Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Little Things...like Meatless Monday

I won't lie...it's been a season of feeling icky, and blue, and a time when all the blogs I read tend to scream, "Loser!" at me because my life doesn't look like theirs. I get it...you want to post the good stuff--I do too. But sometimes I want to say...don't you EVER have a bad hair day? And don't any of your seven perfect kids ever have a bad hair day either???

I know it's probably a combination of many things...the gray weather...the tiredness of a mommy who goes to bed too late and doesn't wake up early enough...the hormones...the stress...the mundane...the regular life of a mom. But it's one of those times where things don't feel like they're going so right.

SO...when there's a bright spot, you hold onto it, I say! That's why I will tell you about our Meatless Monday!

First off, I have to admit I stole this idea from my friend Emily a year ago and she doesn't even know. Thanks for the idea, Em :)

Secondly, you have to know that at the beginning of December I put out a public plea on facebook for any and all tips on making it through my most loathsome time of day: Dinner. I received 16 comments and had various discussions with other moms. I cannot tell you exactly what happened, or any well thought out plans, but suddenly things changed. I do know that Insoo and I changed our attitude a little. (As he says, "we gave up".) It didn't feel to me like giving up, but like more of a letting go. I did not want to despise the time of day that we were all together for a meal (that I slaved over), with our time reeking with tension and the only words from our mouths being, "Take a bite, Elliot. Eat your food, Isaiah". That's what it had become. So we backed off a little...if for nothing else than my own sanity.

And then...miracle of miracles...they started eating! I mean, eating MUCH much better than before.

And Elliot started complimenting me at every single meal! "Mmmmmm, what's that smell?"..."Mommy, this is really yummy for me!"..."Mommy, you make the best..____...ever!" Seriously...it was like someone paid him to say these things because I was ready to lose it!

So I stole the Meatless Monday idea from my friend as an attempt to...well...ultimately lose weight I guess. Or at least focus on building a repertoire of meatless meals that we like! But this past week it was like an internal contest to see how many healthy foods I could get my kids to eat.

If you are in need of any ideas, feel free to steal :)

Breakfast was spinach pancakes (and I mean, chalk full of spinach!)
and Elliot asked for carrots and celery (thank you, Wonder Pets.)

I knew he wouldn't like the celery--he's asked before and not liked it--but I have made a commitment to let him try whatever he asks for--if it is good for him!
Since that morning he has requested celery (with peanut butter) at almost every single meal!

So lunch was more carrots, more celery with peanut butter, snap peas, tomato and red pepper soup (LOVE!) and...don't judge...macaroni and cheese.

dinner was edamame (soybeans...one of the few veggies my children beg for more of!)
and pasta with olive oil and garlic and salt and green beans and garlic bread on the side.

And I know there were mandarin oranges thrown in there (Isaiah LOVES "Cuties") and applesauce and apple slices. And we must have had chocolates for dessert.

It made me think, Hey! Maybe things aren't so bad after all.

So...if you're at all like me...hang in there--through food trials, and gray days, and keep trying to appreciate the little things.

5 comments:

andrea said...

first of all....you need to STOP reading that girl's blog. I am SO glad I didn't let myself start. ugh... and YAY for the boys! the same thing happened with Lillian. it's all about thier own time I guess. and you KNOW I'm definitely judging you about the mac and cheese. how could you! :)

Emily and Frank said...

Hey, thanks for the shout out! :)

Rachel said...

We are just entering the stage where mealtimes are awful. I told Micah just the other day, "I will give you ANYTHING IN THE WORLD if you just eat your sandwich."

Glad to know I'm not the only one, and that there's a light at the end of the tunnel. :)

Laura said...

Can I come over for dinner? :)

mommyoflove2 said...

First, I hear you about the "gray" days (see today's blog post:). Can we say vacation?

Secondly, I'm really impressed about Elliot's veggie eating! I just had a conversation with someone the other day (okay an ongoing conversation for the past 2 years) about kids and food. It's such a battle but I am always inspired when I read entries like this. Thank you for sharing!