Monday, August 18, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - Week of August 17th (and updates!)

I can't believe it's mid-August and we're gearing up for back to school!  This whole summer seems to be just flying by, but I guess that's nothing new.  Time seems to pass so quickly right now.

Jack will be attending preschool 3 mornings a week starting in just a couple of weeks and it's going to be quite a change for us!  I know he will love it considering how much he looked forward to the 2 afternoons a week he attended preschool last year, but it's weird that he will be gone so much and it's also going to be strange having so many of our days taken up by school.  I know Molly is going to miss Jack so much while he is at school, but hopefully she will learn to enjoy some one-on-one time with me!

Miss Molly is 18-months going on about 3-years-old in her head.  She's talking so much and saying a handful of new words every day.  She runs with the big kids and definitely doesn't think she's any younger or smaller than they are.  When we're at the park people often ask me how old she is and are surprised when I say 18-months because she does act quite a bit older than some other 18-month-olds!

Molly recently discovered the joy of reading books (well, having people read books to her.  She's so stubbornly independent that although she has always taken a strong interest in books she preferred to sit and "read" by herself rather than allow anyone to read to her.  She would sit and flip through books, babbling and chattering away, but only within the last month or so is she interested in letting us read to her.  Such a contrast to baby Jack!) and we spend a good portion of our days reading book after book (or sometimes the same book over and over, of course :)  She's partial to Big Red Barn, as was Jack at this age.)  And I just introduced chapter books to Jack and he's a fan!  We started reading the Magic Tree House series, so much fun!

With school looming we have been trying to pack a lot of fun into the unseasonably cool days we have had!  Lots of play time with friends, trips to the park, the zoo, and other fun places and events around town!

Pictured: Park play with friends, Jack's (and Puppy's) first visit to the dentist (he did awesome!), pig tails!, sunnies!, zoo (Molly is enthralled with the aquarium), Headstand Challenge, making pickles, and Cheeeese! face.

The kids have me constantly on my toes and I've had a steady stream of clients keeping me busy with birthwork.  I buckled down this past week and finished up some outstanding tasks for my doula certification and then spent time this weekend compiling all my paperwork.  So close to being able to mail out my completed packet to request certification!

Here's what we're eating this week:

Sunday:  Grilled Burgers with Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Monday:  Mom's night out for me!  I'll make Homemade Pizza before I go.

Tuesday:  Veggie Enchiladas with Mexican Rice (from the freezer)

Wednesday:  Corn Fritatta with Caprese Salad

Thursday:  Leftovers

Friday:  Out

Saturday:  Out

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - Week of June 22nd

Yup, it's Tuesday.

Last week was a super busy week with plenty of running around!  It was the second week in a row that I attended an overnight birth and while I really do prefer that timing because the kids don't even know I'm gone it leaves me dragging for... well, a long time afterwards.  When you're living in a season of life where sleep is already precious missing a night or two really throws things off!  Or at least it does for me.  But I'm not exactly the kind of person who does well with lack of sleep.  So there's that.  Anyway, I was super happy to be at the births and I think I've made it back to my constant state of slightly-tired-all-the-time so it's all good!

In addition to attending a birth there was plenty of other running around with the kids and doula work and I'm glad we're going to have a more low-key week this week and I'm also glad for a little break in doula work for July.  I will still be doing visits, but it should be a little bit before my next birth!  So now it's time to enjoy not being on-call and shift focus to our up-coming vacation!

Last week we enjoyed a little COSI time

This was Molly's first time playing at the water table.  She thought she was big stuff.

and saw some big trucks.

Jack was having an I-don't-want-my-picture-taken kind of day, which frequently happens.

We also played with friends yesterday and again, Molly thinks she's big stuff.  Climbed right up a ladder.  Sensing a theme here?

More fun yet to come this week!

Here's what we're eating:

Sunday:  Apps

Monday:  Fish Tacos with Mango Slaw

Tuesday:  Grilled Summer Vegetable Chopped Salad

Wednesday:  Smoked Gouda and Bacon Burgers with Chipotle Cream Sauce with Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Thursday:  Leftovers/Homemade Pizza

Friday:  Out

Saturday:  Out

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - Week of June 15th

We had a nice weekend and were able to enjoy some lovely weather!  I'm so thankful for this mild, warm, sunny weather we've been experiencing!

I got some business-y things accomplished that leave me feeling productive.  I love the doula work I'm doing and I'm so happy that things are coming along.  I'm still working on my certification.  I have a good chunk of the work accomplished now I just need to dive in to the rest and get tasks completed!

Sunday was Father's Day and we celebrated with a family brunch.  We spent the rest of the day laying pretty low around the house.

We finally finished up Dexter this weekend and goodness gracious I'm glad that's over.  The last season was a snore-fest for me. I'm always bummed when great series end up burning out before the finale, but I'm likewise bummed when great shows end before I'm ready (I'm looking at you Mad Men!)  Basically, I'm not please-able.

The kids have been waking far too early for my non-morning-person liking.  I think this is going to be a very long week.

Here are some happenings from last week:

Zoo trip fun with friends!

The Walking Dead: Book Eight.  Too advanced for a 16-month-old?  She's very mature!  Disclosure:  No babies' psyches were harmed during the taking of this picture.  She didn't make it past the title page.  TWD is for mama's enjoyment!

Jack's first selfie.  Don't worry, he won't be permitted an Instagram account until at least Kindergarten ;)

Some Sunday Funday coloring.

Here's what we're eating this week:

Sunday:  Father's Day!  Grilled brats with cheesy potatoes and fruit per Mark's request

Monday:  Mom's Night Out!  I'll make sure there's something easy on hand for the fam before I leave

Tuesday:  Buffalo Chicken Salad

Wednesday:  Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa and Green Beans

Thursday:  Leftovers or Homemade Pizza

Friday:  Out

Saturday:  Out

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - Week of June 8th

This past Saturday Mark and I celebrated 6 years of marriage and 9 years of being together (Wow!  That's nearly a decade.  That went quickly!).  We were able to enjoy a much needed date night.  The weather was perfection so we took advantage and went to the Gallery Hop, grabbed some drinks, and then enjoyed a lovely dinner.

At dinner Mark gave me my gift.

It went something like this:

So confused as to what I'm looking at, which was a paper with global coordinates and a date range.  At Mark's prompting I Googled the coordinates.  And up pops a beach in Florida.  What the what?!  

Yeah.  Totally unbeknownst to me Mark has planned a beach trip for just the two of us next month!  Amazed.  Excited.  Nervous.  All the feels.  I need a bathing suit!

I'm going to spend the next few weeks trying my hardest to focus on how much incredibly awesome fun we're going to have on our trip and actively avoiding thinking about having to leave the kids to do this.  I have issues with that part.  (And no, I'm not actually going to be able to avoid thinking about it, but at least I'll try?  It will be fine.  I think.  Eeep!)

Onto the foods:

Sunday:  At my parents' for dinner

Monday:  Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches with Ranch Potato Wedges

Tuesday:  Orzo Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Feta with Grilled Chicken

Wednesday:  Leftovers

Thursday:  Tostadas

Friday:  Out

Saturday:  Out

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - Week of June 1st

This weekend just flew by!  At least we were able to enjoy some perfectly awesome weather with plenty of outside time.

Happy June!

Sunday:  Grilled Burgers with Zesty Potato Wedges and Watermelon

Monday:  BBQ Chicken Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing (still have dressing to use from last week!)

Tuesday:  Shrimp Pad Thai

Wednesday:  Sweet Potato Nachos

Thursday:  Leftovers

Friday:  Out

Saturday:  Out

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - Week of May 25th

Menu Plan Tuesday.  Because it was a holiday weekend and I'll likely be a day behind all week.  I'll just accept it now :) 

We had a busy, but great, weekend.  So grateful for a long weekend this week!  The weather was awesome so we were able to enjoy quite a bit of time outdoors.

My sister got married this weekend!  Friday evening was filled with the rehearsal and a cookout at my parents' house afterwards.  We had some errands to run earlier in the day and Jack and I made dessert for the cookout. He's a great helper and the cream cheese squares suggested by a friend were a hit (and utilized some items I already had on hand that needed a purpose - win)!  After the festivities we were late getting home and I still had things to do to get ready for the following day.

4 hours of sleep later, Saturday was an early day.  I had a 4.30am (yes, that's still night time in my book) wake up call to get up, grab last minute things, hot roller my hair, and be out in the door in time to make it to my sister's house at 5am 5.10am.  7 bridesmaids, 2 kids, the bride, hair, makeup, dresses, mimosas, breakfast, pictures, and several hours later we were ready for a wedding!  Everything went wonderfully and a good time was had.  Jack acted as ringbearer and did really well!  I basically let his 5-year-old cousin handle the situation and I was right in doing so!  Molly had a blast at the wedding and looked adorbs in her dress.  Now my sister and her new husband are off enjoying a beach honeymoon and I'm jealous of their getaway!

Sunday we did some things around the house and I had an interview.

Monday we enjoyed a bonus weekend day by visiting the Ice Cream Festival.  The weather was perfect and it was a good time.  We explored, the kids played, we had lunch, and of course ice cream was consumed because you can't go to the ice cream festival without eating ice cream!  Molly even enjoyed her first few bites of ice cream and she approves.  Although I think she's a little confused about why it's so cold.  She also enjoyed playing with the spoon.  I'm unsure why it fascinated her so, but it was funny!

We don't have too much on the agenda for this week and it's a nice feeling!  I'm sure we will still have plenty to keep us busy. 

Here's what we're eating:

Sunday:  Out

Monday: Grilled Burgers with Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Tuesday:  Tacos

Wednesday:  BBQ Chicken Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing

Thursday:  Leftovers

Friday:  Out

Saturday:  Out

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - Week of May 18th

We kicked off our weekend by attending a huge Touch-a-Truck event on Friday morning.  Jack had a blast!

Saturday was kind of rainy and icky, but I did the early morning gym thing, then had a prenatal visit, stopped by the library, and headed home to get a grocery list together so Mark and Jack could make a store run.  Molly and I stayed home to do some laundry, destroy all the things (Molly), and watch Cheese Paradise whilst way too hungry to torture oneself by watching a show about cheese fries, grilled cheese, and all things cheesy delicious (Me).

Sunday brought beautiful weather and after the boys went on a bagel run and brought me some disappointing coffee (Boo, Panera, boo!) we visited a local greenhouse to pick up some plants for the garden.  This is our year - I can feel it!  Or maybe that's just my black thumb twitching.  Urrgh.

Why I can't seem to grow things is beyond me.  I give plants sunshine, water, love.  What more can a seedling ask for?  I feel like I'm the only person in Ohio who can't plop a zucchini plant in the ground and end up with more zucchini than they know what to do with a few weeks later.

Clockwise from back left: beefsteak tomato, cherry tomato, bush beans, early girl tomato

None the less, this is it.  Every year has been a little better than the last and this is round 4.  Last year we did get minimal produce and some herbs, at least it was something.  I've got a couple of new ideas we're going to try out and good things will happen!  This is the year our garden is a true success!   Hopefully... 

Clockwise from back left: zucchini, red pepper, jalapeno, lettuces

Jack is very excited about the garden this year (as he was last year too) and he was a great helper with preparing the beds and getting plants in the ground.  He even watered the plants.  (Please grow, plants!)  Molly has a check-up at the doctor's this morning and then hopefully we'll hit a garden center to pick up a few larger pots for our herbs.  I'm hoping maybe some more dirt and space will yield healthier plants this year.

Sunday also brought smoked ribs and other yummies.  Because: Rib Sunday.

My sister is getting married this weekend!  My bridesmaid dress is with a seamstress getting about a foot of fabric hacked off the bottom and I pretty much waited til the last minute to begin this process.  Hopefully I have the dress in-hand and wearable soon :)

Here's what we're eating:

Sunday:  Smoked Ribs with Mac & Cheese and Green Beans

Monday:  Bang Bang Chicken and Veggie Skewers with Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Tuesday:  Chicken Enchilada Verdes with Mexican Rice (from the freezer!)

Wednesday:  Kentucky Hot Brown Burgers with Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Thursday:  Leftovers

Friday:  Wedding Rehearsal

Saturday:  Wedding

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