Monday, August 31, 2009

What to Post About???

I find this so hard what to post about! I feel like I have a ton to say!!! I am afraid of missing too much, so if you guys don't mind, I'll post "bullet-point" style so as not to overwhelm you all with wordiness! Also, maybe if I don't, I'll never get to it.

- I feel like I've been making super good meals latey. Everything is good! And more healthy in terms of vegetarian, or using the fresh-caught fish Jonathan's got this year, or relying on spices instead of butter/oil for flavoring. :) For example, some recent meals:
- Black Bean, Caramelized Onion, and Orange Tortillas - so yum! It's from Cooking Light, but I can't find the recipe online.
- Susi's Florribean Shrimp with Island Rice (notes: more curry, coconut milk instead of water in the rice, and use basmati wild rice mixture instead of plain white rice)
- Russian Black Bread - this went well with Borscht, as well as cream cheese/capers/smoked salmon!
- Grilled Honey Shrimp from Joy of Cooking
- Beef and Pumpkin Shepherd's Pie (very autumnal, used our venison instead!)

Anyway, all those turned out to be quite tasty (the mahi mahi needed some extra oomph, but still delicious). I'm sorry I don't have links for everything!

For all of June and July, I pumped 6-7 days a week and was able to save all of it, with a little set aside for "popcicles" for Elyana. I was sending it to a dear friend who has twins and wasn't succeeding in breastfeeding both of them (they were premature and in the NICU for a long time). All of August I feel I've struggled to do 3-4 days a week. I just don't enjoy it. But now I have to, since I add my milk to all of Elyana's cereal and pureed veggies/fruits. I just feel "behind" on it, even though I have stuff in the freezer and enough for each day, I feel I should be stockpiling more. :(

I was convicted that my complaining attitude about my workload was not due to the fact that I have too much to do (though I do have a lot!). But it would be solved if I did two things. #1 Rise Before Elyana! (which means setting an alarm and getting up) and #2 Having my time with the Lord first thing to pray and read Scripture to set Him as my Priority for the day. It's made such a difference. Getting up at 5:30 to get time with Him, then workout, and even get a shower in sometimes before she gets up, really helps. I feel ready to meet her, awake, happy, and as if I've at least gotten the two things that weigh really heavy on me if I miss them (quiet time and working out). And I am so thankful that my knees, which seemed hopelessly damaged from all my working out last deployment, haven't given me a bit of trouble! I don't do chair squats, but I do everything else. So grateful!

We have been out of milk for something like 4 days. I feel really bad about that. But we haven't been out to get any. I do have my Almond Milk around here, but nothing J will drink. He's been having oatmeal and fresh fruit in the mornings. Better that cold cereal in my opinion anyway. But I *do* need to get some.

Jonathan and I did learn he'll be gone for the next deployment this Christmas and Elyana's 1 year old birthday. I'm thinking if it makes any sense to do Christmas early, delay, or just forget it? Elyana's birthday I know we'll just do together after she celebrates big with all her uncles, aunts, and grandparents! The only thing I'm "looking forward" to this deployment is really working hard to get my post-baby body (or better) back. I feel like I can do it with another 10 weeks to work very hard and eat very clean.

I know I post pics of Elyana all the time, but she's just so CUTE! So I'll close, even though I have tons of other thoughts in my head.... Just means I should post later this week as well!

She has fun playing in water!

We've taken her in her push-buggy up to Dollar General, about 1.5 miles from our house (all sidewalk). She loves it!

J's hat (and patches)

Mommy, I love peas! They match my bib!

Love her faces!


Lindsey said...

She IS so cute!!!

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Herb of Grace said...

She's a beauty!

I totally agree with you about getting up before the kids! This year, for the first time ever, my kids are waking up late enough that I can actually get up before them! Up till now they've been 6:00-ers and no way can I function that early. But now I have time to shower, pray and make a list-- the three essentials for me :) It's amazing what a difference it makes!

Claudia said...

She's grown so much!

Seth and Karen's blog said...


Your recipes sound delicious and healthy - what a perfect combination!

I'm so impressed with your commitment to wake up so early and put the Lord first. What a wonderful example to all us mothers, especially ones with small children. I've tried this many times before, but usually I wind up waking someone up anyways which just makes the day start earlier and last longer for everyone. However, I want to try again thanks to your example. Oh yes, and praise God your knees are better!

I am sorry to hear about Jonathan's deployment. What a bummer! We'll keep you both in our prayers and thoughts during that time.

Elyana is such a cutie I can't wait to see her. I just want to squeeze her and pinch those adorable, chubby cheeks!

Looking forward to your visit...


catherine said...

Oh, please Denise! Your post baby body was back right after you had Elyana! You look great! :)

Karen D said...

You can ALWAYS post photos of Elyana! It's what we all want to see :) But I do love hearing your stories too :)