Meal Plan 04/24/2017 - 04/2/2017

I'm feeling a little grumpy about food right now. Picky eating, crappy fruit and veg, boring weekday meals, some serious first world problems I know. But here I am. Grumpy.

Monday: Cumin Lime Black Bean Quinoa Salad with avocado and a side of chicken wings for those of us who don't observe Meatless Monday, Shawn.

Tuesday: Greek Turkey Meatball Gyro with Tzatziki served with fresh veggies.

Wednesday: Veggie Lentil Mac and Cheese with Broccoli Slaw and leftover turkey meatballs.

Thursday: Chicken Enchiladas.

Friday: Leftovers? Pizza? Charcuterie Friday? It's anyone's guess.

What's on your meal plan this week?

My Mom, My Warrior

When I am nine years old, my dad travels for work a lot. It's not what we're used to, and my mom puts up with a lot of shit from me and my siblings. She solo parents four kids (aged 12, 9, 5, and 3.5) for a year and somehow manages to not lose her sanity. My mom is a warrior. (So is my dad, by the way. He works hard to provide for his family. But this story isn't about that so you'll have to take my word for it.)

One day, the stomach flu hits our home. My mom runs from child to child, holding back hair, emptying buckets, encouraging sips of apple juice, and finally piles all the sickies into her own bed for the sake of efficiency. Because she is my mom (and if you know my mom, you know exactly what I mean,) she decides to sleep on the floor beside the bed so she can be with us as soon as she's needed.

Finally we are all asleep. My mom, haggard from the demands of sick kids, exhausted from parenting without a break, unzips a sleeping bag...and the metal zipper pull breaks and plunges into her finger. And gets stuck. My mom can't get the zipper pull out of her finger and she can't detach the zipper pull from the sleeping bag. My mom is home, alone with four sick kids, in the middle of the night, with a sleeping bag attached to her hand (in pain! Because, you know, impalement.).

I slept through the entire incident so I have no first-hand memory of it but as the story goes, my mom called our neighbour for help, she ended up in the emergency room where the staff told her they thought she was carrying either a sick child or a bomb into the hospital, the zipper pull was removed from her finger, and she was home in time to power through our morning shenanigans.

We joke about turning into our mothers but in my case, I kind of hope I do. My mom moves mountains for her kids. I want my kids to grow up knowing I would do the same for them.

Boobyball Mini with Rethink Breast Cancer

Rethink Breast Cancer is bringing Boobyball Mini: A Next Gen FUNdraiser to Vancouver this Saturday, April 22nd. This fairytale bash has been planned with kids and parents in mind. Kids are welcome to wear costumes and will be entertained thanks to activities planned by sponsors such as Gap Kids, Indigo, and Panago. Parents will enjoy complimentary cocktails and Kim Crawford and Meiomi wines. As my friend so succinctly put it: think of it as a toddler gala...with an open bar.

Rethink Breast Cancer is the young women's breast cancer movement. Young adult cancer is generally thought of as cancer that is diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 39. Think of what you're doing in your twenties and thirties. Going to school, starting a career, buying a home, finding a partner, having babies. (Listen. I'm not saying you should be doing all or any of these things. If you don't want to buy a home or find a partner or have babies, more power to you. I'm making some generalizations for the sake of my post, cool? Cool.) Young adult cancer can derail these plans. The treatment options for a woman in her sixties, who is done having babies, should be different than the treatment offered to a woman in her twenties or thirties who may want the possibility of children after cancer. Rethink Breast Cancer offers age-appropriate support and resources for young women with breast cancer.

Boobyball Mini: A Next Gen FUNdraiser is headed to Vancouver!

The afternoon affair will be a one-of-a-kind event with great entertainment, music and décor set to an enchanted forest theme. Mingle over cocktails while kids explore our fairy-tale forest.

All proceeds from this event will go directly to Rethink Breast Cancer’s mission to empower young people worldwide who are concerned about and affected by breast cancer including some resources for families dealing with cancer.
— rethinkbreastcancer.com

Vancouver Boobyball Mini: Enchanted Forest tickets are available here.

Use code BBMTEAM for 25% off ticket prices.

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
3:00 - 6:00pm

Heritage Hall
3102 Main Street
Vancouver, B.C.

Cancer is an insidious disease. I genuinely don't think any of us can say that cancer hasn't touched our lives in some way. Whether it's a family member, friend, co-worker, or that crazy blogger who won't shut up about thyroids, we all know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer. My hope is that we can move away from the traditional fear-driven, commercialized cancer support (don't even get me started on pinkwashing), and start to provide resources, education, and community for specific groups. Young adult women who are diagnosed with breast cancer face unique challenges. Supporting them specifically doesn't take away from the support available to other groups. If you're in Vancouver, I hope you'll consider attending Boobyball Mini this weekend and showing your support for young adult women facing breast cancer.

Tiny Happy Tuesday: 7

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  • My kids are so loved by so many people. Grady and Poppy have loving, involved, engaged, enthusiastic grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. We - and they - are so lucky to be surrounded by family.
  • The air is mild and there's a whiff of spring about it. We went on a hike on Easter Sunday and it was amazing to spend some time in the trees, furiously huffing fresh air.
  • Poppy is a real music lover. She mostly shows her appreciation by drumming on whatever surface is available when her jam comes on (right now "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran) (I'm a terrible mother). Recently, though, she's started doing the baby butt wiggle dance and it's amazing. Truly.
  • Last night, Shawn crawled into bed, kissed me goodnight, and told me I'm an amazing mother. Now, I don't need anyone to tell me I'm a good mom. I know I'm a good mom. (I also know I have my flaws. Please see above.) But it was so nice to have my partner in parenting acknowledge that I'm doing a good job. Mothering is hard work. Most days I feel like I'm failing in some part of my life. Shawn's comment gave me the warm and fuzzies and I'm going to try to pass that on. 

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