Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Balance

I highly admire moms who have it all together: spotless home, clean & dressed up children, homemade food on the table, hair and make up done... all seems so effortless - on the internet at least. I know that most people don't have it all together. Those who act like they do have breakdowns in private, we just don't know about it. I also believe that others just have systems that work for them. That's probably why it looks effortless to me. To each its own. 
I don't have it all together. I have tons of things to be done at the house but the basics get done, thank God. 
Confession: I haven't been able to have and maintain a weekly menu so that like Martha Stewart I am able to plant, can, cook, bake everything we eat and never eat out. This week was different. We got out there, bought groceries and so far we've been eating our meals at home. Here's what we've had or will have this week:
* Shrimp stir-fry 
* Shrimp fajitas 
* Spaghetti 
* Voila (put it in the skillet and voila!)
* Pork loin, mac & cheese, broccoli and yeast rolls
Unless is Thanksgiving or Christmas, I'm like Sandra Lee, semi-homemade :) I want to do better as far as cooking but being a domestic diva is not my top priority right now. My goal is to find balance. I don't have to prove to anyone I can have my own Food Network show. If I want a marvelously baked cake, I know who to call to order that. If I want great Southern Food (not my specialty, I'm Brazilian, remember?), I know where to get it. What is really important is my family's well-being. If I have to take short-cuts in the kitchen to make sure everyone spends time together, so be it. If I get to walk around in exercise clothes often so that my son and I can play together, so be it. 
I am interested in hearing how you find balance in your life. Do you ever struggle with what others will think? What works for you? Talk to me people.

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