It helps to have a plan

This year the beginning of June rolled around and my bandwidth was gone. All but one child had completed the year’s goals. Said child was told that he wasn’t off the hook by a long shot, but seeing as the bulk of his remaining tasks were independent, I expected him to follow through while the rest of us took advantage of a reduced workload to indulge dally in hobbies such as paring down our belongings and learning the Nepali word for “napkin.”

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{Work in Progress Wednesday}

“Aim for nothing and you’ll hit it every time.”
–Zig Ziglar

(Work in progress: Planning, planning, planning Jack’s fall science curricula.)

We’d love to see your works in progress. Something that makes you feel simple, full, or creative. Something you’re making. Something you’re doing (folding a pile of laundry–again?). Something you’re planning. Share in the comments!

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Let’s just assume…

There I was: in the pediatrician’s waiting room, carefully balancing Simon on my hip to give him the perfect vantage point  from which to view the clown fish. Out came the medical assistant who’d been tasked with viewing his chart.

“I just pulled up the schedule you and the doctor put together for Simon. It looks like he’s here today for an MMR and a polio shot. Does that sound right?” she asked pleasantly, handing me two of the requisite CDC information sheets on vaccination.

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Busy

Contrary to popular belief, I am not a terribly busy person by the world’s standards. As a matter of fact, there’s often an awkward, uncomfortable moment when people with fewer children lay out their laundry list of things to get done, apologize for what must seem to me like small potatoes, and then stand in awe as I say that actually, I’m a little overwhelmed by their schedule. My days are rarely spent ferrying kids in a dozen different directions. I don’t volunteer in multiple locations. I don’t have a job outside my home.

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I did not plan this day

I did not plan this day.

I didn’t plan the dishwasher not being run last night, and being greeted by a backlog waiting to happen this morning.

I didn’t plan on breakfast being late the day two of my older kids needing to be out of the door by 7:30 a.m.

I didn’t plan on the overflowing hamper, and a husband searching for clean underwear before his morning shower.

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{Work in Progress Wednesday}

“The World Cup experience is more than just the game of soccer. It’s an event. And it will fly by faster than you think. It will end and you’ll be saying, ‘Wow, it’s over already?’ You have to remember to take it all in and enjoy it.”
–Cobi Jones

(Work in progress: Our wall chart of the Cup’s progress. Oh, and … GO GERMANY!)

We’d love to see your works in progress. Something that makes you feel simple, full, or creative. Something you’re making. Something you’re doing (folding a pile of laundry–again?). Something you’re planning. Share in the comments!

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Feeding the People {a large family’s 2-week+ menu, with links}

This menu is epic. Be warned.

We’ve been in the middle of so many “not the usual” events (family visits, opportunities to host friends, parties, etc.) that things here have been anything but routine. As a result, I’ve been making scatter-shot weekly menus, trying to pull from what we have in our pantry. Christopher has been shopping at a more local (but more expensive) store. And we’re all out of sorts.

So when it came time to shop (and menu plan) again, Christopher and I both knew that it was time to get things back on track. The hard part? Ummmmm … it’s World Cup time. And my man does not miss a game unless in the event of severe emergency. Grocery shopping is not a severe emergency; therefore, it had to be sandwiched in. And since he was going anyhow, why not make it for a loooong time? Get the most bang for our buck, in other words? Go ahead and laugh, but it’s only every four years. How many guys do you know who stop their lives for the length of the football season? See. Not bad at all.

In honor of the Cup, I usually pull together some recipes from around the globe. You’ll see this reflected in the menu, as well as on my Eating the World Cup pinterest board. Apfelkuchen is a must-have at Cup time here, but this year we’re also trying out a Portugese soup, as well as Nigerian meat pies. Yum! I’d love to hear from you if you get adventurous and try anything new this month. Oh, and … GO, GERMANY!

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Chasing unity

Interestingly enough, folks who don’t know us that well assume that in our marriage, there’s some balance of power that swings wildly in one direction or another. Either my husband is leading me around by the nose, keeping me barefoot, pregnant, and locked in the kitchen, or else I’m wearing the pants, cooking up grand schemes like moving to Nepal, and trying to find a way to wedge another little one into our bursting-at-the-seams house.

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