woke up Saturday morning I asked Brian if this would be the weekend that would never end... if this will just feel like a REALLY long vacation from work, but... it won't ever end. Do I need to pinch myself? I mean... I have worked since I was 15 years old. I wanted to stay at home when the kids were babies, I can remember specifically handing each one off to my Mom when I had to return to work after my 3 month maternity leave. I remember telling myself, it's ok... but, it never really was ok with me... I always wanted to be at home with my babies... which, they aren't really babies anymore, are they? Nathan is 7 and Autumn is 5... But, the opportunity presented itself when I was laid off recently and Brian and I felt that me being at home would be such a benefit to our family. And, here I am... a stay at home Mommy at last...
I feel weird... I feel sort of lost... I don't even know what I will wear on Monday. I don't even own more then one pair of yoga pants... I even cried the minute I walked out of my work building last Friday and the entire way home from work... because, I was leaving behind my second home, coworkers that I had worked with for almost eleven years... life as I knew it... my career... I went home... then I went to lunch with Brian... then, I picked up Autumn from my Mom's and it felt wonderful, yet strange. Here I was going home in the middle of the day (a rather beautiful and WARM day for February) with my 5 year old daughter. I did some laundry, we played at home... I still felt like I was in a daze, just trying to digest this new life... then, me, Autumn and Hammie (our hamster) went to go pick up Nathan at 3 p.m. It was... nice to be out and about WITH MY KIDS. My job was one where I was stuck in a cube ALL day. I sat ALL day. I definitely didn't sit all day on Friday... it was awesome. Brian loves to tease me and he knows how serious I am and how I just over think everything... he was smiling at me at lunch and just telling me how excited he was that I was a stay at home Mom! And I kept thinking... I am excited, too... but... wow... I am also just in shock. Is this real? Is it?
SO, it is Saturday evening and I am preparing this blog post... because, I want to start meal planning... I FAILED at this as a working Mom... like I said, my Mom fed the kids dinner most nights... I lovelovelove to cook, I am good at it... and, I love trying new recipes... SOOOO. Here we go... I promise to pretty this up in time... but, this stay at home Mommy is still on the fritz, so this is all I have for you this week. :)
Menu Plan for Week of February 23, 2014:
Monday - Tacos
Tuesday - German Pancakes with a side of Bacon, recipe HERE.
Wednesday - Crock Pot Chicken & Dumplings, recipe HERE.
Thursday - Dine Out - Blue & Gold
Friday - Zucchini Lasagna , recipe HERE.
Dessert of the Week: Pioneer Woman's Sigrid's Carrot Cake
We will probably have one dine out meal each week, this week it is Thursday due to Nathan's Blue & Gold dinner for scouts. I did not add Sunday or Saturday for now, I figure on these days we will eat up the remaining 'leftovers'. I do want to incorporate a hot breakfast once a week in time, but since this is the first week, I wanted to make it easy for myself. :) I plan to use some of my beloved tested recipes and I will also try some new recipes. I really hope to try a lot of the recipes in PW's new cookbook, too!
I hope to spotlight one recipe EACH week, but I will either do that in the following weeks Meal Plan post OR as a separate blog post... it will just depend.
Also, little Auttie and I will be having lunch together quite regularly now. :) I hope to blog about that as well! Stay tuned!
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