Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Toddler Hell!

Today, I felt like a crazy mother. You know, the one you see that never has it together. Kids crying, snot running, people judging. You know, I know you know.
Jesse has reached the "stage" of, I'm doing it "my way".
We started the day great! We made smoothies and eggs for breakfast. He told me what he wanted to wear, and even managed to hit the garden store with out major issues.
Then, after pulling into targe', it happened! Meltdown!
"Oh dear lord, please help me"! Stay strong, firm and remember "you can do it"!
After the shopping cart cry-out, and the return desk bawling we moved onto the carseat catastrophes. Yup, multiple!
After about thirty minutes of battle, a nice lady offered her assistance.
Funny enough just recently I blasted a lady for trying to help.
Today was different. We were at the car, daisy in her seat and Jesse flipping his lid like I was beating him. I was mortified. Mostly because I wasn't doing the normal things I would do.
I was being judged by everyone!
She simply asked if she could help, and I was at the comical stage of helplessness . I asked " Can you get a three year old in a carseat?"
Deep breath. Never in a million years did I think I would seek help from a complete stranger.
I was at my end.
Together we got him in and then prayed together. Asking for peace for the both of us.
In the middle of the parking lot, I realized that, as mothers we band together.
There is a gentle, unspoken commonality that we understand about each other.
Next time you see that mom having a meltdown, or her child is, I suggest doing what this lady did.
take note, then if you feel moved, offer help. In a kind and gentle way.
After the nice lady, it continued. He wanted control. We pulled over several times. Me, strong arming him back into the buckle.
At one point, only a mile from the house, pulled over (again), a man came and asked if everything was "ok?"
I simple said "yup, battling it out with my three year old".
He laughed and stated "I wouldn't win that battle".
"Oh, I'm winning today"! And I did.
I managed to swindle him in and get to the house. It only took me 2 hours for a 20 minute ride, But I won! We were home, safe. And Jesse was as normal as if we had just pulled out for the day.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Garden of Eatin'

Last year about this time is when I got the grand idea that my son would love to grow some tomato & pepper plants.
We had a fantastic time getting the soils, seeds and everything else in order. Ok, let's be honest, He was two! He just wanted to play in the dirt. Hence why he flipped the trays of seedlings over. And mommy could no longer decipher what was what.

This year is going to be different! Instead of starting seeds, ( which come on, I really need something else to baby?) I went to "Seven Oaks Plant Shop" off of St. Andrews road.

 We scored some heirloom tomatoes,  bell peppers, blueberries, watermelon, strawberries, basil, rosemary and red lettuce. Alex was so helpful, and super patient with the little's I was toting. He gave us many pointer, some I will have to make a phone call to remember. The one I do recall is to plant 'Borage' with the tomatoes and it will help keep the long horned worms away. Great now, I can't remember if that's the real name, or if it's the made up one to help me remember. Geesh, thank god I can just swing by because they are local!

 Anyway, This is our score for the day, and well, I went over board. Hahaa. Go figure. I am sure these eleven, yup, eleven tomato plant will yield a fabulous marinara canning day.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!

Earth Fare is doing a $1 per lb w/ coupon whole fryer chicken! YESSS..Please. Now is a great time to stock up.
Not looking for a whole bird? let me help you butcher that bad boy :)
I will definitely be doing this too, so I'll just make a tutorial to help you.

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