It’s been so long, and we have come so far…
Our sweet baby is here! Jude joined us on Oct. 24, 2013. Whereas Naomi was born with her father’s deep brown eyes, cleft in her chin and slim frame, Jude has my bright blue eyes, my cheeky dimples on each side, and my father’s solid and stocky core. He smiles at me every morning, and loves to explore the house around him. He is a brilliant little clown, who loves to dance and thinks Daddy is the funniest person in the world.
I will post more on his birth later (and that reminds me, I never shared Naomi’s birth with you all either!). But right now, I wanted to share an update on us and what all is going on with our family. It has been long time (Jude is 9 months old now, so it’s been over a year) since I last posted here. Pregnancy is so hard on me and my body, and then the transition from being a mom of one to a mom of two is an experience and a half! On top of that, Michael has a new job, which he absolutely loves, and we have some new challenges in our future (more on that as they developed — stay tuned! You’re going to love it!).
And me? I’m learning so much about myself and my relationships with my children. It’s so amazing to see how very different they are from one another, and how amazing they are as themselves. I love watching them grow and learning more about them. Since Jude has been born and I’ve been home, it’s been an incredible experience to see Naomi go from 2 to 3 and from 3 to 4 and to see her rebel and blossom and become her own person. My stars she is an amazing, brilliant little girl. And what a girl — all girl! Pink and ponies and flowers and butterflies and glitter and balloons and girl, girl, girl! It’s so hard for this ungirly mama to deal with all this pink and cotton candy. :P
I hope to post more things — I have a stash of posts I’ve worked on over the last year that I wrote as they came to me, intending all the while to come back here and post them. Now that Jude is a little older and doesn’t need me every single second (whoo-hoo! I can pee by myself — if I’m quick!), I hope to get back and post more and share more about my family and our adventures, as well as the fantastic things that I come across on the internet that I find fascinating.
Much love to you all and I look forward to reacquainting with you again!
This morning, what I hoped my readers said to themselves was, “What happened, Nada?! You were here, and now you’re gone again! It’s been 84 days since you posted anything!”
Well, I’ll tell you what happened! Our whole family got a horrible case of the flu! We were out of commission for a whole week. It was nothing but sweaters and chicken broth and soda crackers for us while we waited for the demon bug to pass through our systems.
Well, it took awhile for Michael to bounce back. Naomi, resiliant little firecracker that she is, bounced back in an instant. But me? Well, I just struggled.
This flu was unrelenting for me. I was nauseated all the time. I had no energy, no desire to eat, I could barely get out of my own way.
A few weeks went by and I wasn’t getting any better. Nothing was happening for me — no desire to eat, no desire to move, no period…
Wait a sec… no period?
A quick pregnancy test revealed the truth — the flu tricked me! I was over it weeks ago. Now I was pregnant!
Our family was of course beside ourselves with joy! Naomi will turn three tomorrow (tomorrow!!!) and we are so glad that by Hallowe’en we will have a second soul to share all our joys and celebrations with! So excited!
Unfortunately for me, I am one of 75% of poor women who suffer extremely unpleasant morning sickness. It was the same with Naomi and with our second baby as well. I got up, I dragged myself to work, I came home from work, and curled up on the couch for the rest of the night, til I dragged myself to bed at night. Oh the misery and torture. I just kept thanking Jesus for the pregnancy, and for the reassurance (through the nausea) that everything was okay. I’m one of those worry-warts who would’ve been picking myself apart wondering if everything was okay, if it wasn’t for the nausea reassuring me daily that my baby was happy and healthy.
So for the last 19 weeks I’ve survived on lemonade, lemon popsicles, lemon ice cubes, and macaroni and cheese. I am finally starting to get myself back to something resembling a functional member of society — I even participated in the March Against Monsanto here in Halifax last week! Here’s a couple clips of our march (warning — language of videographer in first film is a little harsh).
So I thought I’d try to get back to things here at miniMOMist. In my absense I haven’t really taken much time to think about the blog or where I want to take it, but I figure it’s a great place for me to have fun, express myself, and detail the fun stuff of our lives, including the growth of our sweet new baby.
Any prayers and encouragement are welcomed. We’re only 21 weeks away from holding a precious new baby in our arms.
I’ve always tried to start a price book and just never seem to master it. But I definitely want to give it a go again.
A price book is a binder in which you keep track of the prices of different grocery and household items at the different stores. For example, at Store A, you might be able to buy double rolls of toilet paper at $0.49 a roll, and at Store B, they might be $0.39 a roll. Obviously Store B has the best price. But if you happen to catch a sale on toilet paper at Store A and you can buy the same product at Store A for $0.27 a roll, then you have a record of your item and what the best price is regularly!
You can of course just use plain ol’ pieces of looseleaf in a binder or simple record in an old spiral notebook. But if you’re looking for something a little more asthetically pleasing, here’s the template I created for my own price book! It’s a free printable. Help yourself to my free Price Book Page printable!
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Over my extended break, our family really got away from eating a lot of processed crap and finding ways to make things ourselves. We became wild fans of soups (oh the soup recipes I have to share with you!). But in our effort to steer away from packages and boxes, we weeded out saltines and crackers in favor of homemade breads and rolls.
My biscuit recipe was a mainstay in our home (and landed me a spot in Kristen Welch’s That Works for Me ebook last year!) but occasionally we’d forget to make it. We needed to come up with a quick, easy bread recipe that would allow us to make a bread for soups that didn’t need to rise or take hours baking.
Enter Jamie Oliver.
We have become huge fans of Jamie in the last few months. He has taken my loving, caring, unbelievably handsome husband from a man who couldn’t boil potatoes to a man who hand-cranks his own pasta, brews his own beet tonic, and now consumes a smoothie made of fresh raw fruit every morning. Yes, I know he doesn’t get much love in the US (we Canadians seem to love him!) but we love Jamie here at the Sheppard’s house.
Jamie showed us how to make mini Yorkshire puddings in less than 20 minutes. And we love love love them! We make them almost once a week because they are so easy and quick to do! I have come home, mixed these up, and they’ve been ready for the dinner table before I’ve had a chance to get settled down to eat.
So here’s my interpretation of Jamie’s recipe:
- 1 huge coffee cup of white whole wheat flour
- 1 egg
- 1 huge coffee cup of milk
- Turn your oven on 425 degrees. Toss an ungreased muffin tin in the oven.
- In your blender, blend together your flour, egg, and milk. We only use powdered milk in our house for baking, so I usually just toss in the milk powder into the blender and then the water.
- Turn on your blender and run til you have a thick white batter. Turn off and set aside.
- Using an oven mitt, grab your muffin tin out of the oven. Take some olive oil and quickly pour enough to cover the bottom of each cup (no need for liners).
- Pour your batter from the blender into the muffin tins and pop it back into the oven. If you have some left over, grab another muffin tin or wait til your first one is done and repeat.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until the tops are golden brown and puffed up beautifully.
- Take out, pull out of tin, and serve hot with butter and soup.
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miniMOMist is an account of Mike, Nada and Naomi's journey into realistic minimalism, with the goal centered around simple living, and enjoying each other rather than things. We are a faith-based family and blog about our belief in God regularly. Our love for one another and our passion for a simple, minimalist life brings us much joy and pleasure.