I have been trying to write this post since Monday morning (for a “Mindfulness Monday” post), but this week has been crazy, so instead this is a “Mindfulness Morning” post.
I have always enjoyed having something to look forward to. This is not a bad thing. However, I think it is important to be thankful for the present moment. So often I catch myself placing all my focus on how many hours we have until John gets home or how many days are left until vacation. A slice of the mindfulness pie is living in the present moment. Here are some things I am going to be doing to work on that:
Put my phone/technology down and enjoy the beautiful life I am living.
Focusing on breathing is another part of mindfulness. Taking a deep, cleansing breath is so important in times of stress. I am going to work on taking that breath and using it to focus on what I am thankful for at that very moment. For example, when Henry has a meltdown in the car: instead of driving like a maniac to get home, I am going to try to remember to take a deep breath and be thankful we got out of the house to have some fun!
Having a quiet time each day to focus on thankfulness. This is something I have gotten out of the habit of lately. I am constantly asking the Lord for things. He has given me so much to be thankful for, and I want to remember to take time each day to thank and praise him for that.
I am excited to practice these three small things this week!
We had a great weekend. My dear friend Natalie was in town and we had all sorts of fun! Some Henry highlights were:
His new jumperoo. Endless entertainment for every Eick!
Whew! I can’t believe it has been two weeks since my last post. Time really flies! The past couple of weeks have been a mixed bag. We have had some super fantastic days and some tough days. Henry got sick for the first time-no fun. Thankfully, he is on the mend. Instead of dwelling on the tough stuff, I’m going to focus on all the fun things we have been doing lately!
We have had some quality time with John! As I have said many times, Henry loves his Dad so much. This month John will be on consults (aka he gets weekends off) AND he has his one week vacation coming up in March. Can I get a round of applause?!
I have been jogging more consistently. What a difference regular exercise/endorphins can make! I have joined a training group for a race this in Chapel Hill. It has been fun to have accountability and other people to run with.
We had fun taking some mirror selfies before church 🙂
I have been intentionally taking some time to relax. One way I have been doing this lately is to try to have D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) time during one of Henry’s naps. I am currently reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan. It is a really fun book and is one that totally takes me away each time I read it. An added bonus is that the cover glows in the dark!
Henry is now big enough to be front-facing in our ergo carrier. He stays entertained for longer, meaning I can get more done around the house. Victory!
I have been enjoying Lucy. Since having Henry, Lucy has sometimes been an added stressor. I have felt guilty for being easily annoyed by her. But taking care of Henry has felt so overwhelming at times that I have not had any energy left to play with Lucy. Lately, however, Henry has been absolutely obsessed with her. He watches her every move and LOVES it when she licks his face and hands. His love for her has helped me remember all the great things about our sweet pup. Thanks Henry! Please notice the tummy time occurring in each of these pictures. Way to go Henry!
Sometimes taking a moment to focus on (and write down) the positive things in life can help us maintain a good attitude. Isn’t that wonderful? Today, we have Kindermusik, we are hoping to go for a jog if the rain will hold out, and tonight we have small group. I’m thinking about making Skinnytaste’s Minestrone soup for dinner.
We have been enjoying our board books around here lately! Reading to Henry has started to get even more fun because he actually looks at the pictures and reaches out to grab the book. Board books are great because they cannot rip. They are also the perfect size for Henry to hold on to.
Here are some of our favorite board books:
Little Blue Truck by Alice Scherrtle
Little Blue is such a fun book to read out loud, and the illustrations are wonderful. We often read this one a few times in a row!
Dr. Seuss’s ABC by none other than Dr. Seuss
We love practicing the alphabet with the silly sounds of Dr. Seuss’s. We of course add Henry’s name to the “H” page!
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
The repetition and alliteration in this book make it a blast to read. I get pages from this book stuck in my head and catch myself singing them throughout the day. My favorite is, “buried in berries what a jam jamboree!”
Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton
This book is hilarious and silly! The brightly colored illustrations really catch Henry’s eye.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
I remember my mom reading this book to me when I was little. Eric Carle’s illustrations are truly beautiful. This book helps us practice counting (it’s never too early to start 🙂 )
Poppyseed chicken is one of my all time favorite recipes! It is so easy to make. I often serve it with quinoa or brown rice and a green veggie or salad. We had it for dinner last night and I was too ravenous to remember forgot to take a picture-oops!
3-4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 can cream of chicken (I use 98% fat free)
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 sleeve whole wheat ritz crackers, crushed into small pieces
1 tablespoon poppyseeds
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
Preheat oven to 350, then:
Combine chicken, cream of chicken, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, Worcestershire, and garlic; place in a casserole dish.
Melt butter and combine with crushed ritz crackers and poppyseeds. Pour evenly on top of chicken mixture.
Cook until bubbly, about 25 minutes.
Our day yesterday was not only filled with yummy food, but also lots of fun activities. Henry and I attended our first Kindermusik class– we both loved it! We finally made it to the grocery. We got coffee with friends. And we made it to nursery playgroup at church. It was a busy day. Henry was such a trooper! Our bedtime story was Goodnight Moon. We love this book!
Uncle Hugh, the birthday boy, gave Henry this great bedtime story for Christmas. Happy Birthday Hugh! We all love you very much and are so thankful for you!