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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Monthly Moments | May 2020

Well, May went by in a flash! After April lasting approximately 12 months... I can't believe that things are already opening up here in Utah. I don't feel ready. I feel scared. I feel like it's too soon. I don't know that I'll ever be ready to go back to the way that things were. Things have changed so much and as much as I hear people hating on the "new normal" or the distancing, I think that there have been so many good things that have come from quarantine. It has taught me that my family really is the most important thing. I was getting into the shower the other day and thinking about how in all the ways that really matter, I am living my dream life. I have my babies. I have my husband working from home. I have so much of what I have always wanted both physically and temporally. Quarantine has made me feel so blessed and very lucky to have enjoyed the things that I have been able to enjoy through this season. I have loved that the world has turned more to sustainable options. I love that we have seen the difference that we can make by driving less. It has driven me to think more about the people around me. There has been so much good. Even though there have been so many hard things for so many people, I am grateful that bad hasn't been all that has come from this.

After not grocery shopping for two years (yes, you read that right, two years) I finally got to go grocery shopping. When I was young I hated grocery shopping. I even went so far as to say that my future husband would have to be the one who did the grocery shopping because I hated it so much. I can't exactly say why I hated it so much, other than it just drained me. I would literally sit on the floor sometimes when I went grocery shopping with my mom because it would just take it out of me. 

For the last two years, we have been living with my mom and step-dad. When we moved in we just rolled our grocery money into our rent. My mom shopped for all of us and we ate together sometimes. However, due to Covid, my step-dad had to take a voluntary layoff and retire early. So my mom wasn't sure that they'd be able to afford to keep feeding us.

At first, I was disappointed, but then I got so excited. There is just something about being in control of what food you eat and getting to choose what comes into your home. 

Since then I have made so many new recipes and I get excited to go grocery shopping (every two weeks). The only bummer is that building up a pantry is expensive.

Greyson had his 4 month check... right before he turned 5 months. He is changing so much and getting so fun. He loves to be naked and it's getting more and more obvious that he inherited his Ama's rosy cheeks. I think it's so adorable but I'm sure that he won't be so pleased to blush like Bella from Twilight so easily when he gets older. 

I was really into hiking a few years ago. I blame my ex-boyfriend. After nearly dying (maybe an exaggeration... I did get pretty dehydrated, but didn't actually go to a hospital for it or anything) trying to hike Mt. Olympus. I actually blame that hike for our breakup a few weeks later, but I'm glad we broke up and I digress. I made it a goal to hike Mt. Olympus, so I started hiking at least once weekly. Surprisingly, I ended up loving it. Brian and I used to hike together quite often, but we haven't really hiked at all since Everly was born.

We have made it to the mountains a few times in the last few weeks. I had forgotten how much I love being in the mountains. Brian has been wanting to go for so long, but honestly, it just sounded like a huge hassle with the babies. They can't really hike and it disrupts naps and meal times...

But we went. I loved it. We will be going again. Hopefully, I don't get myself lost again like I did last time we went. Everly talks about going to the mountains all the time. Mainly, she says "throw rocks in the river" as she is recounting her day to us. Every night, whether or not we went that day.

I took this sweet girl on a date. She has gone on several dates with her daddy. Mainly because she has seemed like she missed him and needed some one-on-one time. I have been wanting to go on a date with her for a long time, but with Greyson, it is so much harder to get that done. I have to make sure that Brian is not working, it's not nap-time or bedtime, and I have to make sure that it's in a good window for Greyson and that we have enough milk in the fridge for him if he needs to eat while I'm gone... It's hard, but we went on Memorial day. We went to Sonic and got milkshakes and fries then went to the Jordan River Parkway and threw rocks in the river. Also, in South Jordan, they have something called a story walk where they post a whole story page by page along the path and they change out the story every week. So we read that story too. 

Before I had babies, a perfect day for me would have included reading and taking a bath and getting some good food (probably with fries).
Now, my perfect day includes one on one time with each of my babies and some exercise, a good book, a bath, some one-on-one time with Brian... and french fries.

This may eventually become its own post seeing as I plan on trying a lot of recipes, but for now, it's just going to be a section on here.

1. Broccoli Cheese Soup ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  Will definitely be copying this into my personal recipe book and making it again.
2. Healthy Sweet and Sour Chicken ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Will make again. I probably needed to cook my cornstarch on my chicken longer because it turned my glaze into a gravy... but was still really good.
3. Crustless Caprese Quiche ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Despite the fact that it looked more like a pizza (Everly kept asking to have some of my pizza), it was really good. 
4. Giant Strawberry Poptart (GF) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ It was good. It was probably the most intimidating recipe for me. I will probably tweak the recipe a bit next time. It says that it lasts like 3 days at room temperature, but Brian polished it off before 24 hours was up... so I guess it turned out ok. 😉
5. Four Cheese Spaghetti ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Pretty good and pretty easy to make! I had several people ask me for the recipe so I'm glad it looked as good as it tasted 😊
6. Mushroom Zucchini Lasagna Rolls ⭐⭐⭐ These tasted pretty good but were not worth the time investment. It took me over an hour to make them and both children were screaming at some point through the process.

Also, just a note, that I made all of these gluten-free by substituting gluten-free flour when it called for flour or gluten-free pasta when it called for pasta.

Books I've loved this month:

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Podcasts I've loved this month:

Things that stuck with me from these podcasts/books:
-Teenagers are adventurers in Adult land who don't want anyone to know that they're from Child land.
-Doing everything just for yourself (all play and no work) is just as bad as doing everything for everyone else.

It was a good month! I'd love to hear what your highlights from the last month were!

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