wADmM5mNLtOv064mhMCS_CYE3Bc Just Dorothy: May 2012

Yay for meatless Monday!

The boys don't know it yet but they are in for a treat tonight for dinner.  I picked up stuffed portabella mushrooms today at the store and we're going to grill them.  None of us have ever had them.  And if Steve doesn't read this before I have him start the grill he won't have time to complain and stick his nose up at trying something new.  I'm excited to try them too.  I'll roast sweet potatoes and make a fruit salad to go along with those mushrooms.  At least I know they won't starve!

Warning: DO NOT read if you don't like strong opinions on breast feeding!

First let me make it clear that I don't have a problem with anyone breastfeeding their babies.  I don't care that anyone feeds their baby in the McDonald's lobby while my kids are chowing down on their Happy Meal's.  I don't want to see exposed breasts, like plop it out there and let it all hang out, but really, why would anyone want to just leave their boob hanging in the breeze like that anyway?  I personally have never seen anyone be anything but discreet about it so I typically don't notice when anyone is breastfeeding anyway.  So, again, I don't have a problem with anyone breastfeeding their baby.

I draw the line when that "baby" can wipe his own ass.  If the kid is freakin age eligible for preschool and even kindergarten why would you ever, ever have him still attached to your boob??  Yes, of course I'm talking about the Time Magazine cover/controversy.  Some are standing with the mother saying there is nothing wrong with her feeding her child in this way.  I say, honey, you are standing, STANDING! and your kid is feeding off of you...there is something so wrong about that.

Like I said, I don't disapprove of breastfeeding, I have no problem/issue with anyone wanting to feed their baby that way.  I have no problem with mothers feeding their babies in public places as long as there is no nipple exposure (again, why would anyone want to let it all hang out anyway?) and I would never insist that someone go into a bathroom or dressing room to feed their kid like so many companies are getting in trouble for lately.  But I would so completely freak if I saw any mom let her 3 or 4 year old attach on!!  And by the way, mother of nearly 4 year old boy on Time Magazine cover, way to go on NOT giving anyone a reason to ridicule your kid.  What happens when he's old enough to realize that he was "that" kid on the cover??  Good luck with that!

Sunday, Sunday

Time for meal planning again!  In no particular order:

Pizza with side salad
Grilled chicken with zuccini and yellow squash
Baked potato bar
Sloppy joes with baked beans
Bean burritos with mexican rice and homemade salsa
Soup and salad

We're baaaaaaaack!

We're back in AZ!  It's been a long, drawn out process, but finally, we are home.  We moved to a community in Goodyear called Estrella Mountain Ranch.  They have a residents club with a water park and fitness center, a youth club, a yacht club, all free to residents.  Yesterday my mom and Zach went kayaking at the yacht club and today Zach and I went.  It was tons of fun!

Earlier this week we went to "my place" (as my dad calls it) for my birthday.  It's called The Duce, as in, short for produce.  The owners renovated an old produce warehouse and turned it into something really cool.  Hard to explain exactly what it all includes but you can facebook it and "like" it...awesomeness!

Today all the boys in the family (except my brother Rob) went to go see The Avengers.  They like doing stuff like that, being together and doing that whole male bonding thing. It's a lot of fun for everyone and, at least for me, it gives me a few hours to myself. 

We did leave a few great things behind though.  The boys had great, great friends.  That's always sad, leaving them.  We found new homes for Romeo and Jerry.  Rex went to heaven.  It's so heartbreaking.

Steve starts back to work tomorrow.  I start looking for a job tomorrow.  I've gotten a few leads but haven't been anywhere yet.  This last week has been pretty busy for us getting the house all situated, the boys in school, setting up bank accounts and new phones, etc.  Now it's back to business and "real" life!