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Slow Cooking and Parenting

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Just wanted to share a little interview we did with MyParentLab.com We’re always talkin’ crockin’, but there’s a lot more to being a mom than just cooking that’s for sure. Here’s a little look into our lives outside of the kitchen! Read a snipit below or the full article HERE for Nicole’s take first, then Jenna’s will come later this week. Check them out on Facebook or Twitter too.

 

Busy “mom-preneur” Nicole pressed the pause button on her Crockin’ Girls schedule to dish with us on her biggest parenting challenges, how she juggles her diverse duties, why family mealtime is a must, and then some!

So take a breather from your must-dos and gain some great advice from one of ParentLab’s favorite contributors, Nicole Sparks.

PL: What are your biggest challenges as a parent?

NS: Consistency with my almost 3-year-old. I know that it is really important for him to consistently see what is right and wrong and know the outcome for the choices he makes. And patience with my 1-year-old. She is so strong-willed!

PL: Your life has shifted dramatically since becoming the famous Crockin’ Girls. How are you navigating those changes as moms and wives?

NS: We took it on as a family, and we have adjusted to our new “normal”! Daddy is doing a lot more chores (I even made a laundry chart for him), and the kids are learning that Mama and Daddy both have jobs that require us to be away from them sometimes. I have also had to change my expectations of how I thought things needed to be done and just be thankful they’re done!

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Choo Choo!

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All aboard! Every fall and spring a group of train enthusiasts gather in our area to share their love of trans. We were lucky enough to join in on the fun and take the kids for a train ride in the country! These aren’t your typical trains, they are mini replicas that run on a tiny track. They have miles of this tiny railroad winding around the fields with wildflowers, through live oaks, over bridges, and through tunnels- it is amazing! The kiddos absolutely loved it and can’t wait to go back in the fall! It is in moments like these that we realize how great it really is to slow down, relax, and enjoy our small little place in this world :) The train ride lasted about 45 minutes and the boys (Gage 6, Spencer 2) lived every minute of it! Stella is miss independent (just turned one and she is really loving the freedom of walking!) and we weren’t sure she would enjoy being along for the entire journey, so she stayed behind with her CiCi! Gracie relaxed so much sitting in her daddy’s lap on the train that she slept for 1/2 of the ride! We are thankful to this group of people were willing to share their love of trains with us and allow us to spend some great quality time with our little ones!

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Gettin’ Crafty

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We have been getting pretty crafty with all of the Pinterest activity going on with Crockin’ Girls! We saw these cute planters and couldn’t resist making “Crockin’ Girls” inspired planters!

Step 1: Get 3 terra cotta pots (small medium and large) and paint them however you would like. We got funky using various sponges, brushes and stencils…not to mention the color combinations!

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Smells of Summertime

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I don’t know about y’all, but summertime is my favorite time of the year. It just brings a smile to my face. I love all of the smells of summer, but my absolute favorite smell of summertime is sunscreen on my babies.

I pretty much grew up on the boat during the summer. As soon as school was out, we would load up the RV and head to the lake. My Nanee and Pop would be right behind us in their motor home as well. We would spend weeks at a time boating, tubing, skiing, swimming, and always eating great food. My Nanee rarely went out on the boat with us, but she was always waiting with a smile on her face and a spread of food for us to eat so we could have our tummies full and hit the lake again. She loved that she could provide a meal that everyone enjoyed. She always had something for everyone. Sweet pickles for my sister and dill for my brother, a homegrown tomato sliced up for my Pop, cucumbers and onion for my mom and aunt and dessert (my absolute favorite) was always awaiting. We would go all day and then play games late into the night while sitting on the patio with the smell of charcoal in the air.

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