The boys have started swimming lessons again. Mondays and Wednesdays are a sprint from 3:15 until 8:00 when Chase goes to bed. Here’s the schedule:
3:15 pm – Pick up the boys
3:30 pm – We need to be in the car on our way to Swimming lessons.
3:31 pm – Give the boys snacks to eat on the way to swimming lessons.
3:46 pm – Chase lets me know that he needs to pee.
3:54 pm – Arrive at swimming lessons and make mad dash to put on Andrew’s swim diaper and suit all while getting Chase put on his suit after he pees everywhere but IN THE TOILET. Pull out LEGO book for Chase to read while Drew has his lesson.
4:00 pm – Step in pool with Andrew and sing “Wheels on the Bus.” Have a delightful time and inhale enough chlorine fumes to kill any and all bacteria this side of the Mississippi.
4:30 pm – Get out of pool, wrap Drew in a towel, and tell Chase to follow all instructions and not try to negotiate every request from his instructor.
4:33 pm – Wrestle with Andrew as I try to keep my modesty in my swimsuit and get him dressed.
5:00 pm – Get the wrap up from the swim instructor and keep Andrew from jumping in the pool with his clothes on.
5:05 pm – Tell Chase for the third time to get dressed so that we can go home to and eat dinner.
5:26 pm – Arrive home, Chase screams: “I want out first!” Andrew screams: “I want out first!” I unload the car, let Sara out and try to keep the boys from running into the middle of the street.
5:29 pm – Get dinner started for the boys.
5:45 pm – Force the boys to sit down and eat. Threaten them that they will never see a popsicle again if they don’t cooperate.
6:00 pm -Let the boys know that they have 5 minutes to finish their dinner and then go take a bath. They both scream NO!!!!!
6:05 pm – Pick up Drew and take him to the bathroom to start the bath as he kicks, screams and tries to bite me. Fill the tub and wrestle with each boy until their clothes are removed and they are crying. Place boys in tub and wash off the layer of chlorine from their bodies.
6:15 pm – Remove each boy from bath, dry them off, slather them with lotion and ask Chase (the 1st of 3 times) to put on his pajamas. Chase bends over and shows me his anus. Take Drew to his room and do the bedtime routine.
6:40 pm – Finish Doe a Deer for the 3rd round and walk out the door.
6:41 pm – Continue with making dinner for Ryan and me (oh, and Chase’s 2nd dinner), and take a breath.
7:10 pm – Finish dinner and sit down to eat with Ryan. “How was your day honey?”
7:30 pm – One of us gets the bedtime process started for Chase.
8:03 pm – Parent on Chase duty walks out of room after making sure Chase is tucked into his bed so he doesn’t fall out in the middle of the night.
As you can see, these days are a logistical challenge. I end up making two meals and I’m sick of it. So, I’m on a mission to search for, make and serve great meals, preferably in the slow cooker so that my meals are ready when we walk in the door from swimming lessons.
As a Midwesterner, I cannot deny my love for meat a potatoes. The boys are great about eating most of which I put in front of them and my only rule is that you have to take a bite before you say you don’t like it. They happened to love this recipes
This one is another Pinterest test: Slow Cooker Pot Roast
My Notes on the recipe:
- I made some changes for simplification. If you’d like to refer to the original recipe, the link is above.
Slow Cooker Pot Roast
- 1 chuck roast (mine was 3 pounds)
- Olive oil
- 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 1 onion, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 2 stalks celery, cut into large chunks (optional)
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 tablespoons corn starch or arrow root
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp ground black peppercorns
- 1 tsp smoked Spanish paprika
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
Combine together last seven ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
Coat both sides of meat with olive oil. Sprinkle on a third of the seasoning mix onto each side.
Sear both sides of the meat in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Transfer roast to slow cooker.
Place the vegetables in a large bowl. Drizzle on a little olive oil to coat vegetables. Sprinkle on the remaining seasoning mix.
Transfer the vegetables to the top of the roast in the slow cooker. Pour in the beef broth. Cover with lid.
Cook on low for 9 hours or on high for 6 hours.
Using a turkey baster, retrieve most of the cooking juices from the slow cooker. Transfer juices to a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer over medium heat on the stovetop. Whisk together the cornstarch with a little water. Blend into the pan juices while whisking. Bring back to a simmer until thickened. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
Transfer the roast and vegetables to a large platter. Ladle the gravy over. Serve immediately.