Monday, July 12, 2010

When you know it's going to be one of THOSE days

I've learned over the years to be prepared.  Okay, I'm not always a blue-ribbon winner in this particular mothering category, but I've made progress.  And I've learned that making progress is good enough.  It's taken 4 boys and almost 13 years, but it's finally sinking in that the progress part of life may just be the most important.  Because just when I think I've got this mothering thing perfectly down pat, just when I've worn down the grass on my track and feel a bit of day-to-day familiarity, it changes. 


One night they nurse to sleep, and the next night not.  One day their completly satisfied with breast milk, the next day there isn't enough baby food at Costco to fill them up.  One night they're all sleeping in the same bed, the next night they are draped over every other flat surface than their bed.  One morning they wake up and wrap you in all their fresh-morning-warm-boy smiles and kisses, and then they turn 12 and you have to ask for a hug.  One morning they all eagerly await eggs, and the next there's a communal groan when you try to serve up any form of protein. 

Those hugs and smiles are easier to come by when there's something ready to eat on the breakfast table.  Hearing them help themselves to breakfast and take care of their own needs is a change worth embracing.  

::Overnight Oatmeal::
2 c. rolled oats, I used Bob's
2 - 2 1/2 c.  milk or kefir
1 heaping cup frozen berries/fruit
4 T hemp seeds (optional)
1/4 c. maple syrup

Mix it all up right before you collapse get into bed: 
It will look like this, don't forget to cover it before you leave the kitchen. 

Looks kind of soupy- but don't worry, it will be perfect in time for breakfast!

As you stumble to the tea pot the next morning, you'll be pleasantly surprised when you see this and remember breakfast is already made:

I dare say this is a change that will have you smiling all morning long, especially if you've trained them to clean up after themselves...
Ahh, progress!
 This post linked to Kristen, Lisa,   RachelMicheal  Jen all worth checking out!


Rachel said...

That's kind of awesome!!

Alicia said...

I like this idea!

April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

That is a great healthy breakfast, and it looks delicious too.


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