The Queen: Michelle

The Queen: Michelle
I am 28 years old. Still a princess but the queen of my family. Spoiled beyond belief. Lucky and truely blessed. A lover. A crafter. A mother. A wife. A friend. This is me.

My King: Junior

My King: Junior
The LOVE of my life! He completes me and balances me out in every way. He's a workaholic. He's loud, blunt, and crazy. He drinks Monsters like his life depends on it. Above all he is the greatest Daddy I could ever ask for, for my children. And he treats me like his Queen (and he calls me that too).

The Model Child: Diego Ray

The Model Child: Diego Ray
9 years old. My only boy. He is the epitome of the perfect child. He is so responsible and independent. Wise beyond his years. He is laughter, he is love, he is compassion, he is simply amazing. He keeps me grounded and reminds me always that I am beautiful. He is a natural born leader and takes care of the household and family better than me!

The Diva: Alayna Danae

The Diva: Alayna Danae
7 years old. She is drama. My fashionista for sure with a style all her own. Sensitive and loving when she wants to be. Thumbsucker. My biggest headache because she is the most like me. She is the only one who can cause me to become uncontrollably angry. She loves to dance. She loves to model. My bookworm and most academic.

The Wild Child: Arielle Marie-Grace

The Wild Child: Arielle Marie-Grace
4 years old. This one is something else. She is pure comedy. Never a dull moment with her crazy antics. She is also the crybaby. She does things her own way. She knows what she wants and isn't afraid to be cute to get it. My Disney loving pal. So girly. Her favorite color is pink. Loves Rapunzel. Will wear a dress every single day. Can't leave the house without a bow in her hair. She refuses.

The Munchkin: Atalie Belle

The Munchkin: Atalie Belle
2 years old. My sweet baby. She loves her Mommy above all else. She is a cuddlebug for sure. The calmest most well behaved baby ever! But she has TONS of energy. She is so small and petite. She loves to sing and dance. She so SO ready for ballet and has yet to even step foot in a class. She loves Minnie Mouse and watching Disney Jr. She is hilarious and talks way too much.
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Dinner... Are You Sure It's Dinner?

With our new hectic schedule in place it's a little bit of chaos when it comes to mealtime. The girls have breakfast first thing in the morning between 7-7:30am depending on when they wake up. Diego does not because he has breakfast at school now. So I take him to school right at 8am when the cafeteria opens so he has 30 mins to eat.

The girls and I have a early lunch at about 11am. Alayna goes into school at 12:30 and right at 12:30 they have lunch. Alayna is SUCH a picky eater so that's why I feed her at 11 before she starts getting ready to leave just in case she doesn't want to eat what they provide her. I've discussed with them that she's picky and they have assured me that they will encourage her to try her food. She always eats her side which is usually a fruit or something like that and her milk. But never the "main" meal. And the encouraging is working. Today when I picked her up she was eating raisins. This girl wouldn't touch a raisin before if her life depended on it. And she sat there happily eating the whole box. So in any case, Diego has lunch at school, Alayna has lunch at school, and Arielle naps after we come back from dropping off Alayna. So I eat lunch while Arielle naps.

Diego gets out of school at 3pm and Alayna gets out at 4pm so instead of feeding them right after school, I give them a snack, fruit or PB&J is their favorite, since I am still full from my lunch and it's not long before dinner time. I don't want them spoiling their appetite for dinner.

Which brings me to today. Right after I brought Alayna home from school I made the kids some beef ravioli. And Arielle was adorable... sitting there using her fork to feed herself. She feeds herself but she NEVER uses her spoon or fork. Diego and Alayna did since they were very little. So I had to capture my excitement.




And then an hour ago when I went to try and figure out dinner I didn't know what to make. The kids had pretty much eaten enough and weren't that hungry... and I wasn't craving anything in particular. But Alayna said, "How about pancakes for dinner?" To which I replied, "Pancakes aren't for dinner silly!" But then I started thinking... Hmmm pancakes actually sound really really good. So I figured... Why not? Why can't we indulge ourselves and have pancakes for dinner? There's nothing wrong with that for one night? So ... I got to cooking!


Funny things right after I started my Mom got home from work... and she looks at the stove and says, "What are you making for dinner?" And I said, "Pancakes!" And she gave me a blank stare for a second and said, "I'll have some!" Haha!


So I guess my pancakes for dinner were a hit! Thanks to Alayna and her bright ideas and myself for my sudden craving.




Dinner was delicious!

4 comments:

Nikki said...

OMG that last picture with u and alayna...thats YOU from those pictures when we were reeealllyyyy little and ur nina and nino came over. Remember the Jennifer/Michelle series...yeah those pictures. She looks exactly like you here...

Jose said...

Michelle, if you cut Diego's hair like that again I'll do the same to you while you are asleep. Those pancakes look mighty good, I'm still an hour away from luch time. Argggg!

lol word verification "insect" ummm.

Tracy said...

Gah. Alayna is so cute. I just wanna squeeze her.

Miss May said...

You kiddos are so cute! I clicked on your clog link in your nest signature. I just thought I'd share that Eggos, pancakes, and all kinds of breakfast items are some of mine and my husband's favorites for dinner, and we don't even have kids to justify the silliness. So go on with the pancakes they are delicious!