Kids in the Kitchen

This morning my 7 yr old was in a funk. Super funky mood. Like there was no way to reason with her and she claimed she wasn’t able to move her legs because her tummy hurt, so therefore she couldn’t open the closet door. Anyways…

The thought popped in my head. “Do you want to cook your own eggs?” I definitely know that thought came from the Holy Ghost! She was so excited to cook!

Back story. This girl is in love with cooking and actually cooks a lot… with our help. She watches Master Chef Junior religiously and talks about what it will be like when she is on the show. It’s pretty adorable. She is a MASTER sushi maker already but the stove isn’t something I leave her to alone.

Further Back story. I despise raw eggs (and raw chicken). I can’t stand it when it gets on the counter, hands, floor, or basically anywhere. It drives me crazy when I see people crack eggs and they drip it all over. It even MORE drives ME crazy when I do the same thing. I basically call for an evacuation of the kitchen as if a bomb has just been discovered. Once I clean up the egg with multiple paper towels and disenfectent spray, we are ready to continue cooking.

TODAY I lived and let go! I left the egg cracking and cooking to her. I gave her a few tips, but I stayed out of the kitchen and let her shine. She did amazing!! She cooked herself a “gooey egg” and then went and asked her siblings what they wanted. She made them scrambled eggs and then used the leftover waffles and strawberries and made the plate look amazing. Way to go her!! I’m super proud of her and also me for just letting go of my super control egg frenzy 🙂 Famfreely friends! (Even if it’s in your own kitchen)

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GroupMe & Marco Polo

These two apps (hands down) get used the most on my phone to help me connect. Sure, there is instagram and facebook, but to really connect connect I use GroupMe and Marco Polo. Have you heard of them? Do you currently use them?

GroupMe is the ultimate mommy group connection app. I connect with moms from church, preschool moms, birthday invites, random parties we throw invites, book club and anything else you can imagine. The benefit is it’s NOT a group text. Meaning I can set notifications to off and only check the group chats when I want, or I can let it ding ding whenever someone comments. Everyone in your group can comment, attach articles they’ve read, pictures they’ve taken, screenshots etc. I use this a lot for last minute play dates. “Hey, who wants to go to the park?” or “Who is already at a park?” Just today a friend posted about the green receipt deal at Chick-fil-A. Luckily I was already out and saw the message, swung on over to my beloved Chick- fil-A and grabbed the deal.

Marco Polo is perfect with connecting with family who live far away. We use it daily to send short videos to our family in California, Utah, Minnesota and Iowa. (Even my sister who lives 20 minutes away here in Texas). This app was created for connection. The purpose is to connect. I love that you can see the video live, or watch it when you are able to. We talk a lot about family concerns or send funny videos for everyone to see. My favorite thing to do is to send/ receive birthday messages. Who doesn’t love seeing your family on their birthday?

These are not affiliates nor sponsored posts. I’m too new to blogging to even think of that. I just really like these apps. So check them out!

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Practice Camping

I grew up loving to camp! I love being in the great outdoors! When my husband and I had our first child we attempted camping. Our first attempt was with a baby. Piece of cake. She snuggled up with us and slept like a champ. A year later she was a toddler. HORRIBLE experience. We left the campsite at 4 am and went home because she thought it was time to play all night since we were all in the same “room”. We had borrowed a bigger tent so we could fit a pack n play in there. Maybe if she was used to sleeping with us- it would have worked out, but once my kids are 3 months old we move them out of our room… and they really aren’t welcomed back in. Cruel I know, but I just need my space. Well, anyways back to camping… we didn’t camp again after that as a family. We had a few more children and so the anxiety of a terrible camping experience kept weighing on my mind. Once I had my third child my husband stayed at a group camp out with our girls, while I drove home with our son (he was a baby). I slept in my bed and he in his crib. It was lovely. My husband and two girls came home the next day. They had a great adventure.

This past month we had two camp outs. One in our living room (just the three older kids) and one in our backyard (three older kids plus a parent). I’m still nursing our fourth child at night so my husband and I traded off who was in the tent with the kids. The other was inside in their bed while the baby was in her crib. The weather was perfect and the kids all slept perfectly! Next step is getting a bigger tent. We currently only have a 4 person tent and our 3 older kids and 1 parent fill it up like sardines. Someday soon we will try paying for a campsite again, but for now we may keep practicing in the backyard. Go out and famfreely (even if it is only in your backyard 🙂

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Travel Wear Trick

It may have been my first study abroad to Mexico where I discovered the ease and GENIUS of zipper pockets.  I remember thinking I didn’t want to lose my things.  

A few months after I was in Mexico, I was in Argentina for 18 months serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  It was hot most of the time, but zippers were still a big part of daily life.  My hip bag was my zipper friend and kept all things safe.  

After the mission I was home for a year and was accepted to an internship in Argentina teaching employment classes.  This time I was cold most of the time and was very dependent on the orange sweater and black coat pictured above.  We rode a lot of buses, some late at night or overnight.  I fell asleep most of those times and felt safe doing so since I knew nothing would fall out of my pocket and that it would be harder for people to slip something out of there.  Also, safe since I had an intern buddy who was with me all of the time. 🙂

As a mom I’ve continued wearing sweaters and coats with zipper pockets.  It is so easy to lose things (and people) when you are out and about.  This way I can stick a pacifier, my keys, my phone or whatever it may be and not worry about loosing those things.  I can swing on the swing, nurse, or run my son over to a bush to pee without having to worry about losing my stuff.  

Next time you step out, especially in a crowd- grab a sweater or jacket with zipper pockets!  

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