Life with the Wild Things

Just another mom of 2 boys in a house full of energy!

iMom.com Challenge day 5 and 6 November 27, 2014


http://www.imom.com/printable/crazy-mom-holiday-challenge/

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Well, I missed posting on Day 5.  It was a long day at work followed by travel to God’s Country to see my family.  So I am going to catch up with a two in one post.

So how is it going now that we are knee deep in Holiday 1 of the Crazy Holiday Time of the Year?

Well, let’s evaluate the situation.

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The original plan was my two sisters and I would come to Mom’s with our families and have a wonderful, traditional Thanksgiving.  However, that isn’t exactly how it has ended up.  Both of my sisters work retail.  So what was going to be a sit down at noon for Thanksgiving lunch has been changed to a split meal throughout the day.  My hubby couldn’t make it this year due to changes at work.  So we are going to roll with it!

My mom has cooked for 2 days.  It smells incredible here.  One sister is already at work.  She will come over at 4 tonight.  The other sister is driving in for lunch then hitting the road in the afternoon so she can work Black Friday.  My hubby will probably have dinner with friends at home that are like family.

So… it isn’t the perfect plan we had.  But, it is still going to be wonderful because we appreciate any time we have together.

Number 3 and 4 of the challenge I had skipped earlier because my kids and husband weren’t home.

3 – Remember your kids are kids, not angels.

4 – Cut your husband some slack, he is not an angel either.

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Well, I wish I could say that number 3 started of better.  But, I am going to keep reminding myself that they are not angels.  Number 4 is hard too.  I hate when we aren’t all together.  So it is hard not having hubby here today to celebrate all we have to be thankful for.  But, I am a work in progress.  So I’ll just keep working on this part of the challenge.  I’ll report back to you how it goes.

Number 6 is the perfect part of the challenge for today!  Be thankful for what you have instead of thinking you need more.

WOW!  What could be better for today!

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We always want more of everything.  Today, I am going to stop and think of how very lucky I am.  I am so thankful for…

  1. A family that loves me and who I love so very much
  2. Parents that have given me so much in life both mine and hubby’s
  3. A husband who really is a great person
  4. Kids who make me laugh 90% of the time
  5. Sisters, Sister in laws, Brothers, Brother in laws, Nieces, and Nephews who make life richer
  6. Friends who aren’t just friends, but they are my family

I guess I am most thankful for the people in my life rather than the things that we acquire.

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So my wish for everyone is that we can all be thankful today for our blessings big and small.  Happy Thanksgiving.

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Best Breakfast Casserole EVER! December 15, 2011


This recipe was shared with my about 5 years ago by the President and Vice-President of the PTA at my boys school.  It is absolutely the best breakfast casserole I have ever made or eaten.  I would like to share it with all of you as we approach Christmas.  It is a great Christmas morning breakfast.

Ingredients:

2 pounds sausage (your favorite kind)

1 8-0z package of cream cheese

2 packages of crescent roll dough

Steps:

  1. Brown and crumble sausage
  2. Drain Sausage
  3. Put sausage back in the pan and melt cream cheese into it.
  4. Stir thoroughly so that the cream cheese is melted into all of the sausage
  5. Layer 1 package of crescent roll dough on the bottom of a greased casserole dish.
  6. Pour sausage mixture over dough.
  7. Layer second package on top of sausage mixture to cover the sausage.
  8. Bake at 375 until dough is cooked and browned.
  9. Serve!

I have used this for class parties, family events, work breakfast, funeral dish, and the list goes on.

 

The wild things love this casserole.  We have even made it for supper before!  I hope your family enjoys it as much as my family has!

 

Weekends Past and Present September 29, 2011


Another weekend is almost here.

I remember weekends in the fall when I was younger.  Leaves crunching under our feet, the air had this wonderful smell of fall like cinnamon and apples and cool breezes.  Football games and lazy Saturday mornings.

Now my weekend consists of taking the kids to karate practice, soccer games, volunteering at school functions, homework with the kids, working on things I didn’t finish at the office, squeeze in mass on Sunday morning, an attempt at a family Sunday lunch at noon, birthday parties, grocery shopping, picking up the things the kids need for the next week, laundry, blah, blah, blah.

I don’t remember those things from my childhood or teenage years.  I don’t remember my mom running around like that.  I look back and I know she did because she insisted my sister and I were to be active.  Active kids stayed out of other trouble.  We were in clubs and band and dance and music and everything we expressed an interested.  But I don’t remember the constant go go go.   I know she does though because I hear it in her voice and see it in her smile when I tell her about what we have to get done this weekend or the next weekend.  That all-knowing look of been there done that don’t rush it too much.

She did it with grace and style.  So did my grandmother for her kids.  They never looked tired or frustrated or burned out.  Not to a little girl.  They seemed happy.

Is that what my kids will remember?  Not the constant go go go, but that I was always there.  Always present.  Always front and center.  Always their biggest cheerleader, their biggest fan, their support, picking them up when they fall, kissing the bumps and bruises and scrapes.  Will they remember these fall days and the sounds of the leaves crunching under their bike tires, playing in the yard until dark on these cooler nights, lazy afternoons?  I like to think so.  I like to think that from a kids perspective, the running around, the constant go here there and everywhere was just in the background and the relaxed lazy fun part was what sticks in long-term memory.

 

 
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