Weathering the Storm

IMG_9757-1.JPGI had this whole post written and ready to go.  I was rejoicing over the success that has become our potty training experience.  Granted, we did have to make 4 animal sacrifices, 2 prayer circles and a dance under the full moon, but we have had almost a week of zero accidents.  Almost a week of Cori telling me she had to go over me begging, bribing and forcing her…

Almost being the key word here.

We had quite a storm last night.  One that reverted me back to a childlike state where I was pacing the house, wrapped in a blanket and crying to my husband about our plan should a tornado poke out of the sky and torment me while my babies slept.  Luckily it didn’t last long and allowed me to finish watching My 600 lb Life curled into my husband’s body.  I truly hate bad weather… almost more than I hate the idea of spiders crawling in my ears while I sleep.

I woke this morning checking the radar to make sure there was no longer a threat to our safety before my husband left for work, because somehow it makes me feel safer when he’s here… only to realize that Cori went yet another night without wetting her pull up.

Hallelujah!

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED!

I have FINALLY succeeded at potty training my 3 year old and the taste of victory is so very sweet.  It’s like all the chocolate and wine with a touch of ultra butter popcorn and a sprinkle of unicorn farts.  IMG_9810.JPG

“I’m not a failure afterall!” I type as I sit Indian style in the playroom while my children squeal and play.

Hold that thought… what’s that smell?

What… the… F… CORI!

So… nope… not trained yet.  But at least no pee has touched our floors in almost a week!  We will get this.  She will get this.

But today… our bounce house is being delivered (2 days early… who is the real winner here?!). And this weekend we will have a party celebrating her.  Not really a belated birthday, more a “you’re cleared for normal activity and you’re awesome” party.  People have those, right?

Today I will do all the laundry and clean the floors and all the other fun stuff stay-at-home mother’s do all day and ignore the poop filled underwear I threw out in defeat.  I will put together my fun desserts I’ll be making tomorrow and pray this was a fluke poo.

I do have to say, though, that aside from this incident… things are finally getting back into a groove around here.  Spring has sprung so to speak.  Instead of taking 2 hours to get to and from the grocery store, it was only one now that kids are walking and shit so we used our oodles of excess time getting things to make my Spring wreath, some fun summer clothes, playing outside a lot and getting a few more things to finish decorating the house.  We’ve been here almost a year now, and I feel like it’s a constant work in progress.  Every room gets a little something every month or so, but with everyone being so dramatic, I have put a lot on the back burner and only focused on the things I HAVE to or NEED to in order for everyone to stay sane.  I must admit, it was so satisfying to make that wreath and to paint some Easter letters for our mantle.  It’s easy to take for granted the little silly things we do until we don’t get to do them.  Everything seems a little brighter and happier lately and it’s so relieving.

So this party is for more than just Cori… it’s for our whole little family as a fresh start in our new home.  We’ve had a rough 4 months, and we’ve proven we can weather a storm, but now it’s time to dance in the sun and let’s be honest… that’s way more fun.

Stay tuned for another book review coming up on the 1st!  And until then, here is another recipe!

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2 chicken breasts sliced thin to make 4

2 tbsp flour

1 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp rosemary

1/2 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2-1 cup chicken broth (you can also use stock)

1 tbsp cornstarch

1 jalapeno sliced

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet. Mix together the flour and spices then coat each breast evenly.
  2. Place chicken in skillet and cook about 5-6 minutes each side, giving it a little char.
  3. Pour chicken broth or stock over the chicken, not covering completely then place in the jalapenos.  Let it simmer then sprinkle in the cornstarch.  Stir to combine and allow the gravy to thicken.

You can serve over some brown rice, or roasted veggies!