Wednesday, September 17, 2008

we have a weiner!

We actually had a successful dinner tonight. Successful in terms of all three kids actually eating it, not in terms of pretty, fancy, healthy or delicious. Beanie weenies, my friends. But hey, at this point, whatever works, works. Can I get an amen?

Dinner around here is a major issue. From start to finish, it's a pretty unpleasant experience. When I begin cooking, we enter Meltdown City. Not even a movie in the other room can keep them from battling it out in the kitchen with me in the middle, literally. It gets even better when no one eats what I have prepared. What I really don't understand is that all three are willing to eat something off the floor and yet many days won't touch what has been provided for them... on a plate!

I love to cook so I guess that is what keeps me going. I know someday it won't be this way. Is it too much to ask for a day when I'm in the kitchen cooking and I glance over at my sweet, innocent children as they sit at the table helping each other with homework, laughing and talking about how they could never imagine getting into a fight because they love each other so much... while Kyle and I discuss our lovely day as he pours me a glass of wine? What? Will never happen?

It seems an almost impossible task to find a meal that fits the requirements of kid-friendly, budget-friendly, time-friendly, tasty and most importantly healthy. So if you've got any great ideas, I'm all ears.

For now, the days when they weren't so picky... and confined to a high chair.

4 tellin' me what I want to hear!:

Minnie said...

Yes... I can remember those days long ago... but seems there was always the "texture" problem too, along with it was just plain GROSS!

.. as for them sitting at the table telling each other how they love one another, etc... hmmmm guess they could write pages upon pages of how much they love their brother or sister to remind them? Right Cady? jk

You are a wonderful & loving MOM and wife... great cook and very creative in many ways...

This too will pass!
Love ya!

Melisa said...

Amen, sista! I don't know what it is, but the second I start preparing dinner, the boys are fighting, Calet wants all of my attention and is completely under foot and if I somehow manage to not give up and finish cooking, then whatever I make is not what they want. Of course. I think dinner time is my least favorite time of day.

Dion said...

Ohhh so true! It's either "I don't like that" or "how many bites to get dessert?" Is bribing children to eat wrong?? BTW, we've been using Lily on the Fly lately. Not everything is a hit, but at least it's homecookin'.

Cady said...

i bet you can't wait till they are sentence writing age! i hear it works!

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