Tuesday, June 19, 2012

One down for a week, as Evie goes to camp...

We took Evie to Girl Scout Camp on Sunday - what better way to celebrate Father's Day than to drop one of them off for a week or so, right? No worries, Matt was properly feted Sunday morning with French Toast whipped up by Evie, and some shirred eggs. It almost sounds like I planned all that, doesn't it? In reality? While he went running I was drinking coffee, looking through cookbooks, hoping for inspiration. Thankfully there was a loaf of cinnamon bread in the freezer, buttermilk in the fridge, and plenty of eggs to bake in the oven while we cooked the toast :) Shirred eggs = yummy and easy! Bake each one in a greased ramekin, with a tablespoon of milk or cream on top, if you like - 325 for 15 minutes!! Hands free while you do other stuff :) Harried Mom likes that.
Harried Mom also likes wine and coffee, but you probably already know that. I'm thinking I'm liking wine a little too much lately (if such a thing is possible). While I used to crave coffee throughout the day, I find that recently I'm ok with less (which is good because Matt's drinking it again and I don't have the pot all to myself anymore and I'm really too lazy to make more...) however my wine consumption is up - which is NOT good for the bottom line - neither financial or booticular (I think I made that word up). Pardon me while I babble.

Anyway - so Evie is at camp this week, and things are uncharacteristically quiet here. I have to say - the kids have been out of school for about 2 weeks now, and I'm REALLY enjoying summer vacation! Nowhere to be until 9am, and half the time I just drop Evie and William off at the pool for swim practice & return home to finish up breakfast with Sarah and Jason. We're kind of taking it easy after the insanity of what basically turned into a remodel of the whole main floor of the house. Of course - I have a hard time separating 'taking it easy' from 'eating and drinking whatever I please'. I ran a half marathon 2-1/2 weeks ago with a friend and yet the scale is in my personal red zone - AGAIN. Why oh why are pounds so easy to put on/back on and yet SO difficult to lose? I like food - and wine - and I struggle.

I think part of the problem has been that while we've been working so hard on projects, it became all to easy to order a pizza, Chinese, or my own personal downfall, a ham and cheese calzone - large! - and then nosh away. Top that with a half bottle of wine, if not more, and there you have it - call me Mrs. Tightpants :) But I digress.

I cannot convey how much I am enjoying being a mom of kids who are getting bigger. Yes - they still make me crazy, and I think the days are busier and more chaotic than ever - but it is SO nice to not be hauling babies and all the gear they require around, feeling trapped in the house at nap time - or guilty because we should be home so they could nap. I love hearing all the thoughts and ideas that Sarah and Jason have, now that they can express themselves so well - smart cookies! - and watching them grow and blossom each in their own way is just taking my breath away. This time is so fleeting and short, I cannot even comprehend that Sarah starts Kindergarten in August and Jason turns 5 in November - how is that even possible?? I guess one of the gifts of life is that you don't see these changes occuring in the day-to-day, otherwise we'd all be puddles on the floor. Now if someone could tell me who that lady is that needs to color her roots that I see in the mirror every day, I'd appreciate it. Because in my head I'm 20.



  1. I know just what you mean about being miss tightpants … I’m in the same situation for the same reason … love food & wine … and have been enjoying both a bit too much lately! I really seem to be drinking more wine in summer.

    I also look at my friends with babies and as much as I love babies I am truly happy to say: Thank goodness those days are over. It is possible to go out at night or go somewhere without stressing about having everything but the kitchen sink along.

    Enjoy your summer! … We still have school & work till the end of next week.

  2. I've gained 4 pounds since we can home from California. AND I cut back on wine and coffee.

    Hmmmmm....maybe THAT'S my problem!

  3. I'm Miss Tightpants, tight shirts...tight everything! Ugh.... food and WINE! Did you see Skinnygirl is now coming out with a wine? Wonder if it's any good? I have found that the more wine I drink, the pickier I become. Bad for budget and wasteline!

    As I prepare to take three kids under the age of 6 to NYC (one being 9 months) for the weekend, I look forward to not packing like I am moving. Glad there is a bit of break in that routine on the eventual horizon.

    Missed you while you were not blogging. Can't wait to see the kitchen pictures!

  4. I could write a book in response this post! So much here that I understand and love.
    Wine- yes. Seriously, my husband and I decided to go without alcohol for 3 weeks. It was more my idea than his. I made it ONE week without wine. That makes it pretty hard to drop pounds... but it sure is wonderful all the same.

    My oldest is at camp this week, too. It's just a day camp but the week has been strangely quiet. I told my husband last night that I cannot figure out why they all seem to be getting along so well. My oldest isn't the instigator of trouble usually. Maybe it is just the change.

    And, I SO GET the part about enjoying the kids being older. I treasured having babies but I am loving having kids that are not preschoolers... well, my Elsie is still 4 but she is seeming so grown up lately.

  5. I have kind of dreaded my kids growing up--but lately I am starting to see the good side of it more and more. I still have a toddler so we still have to tote a lot of stuff but I can see the window where someday I won't anymore.
    So awesome you ran a 1/2. IF I am home and bored I eat- so I try not to be home too much.

  6. I gained 10 pounds last week.


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