I have been really really terrible at keeping up with this whole “blog thing” for a few weeks now. I am really disappointed with myself, too, since I started out so strong! I even had 300 visitors in my first three weeks! Ugh.

Lately, I have been really focused on doing the homemaker thing. I have been dedicated to housework, cooking, and raising the baby. I have cooked a different dish for dinner every single night for the past two weeks, with the exception of last Saturday. That day, I was in a different city for my best friend’s bridal shower. Jonathan has gotten to experience the main reason why we’ve lived on spaghetti, lasagna, and tacos for three and a half years of marriage: I AM A TERRIBLE COOK!

I have pretty much managed to mangle everything I’ve made in the past two weeks. This includes: barbecue shredded chicken (forgot the brown sugar), asian shredded beef (mixed the beef shreds into the sauce- then I had to wash the beef- yes, wash), chicken/broccoli/rice casserole (had too much broccoli and rice to mix the liquids in well enough, so the rice came out too crispy in some parts), and the first BIG disappointment- cream of broccoli soup over baked potatoes with cheese on top (actually came out fine, but I expected that Hula Girl would like it, and she DID NOT).

Aside from the terrible taste and my affinity for overcooking, I have really been quite successful at this whole stay-at-home-mom gig. I made a daily, every other daily, weekly, and monthly schedule of cleaning and chores. My daily list includes cleaning the kitchen, dishes, laundry, cooking lunch and dinner, sweeping the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry rooms (we enter our house through the laundry room, and it’s also where the litter box is located- so it gets quite a bit of traffic), and tidying up the house. Every other day, I clean the bathroom and I also rotate between dusting the house and weeding the garden. My weekly list includes more deep-cleaning measures like mopping and vacuuming the floors, sanitizing all the doorknobs and light switches, cleaning all the glass surfaces in the house, and of course, weekly meal planning and grocery shopping. We spend far less money when I plan the whole week’s menu in advance. Monthly chores include things like baseboards, walls and vertical surfaces of any kind, reorganizing cabinets, etc.

I try to get all my chores done during Hula Girl’s first nap so that I can spend time during her second nap working on other things. Other things include my mom’s business, reading books, napping, crafting, and advising on the online group I help moderate.

The coolest thing about my newfound resolve and perseverance to actually keep up with all this is because of Hula Girl’s schedule remaining on California time, so she’s actually sleeping until 8:00 a.m. and going to bed at 8:00 p.m. This is wonderful for us, as Jonathan gets to spend more time with her in the evenings, and we can have dinner together as a family!!!!! When Jonathan’s going to get home late, I just give Hula Girl a snack at like 4:45 or so, which holds her over until dinnertime. If he gets home at a normal time, we all just eat at 5:30. It’s been a wonderful thing to add to our daily lives!

Hula Girl is becoming such a delightful little person. I cannot and will not believe that she is 47 weeks old today, meaning only 5 weeks and 1 day to B-DAY. No, no, no. She’s not ready. (Or is it me?) Anyway, she makes me so happy all day long. She does the funniest little things. Her favorite new thing is a trick her Daddy taught her when I was away at the bridal shower last Saturday. Now if she hears, “Hula Girl, be a champion!” she clenches her little hands together and waves them back and forth in front of her face! She frequently pairs this arm/hand gesture with a cute little body bounce. She is the champion, my friends. She can also click her tongue (another trick compliments of Daddy), blow (I taught her that one since she loves it when I blow on her tummy during diaper changes), and clap her feet (a feat limited to diaper-changing time).  It’s amazing to watch her receptive language just balloon out so quickly. I am amazed all the time at what she understands and does in response. I simply can’t wait to hear her speak what’s going on in that brain of hers- I bet she’s going to be one smart cookie.

Speaking of smarts, have you ever heard a baby read a book to her Momma while her Momma cooked dinner? I have. She went and got a book tonight and read it to me, out loud, while I cooked. Um, I’m not kidding.  She’s not even 11 months old. Where did she learn this?!

Ok, enough of my rambling. I am just awed by what she does and can do that she couldn’t do yesterday. Seriously, she learns that fast.


  1. Carol said,

    May 4, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    How wonderful! I love it!

  2. May 4, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I’m glad you love it! (What part are you referring to?)

  3. Carol said,

    May 5, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Getting organized, cooking, stuff Hula Girl can do that she couldn’t the day before, family dinner, receptive language, reading you a book, be a champion – pretty much everything!

  4. Chelsea said,

    May 5, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Yay for cleaning “vertical surfaces!” =) Great catching up with you.

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