Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Daddy, Grandpa and I were all there to walk them down to the bus this morning -- videotaping and cameras flashing away! We were like the paparazzi... Thankfully, my girls don't seem to mind! (I figured if anyone said anything to my 6th grader about the fanfare at the bus stop, she could blame it on her 1st grade sister!) I'm so happy that they get to ride the same bus to school in the morning -- it's nice for my little one to have her big sister there to watch out for her! They have different buses in the afternoon (not sure why...) and this afternoon I took some time off from work to get home in time to meet them. Of course, they were each late (always happens on the first day) -- my eldest daughter's bus was about 15 minutes late and my little one's bus was 30 minutes late! I sat out on the front step for about an hour total waiting for both of the girls -- armed with my video camera again, of course! It was so nice to be home early and to be there to greet them and hear about their days. We went through their book bags, pulled out the things that need to be signed and sent back tomorrow, cleaned out their lunch boxes and got them ready for tomorrow. Then we went upstairs so they could change into play clothes and I sat on the floor of my little one's room and cleaned out her dresser (hadn't gotten to that yesterday!). We bought her a set of hanging "shelves" for her closet -- one of those soft-sided organizers that hangs from the curtain rod and has 6 shelves/cubbies. She and I picked out outfits to get her through the rest of this week and the beginning of next -- outfit, underwear, shoes, etc. all set! What a time saver that will be! We had dinner a little earlier tonight, we read a book together before bedtime and we said our prayers and they were all tucked in on time with no running around and no chaos. The dishes are done, the house is straightened up and we're ready for tomorrow -- oh, how I would love to get home early every day!!
Monday, September 3, 2012
For the most part, my girls are polar opposites when it comes to the food they like to eat. My eldest is getting closer to becoming a vegetarian each day, and my youngest is more of a carnivore. My eldest loves veggies and is not too into fruit. Her little sister is just the opposite! My eldest loves pizza and pasta, my little one doesn't like either of those! And as the primary "chef" in the house -- my frustration is growing... One thing they do agree on? They LOVE the local diner! We have taken them to the diner a few times over the past year or so and they both love it -- my youngest loves the milkshakes and my eldest loves getting french fries and gravy. We can't afford (money-wise or calorie-wise!) to eat at the diner as often as they would like, but the other night I surprised them with my version of Diner Night at home.
I made turkey sliders, which thankfully is something they both can agree on -- I use lean, ground turkey and mix in a half packet of Lipton's dry Onion Soup Mix. Much less fattening than a diner burger! I form small patties -- usually 8 to 10 out of 1 lb of meat -- and I cook them on my George Foreman Grill (love it!). We had slider rolls, but if I didn't have those on hand I would use whatever I have -- cut up hot dog or hamburger rolls, biscuits, dinner rolls, etc. We baked french fries in the oven and I just used one of those dry packets of turkey gravy that I had on hand - super quick and easy and only 20cals per serving. I served mixed veggies (which they would not get at the diner), and for a special treat I made homemade milkshakes! I used 2 cups of vanilla ice cream, 1 cup of 1% milk, and 1 tsp of vanilla. I put this in the blender until it was smooth. I split this into two glasses for the girls, topped it with a little low-fat whipped cream and popped a "bendy" straw in -- big hit with the girls! I made myself a chocolate shake, following the same recipe but substituting chocolate ice cream.