Friday, February 18, 2011

Getting It All Done and A Meal

A busy day of running kids everywhere. With the upcoming Anti-Freeze (youth retreat) the kids were in high gear to accomplish their stuff and mine. We had errands to run, groceries to buy, school to accomplish, tennis to play, bank accounts to sort, and socks to purchase. Plus, laundry to finish, bags to pack, and tempers to manage.

As I ran errands with different children, spreading the chaos, that means splitting up the 2, 6, & 9 year olds! The big boys cleaned bathrooms and were off to tennis, little boys were with me, senior daughter finishing her school and chasing toddler while our 12 year old fixes dinner.

I am so thankful for the years to have older kids that help pick up where mom just can't do it all!

You need to understand, I don't do it all! It is nice to have others think you have it all together, but I think you need to know that I am not the one doing all the work. I am a manager of the home and as a family (WE) get it all done!

It doesn't always look pretty, rarely does it run smooth, and it never goes as planned. Someone will be mad, most will feel life is unfair, and nearly all of them believe I don't understand the amount of work they have to do.

The truth is, they will never understand the work I do.
The truth is, whether they understand or not I must respond in grace.
The truth is, without one another none of this could be accomplished in one day.

They won't always appreciate me but I should be wise enough to appreciate them. Sad part is...I don't always fully appreciate them either. For today, the 12 year old went above and beyond. She attended school, came home to help with toddler, cleaned the messy kitchen the boys left, fixed our dinner, and then helped finish cleaning the kitchen. Today, she carried the load and was the only reason anyone was able to eat a meal tonight!

Crunchy Taco Chicken was the meal being served! It is simple, kids love it, and little ones enjoy preparing it. was all Abbey! She cooked, cleaned and served....all with a SMILE!

1/2 cup Butter
1 pkg Taco Seasoning
Boneless skinless chicken breasts (we cut into 1/3 or 1/4)
Fritos (crushed)

Melt butter and mix in taco seasoning, dip chicken in butter mix, and roll chicken in crushed fritos. Lay chicken on a pan and sprinkle more chips over top of pan, then bake.

Preheat the oven 350
Cook 1 hour

Serve with Spanish Rice and Refried Beans.

Tip: We enjoy the seasoning so we had more to our recipe than it calls for....ENJOY!

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