For Just One Week.
Ok, so the ball thing only lasted for two and a half days. It was just as silly and impossible as I expected it to be. Just imagine trying to use a gigantic, blue rubber ball as a tool in a house with 5 kids. It was mayhem. But the kids sure got a kick out of seeing me sit on that thing at dinner. =)
I will say that Dwight was right, it really did improve my posture, and I was using muscles that regular chair sitting never uses. And it was loads of fun bugging my husband Dwight style at dinner those first two nights. Hee hee. The reason I didn't keep up with this goal, and have no remorse or guilt either, is because I'm still rocking my baby to sleep and Cheeks HATES being held while on a "fitness orb." So, I had to stop this goal for the sake of an innocent child (and for my sanity; big rubber ball + kids = mom go nutso). But if you aren't rocking a baby to sleep, and love bugging your husband, I highly recommend it.
For this next week I have 2 goals.
1. Train Cheeks to fall asleep in his crib. I will be strong. I will not give in. I will curl up into a fetal position outside the bedroom door and cry like a baby as I listen to my child cry for his mother. I will wish I had trained him to do this earlier for just a split second and then remember all those lovely moments, cradling his warm body against my breast as he slowly drifted off to sleep. Then I will cry some more until we are both crib trained. Motherhood is rough.
2. I will try my best to stick to a three meal menu for this whole week. My goal is to pack lunches for everyone each morning, that way I can take the younger kids out during the day and just take our packed lunches with us. Note that lunch and breakfast are set for the kids. Mr. Hots and I might choose other things for these meals. I'm also hoping not to have to go to the grocery store for anything but extra milk this week. I tried to be careful when grocery shopping today to get everything I would need.
Lunch: Canned chicken noodle soup with carrots and celery added in
Dinner: Pork Roast in crockpot, crescent rolls, baked onion rings, mixed steamed vegetables
Dessert: lemon sourcream pie
Breakfast: Ham, eggs, leftover rolls, and fruit
Lunch: Toothpick lunch of pasta, ham and cheese cubes, veggie chunks
Dinner: Falafel with cucumber sauce on tortillas with lettuce, tomato, and black olives, and steamed green beans
Dessert: Fresh baked bread with butter and jam
Breakfast: Eggs, toast, fruit
Lunch: PB&J w/ veggie sticks
Dinner: 3 different kinds of Tamales, salad w/ radishes, green onion, and cilantro
Lunch: Tortilla pizzas and veggie sticks
Dinner: Leftovers and veggies
*** Put oatmeal in crockpot
Breakfast: Steel cut oats with butter and brown sugar and bananas
Lunch: Mini pancakes, yogurt, fruit, and veggie sticks
Dinner: Lasagna, salad, steamed mixed veggies
Breakfast: German pancakes w/ pan cooked apples
Lunch: PB&J, cheese cubes, fruit, and veggie sticks
***Make Pizza dough and loaf of French Bread
Dinner: Cheese and BBQ chicken pizzas (and hopefully a salad if I'm not too tired)
Dinner: Minestrone soup w/ french bread
*** Don not panic at the lack of ice cream on this menu. I just hate redundancy and it would drive me nuts having to write in all the ice cream I will eat this week. Have you ever heard of reading between the lines? Well just imagine that between each line it says "Snack: Eat ice cream."
Hopefully all this baking and cooking will keep my mind off the sweet baby crying himself to sleep in the next room. I really hope he is like my other kids and figures it out in just a day or two. If not I will be kneading a lot of tears into those bread doughs.
What are you planning to do this week?