Saturday, October 15, 2011

Life According to Emma, Lesson 1

Today Emma made me realize something we all take for granted. Eating. We all do it. Every living thing has to eat or drink in one way or another. Babies get fussy and my even cry and scream when they are hungry. Emma starts off with a little whimper and it grows to a short quiet cry, and if you still don’t feed her fast enough, well, heaven help you.

Babies truly enjoy their meals. They are relaxed and comfortable. I believe that all meals should be something we enjoy on every level.

I love to cook. My best friend Sara loves to cook. My husband loves to cook. I think that preparing a meal should be fun, exciting, entertaining, and an adventure. We try to cook something different each night. I have Jake rate it between 1 and 5 and 3 doesn’t count. I ask how it could be better. We often buy a basket from Bountiful Baskets Food Co-Op. This basket comes with 5 different types of fruit and 5 different types of vegetables. We never know what we are going to get until Saturday mornings. It’s exciting when we get to see what we are adding to our menu that week. I take this as an opportunity to search for new recipes from the multitude of sites out there.

I think that where you ear is important as well. I don’t mean which restaurant you’re going to tonight, I mean where in your house you eat. I hate to admit it but Jake and I eat at our coffee table so we can watch TV more times than not. A goal I have come up with is to eat most meals at our dining room table as a family. I would like to update our table linens and place settings to be a little more on the modern side instead of traditional. I’d like to make our dining room an enjoyable, relaxing place to eat and spend this important family time.

Emma has shown me that I should enjoy myself and put more thought into my meal times. I should take these few hours a day to relax and really enjoy my surroundings and my new family.

A New Beginning

The day before Emma was born
Well, I've decided to blog again. I've actually gotten pregnant, had a baby, and finished my 8 weeks of maternity leave since my last post. Yeah, it's been that long. So, I'm starting over.

Emma Fay
I've been off work for the last 8 weeks, the fastest 8 weeks of my life by the way, following my C-section and the birth of our daughter Emma. She has been such a blessing to Jake and I. I have to admit, I didn't think that being a mom was going to be this amazing. We asked Saremy to be Emma's godparents and we are blessed that they agreed. 

In the last year, Jake and I have been on 2 cruises. One with Saremy to the western Caribbean and one with just the 2 of us to the Mexican Riviera. We found out we were pregnant on December 27th and announced it to our families January 1st at church. 

The last 8 weeks have been a a change for the better. We stay at home and cook healthy meals more often, I've been re energized and motivated about cleaning and organizing my house, and I've been inspired to blog again. Check out my other blog, The Simplicity Adventure, to follow my journey to a more organized and less cluttered life. I started today by going through my closet and dresser and getting rid of a lot of clothes. I have a lot more to do, but that will come with time.

Baby K'Tan
As I'm typing Emma is curled up on my chest and belly in my Baby K'Tan sleeping soundly. I'm thinking she will be able to teach me a lot about what really matters in life. I can't wait to be able to share what I learn. 

Until next time...