Monday, April 15, 2013

15 Things I Wish I learned in School

Recently I have found myself questioning some things my daughter is learning in preschool. Then I found myself thinking back on my own schooling. What I learned in school was purely academic for the most part, and I learned very little at home... although I was encouraged to read a lot and participate in a million extra curricular activities. So here is the list I came up with of what I wish I learned while growing up:

  1. How to sew
  2. How to create a budget friendly list to go grocery shopping
  3. How to find a whole bunch of healthy recipes
  4. How to cook those recipes
  5. How to cook without a recipe
  6. How to bake
  7. How to plan a party
  8. How to plan for guests visiting
  9. How to choose which plants/flowers//trees/vegetables grow the best in my area
  10. How to not kill plants (aka garden)
  11. How to clean a bathroom
  12. How to actually clean anything for that matter
  13. How to organize clutter
  14. How to put together a household budget
  15. How to create a closet full of clothes/accessories that mostly coordinate and don't require too much attention 
I certainly learned to think critically. I can read and write. These are all good things...don't get me wrong. 

But now that I am trying to get a household to run and thrive, I find myself inadequate in so many skills. I google "how to" do about a billion simple tasks a day; it's embarrassing. 

I think about my grandmother. She didn't have google. She knew how to do these things. She either learned them at school in home economics or they were passed down from her mother. I find it hard to believe that I went my whole life up until a few years ago without these skills.

 I am slowly learning. Most days it feels like I am way behind where I should be (aka my house is a mess). Now I have to think about what I need to do to make sure my children don't find themselves in this same dilemma.

What do you wish you learned in school or at home? How are you ensuring your children grow up with adequate skills for adulthood?

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Kitchen Sink Pumpkin Bread

I love everything about pumpkin. Pumpkin season is over, but I haven't given it up just yet considering I had one can left over in my pantry. I threw it together with a variety of other ingredients I came up with. Basically I was out of necessary ingredients (such as flour) but I wasn't ready to give up the bread I was craving. I'm so happy with how this bread turned out! It makes 2 loafs.

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can of pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar 
  • 1 tsp of vanilla 
  • 1 tsp nutmeg 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
I just kind of threw it all together into my kitchen aid mixer, poured it into 2 greased bread pans and baked it at 350 degrees F for about 45-60 minutes.  Let cool and enjoy!

Friday, April 5, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday (14)


I made an announcement last week that I am pregnant with #2! Check out my 3 year-old's reaction :)


Over the past month or two I have spent some time planting some vegetables/flowers. So far I haven't killed anything yet. I am holding my breath to see if my black thumb can keep these plants alive for the rest of the growing season.

Tomatoes Starting to grow:

Jalapeno plant starting to grow:



I have had the entire week off of school/my rotation. It has been wonderful being home. I have gotten so much spring cleaning done and spent some good quality time with my daughter, who will be staying home from preschool today. I think I also may have possibly caught up on sleep.


I start my final 12 weeks of my rotation next week. Then graduation! I am in disbelief that this is finally almost over! YAY!


My husband got me a sewing machine for valentines day. I made a fishing game for the hospital I had been working at over the past 12 weeks. I however am having a bit of trouble with the thread bunching on the bottom end. Any thoughts? Advice?


Speaking of sewing... Aren't these the cutest thing you have ever seen. Maybe I will take on this project for my daughter's halloween costume..


The Google Reader button has officially disappeared from my gmail account. Has this happened to anyone else yet? I encourage you to follow me with Blog Lovin on the right side bar. I think I love it just as much as google reader!

Head back over to Jen's for more quick takes!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

When You Give a 3 Year-Old a Sibling

When you give a 3 year-old a sibling.....

She will periodically stop what she is doing, cover her mouth, run straight for the bathroom and then spit into the toilet for at least 5 minutes

You will tell her that you are so sorry she is feeling sick, but that she should probably refrain from doing this when grandma watches her tomorrow (as you have not told grandma that your pregnant yet)

She will do it while grandma is watching her anyway.

After you spend an hour cooking dinner......

She will loudly state, "I cannot eat this! The smell makes me feel sick". Then she will run into the bathroom to spit into the toilet again.

Then you will decide that the time has come to tell your 3 year-old that there is a "baby in mommy's tummy".

She will smile and immediately lift up your shirt to check for "that baby in there".

Then she will ask you every question she can think of,  including:

  • What does "that baby" do when you go to work? Does it work too?
  • But how does "that baby" eat food?
  • But how do toys get into your tummy for "that baby" to play with?
  • Does "that baby" fall out of your tummy when you change into your jammies?
Then she will ask you who put the baby in your tummy.

You will tell her that you and daddy asked God to put a baby in your tummy. 

That will remind her that she needs to call daddy right away. 

She will take your cell phone, click onto favorites and hit the number to call your husband.

She will practically shout to your husband that she knows that Jesus put "that baby" into mommy's tummy!

When your husband comes home, you both will ask your 3 year-old if she thinks "that baby" will be a boy or a girl. 

She will tell you matter-of-factly that, "that baby will be a boy of course, because there is only 1 boy in our family".

Then you will decided that it's time to tell your daughter that at some point "that baby" will have a name. So you ask her what names she would like for the baby. 

These are the names she offers:
  • Dada
  • Skittles
You decide she may not be the best candidate for choosing the baby's name. 

All this talk about "that baby" will remind her that she wants to ask you if the baby can sleep in her room once it comes out. 

You tell her, that maybe eventually the baby can, but at first it will cry a lot.... so it will need to sleep in mama and dada's room. 

She will put her hands on her hips and say "Thats okay, I will just rock the baby back to sleep".

Then you will go to your husband's soccer game, where your daughter has a friend her age to play with.

You will over hear her telling her friend, "My mommy is so special because she has a baby in her tummy right now!"

You will cringe and hope that none of the other mom's/wives around have heard your daughter make this announcement, as you are still 1 week away from this news being public knowledge. 

Then you will smile because your 3 year-old is so darn excited to get a sibling!

How did you prepare your children for a new baby in the house? I'd love to hear all of your ideas!