Today I held a (rather large) clump of thin dirty blond hair in my hand.
One child screaming with her hands on her head, and the other child grinning from ear to ear, doing some sort of twirl victory dance.
As I bent down to scold said dancing child, her little two year old mouth looked at me and said, "Yeave me ayone!"
Then my 4 year old removed her hands from her poor scalp that was probably burning, and screamed, "MY SECOND NAME IS ELSA, QUEEN OF THE QUEEN!"...Followed by a twirl of her gown and loud stomps down the hallway.
"YEAVE ME AYONE."
"NO! MY NAME IS ELSA"
"YOU CAN'T TELL ELSA WHAT TO DO!"
Push, Shove, Twirl, Stomp, and Victory Dance...In that order.
I couldn't figure out whether to talk to Elsa or Gia, and quite frankly I was worried the two year old will pull my hair. So I did what any desperate mom would do...
Ice water. It calms me guys. Then I said a prayer.
For sanity, for comfort, and for strength.
And then in that moment, both my girls came and sat on my lap and as clear as day I heard, "They love you so much."
Did they stop fighting after that? No. I swear my oldest was running around saying "Son of a Fish!"
Did I feel like a complete failure? No. Despite the chaos and drama, I felt loved, I knew they felt loved and loved each other as well.
I also knew that someone had taught my daughter to say, "Son of a fish!"...
(Serving size 8 cups)
I will be completely honest and say as a child I LOVED opening a package of top ramen, sprinkling the 'seasoning' packet on top of the dried pasta, and eating as is. I can still taste it! This is a spin off of that ever so popular childhood favorite. This is a vegetarian version, but you can definitely add in your favorite ingredients. Switch up the broths, sautee some diced veggies with the onions, etc.
2 TB. sesame oil, or olive oil
1/4 c. minced onion
3 cloves garlic minced
2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
(Opt: Minced carrots)
8 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water
12 oz. Chinese Noodles
4 tsp. ground celery seed
4-5 TB. fresh chopped chives
optional: red pepper flakes, soy sauce, hot sauce, etc.)
In a large saucepan, add oil and heat up. Then add minced onion, garlic, and ginger. (If you add other raw veggies add in here as well.)
Continually toss and cook for 3-5 minutes on medium heat.
Next add in broth and water.
Stir and add in chinese noodles.
Sprinkle in spices and let cook for a few minutes until the noodles are soft.
Add in your additional seasonings and toppings. Serve hot!
Turn the instant pot on SAUTE. Add 1-2 TB. olive oil, the onions, garlic, ginger, and minced carrots. Saute until the the onions are translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients into the Instant pot and set to MANUAL. Cook for 2 minutes. Release steam when done.
I enjoyed this comfort food all by myself...Imagine that. One child asleep, and the other staring/glaring at me from time out.
You can thank that son of a fish.