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The blog has been silent, but I’m feeling pulled to post this week. I am remembering where I was a year ago. A year ago, I was large, my belly rolling to one side as I crawled out of bed. Feeling heavy, hips aching, but loving my round, stretched belly.
At this very moment, I was surrounded by other mamas, being celebrated at my mother blessing. Hearing encouraging words, being given beads that were strung into a necklace to hold during labor, eating cucumbers and Mexican food, having my belly painted with henna. Thinking of the little one, moving in my womb.
A year ago tomorrow, I was harvesting the hops from our vine. Squeezing the blossoms in my fingers to make sure they were ready to be picked. Inhaling that delicious, prickly aroma.
This year, I have been checking on the hops these past few weeks, and they are ready to be plucked from the vines.
I am resistant to harvest them. Summer is ending. So is Hudson’s babyhood.
My last baby. A year ago, I didn’t realize I was mere days from his birth. I didn’t realize he was even a he.
I may have not been ready for his birth, but he certainly was. Two hours from contraction to final push and my last birth was over.
Hudson is our last baby. For the past eight years, we have been working on growing our family. Uncertain in the beginning if we could grow beyond the two of us, now, six years past the birth of our oldest, we know our family is complete with five. It’s hard to comprehend moving past the baby stage, but whether I acknowledge it or not, time moves on. Hudson is almost one. Quickly becoming a toddler. Laughing, playing with his sisters, cruising around on his chubby toes, vrooming cars across our hardwood floors. His gummy smile is being replaced with teeth.
It’s almost overwhelming. Where do I focus? Too soon, the cloth diapers will forever be replaced with underwear. One day in the too-near future, I will no longer nourish a child with milk my body has made.
Reveling in these last few days. Trying to take in the smell of his sweaty, baby head. Squeezing his chubby toes. He’s not one yet. Still a baby. Not quite ready to harvest those hops. Soon. Babies don’t wait.
So much to blog about. Our wonderful trip to Florida, Adelaide’s second birthday, all of our holiday and advent crafts, Christmas, New Years and more, but I’m taking a blog break. Not sure when or if I’ll be back.
All of the things to blog about hanging over my head stresses me out. I feel as though I won’t ever catch up, and I don’t like it. Going to spend my January living my life, connecting with my family and pouring myself back into our rhythm, which gets off beat when there is so much chaos over the holidays. Hope you have a wonderful time finding your rhythm again, as well. Perhaps I’ll miss the blog immensely, and feel it’s gentle pressure to do fun activities and give our days more structure, but perhaps I’ll not miss it at all. Only time will tell.
With Christmas almost upon us, it’s the time for holiday goodies. Can we say sugar overload? We like homemade sweets as much as the next family, but sometimes a healthier option is in order.
When I was offered the chance to sample and review Xlear SparX https://www.xlear.com/ candy with xylitol, a natural sweetener that’s actually good for your teeth, I jumped at it. Eleanore and I were surprised they were so fruity, sweet tasting and good! It is a true healthy indulgence I would not feel guilty about giving my children. They almost remind me of a healthier nerd-like candy– a childhood favorite of mine. Best of all, they contain no artificial color, which is something we’re avoiding in our family.
I’ve known about the company for a while, as both Eleanore and Adelaide love their bubble gum flavor children’s toothpaste, and now we all love their candy, too.
Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet SM (http://www.greenmomsmeet.com/)
program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.
My yogurt starter is still culturing on the counter, but I was just emailed this coupon code if anyone is in need of a culture to get started (and had failures trying to do it the “old school” way with store bought yogurt like I did). Use coupon code YOGURT through January 30 to get 20% off all yogurt starters at Cultures for Health! They have lots of different kinds ~ from thick yogurt, to thin and drinkable consistency, and many of them are serial-cultured, which means you won’t ever have to buy a starter again ~ you can use a little from your previous batch to start your next. They even have a vegan yogurt starter to use with non-dairy milks.
I’m bummed that I wasn’t able to keep up with my posts on a daily basis, but at least I’m ending the month with a post, I suppose.
20. I’m thankful for Eleanore, who is hilarious, just like her daddy. It is so amazing watching her learn how things work and to witness that light bulb going off when she gets it, is inspiring.
21. I’m thankful for our new homeschool co-op group that came over to have circle time and play today.
22.. I’m thankful for the library. What a wonderful resource that we are blessed to be able to use. Free books to check out, plus library story time, which Eleanore and now Adelaide both love.
23. I’m thankful for Adelaide. We weren’t sure if we were going to be able to have two children, but we are so lucky to have her in our family. She just learned to clap and is so much fun. She absolutely loves to turn the pages in books, play with puzzles and her toys. Most of all, though, she loves her big sister. No one can get her to laugh like Eleanore can.
24. I’m thankful for turkey, fresh from the farm and delicious oyster stuffing that reminds me of my Grandma, who always made oyster stuffing for Thanksgiving (which I never wanted to eat).
25. I’m thankful for online shopping so I don’t have to deal with the crowds today and can stay home with my family.
26. I’m thankful that Jason is home this weekend and we can all just bum around and hang out.
27. I’m thankful that even though we’re all sick, that it’s nothing serious.
28. I’m thankful for knitting and its ability to keep me sane.
29. I’m thankful that Eleanore loves to craft. She cut out and glued all the strips for our paper chain today and made her very first paper snowflake for our window in anticipation of the snow that’s coming!
30. I’m thankful for our first snowfall! Eleanore was beyond excited to see the snow all over the trees and the ground this morning.
30 things to be Thankful for in the month of November. Sometimes we have to step outside of our worries and thoughts and find those things to be thankful for, but they’re always there to be appreciated.
Jason’s out of town this week, so a simple menu plan, for the most part.
Sunday: creamy pumpkin pasta
Tuesday: tuna noodle casserole, broccoli
Wednesday: skirt steak in the crockpot, peas, brown rice cooked in turkey bone broth
Friday: either homemade or take-out pizza
Saturday: chili (from freezer), toasted peanut butter and honey sandwiches
Will update with recipe links
Friday: spaghetti, turnip greens, 30 minute rolls
Saturday: tacos/quesadillas, Spanish brown rice
Sunday: homemade pizza with whole wheat crust
Monday: crockpot broccoli cheese soup with whole wheat bread
Tuesday: stroganoff made with leftover venison roast (in freezer), spinach
Wednesday: crockpot cabbage rolls, corn
Make onion dip, veggie dip
Thursday: turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, oyster stuffing, cranberry sauce, roasted carrots, chips with onion dip, veggies with dip
Friday: leftovers on homemade rye
Saturday: pesto gnocchi or pasta