Lesson learned

I've been a boring blogger. We've had a quiet month.

I thought about posting my meal clean up routine/ritual because I am so proud of it, but figured no one would care to read it. I used to get stressed after meals as I look around at all the residual mess; but now that I do the same things in the same order after every meal it's been rather soothing. (I can't resist: remove perishables from table and put away, pull garbage can out of cupboard, clear and rinse dishes, load dishwasher, wash hand washables, wipe down tables and highchairs, sweep and spot mop...) A little predictability or slight OCD cured my anxiety. Sometimes I still need country music for an extra boost to get started.

This seems like complete common sense as I look at it written down, but I'm only learning how to have a routine. You see, I have yet to attain household autonomy. I'm used to going to my mom's 4 or 5 times a week, and eating out with them a lot. Spontaneity we understand well. I never would have guessed that I would prefer staying home doing the above mentioned ritual followed by bedtime routines than saying yes to "come to dinner and a movie in five minutes." (Notice: I am still up for outings when time is provided for preparation.)

Lesson learned: Predictability = Less Anxiety

Other recent happenings include the baking of my very first pie. I used Colleen's homegrown apples and a recipe from a DI find cookbook. Miraculously, it was delicious! So, so good. I'm proud of myself. Next, I am going to attempt baking bread. I'll keep you posted on the results.

Also, we have officially pronounced Audrey's first "real" word as:


Megan said...

Yay for Audrey! I can't believe she is already that old! Congrats on the apple pie, it looks delicious!

Hatch Family said...

good job on the pie! it looks yummy!


Sherri said...

Abby-I am so in love with your adorable kids! How cute is she! I love that her first official word is Hyrum! Your blog always makes me smile, so thanks!

melissa said...

you mop every single night? though maybe with kids that's necessary...hm.

also, your pies look lovely, and i'd like some for breakfast please. (i'm really hungry all of a sudden.)

i've been thinking lately that everybody has little compulsive behaviors, and they just help you get through the day, so maybe i'm right. except i can't think of any i have, which is why i questioned my logic in the first place.

where are you guys swinging?

melissa said...

i feel like that comment sounded snotty, sorry. i meant that i think you're great, sorry.

The Hatch Family said...

We are swinging at evergreen park. Yes, daily mopping is required with my children.
No little compulsive beheviors for you?

Carrie said...

Wow. You are an inspiration to me. Thank you for posting your routine because I still haven't quite made it there and it stresses me out! Our dining room table is unfortunately over carpet so I probably will continue mopping once a century, but other than that.... wow.

And your pie looks tasty. Good luck on the bread. My advice here is let is rise properly. I've ruined many a good loaf with impatience.

Also, I'm sad I didn't see you in Utah! I called you (I got your number from the former Jenny Devey) but you didn't answer and you don't have an answering machine(!)(?) What's up with that? :) Anyway it would have been fun. I guess we have forever to find a time.

The Pooles said...

So cute and precious. You have two very cute and adorable children. I love looking at all the fun pictures and stories you post.

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