One of my current favourite foody blogs is Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. Kristan always has a great view about life (of which most of the time I can relate) and then throws in a fun and usually very tasty treat to go along with her musings. I just love that about her blog. If you haven’t stopped in, you really should. Most of the time I’ve got tears running down my face from laughing so hard. She says what most people are thinking and for that I thank her.
But unlike her hilarity about life, today I’m just going to
rant chat about the trials and tribulations of raising two little girls, ages 3 and 6. As some of you know we’ve been travelling a lot this summer. We spent 2 weeks in California and then a long weekend in Washington DC. So it’s not like the girls have been stuck inside all summer. They’ve also gone to camp and we joined a pool which we attend almost every day. And yet it doesn’t seem to be enough. I know they are tired from all the travelling and the time changes. Also with every visit or visitor comes presents, so now it’s expected. We also celebrated Abby’s 6th birthday and of course both grandmothers got Rowan gifts too.
So my question is, am I alone in thinking that this parenting gig is hard? I mean really really hard. I use to be a full time employee and a full time mum but seemed to get it all done. Now I’m a stay at home mum who bakes a little and is finding it harder than before. Did something change? Other than me being around more or is that just it. I’m here so they expect more?
We spent all the time away and they were great. A few melt downs but on the whole pretty good. Considering they flew across the country, didn’t sleep in the own beds and had none of their toys but the few they brought and were given. Then they came home and boom…tantrums and back talk. More so with the older than the younger. I mean I’m tired too. I too travelled across the country and back and didn’t get to sleep in my own bed either. So what’s a girl to do??? anyone anyone? I’m begging, down on my knees here.
Or is this just summer? Where there really is no structure and they run amuck and I should let them (within reason). Can you tell it’s my first summer at home with them?
I sound awful I know. I love my girls, more than I ever thought possible but there are days when the immortal line from the Honeymooners is so apropos “to the moon, (insert name here) to the moon!”
Parenting is tough, I mean walk through the deepest mudd, climb the tallest mountain without oxygen and run faster than a cheetah tough. But it’s also the best job in the world and if I hadn’t signed up I wouldn’t get to see these faces everyday:
So to all you mothers out there, whether you stay at home or go out to work, I lift a glass of wine (or something stronger if you prefer) to you! And then I eat a scoop of this white nectarine oatmeal crumble drizzled in white chocolate!
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 1/2 cup white corn syrup
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup flour
- 6 white nectarines
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 lemon
- 4 oz bar of white chocolate melted
- Slice nectarines into medium slices.
- Mix in white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and juice of one lemon. Set aside.
- Combine oats, brown sugar, melted butter, corn syrup, salt and flour.
- Press oat mixture into a prepared pan (I use Pam) and cover with nectarines.
- Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
- Cool and drizzle with white chocolate, cut into squares and serve!
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