Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Balancing Act

Since the kids started back to school a few weeks ago, we have been trying to get used to a new schedule. For those of you who don't know me, this is our first year of having the three oldest in school all day (the girls did "half-day" kindergarten last year.) The school schedule also changed this year, so now their school day starts later and ends later. I am finding it more and more difficult as the weeks go by to get everything done the way I want it to be. By the time they get home from school and get an after school snack, it is 4:00 and time to start on homework. Doing homework with all of the kids makes me want to gouge out my own eyes with a sharp stick, and by the time we are done with that torture, it is time for dinner. But wait, I haven't made it yet because I have been explaining the concept of counting by fives and tally marks to a six year old for the past 45 minutes.

Needless to say, dinners lately have all been thrown together and EASY. It is not the way I like to cook. I actually really LIKE to cook, but I just have not had time!! Sometimes I put dinner together in the mornings, but I don't always get a chance to do that. Where is the balance? I have realized I just have to prioritize. I always work out. That is up there on the list. I clean the house. I try to do engaging, entertaining things with the one kid I still have at home. I do laundry. I sweep. Forty times a day. I plan. I shop. I try. There are just not enough hours in the day. Lately I have been going non-stop from 5:30 am when I get up to 10:00 pm when I fall into bed. And it's still not enough!!!

On that note, here are some of the dinners we have been having lately:

Tonight we had one of my brother's all time favorites when we were growing up: Toasted Tuna and Cheese. (He also really loved Ramen Noodles, but you can bet you aren't ever going to be seeing those on this blog!)

Put tuna on a toasted English Muffin. Layer a slice of tomato (if desired) and reduced fat cheese and broil until cheese is melted. See what I mean? Easy.

Last night we had Turkey Meatloaf and potatoes. I didn't love the recipe I used--I'll go back to my old stand-by next time. No picture. Oops.

These are Ryan's Black Jack Burritos--whole wheat tortillas filled with black beans, brown rice, cilantro, reduced fat cheese and fat free sour cream, grilled in a jalapeno lime vinagrette, then smothered with my homemade guacamole. YUMMY!


Rochelle said...

Oh, how I am hating those tally marks and counting by fives. I'm so glad we're already tracking off, if only to escape the mountains of FIRST GRADE HOMEWORK!!

Spec said...

Oh, those burritos look so good. Can you tell me how to do the lime vinagrette?

Katie Seamons said...

yes, the burritos look absolutely delicous! p.s. we need to get together soon it's been far too long!