I’d like to think that for the most part JonPaul and I have a pretty good balance in our life. Being present as parents with our little guys, making time for friends and family, and even making sure to carve out time for each other. But this week, man, it was a doozy and our balance was really off. A story I’m sure so many of you can relate to.
Nothing in particular that made our shift feel so tilted to one side – but rather a combination of so many little things. Isn’t that always the case? It’s never just “one” thing, but rather the combination of “everything”. Kids that were sick, over scheduled, and tired – and two parents who pretty much felt the same.
JonPaul and I actually had a trip planned to NYC for this weekend as well, that we ended up canceling because things just felt too overwhelming at home. We love traveling together and it’s usually a priority we can work into our schedules. But not this time.
We were both really disappointed having to cancel our trip. I think it just felt symbolic though of the phase we’re in. When our little people were younger it was somehow easier to make those trips happen. But now as they’re getting older it feels harder to get away. Like they almost need us more the older they get. Either way, we needed to be home. And I’m so glad we were.
I can’t say that this weekend was smooth, or relaxing, or the NYC weekend I had envisioned. But I’m so glad we decided not to go. Instead of strolling the big apple in what has to be my favorite New York season, I was able to be at lacrosse tournaments, soccer games and take little people to the doctors. Tuck kids in, wipe noses, give hugs and just be “mom”. I even managed to sneak in a little baking and recipe testing…including these delicious vegan pumpkin muffins.
And although food may not be the cure to our currently over scheduled life, or help heal sick babies, theres is something deeply comforting about freshly baked muffins, the smell of homemade bread, or even having our family gathered around the table for dinner. Food just makes everything….well, better. Especially when it’s something as sweet, warm and cozy as these muffins.
So while I may not have been able to find the perfect balance for JonPaul and I this weekend, I did find what I consider to be a pretty darn perfect pumpkin muffin – and I’ll take the win.