A Week Of Thanks: Day 1 – Low Expectations

I know most blogs are going to write about how thankful they are for their family and friends during the month of November. I mean, I love reading those sort of stories. However, I woke up thinking about a much different angle. My version will be about the little things I’m thankful for in life.

On Monday, I kicked off my “Week of Thanks” series. The opening topic was simple – low expectations. I’m no June Cleaver and proud of it!

Here are the topics. Come back each day to see what I mean:

    Today is all about low expectations. What exactly do I mean? Well, it’s pretty simple.

    I am so thankful that my family doesn’t expect me to be June Cleaver. I’m not that person. There are days when I just don’t have the energy to cook a full meal, or make my bed, or leave the house! And somehow, everyone is ok with that. And somehow everyone survives and life goes on.

    At least once a week, I whip out Ramen noodles for the kids or for myself when the dinner bell starts ringing. I might chop up a few cucumbers and tomatoes for Natalie and Liam to give them a vegetable, but I’m perfectly content with warming up some water and pouring it over a $.33 bag of noodles. I don’t need steak and lobster. I don’t care about showing off my cooking skills. After 13 years of being with Bill, he knows what I’m capable of and what I’m not.

    I do love to cook – don’t get me wrong. BUT on those days when work gets the best of me, there is ZERO guilt about my dinner options.

    Your turn – what shortcuts do you take that you don’t feel guilty about?

    Leave a comment below. 🙂

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    1. Melissa wrote:

      This is exactly why I love you & this blog! Reminding us that its ok to not be Super Mom everyday and not feel the guilt about it! I am also thankful for Low Expectations! Love love love this post!!

      Posted 11.7.11
      • Vera wrote:

        so happy to hear this!

        Posted 11.7.11
    2. Brandy wrote:

      Instant mashed potatoes – even during Thanksgiving! Quick, easy, and by the time I am done with them, no one ever knows they’re not “made from scratch” They just think I spent hours getting out all the lumps.

      Posted 11.7.11
      • Vera wrote:

        good call!! it’s true – no one will know the difference 🙂

        Posted 11.7.11
    3. Sherry wrote:

      Couldn’t agree more with every word you wrote! 🙂

      Posted 11.7.11
      • Vera wrote:

        yeah!! seriously – i did it last night with a smile on my face 😉

        Posted 11.7.11
    4. Michele wrote:

      You are so great! I just fall in love with you a little bit more every time i read stuff like this (and not in the creepy staulker way!)

      My food short cuts are constant but my no guilt mom short cut is sleeping in my yoga pants so that I can just throw a bra on and throw the twins in the car in their pjs when it’s time to take the 3 year old to preschool.

      I believe the shortcuts are what allows you to be Super Mom!

      Posted 11.7.11
      • Vera wrote:


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    5. Michele wrote:

      Oh! I do have a shirt on too!

      Posted 11.7.11

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