Hey y’all, Welcome back to The Blessed Homemaker UK.
I know I have missed a few days of posting, I have been writing some posts, but I’ve also been quite sick with some sinus issues. Add in taking care of a sick toddler and 7 month old baby and well, I’ve been pretty beat. So, while I’ve been writing here and there, I haven’t really been up for the attention to detail that posting takes. This morning it was honestly hard just to get out of bed. I’ve been dealing mainly with a sore throat/head cold, and it’s certainly no fun. Being that “special week” for me certainly doesn’t help things either. I just knew this morning that I wanted to update the blog a little bit with what’s been going on. So there you have it. We’re staying inside, trying to stay warm and trying to get back to good health.
Today, I’m going to try and make it a relatively slow day. I want lots of baby cuddles and hot tea as that helps my throat more than my beloved coffee at the moment. Lunch will more than likely be a can of soup and dinner will probably be a CrockPot from-fresh soup. It’s a rainy morning/day today so I think soup will do us nicely.
What are you whipping up for dinner these days? I would love some good Fall/Autumn inspired dinner ideas! Let me know in the comments!
I wrote that little intro at 7:50am, it is now 5pm! HA. I like to at least start blog posts after my Bible time and before I hear the kiddos wake up for the day. I suppose I’ve let the day kinda got away from me. But I got the soup going in the CrockPot around 2pm this afternoon and now I thought I would sit down to continue this post. So, let me fill you in a little bit.
After bringing the kiddos down from their bedrooms this morning, I changed them into fresh bottoms and clothes. Made sure they both had their milk, chocolate milk is my Boy’s favorite and I put their vitamins in there with a good stir. Then, I made my first (and favorite) coffee of the day and began cooking up some breakfast. One thing my Daddy taught me growing up was how to cook a good, filling breakfast and it is not something I have forgotten. I whipped up a few french toast slices for me and my toddler boy. I believe it’s called “eggy bread” here in the UK.
My husband doesn’t too much care for it, but it is one of my favorites so I will usually make this for me and Boy during the week. Maybe when baby Girl gets old enough, she will love it just as much or maybe she’ll take after her Daddy and not care for it much. Who knows.
While eating my breakfast, I stumbled across a blog that I’d like to share with you. I looked around a bit and really just love the way Lucy writes and the things she gets up to. Attic 24 has become somewhat inspirational for me and I look forward to reading more of Lucy’s posts as she has quite the Archive going! The way she writes is very personal, inviting, and all around coz(s)y honestly. I want that for my little space here. I do hope that you will check out her blog.
Anywho, after breakfast, I sat down with Boy and we watched The Santa Clause with Tim Allen.
Yes, yes we did. I know it’s super early and we’ve barely entered Halloween month, but I really want Boy to have a concept of Santa and be excited about it this year. I know that may be asking a lot from a soon-to-be two year old, but a Mama can hope. Just as I’ve been reading the Nativity Story to Boy every night and explaining how Christmas is not all about Santa and getting presents, but also about celebrating the birth of Christ and how we should find joy in giving to others as well. I want him to be well rounded and… some people may say, well he’s only two, let him enjoy Santa. But I believe as he grows, he has the capacity to understand both and so, that is how he will be taught. Christmas is about the birth of Jesus. The Reason for the Season. And Santa has his place as well. We haven’t figured it all out by any means but that’s that for right now.
Okay, so during our little movie time together, Girl had a bottle and eventually went down for a nap. This is usually when Boy and I focus on a little bit of home-school together. And by home-school for a one (almost two) year old, we mainly focus on recognition and speech. Saying our ABC’s, he has some difficulty to L,Q, V, and W, but he does great with the rest. We also work on recognizing the letters, I have a dry erase kit and I’ll write out a letter and Boy tells me what I’ve written. This… is going to take lots of practice but we will get there together. We also flip through his learning books and he will point out different objects, colors, animals, and such. This is the time where I really try to just focus on him. I want him to know that he is important to me and this is one way to show him. Intentionally spending time with him, teaching him. It makes my soul happy to see him learn. Many days, we like to fit in reading a Bible story or two. Boy absolutely loves sitting on my lap and helping me flip the pages, this is probably my favorite part of our time together while Girl sleeps.
Well, today was not a “normal” day since we are all feeling icky. So, while Girl napped, I got the CrockPot filled with all the fixings for Chicken Noodle Soup and sat with Boy on the couch while Santa Clause 2 played! Yep, my first “lazy” day and it’s only because I feel like I got hit by a truck. However, I’ve still managed a from-scratch home cooked meal for my husband when he gets home, a clean kitchen, almost no dirty dishes, a load of laundry folded, and I’ve typed out this post. Whew! Maybe that’s a lot for a so- called lazy day, but I feel good with it.
So, we got to about noon and my parents called to talk for a bit. Anytime they can call us, we always try to answer. My parents live in America. My son and I actually lived with them for about a year while I was pregnant with Girl since my husband was here in the UK working. I loved being with them but hated being apart from my husband. Now, we are finally back together with my husband and I miss my family terribly. But, I feel so happy and grateful to have my little family back together, especially with all the COVID business going on. Being physically separated from my husband was one of the hardest things I’ve ever been through. Anyways, that’s a whole different story.
So today, my parents called us via FaceTime and since they are about 5 hours behind us, my dad was in the kitchen cooking up some grits, bacon and eggs for breakfast. His specialty that I try my best to replicate here every so often with the Jim Dandy 2 lb bag of grits I brought with me on the plane. Yes, I flew in my grits and I’m making them stretch! I love getting calls from my folks back home, I love hearing about their days, being filled in on how my dad’s garden is looking and how my mom’s school is coping during all the new rules and regulations due to the COVID business. It’s good just to touch base with them every so often. Plus, Boy loves seeing his Nana and Papa, it literally warms my heart to hear him talk about them and see him remember the things he does. I hope we get to see them sooner rather than later and that Boy never forgets about them.
Well, with all of that being said, I’m going to go add some noodles to the chicken noodle soup and in about half an hour, we will all have a bit of loveliness in our bowls. I only wish I could find some good ole saltine crackers. Oh how I miss those! Especially during soup season.
Till next time,
God loves you and I love you,