I realized today why every night I feel like I've accomplished next to nothing during the day. The answer: MY HUSBAND IS HOME ALL DAY!
Steve is home most of the day, every day right now and it is WONDERFUL. It's like we get to make up for his three months at OTS. However, when he's home I want to do nothing but hang out with him. I don't want to make dinner, do the dishes or laundry, sweep the floors or even change out of my pajamas some days. We seriously spend some days sitting around in our pajamas watching movies and playing with the kids, not that there is anything wrong with that. But today, Steve had to help set up for some big dinner thing and has been gone all day, is at the dinner now and will have to help clean up afterwards. And already today I have accomplished more than I have all week.
By 10am, both the kids and myself were up, groomed, dressed and at the grocery store. We spent an hour grocery shopping, during which Gabby slept and Steven only cried about 5 times. Once at home, I baked a dozen DELICIOUS (if I do say so myself) banana bread muffins (or cupcake breads to Steven). I've been thinking of baking some for about a week.
I then made 4 vegetable purees to hide in food...Don't tell Steve. I bought a cookbook a while ago called, The Sneaky Chef by Missy Chase Lapine. I've been wanting to try some recipes from it for months. It's all about hiding vegetables in food to get kids to eat them. I bought it to get my husband to eat vegetables. And as I read the book (only the last few chapters are actual recipes, the rest is really great nutritional information) I realised that I don't get enough vegetables in my diet, so it's really good for all of us. So today I made an orange puree (made of carrots and sweet potatoes) to hide in things like meatloaf, mac-n-cheese, pizza sauce; a green puree (made of peas, spinach and broccoli) to hide in things like meatballs, baked chicken breading and ravioli; a white puree (cauliflower and zucchini) to hide in things like potatoes and lasagna; and a white bean puree (great northern beans) to hide in almost anything. I actually pureed some carrots and put them in our pizza sauce the other day to test out the "hiding" theory and you couldn't taste a thing. It was probably the first time Steve's body had ever experienced carrots...seriously. I hope his body doesn't go into shock when I start sneaking GREEN things in there! I also realised that in about 6 weeks, when Gabby's ready for baby food, some of these purees will be great for her. So, after about two hours of steaming, pureeing (the Magic Bullet works so great for this stuff), and bagging all the purees in small portions and freezing, my kitchen was a disaster area. And since the dishwasher in our house doesn't work well at all, I have to hand-wash all my dishes. I spent most of the day today in the kitchen. Although, since Gabby needs to nurse every few hours and Steven just needs Mommy-time just as often, I did spend my breaks sitting on the couch reading books about monkeys and watching The Backyardagains. Gabby is sleeping now and Steven is playing in the backyard. I think I'll grab a yummy muffin and go out back and work on the bench we started refinshing a few days ago and haven't touched since. :-)
P.S. Does anyone else watch LOST? Is Claire going to die? That's the only reason Kate would have Aaron, right? Oh, man. I was so upset when I saw that last night! Man, I love that show!