This post contains confessions about Chicken Helper, Chocolate Chip Waffles and ABC’s “Once Upon A Time”. Be prepared to judge.

During my week of being “Marmee” I’ve learned to take things day-by-day. Things have really gone quite smoothly this week, though we do miss our parents very much and I can’t say that there haven’t been a few moments in which I’ve looked for them and thought “What am I supposed to do?”

I think one of my best choices this week was to read Willin and Jubilee Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble before they went to bed one of the first nights. This is a story about how to stay positive when things go wrong. I love it-clever and cute. Old Man Trouble definitely tries to sneak into Eyrie Park whenever my parents leave, but I think we’ve kept him away pretty well through prayer, positive attitudes and preparation. 

Another choice that I’m very glad I made was to cook every day this week. Actually, today I made curry chicken salad sandwiches for lunch, so that can’t really count as cooking. But on the other hand, I plan to cook dinner on Monday, which will mean that I’ll cook seven times before my parents get home. Not to mention those chocolate chip waffles…

I have really enjoyed planning meals, gathering ingredients, grocery shopping, posting the menu, cooking, serving (and eating!) this week. It’s been fun and made me feel productive. It’s something that is necessary yet can be enjoyable when well organized and the whole family gets to enjoy the results. The best thing about this week has been that I’ve known exactly what my priorities were to be-taking care of the family. I didn’t have to wonder if I should schedule in writing or reading or anything else that I normally try to do for myself because I knew that that wasn’t my priority. And I (as you can see) have found spare time to write anyway. 

{Above: Marmee prepares to leave her daughters in charge of Orchard House while she visits Mr. March in the hospital. I may or may not pretend to be one of the March girls while I take care of Eyrie Park…}

So here’s the Day-By-Day of my week, for anyone who is interested:

My parents left in the afternoon, flying out of our local airport. That day I took all of the Christmas decorations down, did a lot of cleaning and rearranging and washed all of the sheets. This is also the day that the rabid raccoon met his fate on our deck. I made the Boredom Solution Jars that night.

Baked potatoes, bacon, fixings and salad

Joey, Sabrina, Donavan, Birdie and Sam all read the instructions for “Diplomacy” while I worked, played, ate, slept and thanked the Lord that I didn’t get involved. The game is still not over. Meanwhile, I taught Willin and Jubilee how to play “Battleship.” This is a war game that I approve of. 

Tortilla Soup with the help of Birdie. Of course, it isn’t really tortilla soup at all (we’ve changed it so much) so we should call it Spicy Vegetable Soup. Plus chicken, in this case. Served with chips and cheese. Yummy!
Donavan also brought two rotten bananas which were married to our one rotten banana in a delicious bread.

I went to the grocery store twice (forgot to get extra sour cream after some of it was used on left-over potatoes) and cooked, did laundry and probably played games or watched a movie (don’t recall.)

Sour Cream Enchiladas, salad, chips. Then Marie Calendar provided us with an apple pie. Blue Bell ice cream tagged along as well…

My parents celebrated 27 years of marriage!
My friend M. came over and helped me cook dinner. She also introduced me to Deanna Durbin movies (which I now love.) I couldn’t remember the name all evening and kept calling her Debbie Durrant. Then we ate dinner, talked about life, made no-bake cookies and promised to see each other again before she has to be whisked off to college. It was very nice “taking an evening off.” The diplomats focused on the war and I again praised God that I didn’t get tied into that days before…

Fettucini Alfredo, spinach and dinner rolls. I’m not going to lie…I had a “helper” with this one. “Chicken Helper.” Actually, I was nervous about this because it was my first time to use “Chicken Helper.”
But, no shame…no shame!
Also: Birdie made no-bake cookies. Yum!

Deanna Durbin (middle) in “Three Smart Girls”

My sisters and I watched “Little Women” which is tradition to be watched with sisters during the Winter. Of course, it was in the 60’s outside, but we imagined that it was bleak out. We all got choked up at the right parts and then ranted and raved afterward. Then Jubilee put on a long, plaid nightgown and asked to carry a candle to bed. We, of course, accommodated her. 
Also, my wonderful brother-in-law took my younger brothers to the park to rollerblade. This was a huge help!

Baked parmesan tilapia, steamed broccoli and yellow squash and rice. This meal was so easy and successful! And at dinner time, I ruined the healthfulness of this day by giving into my craving for chocolate chip waffles.

Sabrina and Donavan were so kind as to take Jubilee off of my hands for a while. She had a blast getting a banana shake from Sonic, flying a kite in the park, rolling down hills (her hair tells the story) and coloring at their awesome apartment. 
I, meanwhile, got to sneak out and meet M. for coffee. Only, neither of us really drink coffee. Smoothie, java shake and conversation were all excellent. 

Well, nothing really. But I did whip up some delicious Curry Chicken Salad which we ate on crescent bread. We paired this with dill pickles and lemon iced tea and picnicked on the deck until it got too hot and we came inside. Yes, January 6th and I was sweaty.

Happenings Plans:
Church, Beth over to watch at least part of “Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel” (we’re on a girl movie kick with Jubilee…she says that “Pride and Prejudice” has to be next!) Then dinner and “Once Upon A Time.” Because yes, we watch a show on ABC. It’s true. I’m sorry. We know it’s dumb but still look forward to it all week. Judge away. 

Cooked: Supposedly Cooking:
Stir fry with chicken, rice and sauce. Yummy, easy, healthy and did I mention yummy?
This meal is my childhood enemy turned lover. 

Monday Again:
Chores, babysitting, grocery shopping, cooking, welcoming my parents back at last!

Supposedly Cooking:
Yet to be decided. Any suggestions?


2 Responses to day-by-day

  1. Laura January 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    I love the idea of being Marmee for the time you were head of the house and it sounds like you did a find job of it. Which Little Woman did you pretend to be? (I always have to be Jo!)

    Excellent movie choices! Anne is a riot and my sister and I always have to watch P&P when we’re together, even though we’ve watched it at least a dozen times since I bought it for her last Christmas. We love to poke fun at Mr. Collins; he’s so ridiculous he just gives us fits!

    It sounds like you’ve done an admirable job in caring for things while your parents were away. They should be very proud of the capable daughter they have raised.

    I always enjoy the positive spirit I see through your posts. Thank you for sharing that with others! :)

  2. Beth January 9, 2012 at 3:30 am #

    I’m sad I missed Little Women, glad I get to be a part of Anne (would Tuesday afternoon sometime between 1:30 and 5:30 work for part 2?), and please let me know when you watch P&P…I want to be there for that, if possible!

    Love you!

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