Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Slowing down

Kinda funny, I have so many thoughts running through my head just as I was about to sit down and write about slowing down.

Now that the holidays are over, my sister and her family have gone home to sunny southern California and the grey Minnesota winter is settling in, we're getting back into the routine of todder classes, swimming lessons and the like. I had a morning at home this morning with just my little one while grandpa took Bean off to class and over to their house to play. Why haven't we thought of this earlier?! Having a morning "off" (a term used loosely to mean with only ONE child:) was great. I got out my slow cooker and poured a bunch of veggies, meat and sauce in and it's now beginning to smell wonderfully yummy in here. Does anyone know of any great slow cooker recipes? This thing is a god send. I just throw it all in and viola! dinner will be on the table at 6pm and I don't have to worry about cooking during that "volatile" time of the afternoon when the littles are at their worst. I'm lovin' that!

Another random thought is that I found yet another groovy creative activity to get involved in. Ok, my plate is getting pretty full... but this is too much fun to pass up! On Swirly Girls blog she talks about her 52 Figments project. "52 weeks, 52 questions, 52 creations, 52 opportunities to think outside the box, make something up, ponder your most outlandish dreams and have some fun. " Curious? Go check it out!!

Finally, I never got around to doing last weeks MamaSaysOm post on spirit, so I leave you with this picture. I feel like my daughter exudes spirit!


Chris said...

There's great slow cooker cookbook called The Best Slow Cooker Cookbook Ever that I like. It's spiral bound so it stays open.

Alas, I can't really use my slow cooker, because 5 minutes after leaving home in the morning, the cat would have the lid off and be gorging! :)

Elaine said...

I give my toddler to my mom one day a week so I only have the baby. I look forward to that day ALL WEEK. It's totally a day off.

I LOVE that shot of your daughter! That is some spirit, yo. And I still haven't gotten the hang of the whole slow cooker thing. It requires too much forethought for my addled brain.

la vie en rose said...

super pic! i think one of the smartest things i did as a new mom was designate one night a week as my alone night. britton stays with dad and i spend the evening doing things that i want and need to do. i love it and i so need my alone time.

kathryn said...

What a sweet, neat photo! Exuberant. :)

twistedsoda said...

Checked out Swirlygirls! I love it, thanks for showing me the way! I'm going to give it a try too!