The Busy Life of New Parents!

Last night at our Bible study, all the wives were laughing and talking about how slow blog traffic has been on all our blogs lately. We are obviously busy! We aren’t writing much and we aren’t reading much. But that certainly doesn’t mean a lot isn’t going on!

That goes for our family too. I’ve been trying to juggle our new state of “normal” all the while dealing with hormones, trips, milestones (I turn 30 on Monday and it is messing with me a bit), Jeremy’s return to work and eventual deployment, etc. You get the picture! WHEW!

For starters, the amount of things I can ACTUALLY accomplish in the course of the day and the PERCEIVED amount I can accomplish are drastically different.  When all your sense of worth is tied up in that stuff, it’s kind of a downer. There were days in the beginning where Jer would come home and ask me how my day was/what I did and I just kind of looked at him and said, “um, I fed the baby?”. But we are slowly getting past that stage. I got the beds made, a shower, all the people dressed, my hair fixed and 2 bathrooms cleaned and now I’m actually updating my blog. That’s impressive for me!

Tonight, we are going to an open house at Pugent Sound Christian School to check out the school and the teachers etc. We are considering putting Cooper into preschool there this fall. It would be 3 days a week for a couple hours in the morning. I’m trying not to freak out. He’s so big. Today, I was giving him a bath (because he won’t have time to get one later) and I couldn’t believe how big he is! He stretches out to the full length of the tub now. And his face looks so grown up. It’s lost the baby chubbiness and taken on a lean childlike look to it.  I think it might be time to teach him to wash his own hair!

Anyway…Jeremy goes back to his unit tomorrow. Today is his last day of Arabic class and he is just thrilled to the kilt. I’m very grateful for the class and all the time it gave us together this past year. His help was so priceless to me when I was crazy prego! And having him home for Chase’s birth was pretty special too.

Hmmm…Chase is 6 weeks old this week! He just found his fists yesterday and started sucking on them. It is SO cute! He found his thumb too. Sorta by mistake. It’ll be funny to watch him rediscover that find. He is laughing and cooing and smiling a plenty at us. It just melts us to the core.

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Cooper is acting out and being annoying. But he’s so sweet and cute too. It’s frustrating at times, but I know he’s just trying to figure out this new “normal” too and I’m praying my heart will be empathetic yet still hold the standards.

Well, Chase is rousing and I gotta get going! I’m sure you are all experiencing the same busy-ness we are lately. Oh yeah! Jeremy bought our tickets and we’ll be in St. Louis April 7-April 19.  I’ll be in touch with all of you soon to plan out some time together! Gotta run!

Apple Pancakes

Something I miss about St. Louis is the familiarity I have with stores like spice shops. You can’t go wrong with a place that sells fresh spices.  I’m sure there are some here in Washington…I just can’t seem to find them!

Anyway, I really love Penzeys and I get their magazine every quarter (or whenever it is they produce it). The spring edition had this recipe that looked super yummy and easy. Apple Pancakes!  I made them yesterday morning and they are really tasty.

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You bake them in the oven and they get puffy and deeeeelicious! So, here’s the recipe.

  • 1/4 Cup butter (1/2 stick), divided
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. PURE VANILLA EXTRACT
  • 3/4 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 Cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 medium baking apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 TB. CINNAMON SUGAR, divided
  • Preheat oven to 400°. Divide butter evenly between two 9 inch pie plates and put them in the oven to melt the butter. Rotate the pie plates until the butter coats the bottom and the sides. To make dividing the ingredients between the two plates easier, we used a 4-Cup measuring cup as our mixing bowl. Beat eggs, PURE VANILLA EXTRACT, flour, milk, and salt on medium speed for 1 minute. Toss the sliced apples with 2 TB. of the CINNAMON SUGAR. Arrange 1/2 of the apple slices in each pan so they cover the bottom in pretty much a single layer. Pour 1/2 the egg mixture over the apple slices in each pan. Sprinkle the remaining CINNAMON SUGAR over the batter in each pan. Bake until puffed and golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Serve right away, while still puffy, with warm syrup.

    Prep time: 10 minutes
    Baking time: 20-25 minutes
    Serves: 4-6

    They were really good with syrup, but they’d be good without it too. Cooper wasn’t a big fan, but then again he’s 3 and is weirded out whenever I cook anything I haven’t cooked before to his recollection!