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Monday

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Reflections on The Weekend

Me on our walk along Pittsburgh's Three Rivers
Last weekend we got to have family time. And family time is always good!

Anybody who has kids understands that it is important to keep them stimulated. One way to do that is find out about interesting events going on and attend those that make sense. 

It seems like it takes us one entire day to recover from the week. I don't know if it's just me, but on Saturdays we don't bother ourselves with activities. We don't even bother getting dressed. The only time that changes is unless I have to disrupt our routine because of some nonsense commitment I have outside of the house.  



Chillin' on a Saturday

I am sure that my approach to Saturdays is violating the "keep your kids occupied at all times code", but I don't care. I know what my family needs. And on Saturdays we need rest! 

The funny thing is, I actually don't get to just relax on Saturdays like I did before I had children. I have two kids under four. So, my Saturdays are spent making meals, breastfeeding and making sure the preschooler doesn't stick anything up her brother's nose. 

The real gift to myself on Saturdays is that we don't have to be anywhere. I love that!!!


Sunday is fun day!

As a result of our leisurely Saturdays, Sunday has become our activity day. I deeply regret that we don't make it to church as often as I would like. However, that's where we are right now.


A Carolina girl in Pittsburgh (University of South Carolina)
Having a preschooler, an infant and breastfeeding pretty much make me unreliable in making it anywhere on time, including church. So, most Sundays I don't even try. I try to make it one Sunday a month. The rest of the time, I am practicing my religion with the same fervor of my fellow bedside Baptists, I'm just not in bed because my kids have had me up in the early AM!

Daughter enjoying the river
On those days when we're not in church I try to bond with my children in a very profound way. I also believe that being outside, experiencing the nature that God created for us, is a great way to give him praise. So, today, my kids and I enjoyed the sunshine and the resources that we call our neighborhood. And we had a great time!

Me and the kids at the river
This past Sunday, Andre was renovating our new home. like he does every day. So, the kids and I had to amuse ourselves. We went for a walk, to Giant Eagle and to the Children's Museum. While I wish that I had managed to do more housework, Sunday was a great day. I even managed to cook Chicken Cacciatore and Salmon, sweet potatoes, spinach and rice. 


Chicken Cacciatore

I hope making these dishes means that I won't have to cook until Wednesday. We'll see. If I make it, Andre will eat it. If I make a little, he eats it and doesn't look for more. However, if I make a lot, he eats it and smiles. I need a place where I can hide food.

Dish inspired by a DC restaurant called Mango's
On another note, I used to wonder why people posted photos of their food, but now I understand why! Everybody eats and when the food is pretty and delicious you want to share! Don't you think my food turned out pretty?!
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