Time: Reasons to Love It

Time is like sand, the way it slips through the cracks between your fingers and disappears under your feet before you can catch it, and before you even notice it is gone. It’s hard to see the way time changes things until it’s pointed out to you. For example…

Time is a thief.

Time has stolen my squishy, sweet-smelling, finger-gripping babies. My little baby boy turned two this month. I just signed my youngest daughter up for her very first dance class with her little best friend. My son starts first grade in a matter of days, where he will spend 7 hours away from me and eat a meal completely independently (gulp). My oldest daughter has skills that I don’t possess myself. It’s strange when your child can do something you can’t do.

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Time has taken most of my imagination, all of my twenties, and my ability to stay up past midnight without turning into a brainless rage monster the next day.

I’m terribly sentimental and guilty of holding on to things too tightly. It’s hard for me to see change in a positive light, especially when the changes mean my little ones are disappearing forever. I’m trying to change my perspective of time and just embrace it since there’s no stopping it. I’m trying to find reasons to love time (or at least like it).

Time is a giver.

Time has taken my siblings who used to annoy me by stealing my clothes and given me my very best friends. Who has more in common with you, and knows more about you than your siblings (and still loves you anyway)??Time-Threelittlemommies.com

It has turned my parents from “bossy”, rule-setting fun-squashers into these wise, funny, incredibly experienced teachers-slash-therapists that I love and appreciate more than ever.

Time has taken my high school boyfriend and transformed him into a man whose hands I can place my life in everyday, knowing that he will provide for my children and me and make me laugh along the way.

Time takes pieces of my babies while they sleep in their beds, and leaves me with these budding best friends that tell jokes containing real and actual humor. They’re becoming beautiful and talented little people that make me so proud that I go almost immediately into the ugly cry as I watch them grow.10411196_10152286307273785_5445234125066064355_n

Time took my darkest, lowest, saddest moments and polished them up until they became shiny little experience nuggets, full of life lessons and wisdom.

Time has taken my fears and worries and given me strength and faith in return.

Time is always passing.

Time waits for no one. Every flinch of the hands on the clock is another second passed. There is no getting it back, no doing it over. All of that weighs very heavily on me and my heart. I’ve learned that those things that can be lost or changed by time need to be taken most seriously, and given top priority.

I will live each day noticing and appreciating each little thing that makes my ordinary life sweet and special.1917958_1139105152157_2162886_n

I will smile more, love more, forgive more, laugh more, and serve more.

I will put down my phone and really listen to my children. I will play with them. I will experience life as it is happening. My children are only small once, so I will soak them up now.

I will always miss what time takes from me (except for my period. I don’t think I’ll ever miss that). I long to be 17 again, and I wish I could freeze my children as they are now. But I will love and cherish the gifts time leaves me with because, in the end, those gifts and time itself are all we really have.

 

What are some of the reasons you love time? What has time changed for the positive in your life?

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Perfect Pizza Dough

Homemade Pizza DoughI’ve always had a hard time making homemade pizza because the dough never seemed to turn out. The crust would always turn out too thick or too thin, never just right. After trying multiple recipes this one finally made the cut! It has very basic ingredients but turns out perfect every time!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups warm water

1 tbsp yeast

1 tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp oil (I use olive)

4 cups flour

In bowl of a stand mixer dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let sit for 10 min until bubbly/foamy. Mix in salt, oil and 1 cup of flour. Using a dough hook attachment on mixer, continue to add flour one cup at a time until dough is not sticky. Cover dough and allow to rise for 1 hour. Punch down dough and divide into 2 parts (each part will make one 12-14in pizza). If you only want to make 1 pizza the other half can be frozen and used later.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Roll out pizza dough and place on a hot pizza stone. Decorate pizza with desired toppings and bake for 12-15 minutes until cheese is bubbly and crust is golden brown.

 

 

 

 

 

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Yummy Cheese Dip

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My mother-in-law makes this yummy cheese dip whenever we have a barbecue or sandwiches for dinner. It’s so easy and fast to put together!

Ingredients:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 cups shredded Colby cheese
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup milk
1/2 packet of ranch dip

Directions:
Mix and serve with crackers.

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“Wow! You’ve got your hands full!”

Hey, all you moms out there with more than one little one (or moms of one that is giving you a run for your money)! I’m pretty sure I can guess the phrase you despise the very most. It’s the one you hear all the time and it makes you want to slam your face against the hood of your car repeatedly. Everyone say it with me now…

“Wow! You’ve got your hands full!”

Yep.

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I have 4 little kids, and when I’m out in public with them, on my own, I hear it every time. EVERY time. You probably do, too. When someone says it to you on a rough day, doesn’t it take everything you have to not spit at them? But usually you just heave a big sigh and say, “Yeah, you want one of them?” And sometimes, you even hear it when everyone is behaving and you look around like “Nobody is bleeding. Everyone still has their clothes on. I GOT THIS!” Either way…it bugs.

I know people don’t mean to be rude. It’s just something to say. I’ve even heard those words come out of my own mouth. Once. I immediately put myself in time-out. Well, fellow mommies, I heard a sweet little sentiment that I now chant in my head whenever someone dares speak those hideous words. It’s my new mantra and it helps to chill my inner monster out. Here it comes…

“You think my hands are full? You should see my heart.”

Awwwww! When I heard that I said, “I should tattoo that on my forehead!” to which my 7 year-old replied, “But that would look weird. It would be cool if you did a dolphin jumping up between your eyebrows, instead.” Yes. Good call, baby.

I seriously love it, though, because it’s absolutely true. Life with children aplenty can be chaotic and loud and sticky with spit-up on it. And there are lots of squirmy little hands that need to be held, short legs that make you have to slow down, and crying kids that just need to be listened to. But it’s awesome because life is equally full of big hugs from little arms, sweet kisses just because, pinky-promises, and bedtime stories. You always have a “helper”, a little buddy, or a shadow. There’s more love than you even know what to do with. My heart is brimming because of my 4 little crazies.

So to all you observant strangers watching me care for my brood, yes…my hands are full, but my heart is jam-packed, overflowing, bursting at the seams. So I’ll take it.

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Grilled Pesto Chicken

Grilled Pesto Chicken

When its hot outside the last thing I want to do is turn on my oven and heat up my house. Where I live we have had about two consecutive weeks of temperatures in the 100’s! Which means our grill has been getting used a lot. This pesto chicken takes no time to throw together, but tastes amazing! Top it with some fresh garden tomatoes, fresh basil, some mozerella and you got yourself a quick, refreshing summer meal.

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs

1/2-3/4 cups pesto

1-2 Tbsp olive oil

Tomatoes

Fresh basil

Mozzarella

Salt & Pepper

 

Defrost chicken if frozen. Pour pesto over the chicken and coat evenly. Cover and marinate for 2 hours in refrigerator . Grill on medium heat until cooked through. Dice or half tomatoes and chop basil. Mix olive oil, tomatoes and basil in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish chicken with tomato mixture and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella.

 

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