Typical Dinner Scene in Our Home:
I spend time making the food, anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. I am deliberate in assuring there are plenty of vegetables, and I serve only water to drink. I make sure there are healthy options on the table --I don't want anyone to go hungry just because they are picky!
It takes several tries to get #4 to set the table (one of his few chores). Usually his father has to get involved. When he FINALLY sets the table, we sit down. It takes a minute or so for everyone to settle down and then Brandon calls on someone to pray (if #4 hasn't already started saying it, because, wonderfully, he loves to pray!). Then it begins. #2, #3, and #4 hate most of everything on the table. #5 eats his food by adopting osmosis --he's covered in seconds. #3's sensory issues start off and he usually ends up in another room until everyone is done eating before he'll eat his food. #1 tries to have great conversation with #2 and her parents but it's constantly interrupted by all three boys. #4 usually screams about something and #5 usually throws food. Within 10 minutes, Brandon and I are finished eating; the kids proceed to take for-ev-er. Getting the kids to clean up takes more persuasion and a lot more time.
Tonight I calculated it. Tonight I cooked for one hour. We ate for 10 minutes. We cleaned up for one hour.
I know there's gotta be a metaphor for life and hard work or whatever in there, but tonight it just made me tired.
Today's Grammar Pet Peeves:
Lose/Loose --people, if you "loose" something, it gets less tight. If you "lose" something, it is lost. Seriously, this is simple phonetics!
Bath/Bathe --You take a "bath." You "bathe" someone. Honestly, if I see another mother write how she will "bath" her kid, I will freak! Again, it's simple phonetics!
Latest Books and Movies:
Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman
(Great book; gonna use it for my book club this next month. Was recommended by Susan!)
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
(Very sad, but very well written.)
Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie
(Still reading it; love Agatha.)
where she went by Gayle Forman
(Sequel to if i stay.)
(Highly recommended. I really loved it, and it kept Brandon riveted--not an easy task!)
#2. She's still in California and won't be home until Thursday. I miss her so much!