I was a little thrown off guard when my seven year old asked me Saturday afternoon, “Are you a grownup or adult?” I wasn’t sure what to think of the question at first. So I asked for clarification “What do you mean?” He went on to show me the book he was reading (one of the many Captain Underpants books he’s gotten from his school library) and there was a picture of a presentation type poster board showing that “Adults = three peanuts” and “Grownups = one screw + one baseball”. There was no further explanation given, but he knew there must be a difference between being an adult and a grownup since his book used both terms.
To be honest, I kind of recoiled in shock when he used the word grownup. I think I audibly gasped when he suggested that I might be one. I don’t know if you’ll agree with my explanation or not, but this is how I broke it down for him.
An adult is responsible but still a kid at heart.
A grownup takes themselves too seriously and has forgotten how to have fun.
Jesus compares the kingdom of God to the faith of a child. For me, faith involves childlike imagination, risk, and humble dependence. Grownups trade in optimism for cynicism and call it being pragmatic. Maybe I’m over thinking it. Maybe I’m reading into it too much. While everyone should aspire to be a responsible, contributing member of society, I believe everyone should strive to remain a child at heart. That’s my goal at least.
I’ve been back at work for three weeks now. Of those three weeks, we have had grandparents from California (two different sets) for all of four or five days. Which means that dinner has been prepared for us one way or another for most of the last five weeks. It’s been great, but we’re not slated to have house guests again until late October. As our leftovers have been dwindling, reality has been setting in. I’ve got to start cooking again. But the idea of cooking now that I’m back at work seemed daunting and completely overwhelming. So I did what any working mom of three would do – I scoured the Interweb (yes, another Jon Acuff reference) for ideas.
Before getting pregnant with the Floyd Twins, I was eating clean – at least 80/20. But the combo of exhaustion + hunger = anything goes diet has rewired my taste buds, and not for the better. As a nursing mom of twins I still need to eat about 3,000 calories a day and what seems like a ridiculous amount of protein. So, rather than trying to go super clean, I’m focusing on eating more real food in the most convenient way possible.
So after doing a search for “frozen to crock pot paleo meals” I found the Paleo Made Simple site. I decided to prepare 6 of the 7 freezer to crock pot meals (no one in our house is a fan of stuffed peppers). I have no clue if they’re going to be any good, but so far I’m sold on the process. With the help of my seven year old son, Minifleeze, I prepped SIX MEALS in under 2 hours. I cleared the counter after every meal bag so by the end there was very little clean up needed.
We’re having a meal each day this week and hopefully there will be enough leftovers for me to take to work for lunch. I’ll report back with everyone’s thoughts.
Do you have any good freezer to crock pot recipes or resources?