February and March offer great holidays such as Valentine’s, President’s, and St. Patrick’s Day. However, these months are special because it is when my children entered my life. Ben was born in February and Harrison in March. My thoughts on motherhood, prior to having children were completely blown away. Sorry to announce, it was much tougher than I expected and the sleep deprivation is unexplainable. However, the rewards of being a mother outweigh everything else. A friend asked me, “What made you want to have kids?” Before kids I wouldn’t have been able to explain it. Today, I would say, it’s the deep connection I have with them. The love I feel between my children is unlike anything I have shared with anyone else before. Who cares, Jan. What does motherhood have to do with your food blog? Well, my blog is heavily impacted by my kids. The meals I cook at home are driven by their requests. They drive me to do better and inspire me on a daily basis. I learn from them everyday and they make me smile.
Ben is my tiny dancer. He will spontaneously dance even when there is no music and loves to make silly noises. Harrison is my perfectionist and is silently trying to be the best at everything. A slight over achiever, just like his mom. Even at a young age children give great advice. It may be simple, but oh so true. My favorite is, “just be nice.” If I could, I would spend every second with the boys and watch them interact. Harrison and Ben remind me of two old men sometimes, because of the way they bicker, but eventually get along.
My favorite part of school was being able to bring in goodies for my class during my birthdays, so I really get into it when their special day comes around. Benny brought mini chocolate and vanilla cupcakes. Harrison brought chocolate covered strawberries. Their personalities are very different. Ben chose to stay in for his day and eat pasta. Harrison requested Red Lobster, and ordered two items off the kids menu and put everything away. We had to drive all the way to Lynwood for his request. Darn TV commercials. Here’s to February & March.