Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It's not all rosy

So in my last post I may have given the impression that my new role as soccer mom is all fun and sunshine, but as you mom's reading know, there is definitely a price to pay.  With the fuller activity schedule, we have seen some noticably cranky kids (Austin & Avery).  Not only is their after lunch nap being stripped away thanks to a full day of Kindergarten (they do still get a short rest time until Christmas), but now they are more active with after school activities.  Avery is especially having a tough time.  We have had a few nights where she has crashed on the couch at 6:30pm only to wake at 7:00am the next morning.  Truth is her crashing is much more favorable opposed to the whining and uncontrollable tears we see when she is tired and things don't go exactly her way.  There are times she cries and cries and when asked what is wrong, she doesn't even know.  When comforting doesn't work, I just walk into the other room and wonder how we will ever survive the teenage years.
Our other challenge is definitely supper.  I am so not a preplanner, especially when it comes to suppers.  I envy those moms out there that cook on Sundays to prepare for meals for the week ahead.  Wes is usually the one to take something out of the freezer for the next night, but when we get home later in the evening, cooking a full meal isn't always an option.  Though we will eat fast food, we aren't ones to just go pick it up on a week night because we are busy.  It helps that we are in a small town and the fast food locations are "on the other side of town."  Instead we do a lot of "easy" foods - sandwiches, omelets, hot dogs and even "long noodles" - Ramen.  I am going to have to put a little more effort into planning for healthy, well rounded meals so that the kids don't think peanut butter and jelly are a major food groups.

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