26 April 2012

on being a mom

there are lots of articles out there at the moment about motherhood, how to parent, what it means, making the most of every moment, giving yourself a break etc..... Today I came across this article. I loved it. Having kids is hard and wonderful. I really appreciate the perspective this author takes. Below is my favourite little bit of the article for those that dont click the link. (although you should. its a short article and its great!) "Live the gospel in the things that no one sees. Sacrifice for your children in places that only they will know about. Put their value ahead of yours. Grow them up in the clean air of gospel living. Your testimony to the gospel in the little details of your life is more valuable to them than you can imagine. If you tell them the gospel, but live to yourself, they will never believe it. Give your life for theirs every day, joyfully. Lay down pettiness. Lay down fussiness. Lay down resentment about the dishes, about the laundry, about how no one knows how hard you work."

9 April 2012


I only have 4 weeks left. Which is crazy and awesome all at the same time. You really forget how large and uncomfortable you feel the last few weeks.

Aside from the big post explaining the issues and a few posts here and there, I have not really had a lot to say about this pregnancy. I think some of that is because it is more complicated than I would like. But I think mostly it is because it has gone by so fast. I was only sick for about 15 weeks. I have had a 2 year old to keep up with and the joys of moving into a house and settling in. I may still have boxes that are unpacked, don't judge me.

SO here is a quick update. I have 4 weeks until I give birth. I feel large and very uncomfortable. More specifically, I want to eat anything that is salty, I cant get enough coffee which is bad. I restrain myself to 1 cup a day, but I would drink 17 pots if I thought it was ok. Yes, 17 pots exactly. It hurts to walk more than a few feet. I constantly feel like Lowri is just going to fall out she is so low and even though I have only gained 16 pounds, hardly any of my maternity clothes fit me. I think it is because I am carrying Lowri so low that the shirts simply do not cover.

People say every pregnancy is different and its true. This pregnancy could not be more different than Eleri's. Even if you remove the complications, they are still night and day. It has been fun, and I do enjoy being pregnant, but I have hit that point where I want to not have a little human inside me. I cant wait to hold my new little daughter. I cant wait for Eleri to meet her little sister. And I am really looking forward to running again.

So there is the update. I have only taken a few pictures this time, completely different for the millions I took last pregnancy, so here are the 2 pictures I have.

25 weeks

32 weeks

So there it is. the first and last real pregnancy update with pictures. I should be off to clean the house, but instead I am going to take a nap.

4 April 2012

on cooking

I hate to cook. There I said it. I feel like a staple in the stay at home mom's life is cooking. Trying new recipes, providing healthy fare for the family. Especially with the big hype around organic food, whole foods and even growing your own food with various gardens. blech. I simply can not stomach any of it.

I am not a gardener, nor do I want to be. I mostly shop at Walmart or Target because that is afforable us to right now and I do not like to buy things intentionally do not buy things if they say organic because it annoys me. Prepare yourselves for a rant...

Technically EVERYTHING is organic as the REAL definition of organic is: having carbon based molecules in the molecular structure. All food is carbon based, therefore all food is organic. Even McDonald's. If you mean pesticide free and other things, which i think most people do, fine- change the definition of the word organic or find a new word!!

Rant over.

I do not like to cook. I LOVE to eat, but I hate the process of getting there. I am quite proud of myself when I try new recipes and make food that is unique and tasty- but man, I HATE actually getting to that point- the cooked food point. Did I mention I hate cooking?

When we were first married and both working Rhys cooked the majority of the time. Why? because he actually likes to cook. He also likes unbelievably large portion sizes so he would cook enough for 6 people just to make sure he would get enough. When I was pregnant with E, I was SOO sick that I could hardly get out of bed- he kept cooking. But when I became a stay at home mom, I felt like there was no viable reason why Rhys should work all day and then come home and cook a meal. After all, I was home, not doing a whole lot, so the least I could do was cook.

I used to pretend I liked it. But I dont. And now that we are in our own house, living by our own rules, it is a massive struggle for me to cook. I wait until the last possible moment I could possibly start dinner and then grumble around the kitchen while I gather things together. I drag my feet so much during the cooking process that most days we end up eating at least 30 minutes later than we should. Which means E is not always pleasant at meal times. My fault? without a doubt.


I was given a crock pot for Christmas which I use A TON. Some people say that makes meals bland. I say add a few jalapenos to the recipe and bland no more. Or course you have to like hot food.... good thing we do! Most of my crock pot recipes are from pinterest. and whether the recipe says you can or not, the meat goes in frozen. So far, everything has come out wonderfully.

Maybe some day I will like cooking. But I doubt it. If I ever win the lottery, or come into expendable income someway, I will have no reservations about hiring a chef to make all our meals. I will clean up after said chef, no problem. So long as I am not cooking.

Which is what makes this week so great. Monday was taco salad. Easy, quick and I am craving all things mexican or tex-mex this pregnancy. Tuesday we had frozen lasagna. Healthy? of course :) I bought the party size so we could have left overs tonight. Then my mom called and said we were going out to eat for my grandma's birthday. woo hoo! No cooking tonight and leftovers tomorrow. Rhys is off Friday so apart from Monday, no cooking all week!! I love it!

So if you guys out there have any awesome and super easy crock pot recipes, let me know. My family will thank you!

2 April 2012

stealing a post....

a post from an old, dear friend.....