Cup o’ Teat.

I meant to write cup of tea, but it came out cup of teat and I felt like maybe that was applicable since I’m still breastfeeding and, well, teats are part of that? Maybe? No? It’s just delirium setting in. Mmmk, I’m alright with that.

These past few weeks… months… whatever. For the past little while I’ve had some things on my mind, so I thought, let’s have a little chat over a cup of tea (or teat if that’s what you’re into).

I’d start by telling you that I’ve been having a hard time lately. But, simultaneously enjoying my life immensely. I love being a mama more than I know how to adequately put into words and being at home with Christian and Eleanor makes me feel like life couldn’t get much better… but… if I push just beyond that I’m questioning everything, re-evaluating everything, sorting through some things that I’ve pushed aside for just a little too long. There was a big shift when I turned 30 and it absolutely blindsided me and these days I’m just trying to sort through it one thing at a time. I will say this, though, the only thing that has made this complete uncertainty any better is talking through it with the people I love. Admitting that I’m a little lost rather than keeping it all bottled up. Having great people, great friends, great family really is so good for my soul.

Next I would tell you about my recent fascination with freezer meals. The past couple weekends I’ve been making freezer meals for my sister and friend Jessica that both having babies. I’ve made an extra batch and just stored it in the freezer for us to have on hand too. There’s something immensely satisfying about freezer meals. I’m pretty sure it might have something to do with writing out the baking directions in sharpie on the foil.

Which leads me into food allergies – we are FREE of food allergies at the Stecker house. After 8 months of no gluten, dairy, soy and assorted allergens, due to Eleanor, we are officially clear and hoping to stay that way. I never wanted pizza so badly and our first reunion was oh so glorious. #bodybypizza

If we’re staying on the food train, which why would we ever leave? Then, I would ask you if you’ve ever made my favorite chocolate chip cookies. You can bet your bottom that I have made these no less than 8 times in two months. That’s approximately 1 batch per week. I want to feel sorry about it, but I’m not. Not even a little bit. Plus, if you’re feeling lazy you can just stick all the dough in a pyrex and call them cookie bars (just reduce the salt by 1 tsp. if you do).

Next I’d ask you if you’ve read Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? I obsessively consumed the trilogy and find myself thinking back on it many months after finishing. They’re technically young adult books… but I hear 30 is technically a “young” adult… see what I did there? Anyways, we saw the movie this weekend and it was just so-so. I’d give it a 6 out of 10.  With that said, you better believe I’ll still go see any sequel that they make (please, please movie makers, make the sequels).

Lastly, I’d remind you that Christian and I have been married for five years. All I can think is, “boy that went fast”. He is the calm to my storm and the logic to my fervor. I couldn’t have dreamed up a better person to go through life with and feel incredibly lucky he’s all mine.

At this point, I’d have drained my entire cup of tea and probably need to wrap things up!

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