Autumn has always been a time of reflection for me. Perhaps it stems from my birthday being in October or the way everything seems to slow down.
More and more I am trying to work on being a better person, a better mother, a better girlfriend. I’ve spent the past year pretty much in bed due to pregnancy complications, then recovering from the emergency repeat c-section, and lately because there’s nothing better than laying with the baby and nursing him (I get rewarded with sleepy, milky smiles!).
I’ve also been trying to get more one-on-one time with Daniel, I realize it must have been so hard on him to see me go through a difficult pregnancy, labor, and the c-section recovery. We play a LOT of Uno, try to go to the park (the weather lately is very rainy and cold), watch movies together (with popcorn), etc.
I can’t wait until Spring, when the baby is a bit older, the weather is nicer, and I should be 100% healed physically from the c-section. I’m not used to being stuck at home all the time. I am trying my best to suck it up and get out more often, just to take photos again. I am hoping to eventually get a membership either to the Brookfield Zoo or the Chicago Botanic Gardens. I think Daniel would enjoy the zoo more though.
Autumn also brings out the fanatical cleaning, organizing, decorating side of me. I am hoping to have the bathroom and bedrooms painted by January if possible, any affordable paint brand suggestions? I’ve been hoarding links from Real Simple in hopes of gaining some fresh ideas on how to decorate. I really would love a room with green accents and a room with blue accents. I am also on the hunt on how to display photos WITHOUT the use of a frame. Do you have any free or super cheap decorating/renovating ideas?
I am also working on managing our food budget a bit better, I took a lot of the advice on the entry, Grocery Shopping/Meal Planning and here is the super long list of our planned meals in no particular order. I will do my best to blog the recipes!
- Moist and Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes with Bacon
- Thanksgiving Dinner
- Homemade Pizza
- Hamburgers w/Sweet Potato Fries
- Chili and Cornbread
- Chicken and Dumplings
- Avocado Corn Salad w/ Beef Enchiladas
- Taco Salad
- Southwestern Pasta
- Quick Gumbo
- Creamy Roasted Garlic Potato Soup
- French Onion Soup and Salad
- Meatloaf w/Mashed Potatoes
- Slow-cooker Beef Stew w/Biscuits
- Southwestern Salmon w/Avocado Corn Salad
- Spaghetti and Meatballs
- Pumpkin Tortilla Soup
- Beef Stir-fry
Lastly, I am testing out a “footer” in my RSS feed, if you are reading this entry via that feed, I would appreciate your feedback if it is a welcome addition or too distracting. I also added a sidebar to the left of the entries and changed it to display three entries at a time. Let me know if these changes are positive or negative to you!