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January 7, 2011

Fab 5 Friday...and ME!

Despite a little case of the sniffles, this has been one fabulous week!

1) On New Year’s Eve, the weather was nice enough for us to go for a long walk. When we got home, I parked the girls’ stroller in the driveway, and they enjoyed watching Mommy and Daddy play a few minutes of pretty competitive Frisbee. With a little coaching, they clapped and cheered at the more spectacular catches. And they naturally laughed when Mommy dropped the pass (not sure how I feel about that one!).

2) I made a big batch of juvec this week…as close as I’ve ever been able to come to my hubby’s mom’s recipe…what I describe as “Hungarian jambalaya”. I decided to try it on the girls, and they loved it! And their daddy’s heart melted just a little more when he heard, “More juvec, please!

3) I’m quite proud of myself for working towards one of my 2011 goals with unabashed fervor. The girls have eaten at least one dish a day from bowls…with spoons! Baby A is doing amazingly well, and Baby B is trying really hard. And Mommy is taking deep, deep breaths.

4) The girls are reaching new levels of conversation every day. Just one example…upon seeing me pull a cup out of the cabinet, Baby B said, “Kitty cat on Mommy[‘s] coffee mug!” WOW!!!

5) We had a fantastic day on Wednesday, honoring our girls and celebrating their second birthday. It was relaxed and fun…filled with lots of playing and reading and several of our favorite foods. Bliss!

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Starting this week, I’ll be linking up with the great Dolli-Mama at Life Not Finished for what I think is a fantastic new meme, “52 Weeks of Me!

I generally keep this blog focused on the girls…as my life is of course very focused on them…as I think it should be. But with that focus, it can be easy for a mom to forget about herself.

That saying, “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”? Yeah, I’m not quite sure where that came from...

Dolli-Mama has challenged herself to do one thing each week just for her, and I’m excited to join her. Some weeks that one thing might be big – like a pedicure or a date night with hubby.

But what I think is particularly great about this challenge is forcing ourselves to look around when we don’t have a “big event” to cite…to appreciate the bubble bath I had after the girls were in bed, or the real cream I treated myself to in a cup of coffee.

Sometimes it may just be a matter of perspective, but we have to make sure to take care of ourselves. I truly believe it makes us better mommies…and that’s what it’s all about.

So how did I indulge myself this week???

On Sunday afternoon, when all the troops – A, B, Daddy, and the kitty cat – were napping, I went to Panera. I got myself a big ceramic coffee mug and filled it with hazelnut coffee and a splash of real cream. That went perfectly with the toffee crunch cookie I ate! I scored my favorite table right by the fireplace. I sat back, relaxed, and worked on some (belated) holiday cards…all.by.myself. Yum!!!

Check out the Dolli-Mama and see what she and others did this week to treat themselves...and maybe it will inspire you to do the same!

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12 comments:

Marcia (123 blog) said...

I LOVE that they love the juvec :) I would also melt if I was your hubby.

Happy Birthday, B & A. Will you post pics from the day? Are you having a party?

Love your Panera me time. I had me time yesterday and actually decided to just have me time right here at home in future - I will blog about it :)

penguinsandladybugs said...

LOVE the me time at Panera! A little Joe and a sweet are nice to enjoy all by yourself! ;)

strongblonde said...

another fab week. i totally appreciate these posts b/c it reminds me that even little things make things fab! :)

yea for "me" time. that sounds awesome!!

reanbean said...

I'm glad to hear you've taken the plunge with utensils! I went back and for on that one for a while. And, truthfully, I probably would have held off longer if Buba's EI service providers weren't frequently asking how he was progressing in that area. I found that the quality of the utensil made a huge difference in how my kids did. At the recommendation of another mom, we purchased two sets of this flatward:
http://rajencreation.wordpress.com/2009/08/10/rajen-review-childrens-flatware-and-tumblers/

Tiny and Buba do amazingly well with these forks and spoons. The cost is pretty outrageous, but they've been using them since just before they were two and I imagine we'll get another year or so out of them. I've tried having them use a salad fork and an adult sized spoon, but they're just much better at using the child sized ones.

That's an interesting challenge you've joined. I wonder if I could pull that off.

Christina said...

Ive joined in that too. :) Think I need it? ;)
Glad you had another amazing week, and thanks for everything....xo

MultipleMum said...

Woot woot! Another stellar week at te T&T household! Good for you doing 52 weeks of me-time! I started my own little 52in52 this week. Check out what we did at our place. It involved craft and all :)

Momma Chantal said...

I really need to get out on my own too. When my husband lets me go grocery shopping by myself on the weekend, I walk the isles veeeerrryyy slowly and go up and down each one. I take FULL advantage. I can't imagine what it would be like to go to panera or starbucks and just sit there and read for a couple hours. I think I will have to talk to hubby about that...

Dolli-Mama said...

I love Panara, I wish we had one here. I'm glad you had such an awesome week! Thanks for linking up today!

Mama Mama Quite Contrary said...

That afternoon at Panera sounds lovely. I should give that a try!

Andrea said...

Very good week indeed! I love that you had some alone time. That is awesome! Todd and I are going to do something tomorrow night! Kind-of excited....silly huh?!?!? Have a great weekend! Andrea

Barbara Manatee said...

time alone? coffee that someone else made? a cookie you didn't have to share? Are you sure this is legal?? lol!

sounds absolutely fabulous (and sadly not in my future at all! ha!)

Good for you for taking some time for yourself!! as a SAHM you sooooo deserve it! (and daddy got off easy by it being nap time! lol!)

Rebecca said...

Love the idea of 52 weeks...absolutely love it!

I love frisbee...the Crazies would totally laugh at me too.

Utensils are awesome...that's why I bought the chopsticks...anything counts, right?