What We Ate: December + the Move

Wow. It has been an insane few weeks. I don't think I've gone to bed before midnight once, at least a handful of nights past 1am and the night I finished up the Christmas cards, 2am. The packers came on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Jessica came all day that day and took them to art class on Bart, in the rain, but overall the day went pretty well. They did not nap that day. Their room was packed with boxes, William spent an hour grabbing the tape off the box he could reach from his crib before we finally gave up and took him out. Luckily it had stopped raining that afternoon, so Jessica could take out again. I was back over at the new house trying to work things out with the contractor. Yes, we finally found one.

Last dinner at the Brannan

We moved the next day and luckily the weather was pretty good, not raining at least. The movers were fast and we were leaving the Brannan by 10:30am. My mom had come first thing that morning to take the boys to the park, then we all headed over to the new place together and she took them to lunch while the movers brought everything in. They were gone by 1:30. Thankfully the boys napped in their new room that was set up first.

On Friday, demo started on the kitchen. They took down the wall between the dining room and kitchen and ripped out the floor of the kitchen which will be replaced. The appliances are all in the dining room, which means our dining room table is in our living room. Which thankfully works out pretty well, since our living room stuff went downstairs into the family room/playroom which means we have nothing for the new living room. So we have boxes and boxes of kitchen stuff, dry goods, glassware, etc. lining the wall of our living room, which is how it remain, likely until early Feb when they finish the cabinets.

Dining room currently

So to say the last few weeks has been tough would be a huge understatement. For all the progress we've made, all the help I've had (my parents have been amazing -- my dad doing repairs on the place and my mom watching the kids multiple days a week), there's still so much to do. The house was in good shape, most of the stuff we're having done is cosmetic. But both Dave and I are the same way. Why hold off on something that can be done now? We like to just get it done and enjoy it as opposed to doing small projects.

Everything is worked out with the contractor and they're doing the floors while we're in Florida since we'd have to be out for a week anyway with the fumes. The other odd jobs will be done before we're back in early January. The cabinets will take at least a month but at least they can move the appliances back in so we can cook in there in the meantime.

We're so excited to be in the new space, but Dave and I are pretty organized people and both of us like to be efficient. It's frustrating not to be fully set up as we figure out furniture, new organization stuff needed, etc. It's only natural that this will take time, but combine that with the fact that we have stairs, which is new to us (and inevitably what you need will be on the opposite floor that you're on...), that we don't have a useable kitchen (and have to keep them out of several rooms that are blocked off by a plastic sheet -- oh so fun to swat at) and that the boys have had a tough time adjusting to the new place (George specifically has had MAJOR separation anxiety), it's been tough to say the least.

I got some design help on several of the rooms but even outsourcing some of that still involves a lot of work, especially since we want to make quick decisions and place orders since a lot of the furniture takes 8-10 weeks to arrive. My days have consisted of barely surviving, little downtime, next to no patience for the boys and late nights trying to catch up on stuff I didn't have time to do during the day.

We arrived in Florida last night and though it was a bit hectic to move in and turn around and leave 2 weeks later, it's nice to have distance from a lot of that stuff. We're at Disney World for a few days now and we drive to Naples to our condo for the next 2 weeks on Saturday. Then finally I can cook again!

So finally we get to the 'What We Ate' Portion of this post. The answer is: crap. Okay, it's not that bad, but I've had to be really flexible about dinners especially the last few weeks. Overall their breakfast has stayed the same. A lot of oatmeal, yogurt, bananas, berries, cottage cheese. Lunch is fairly similar though not nearly as varied -- mostly string cheese, ham or turkey, whole wheat slider buns with almond butter, berries, apples. Snacks have been a lot of Os or other snack-y foods (meaning packaged snacks - cheddar bunnies, lentil crisps, etc.). They've eaten mac and cheese from just about every establishment in town. Grilled cheese sandwiches too. Oh, and lots of fries. Veggies have been harder to handle. Usually Jessica will heat some frozen ones up with their dinner, which they'll avoid like the plague, but I've been given them at least one pouch of veggies a day, which were formerly reserved for desperate situations. I've stopped keeping track of new foods during this time, because let's be honest, they're not eating anything new.

Dinner in the living room, plastic curtain backdrop
We're so sick of 'eating out' which involves take out, eating out or microwavable food, so I can't wait to be in the condo in a few days and start cooking some of the fresh fish we'll get here. In the meantime, it is what it is. The boys are surviving and hopefully won't lose a taste for some of the healthier options they've been used to thus far.

My mom did bring over a crockpot I used once and the dinner turned out great using this recipe.  Actually, I attempted to cook fresh pasta in it and it definitely did not work.

Slow-cooker Cassoulet
So now we're Florida until a couple of days into the new year. Can't wait to see Ma and Grandpa and our cousins and everybody who comes next week!


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